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feedly appWith all the recent news of Google shutting down its very popular feed reader, a lot of waves have been made in tech news. Anytime something like this happens, there is an opportunity to fill the gap, but the competition is fierce and the window is small, so those looking to solve the problem must act fast before a competing company beats them to it.

Well, Feedly was the one that beat everyone to it. Although there are several alternatives to Google Reader Google Reader's End Is Nigh: Prepare With These Alternative RSS Readers Google Reader's End Is Nigh: Prepare With These Alternative RSS Readers Google Reader is dead. By July the Internet's premier RSS service is shutting down forever, leaving users to find a replacement on their own. If you're looking for an equivalent to Google these are just... Read More , Feedly, with its easy to use interface, has been the primary choice for reading news. And now, it has it’s very own web Feedly app Feedly Switches To Its Own Cloud Ahead Of Google Reader Shutdown [Updates] Feedly Switches To Its Own Cloud Ahead Of Google Reader Shutdown [Updates] RSS users rejoice: Feedly is go for Project Normandy. The fastest growing alternative to Google Reader is making it official, migrating its users from the soon-dead Google backend to its own cloud. The transition makes... Read More , completely bypassing Google Reader altogether. Along with announcing Feedly Cloud, Feedly also informed its users about other services and apps that can be used in combination with Feedly. In this article, we’ll look at three (although there are several others) that integrate exceptionally well with Feedly.

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NextGen Reader [Windows 8]

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NextGen Reader by NextMatters is a Windows 8 app that does an excellent job at providing a clean, readable interface while connecting to all your feeds from Feedly. It has actually been featured on MakeUseOf before in an article by Justin, who raved how great a solution NextMatters was for Windows 8 users How to Use Google Reader, Metro-Style, With Nextgen [Windows 8] How to Use Google Reader, Metro-Style, With Nextgen [Windows 8] Add a beautiful, Metro-style Google Reader app to Windows 8. If you like your reading experience to be clean, quick and smooth – and you're a recent convert to Windows 8 – this is the... Read More who wanted to access Google Reader in an app. If you’re already a NextGen user after reading that article, know that you can migrate your feeds over from Google Reader to Feedly and sync it with NextGen also – making the transition completely seamless, yet not disrupting your reading style one bit. To connect to Feedly, just sign in to Feedly and authorize the connection.

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Another benefit of having a feed reader as an app, is that it is full screen, providing distraction free reading. If you want to keep up to date with NextGen Reader, you can follow their Twitter & Facebook accounts.

Download NextGen Reader from NextMatters.com or the Windows 8 App Store.

Meneré [Windows 7 & Up]

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Meneré is a desktop feed reader for Windows 7 and above, and is developed by lI’ Ghun (Klingon for “small, fine tools”). It is fairly straightforward to set up and use. Upon loading Meneré, you’ll see a window to connect to various services, one being Feedly. After authorizing access to Feedly, your feeds will automatically be imported.

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Referring to the first image, you can see that there is a nice organization between the labels, feeds, items, and the article view. Although there are several parts of the program, the interface is still clean, making the article easy to read. At the top, you can sort by unread, saved or all items, and also search for specific entries. In the top right corner, there’s a refresh button and a button to add additional accounts, which is currently available for free until the full version of Meneré 1.0 is finished. Meneré  also updates automatically.

To stay updated on news about Meneré, you can follow the lI’ Ghun Twitter account and blog.

Download Meneré for Windows 7 and above.

IFTTT [Web]

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If This Then That, otherwise known as IFTTT, is quite a popular service. It’s been around for a while and has built up a lot of momentum as the go-to service for automating your online life 10 Great ifttt Recipes To Automate Your Web Life 10 Great ifttt Recipes To Automate Your Web Life We’ve already introduced you to ifttt in a previous post and there have been several improvements made and new channels added to the web application since then. Automation and synchronization are two points that have... Read More with services like Craigslist, Evernote, Gmail and hundreds of others. And now it works with Feedly too. To begin, you must first activate and authorize IFTTT to access your Feedly account, then you can start adding recipes and even creating your own.

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What does this mean for you as a Feedly user? Well, let’s take a look at some of the IFTTT recipes and see what they have to offer. IFTTT allows you to connect Feedly to a variety of services, such as Twitter, Tumblr, Pocket, Buffer, Evernote… the list goes on.  For example, if you set up the Feedly to Twitter recipe, you can tweet new articles with a specific tag in Feedly. The Tumblr to Feedly recipe allows you to save any Tumblr posts which you’ve “liked” for reading later in Feedly. The popular recipes can be seen on the Feedly channel page, but that’s not all of them – there are tons that you can browse through and sort by “Triggers” or “Actions”, and by what’s “hot”, “new” and “popular”.

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Back on the Feedly channel page, you can also sort more specifically by Triggers or Actions. This is different from the browse section as there are only a few under each option with a more specific purpose.

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Not finding the one you want? Make your own! That’s the beauty of IFTTT. However, it’s not too likely that you won’t find what you’re looking for – that’s also the beauty of IFTTT.

And Many Others…

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Feedly doesn’t stop there though. There are many more apps and services that it connects to on mobile and desktop platforms alike. For example, there are three Android apps: Press, which Erez has previously reviewed Press: An Impressive Google Reader Client [Android] Press: An Impressive Google Reader Client [Android] Google Reader is an important part of my daily routine. It's how I keep on top of news and blogs I care about. In fact, Reader has many fans in MakeUseOf. But what if you... Read More , gReader, and Pure News Widget. Feedly also works with iOS apps like Newsify Newsify: Read Your Google Reader Feed In A Newspaper-Like Layout [iOS] Newsify: Read Your Google Reader Feed In A Newspaper-Like Layout [iOS] Read More and Reeder Keep Google Reader On Your Desktop With Reeder [Mac] Keep Google Reader On Your Desktop With Reeder [Mac] If you're a fan of Google Reader's functionality but not of its appearance, Reeder for Mac Beta offers Mac users an alternative way to access Google Reader subscriptions in a much more visually appealing way.... Read More , which has just recently become free for the Mac and iPad RSS Reader 'Reeder' Drops From $4.99 To Free On iPad & Mac [Updates] RSS Reader 'Reeder' Drops From $4.99 To Free On iPad & Mac [Updates] Reeder, the popular RSS feed reader for iPhone, iPad and Mac, is now free to download from the iTunes and Mac App Store. The price drop is valid for the iPad and Mac versions only,... Read More (although you still have to pay to use it on the iPhone). Lastly, you can use gNewsReader on your Blackberry or Symbian phone to access your Feedly feeds on the go.

To see all of the apps the Feedly supports, check out their Apps page.

Conclusion

Now, if you’re new to Feedly, understand that it doesn’t need apps – it can work very well on its own. In fact, the whole beauty of the Feedly Cloud is that it’s completely self-sufficient and doesn’t rely on Google Reader or need a browser extension to be used anymore. You can simply go to cloud.feedly.com and begin using the service. But the added bonus of an API, which developers all over the world can tap into and create their own apps on various platforms, makes Feedly even better.

Now tell us what your favorite Feedly app is and how it has made a difference to how you read your feeds.

  1. Mike
    July 2, 2013 at 11:30 am

    Don't forget about Mr. Reader! It is the best RSS app for iPad, hands down. Great interface and tons of sharing services. I have been using it for years. They just updated to include the Feedly service as well as several others.

    • Aaron C
      July 2, 2013 at 4:54 pm

      Thanks for sharing Mike. I did see that Mr. Reader was one of the apps, but there's only so many to mention in the article. I'm sure there will be many more added to the list as well, which is why I liked to the Feedly Apps page.

      Thanks again for reading and sharing!

  2. Ashok K
    July 2, 2013 at 2:41 am

    I'm using feedly for some time now and found it really useful and easy to use which is of prime importance for me. Feedly and IFTTT works well togather as you can save your articles ti Pocket or Evernet, share them to FB. I'm enjoying online reading!!!!!!

  3. Jim Eubanks
    July 1, 2013 at 11:45 pm

    I tried Feedly. It compares nicely to Google Reader, and I'm very impressed with the capabilities this article has covered.

    However, I found NewsBlur to be a better fit for my needs, perhaps in part because it's more visually appealing. The iOS App is great. Though NewsBlur works great with a browser, there are desktop apps that integrate well, such as ReadKit.

    I expect there will be no single replacement for Google Reader when the dust settles. This could be a good thing since competition spurs progress, and this could be the evolution to better and easier online reading.

    • Aaron C
      July 2, 2013 at 2:25 am

      Spot on Jim! It's absolutely a good thing. I'm not one for telling you you're wrong for liking something different -- different is what makes improvements and great competition. I'm looking forward to even greater improvements, and who knows, maybe one day I'll find something better than Feedly, but right now that's what works for me.

      I'm glad you found something that works for you before Google Reader closed its doors.

      Thanks for reading and sharing your thoughts.

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