Nick Bradbury himself (FeedDemon's developer) was very clear in the FeedDemon forum as he wrote to me "Users with your requirements aren't the customers I'm designing FeedDemon for, so if that's what you really want, you should consider using another piece of software".
Clear enough, e? And from the horse's mouth
But no offense to Nick, he seems like a really nice guy, very helpful and, really, he has done great work with FD and other projects over the years.
Yes, I've been following that conversation with great interest
You're right, Nick is a nice guy and he has done a great job with FD and he's also correct when he says that "[u]sers with your requirements aren't the customers I'm designing FeedDemon for"
. Here at Awasu, we've had a similar issue with people complaining that Awasu is too hard to use and our response is essentially the same as Nick's (although I may not necessarily have been quite so forthright
). We target different market segments and you simply can't please everyone all the time
early on that the future of RSS was as infrastructure and you would not be able to sell an "RSS Reader" any more than you could sell an "HTML Viewer" (a.k.a. a browser). IMHO, Nick is going down the wrong route and the market segment he is targeting is going to disappear. People are either going to consume RSS in their browsers or other apps (this is the mainstream use he talked about), or they are going to be power users, like yourself. I disagree with his assertion that most RSS readers are oriented towards power users; I think he means that you needed to be a techie to be able to install and use them, which is a fair comment. But power users, no. As you said over there, power users are people who need to do hard-core information processing and Awasu has always been about exactly this, doing something useful with the incoming information, not just passively consuming it like television. Enterprise clients will always have a need for this kind of thing so I don't think our market is going anywhere.
isarris wrote:I am especially attracted to the heavy-duty information processing of Awasu, and from what I've seen there's nothing else in the market quite like it, and many congratulations for that.
Thank you. "Heavy-duty information processing" is exactly how we pitch Awasu, it's an "information hub".
isarris wrote:First, how should I be thinking of making the move from FeedDemon? I have a large (1.3GB) FeedDemon database (SQLite) which I would ideally want to bring into Awasu somehow. Basically I need that data for historical/archival purposes, and to be able to run queries/reports against it.
Are you querying the the database directly? We are about to push out the first release candidate for the next general release of Awasu and it has an extensive API
, not only for querying archived content but for controlling many other key features of Awasu.
I'm not familiar with the structure of FD's database, but basically, if you can get the information out, you can then push it into Awasu. Hmmm... a FD->Awasu conversion tool, now there's an idea...
isarris wrote:I know that GR stores a lot more feed items than it syncs to FeedDemon. I can see this when I go into a feed in GR and keep scrolling down, GR seems to have a pretty long history of that feed, but to FeedDemon it's sending much fewer items. Could there be any way, through a script/extension/plugin or whatever to get those old items from GR into Awasu (even the whole feed history perhaps)?
The big problem that both FD and Awasu have when dealing with GR is that its API is simply not designed for synchronization with third-party feed readers. It sends out the entire content for each feed item, so if you have thousands of feed items in hundreds of channels, you're talking massive amounts of bandwidth, just to do simple things like finding out what feed items GR knows about
But again, if you can get it out of GR (and you should be able to), pushing it into Awasu will be easy.
Is there some reason you need to use GR so much? The philosophy behind Awasu's GR integration is to use it to keep up with your most important feeds while you're away from your computer, but the bulk of your work will be done on your PC.
isarris wrote:Is there an evaluation for the professional edition?
A trial version of the Pro Edition is available here
, the Google Reader plugin is here
For both of the questions you raised above, if you have developers available, it should be straight-forward for them to do the necessary work, or we can provide consulting services to do it for you. The key philosophy behind Awasu's design is extensibility so if there's something you want to do, there's usually (at least) one way to do it