Feed Readers Software Tips

Reeder App- Reviewed

It’s known that I am an avid Feedly user on desktop and mobile . These day’s I am just using Feedly on the desktop and I switched to Reeder for my mobile needs, and here are a few reasons why I can’t live with out Reeder these days.

Simplicity:- It’s layout is out right simple, and intuitive. Nothing closely compares to the simplicity of the app. It hardly takes a few minutes to get used to the app. The app feels snappy and all the content is delivered just right to suit the mobile device (iPhone/iPad). I love the layout on both iPhone and the iPad.

Google reader sync:- Syncing to Google reader is mandatory for me, since I have more than 100 odd hand picked feed subscriptions on Google reader. Reeder syncs with Google reader, once you setup your Google account,  it  just Works.

Offline:- The killer feature which forced me to keep looking for a better Feed reader for the iPhone was the ability to download all the feeds for use offline and sync back the changes when I am back online. My commute to work takes about 3 hours everyday and catch up on the feeds during my commute. The kinda travel I do, I prefer not to use data, so all I do is allow Reeder to sync my feeds on wifi at home before leaving to office and similarly before leaving to home. I am surprised by the amount of data it can sync and store. When run offline, it works flawlessly without complaining for data/network which is really cool . While offline I can either share on Google reader or  favorite an article or mail an article with out any issues. Any other sharing features like sharing on twitter or Facebook or Instapaper or Evernote require Internet. Please note that when I mean offline the entire article (text and photo) is available for offline consumption, except for any embedded links which would only be available with Internet. So you get to consume a majority of the article, which is the best that is possible offline. All the changes like sharing, favorites etc are synced back on your next sync flawlessly. Reeder’s online capabilities are equally impressive. When the app is open, It syncs in the background and opens links within the app until you explicitly ask a link to be opened in safari. Besides there a a tonne of customization you can make  to suit senses.  In all Reeder is a must have app for your iDevice and is worth every penny. How I wish there was one for windows 🙂

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HowTo Software Tips

Google Docs as File converter

Converting documents to Word or Open Office e.t.c is a pain if you need to do them occasionally, even more true for people who use Mac and Linux and don’t have Microsoft office. Usually one is not sure how their resume would look on MS office if they created the document on Open office or iWork or any other non Microsoft product (unfortunately majority of the world use Microsoft Sad smile) . These cross platform issues would be easier if there was just one format, but that wouldn’t help Microsoft mint money would it?  If you are going to convert files occasionally , there is no point searching for a separate application  and having it add to the clutter on your  computer.  All these hassle could be easily taken care with a Google account.

Here’s how it works :google_docs_logo

Just upload your document Word or Open office or TXT to Google Docs. (you need to be logged in to your Gmail or Google account)

Open the document you just uploaded to convert , then using the Download as option under the file menu  to convert the document as a HTML or PDF or RTF or txt or DOC or ODT.

Now  you have  converted the file to your required format with a bonus of  safely backing up the document on Google’s servers for future use.  If you don’t wish to back up you need to remove the file manually.

Google does a great job converting word or open office formats to PDF, but the reverse (PDF to Word or txt etc)  is just very basic and minimal. May be you should try here for some better PDF to word conversion. Also note that password protected documents are still not supported for upload  into Google docs and hence conversion wouldn’t be possible as well.

While Google Docs would help solve your occasional file format problems, If you require something really advanced and offline, I suggest you look at standalone application for that specific file format conversion based on your platform (Mac, Linux, Windows, e.t.c).

If you didn’t already know, you can save your documents to PDF and Open office format using Office 2010 using the save as option. Office 2007 don’t and before versions of Microsoft office don’t allow this. 

If you are looking for a specific convertor to convert your files (any format) to PDF, you should try this Open source application called PDF Creator . Please note that PDF Creator is available only for windows as of now.

Feel free to tell me if this post was useful. I would be glad to hear if you have a better alternative.