I’ve become a big fan of news feeds. In fact, I’d say that it’s one of the primary ways that I stay current with my interests on the Internet. News, weblogs, technology web sites, the Tour de France, you name it. So when Mike asked me the other day if I had found a news aggregator for Palm OS, I was on the hunt.
I’m able to do just about anything with my Palm. It’s my proxy for when I can’t be at my workstation. I can edit this weblog, ftp images, check e-mail, browse the web, take photographs, as well as keep my schedule, phone numbers, tasks, etc. However, it hadn’t dawned on me that I didn’t have a news feed reader. Doh! After a few Google searches here’s what I found.
Friday is a Java application for reading news feeds from your Syndic8.com account. I don’t have one, so this application didn’t do any good for me, but it does install nicely if you have the free MIDP for Palm OS from Sun Microsystems. If this application had a feature that allowed you to add your own feeds it’d be perfect.
Quick Palm is really more of a script that allows you to read your converted feeds in Plucker. There’s also JPluck that does the same thing.
Plucker is often referred to as an AvantGo clone, but it’s actually much more than that. You can customized just about anything that you’d like to grab off the web. So at this point, the only solution that appears to be out there is to use Plucker with a conversion tool, such as JPluck.
I’m not a Plucker user, so I’ll have to download it and give it a shot. However, I wish there was a stand alone solution that didn’t require the conversion process. Although I haven’t tried it yet, it just sounds clunky. If there’s any Palm OS developers reading this, hint hint! 😀
If you like Plucker, you might also like iSiloX at http://www.isilox.com. It’s a great web content converter for Palm OS devices.
Personally, I really like Avantgo. The free account gives me enough content each day that I know I’ll always have an hour’s worth of current reading material in my pocket if I get stuck someplace. Plus, you can sync it wirelessly — how cool is that?!