I'm looking for a good RSS feed notifier that has these features:

  1. [Required] Windows software

  2. [Required] Full proxy support for all sorts of passworded and not proxies

  3. [Required] Ability to display notifications when new items show up in feeds.

    • Notifications should be able to be displayed in the corner of the screen, like new mail notifications in Outlook or RSS ones in Feed Notifier

    • URL link so the post can be open from the notification in the browser

  4. [Strongly desired] Proxy support should work out of the box the way it does in FireFox or Chrome, by using Windows's proxy settings; without the need to configure it manually.

  5. [Strongly desired] Ability to NOT display notification for older posts.

    This is critical for SE where all RSS feeds are "post changes" based; and thus display old questions whenever someone edits the question or one of the answers... makes finding NEW questions to answer a drag and a half.

  6. [Wanted] Easy integration with StackExchange. I don't want to hunt down every site's RSS URL if possible (just type site name and it generates "https://softwarerecs.stackexchange.com/feeds").

  7. [Wanted] Configurable check period - per feed.

As mentioned in #3, I am already aware of Feed Notifier, but it's a pain when it comes to #4 and #5.

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    Just my guess with no real added value, but I really highly doubt anything covering step 6 exists. However, majority of RSS readers can autosniff feed url from HTML page (see <link rel="alternate" type="application/atom+xml"... in page source)
    – Olli
    Feb 6, 2014 at 10:09

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I have used FeedDemon and was happy with it. It does not have StackExchange specific features (#5 and #6), but otherwise it's good.

  1. Windows software: check
  2. Full proxy support: I think so, but can't really test that.
  3. Notifications: check
  4. Proxy support should work out of the box: check. Supports automatic detection and manual configuration.
  5. Ability to NOT display notification for older posts: fail (I think). As a workaround (which fails step #6): http://softwarerecs.stackexchange.com/feeds/newest outputs only newest posts. With that, there's no need to filter notifications.
  6. Easy integration with StackExchange: nope. Can sniff feed urls from pages, though (just copy and paste http://softwarerecs.stackexchange.com/ and it'll get feed URL.
  7. Configurable check period - per feed: not sure.

I don't currently have Windows computer, so I can't validate #7.


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