IE7/Office 2007 and RSS

I’m currently using Omea Reader by Jetbrains for all my RSS subscriptions. But after re-installing my laptop and installing the latest Omea Reader, some weird indexing bug occured. The bug is fixed in version 2.2, which is still beta, but can be downloaded here. Unfortunatly the link is broken. I’ve sent emails to about 8 departments inside JetBrains, but only some nice lady called Daniela Vokalova from sales replied that she’d forward the mail.

But since Internet Explorer 7 has built in RSS Support, I’d thought I’d give it a try. First things that I’ve noticed:

  1. I can’t import OPML files/feeds
  2. A weird feed subscription without items was suddenly inserted without a name or any items. I can’t delete it, and when I try to rename it, I can’t submit the new name. The input-field stays.

So I booted Outlook 2007 again and was notified that I could merge Outlook and IE7 RSS Feeds. I did and decided to check out the RSS functionality in Outlook. Great, it provides OPML imports. Unfortunatly only in the root, so I had to move every BloggingAbout.NET weblog into a new folder.

As every weblog was newly inserted, all items were unread. I right-clicked the folder I had moved all weblogs in, selected “mark all as read”, and nothing happened. You have to right-click every feed seperatly. You can’t ctrl- or shift-select mutliple feeds.

So I hope JetBrains soon fixes the link, because I think I’ll stick to Omea Reader.

I’ve received mail from JetBrains that the link is fixed and an even newer version was uploaded. My weird indexing bug is now gone and I’m a very happy Omea Reader user again! Download the EAP here.

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7 Responses

  1. Mike Glaser says:

    I think you’re configuartions is messed up again. Cause I can select multiple feeds and select the Mark as Read and it works.

    Try to open one readed RSS Article and select the Mark as Unread in the RSS Article. Close it and now the options you mentioned above must work. Very strange workaround.

  2. Michael Gerasimov says:

    Dear Dan,
    Thank you for the note. I’ve corrected the link on JetBrains and you can download the update from there.

    Sorry for these troubles.

    Michael Gerasimov,
    JetBrains, Inc.

  3. Marc Brooks says:

    You CAN import a feed list into IE7, but it’s buried pretty deeply. First, turn on your menu-bar using the “Tools/Menu Bar”. Then select “File/Import and Export…”, which starts the wizard… now click “Next”, select “Import Feeds”, click “Next” and then browse to your OPML file. When you click “Next” again, it’ll ask you where to root the imported list (so you can import someone else’s OPML under its own folder.

    Hope this helps… though honestly I use RSSBandit.

  4. I was thinking the same thing about an hour ago…I too am a loyal omea user but was thinking of switching to Outlook 2007 for RSS stuff. There is one glaring problem: Outlook doesn’t implement either CommentRSS or CommentAPI, 2 glaring omissions. Perhaps they’ll get it in for the RTM, but if not there is no way I’ll switch.

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