Using “Feed Reader 3.14” to stay in the loop with Aviation Discussion Boards
In this article, I will try to explain how to install and configure Feedreader 3.14 to stay in the loop with your favorite aviation discussion boards, blogs or changing content web sites. Using feed readers is a convenient way of checking in with web sites and forums which you watch. A feed reader takes the effort out of visiting the particular web site and instead you have one convenient melting pot for everything. The feed reader does that work for you, alerts you to news and developments and lets you chose what to read, or respond to. It is a very simple tool for forum and discussion board administrators to enable.
The software is only one of many, some people prefer to pay a lot of money, or get stuck with Microsoft tools, however, Feed Reader 3.14 is entirely free to install and configure. In this post I will try to cover how to install the reader and how to add the first feed to it. After you follow the installation procedure of Feedreader 3.14 (you may give to the developers, who are providing this version free of charge) and set everything up, it’s time to set up your first feed. For this, I have selected AvWeb, to stay up to date with news and developments and get feeds delivered directly to your reader.
Adding the feed is fairly simple as you can see in the picture to the right. Essentially, every website offers RSS Feeds if they have frequently changing content. You gain the convenience to be able to monitor everything from one convenient place on your computer desktop. I recommend to let your feed reader run automatically, so it continuously scans for new posts. You may set your preferences, as to how much time goes by between feed fetches. When you click on new (bold) items, they are displayed in the readers own browser window, which is fully capable of storing and retaining your login details and other preferences. This means that you could respond to posts you find interesting, directly from this one single application.
Look for the RSS feature symbol on your favorite websites and forums. If in doubt, perform a feed search to scan the site you are interested in for available feeds. Sites like AvWeb offer different feeds for different news, so you don’t get swamped with everything at once. Here is a link to AvWebs feed page: http://www.avweb.com/topnews.xml.
The Seaplane Forum offers four different feeds for the most convenience and tailoring. Enjoy!