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I love brief but since my upgrade to FF3 it doesn't always pick up some feeds and I can no longer star Anything. O_O Please fix that I miss stars. Thanks.
A small number of users started to experience this problem after upgrading to Firefox 3/Brief 1.2. Please see this post in the support forum for solution:
Very good AddOn. Very intuitive and up to par with most basic RSS/Feed readers out there.
As far as I saw from my use there were no bugs it worked smoothly. It worked seamlessly with FF3 bookmarks by allowing you to bookmark the article/post right there on the Brief interface (a very nice touch!) letting you bookmark, Add to folder, and add tags however It was lacking a features that some online/readers have Specifically Google's:
*The ability to e-mail (or forward the article/post). Its not as big a deal for some. Plus it would require an e-mail registration which might be a drag.
In fact the only real reason for me not using this add on is that I get most of my RSS reading done at work which is a public computer so, every one could have access to my feeds and this works off of your firefox bookmarks.
Overall a great add on though.
This is the best RSS tool I've used so far. It's far more convenient and intuitive than Sage, WIZZ etc., with that lightweight tabbed interface.
I have to say, though, it did tend to slow the whole pc when I had more than 1,000 unread items...
This is great at what it is supposed to do, which is showing me my feeds. I hate scrolling messages and complicated feeders, so I love Brief. It does what it says, so if you are looking for more options, you may want to pass it up. But if you just want to see your feeds, try this!
The latest version has fixed everything I wished for in Brief except undo. Great job!
There are a couple of more things I would like to see which will make managing and navigating a view with a large number of articles easier:
- Mark as read through current page (so I don't have to finish looking at the rest of the articles in that view before marking a bunch as read)
- Jump to the start and end of the pages (so I don't have to hit the left or right arrow repeatedly to reach one end or the other)
A nice extension, but because it's more convenient to use Outlook/2007's RSS, I uninstalled the extension. Now every time I open FF I get a tab with the url "chrome://brief/content/brief.xul" - not sure how to fix it.
Wow, I was wondering how I was going to get to easily edit the 428 feeds I found myself getting....this add-on was dead-on. In 4 mins I was able to get all me feeds into a manageable form. Thanks.
The best for RSS!
Is it possible to download and save for offline use stories as they are starred. It would then be even better if they were deletable once read. It would make life easier when on the road. Otherwise, looks pretty good. Thanks.
Bad support for OPML files generated by other applications (FeedDemon, RSSOwl, Thunderbird) is bad. Or, rather, non-existant, since I had to correct the file with sed (Thunderbird's one, it was the closest).
No additional support for authenticated feeds, except for what live bookmarks provide. That is, the only option to store login and password is within the URL, and they behave badly with Livejournal secure feeds, again and again asking for credentials. But - lo and behold - you click on such feed, choose "Reload", and it loads all right. Sometimes not on the first try, though.
The interface is good, though, and I'd really like to be able to use it.
Support on the forums is slow...
I've been looking for an RSS reader and this one is by far the best. It's fast, it works well... Just perfect.
It's hard to find the right kind of reader for you. I was using WizzRSS, but there were certain things I didn't like about it. I tried Brief and now I've switched everything over to it. It organizes everything very well and has a continually running updater and a small pop-up indicator letting you know something has been updated. Great for large numbers of RSS feeds.
Brief is the only RSS Reader that alerts you when a feed has been updated (I have tried them all). The feed listing is wonderful, and looks really professional. The ability to set how often to look for updates is another great feature.
To conclude, I have finally found the RSS Reader I was looking for! It is a must,
First rate add-in. I've tried several add-in feed readers, Brief is the first that's usable!
The best news reader in the word!!
Has everything: nice preview, notification and live bookmark integration.
Ok, not really. But it did made me switch from Google Reader and made two other extensions superfluous: greader and gmail notifier. The experience
In my opinion, it's just a few things short of being perfect:
1. Keyboard shortcuts, or at least 'previous' and 'next' buttons;
2. Ability to delete all currently viewed items;
3. Option to show only unread items, even when viewing individual feeds;
4. Show only X items per page, but load the next X when the viewport starts reaching the end of the page.
Yes, I realize I am cloning GReader, but it's only because GReader is practically perfect. The reason why I switched is because Brief is very fast, supports authenticated feeds (gmail), doesn't kill my mouse's middle button's autoscrolling feature, and is really lightweight.
Thanks for a detailed review!
1. Keyboard shortcuts are definitely planned.
2. You CAN show only unread items when viewing individual feeds, take a look at the drop-down menu in the upper-right corner.
I didn't install it on a new profile, but i keep mine pretty spiffy. Brief seems to ignore the fact that AIOS is installed and uses it's own sidebar instead. Didn't like that at all, especially when AIOS is so incredibly popular. I found the toolbar button to be in the wrong state sometimes (Brief open, button not depressed). Worst of all, i fed it my RSS directory and... nothing. Didn't list any feeds in any subfolders. ByeBye
1) The lack of integration with AIOS is expected, because Brief's sidebar is actually placed WITHIN its tab. This way the sidebar is permanently associated with the tab, so you don't have to hide the sidebar manually when switching to a different tab, closing it etc.
2) The toolbar button not staying depressed is a really minor issue and it's going to be fixed in the next release.
3) I'm sorry that Brief didn't work for you but it certainly wasn't something that couldn't be resolved after some investigation, so rating it 0 right away seems a little harsh.
I've tried almost all of the readers and tickers in the Firefox Add-ons library. This is the best.
It does everything it needs to do and nothing it doesn't. It's clean and crisp (both in looks and in speed).
My new favorite add for a few reasons:
1) simple and elegant display
2) very easy to use
3) does everything I need it to do without being overblown and messy
thanks for the great add on.
I would like to humbly request in future versions . . . could you add a shortcut key for "mark as read" and to click to the next newsread?
--before Flock screwed it up. Because it uses Livebookmarks it has no problem getting into my authenticated feeds, which is really why I need it. If it only had Google-Reader-like keyboard shortcuts, I'd marry it.
Was looking for something like this for so long. Loved Flock\'s format and was waiting for something like it for Firefox.
I've been using Google Reader for a while now and find it pretty good. But when Brief promised to show the entire feed contents in one page for quick reading, I thought I'd try it out. But it really only provides a page of summaries from the feed, not the full articles. Or at least I don't see an option for the full contents. The headline option shows even less.
So this works the same as Google Reader, whose interface is just as clean. Sorry!
I work in the media so getting the latest news is the most important thing too me, Brief is a fantastic RSS extension which is really easy to customize with just a few clicks. I was using Sage before switching to this extension & I found that I had too open up every single feed just to view the updated feed, I have placed my feeds in different folders & it's just fantastic as I only have too click on the folder to view all the feeds in it.
I would also like to thank the author of this extension for providing the default style sheet on there site I hope too bring out some styles soon after I have played around with the colours.
I recommend this RSS reader. It is truly superb. You add RSS pages to your bookmarks and having launched the reader (button on the toolbar), all the links show nicely on the screen in a new window. Very simple, very neat and tidy. I love it!!! I cant think of any cons yet...