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Almost perfect Rated 4 out of 5 stars
Just days after I migrated my RSS feeds to Google Reader, the news that Google would discontinue that service came, and I had to quickly find a new feed reader. I tried several local (not cloud-based) stand-alone ones, but the lack of integration with Firefox was an annoyance in several ways.
Then almost by chance, while searching for an alternative I stumbled upon the Brief addon for Firefox. The best of both worlds! It's local (so it loads feeds quickly) but it's also well integrated with the browser. It's also very lightweight.
I give it 4 stars for two reasons:- It tends to break, although not catastrophically, when importing a large number of feeds. For some reason feeds disappeared from the list even though they have been bookmarked as live bookmarks in Firefox. It occurred a couple times, but I'm not sure how to reproduce this.- The second reason is lack of easy customization. Apparently it's possible to modify the addon's appearance through custom css/html code. However it's not a very straightforward thing to do. I would like, for example, a more compact feed tree view, but I don't know where to start. I hope this is a band-aid solution until something better gets implemented.
For added functionality, I suggest the author to take inspiration from full-fledged rss reader applications like RSSOwl or FeedDemon. Filtering news for example would be a very useful addition. Or adding a more classical 3-pane interface option, with customizable columns for the feed headlines pane. Or Ascending chronological order options (oldest first) for other views as well. Etc. Anyway, as a Google Reader substitute this addon does the job quite well and I strongly recommend it.
EDIT: after fiddling around with the Inspector, I came up with some code to make the tree view more compact. First you have to remove the read-only attribute from the "brief-custom-style.css" file in the /Chrome directory in your Firefox browser profile. Then, add the following code in it:
height: 17px !important;