Take Google Reader To Your Desktop With ReadAIR

by Karthik on May 14, 2008 · 9 comments


For those of you who are big fans of Google Reader, here’s an app that you must check out. You’ll love this new Adobe AIR app called ReadAIR that completely syncs with Google Reader and has the same basic layout as Google Reader, so you should have no problems starting out.

You could be easily be fooled into thinking that this app was developed by Google because it is that well polished. It features full synchronization with your Google Reader account and requires you to log in with your credentials the first time you use it.  The viewing panes can be resized but the columns in the list view can’t. It also has a search feature for going through all of those feeds and you can use tags as well as add or delete subscriptions. Sounds cool eh!

The interface of ReadAIR has been designed keeping OSX in mind, but it surely does look good on Windows machines as well. The UI is simple and effective and is a joy to use. There are some important features missing at the moment, but the developer plans to add it as soon as possible. Here’s what the developer has in the pipeline :

  • Offline mode
  • Keyboard shortcuts
  • Windows XP/Vista and custom themes
  • Unread count in Mac doc icon

I can’t wait for keyboard shortcuts to be a part of ReadAIR. I found myself using J for next item and S for starring it while playing around with ReadAIR, such is the striking resemblances between Google Reader and ReadAIR.. For the first release ReadAIR looks promising indeed. I suggest you all to give it a try.

Download ReadAIR from here

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sanils May 14, 2008 at 2:00 pm

Google offline access similar things like ReadAIR, but web app.


FireFox May 14, 2008 at 8:53 pm

Is this a mac exclusive?


Karthik Kastury May 14, 2008 at 10:14 pm

@Firefox, No it a Adobe AIR app, so it runs well on Windows, OSX and even Linux.. :)


FireFox May 15, 2008 at 2:24 am

That’s superb! I really like these AIR things. I use the Ebay program based on AIR and it’s great


nitinpai July 7, 2008 at 12:29 am

Hey I just happened to write a post on ReadAir. The main reason which prompted me for it was even I got bored using Google Reader for a long time now. Needed a change. ReadAir is nice. Have you tried FeedDemon or RssBandit?


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