If you are looking for a feature-rich, yet free RSS feed aggregator and news reader, then Awasu is just the tool for you – RSS feeds are offered by most of the leading online news, technology, sports and business web sites and blogs. Reading, searching, adding, synchronizing and archiving feeds, managing podcasts, and using channel plug-ins – these are some of the features offered by the Awasu Personal Edition and they are most likely more than enough for the average and the advanced news reader alike.
The installation file is 8 583KB and the installation process quite simple and quick – you have to agree to the terms, choose if you want a start-up folder created, and then finish the installation.
By default the help file is not included in the installation and has to be downloaded separately. Once downloaded you might have to unblock the file if you don’t see its content – right click on the awasu.chm file, choose properties and click the Unblock button if you run into that problem.
Ease of use
If you are familiar with other feed readers, then you shouldn’t have a problem finding your way around Awasu, however, the numerous advanced features and toolbars might be quite overwhelming for some users.
Adding a new feed is pretty straightforward – click New Channel from the File menu, type in or paste the channel’s url, edit the name and the description of the channel if you wish and finish the process.
The right-hand pane of the program provides shortcuts to the most common tasks such as adding new channel, searching for channels and organizing your favorite channels. Clicking on the Channels Pack link will let you browse some of the top feeds in a few major categories and let you quickly subscribe to the ones that appeal to you. The program supports shortcuts, the feeds are updated once an hour and can also be archived for a month; and if the online browser seems too small, when you read your favorite news feed, you can easily toggle between the normal and the full screen view.
Awasu Personal Edition is a freeware and works on Windows 98, Windows ME, Windows 2000, Windows XP, Windows Vista and Windows 7