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Reading the newspapers online can be convenient for you if you are a working day in and day out, and do not have the time to read the traditional newspapers at home. Now, the time has changed and newspapers are available virtually too. There are software products on the internet which make it possible for you to read newspapers with ease, no matter where you happen to be and at what time of the day. The majority of these are free to use and let’s take a quick look at one of such products, Newspiper.

The Newspiper software product can be downloaded within a time frame of a couple of minutes on a good internet connection. Installation is even quicker and completes in a matter of few seconds. In order to use this software product comfortably your computer should be equipped with Windows 2000 or newer operating system. It can also work well in the computers with Macintosh installed. After installation, user would see a configuration window, which doesn’t seem to be working.

Accessing the user interface is pretty easy. The majority of the features are listed in a chronological form. Some of the terms used, however, can be confusing for the end user. Most of the major functions are given in the form of icons, so product would be easier to use after some usage.

There are many interesting features that come with this software product. It enables you to monitor all the popular news websites that are known to exist. You can also retrieve news that you might have missed out on by making use of this software product. You have the option to get a list of channels automatically or by adding them via RSS feed. However, the former method, didn’t seem to be working in tests.

Newspiper is a software product that can be customized by end users. For instance you can switch off the main news window and only keep the news bar of this software application open. All headlines that are demonstrated by virtue of this software can be clicked upon and the full story read by you. Easy modification and customization add to its utility. One of the most disappointing feature of it is that user cannot read full news in the software window itself. Instead a new browser window would be launched directing user to the actual source of the news.

News channels can be added to the Newspiper software product for the purpose of monitoring. This can be done either manually or automatically. In order to do this manually you have to enter the URL of the website after which it will get added to the software. You can also add a website from an RSS feed or use the drag and drop option in order to get the URL of the news website to find its way into this software application. Entering the URL of the news website manually does not leave any room for error.

A Pro edition of the Newspiper software product is also available for use if you are someone who has a passion for listening to and monitoring news websites at various hours of the day. The Pro version is a capable of filtering all the news that is shown in the main window of this software application. It is also capable of filtering the news headlines that are demonstrated in the news bar. As a user of this software you can even go ahead and mark a particular news headline as having been read in order to prevent accessing it at a later date.

Positive Points:
  -   Newspiper is free and comes without any adware products attached to it.
  -   Easy to install and use.
  -   Works with both RSS feed and automatic news fetching service.

Negative Points:
  -   Post-installation configuration wizard didn’t work in our tests.
  -   Full news cannot be read in the software window.
  -   Pro version does not offer anything extraordinary.
  -   Is quite buggy.

Newspiper may a good tool, but it is not good enough to save your time. It definitely does the job of fetching the news headlines, but reading them is the problem. Same thing can be achieved easily by desktop widgets or by using Rainmeter. It does offer many features, but most of them are hardly ever used. For users who do not want desktop screen cluttered can with it; having said that there are many better similar products available.  Rating: 2/5

NewsPiper Publisher's Description

NewsPiper is an RSS feed reader, news aggregator, web grabber and news ticker in one program. It allows you to monitor your favorite news sites (cnn.com, foxnews.com, etc.), RSS feeds or blogs, retrieve necessary news and display it in the usual three panes newsreader interface (channels, news titles, news details) or scroll it in a special bar (NewsBar) placed at the top of your screen. For each shown headline, you can open the "full story" page in your default web browser simply by clicking on the headline.

Another useful feature of NewsPiper Pro is "news pronouncing": you can set it up to pronounce news headlines and details from one or more channels so NewsPiper can be used as a "radio tuner" for your favorite RSS feeds or Web sites.

Adding a new channel is very easy: you can manually enter the URL of a web site or an RSS feed, or drag-and-drop it from a web browser or another program, or simply paste it in from the clipboard.

You can also add channels from an "Online channel catalog" containing many popular web sites and RSS feeds.

In addition, NewsPiper checks your connection status according to a schedule you setup and changes the color of the icon in the system tray bar accordingly: green means you are online, red indicates offline.

Free download from Shareware Connection - NewsPiper is an RSS/ATOM/Web news reader and news/stock ticker in one. It can show news in the usual 3-panes newsreader interface (channels, headlines, news details) and scroll them in the special bar (NewsBar) placed at the top of your screen.

Publisher: Korzh.com | License: Freeware | Price: 0.00
Version: 3.6.0 | Size: 1393 KB | Platform: Win2000, WinOther
Released Date: 15-03-2006 | Rating: 5 | Title: NewsPiper

Author Url: http://www.korzh.com
Program Info Url: http://software.korzh.com/newspiper/
Download Url: http://software.korzh.com/downloads/np_setup.exe
Screenshot Url: http://software.korzh.com/newspiper/images/sshot_np3m.jpg

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