I’ve been using Feedly on iOS for quite a few months now as a client which syncs with Google Reader. Having tested out other RSS reader apps (Feeddler, MobileRSS, Flipboard and Reeder) I’ve found Feedly to be the most user-friendly and aesthetically pleasing*.
On the desktop however, I’ve always used FeedDemon as it also syncs with Google Reader and provides desktop notifications so I can keep updated throughout the day without having to constantly keep hitting refresh.
However…. The recent announcement that Google Reader will be shutting down on July 1st has left me thinking whether FeedDemon will continue to operate? We shall see.
As a precaution, I’ve decided to start using the Feedly desktop (browser) version – keeping one tab in Chrome pinned to the left. After a day or so of using it I’ve come across one small but frustrating interface problem. See screenshots below.
OK, so I’ve found an article that I’d like to read. Clicking anywhere on the text or image opens up that article in situ (which is nice).
If at this point I change my mind I’ve got a clear close cross in the top right corner of the article which has just opened. [Happy Face]
(Admittedly this could be made a little darker)
Turns out this was a long and rather boring article and I now want to close it.. but wait! – how? I now have to scroll back to the top of the article to close it; or carry on scrolling down to get to the next one. [Sad Face]
What would be perfect is for a condensed toolbar to be anchored to the top of the article when scrolling to allow quick access to sharing, deleting and of course – closing.
Hope the Feedly guys read this and take note!
* This is just my opinion