Scoop is a Google Reader AIR Application with offline/online Google Reader synchronization built in. It keeps track of multiple Google Reader accounts simultaneously.
Scoop is an AIR Application I developed with Adobe Flex Builder.
For anyone not familiar with RSS Feed Reader’s in summary they allow you to subscribe to multiple RSS news/blog feeds which you’ll find on tonnes and tonnes of websites and blogs in cyberspace. So, every time one of these websites posts a new story on their site the story or summary gets added to their site/page RSS feed – text, images and other media can also come through the feed.
There’s a great browser based application called Google Reader which enables any google account holder (if you don’t have one already sign up for free here) to easily add any RSS feed to their Google Reader account and keeps track of all your subscribed feeds enabling you to quickly scan the latest scoops of your favorite sites every time you log into Google Reader.
Scoop enables users with or without Google Reader accounts to keep track of their favorite sites directly from the Desktop. It also synchronizes with your Google Reader account so any story you read in Scoop will update Google Reader’s read items, any feed you add or remove will also update with Google and vice verse.
There are added benefits to Scoop that a web browser can’t offer, here are just a few:
- Scoop includes alerts so that you never miss a breaking story
- Scoop caches all the stories it downloads enabling you to read them on the train when you don’t have an internet connection plus it auto updates Google Reader the next time you do connect to the net
- Scoop is super quick – no waiting around for stories to download (it’s already cached them locally!)
- Scoop enables you to enter multiple profiles/settings. This means that it can synchronize with multiple Google accounts (optional). I think this provides a great way to segregate different main interests. Ie, I’ve got an account which keeps track of my favorite Flash/Flex blogs but I’ve also set another one up to keep track of my favorite news feeds.