Over the last several years the number of CAD blogs, and blogs in general, have multiplied many times over. Back when there were only a handful of CAD sites worth visiting, it wasn't too tough to manually visit each one on a periodic basis. These days that number has multiplied many times over, as there are a countless number of blogs worth visiting.
One challenge that comes from so many great sites is keeping up with them all. Most modern-day blogs out there have what is known as an RSS Feed. By subscribing to the RSS feeds of the sites your frequent, you can be notified as those sites are updated with new content. A program or utility known as a "Feed Reader" is actually what will notify you of a new post.
Personally, I have been using Google Reader for some time now. Overall I have been happy with it's performance, but isn't very integrated into my daily workflow. Even still, the price has always been right - FREE! Among the various free feed readers out there, Google Reader has worked best for me.
Ironically enough it was Google that tipped me off on the real intent of this post. A visit to Google News revealed to me both NewsGator & Feed Demon have been made into free downloads. The NewsGator group of programs has for a long time been celebrated as one of the best paid feed readers out there. Today however, that all changed when NewsGator made each of the following products FREE!
- NewsGator Online (Free before today) - Free online feed reader.
- FeedDemon - Windows Feed Reader
- NetNewsWire - Mac Feed Reader
- NewsGator Go - Mobile Feed Reader
- NewsGator Inbox - for Microsoft Outlook
- Free Tools - Again, free before today, but I figured I'd mention it anyway.
Go get yourself a top-notch feed reader for free, and then come back here to The CAD Geek to subscribe to my feed (if you haven't already)! Finally if you're looking for some other blogs to add to your flashy new feed reader check out some of the links on the right. Shaan Hurley of Autodesk has a much longer and more complete list on his blog.