SkinnyReader

SkinnyReader is a minimalist RSS client for Windows.

It has been implemented using direct use of the Windows API, avoiding the use of the somewhat heavyweight MFC library which I normally use for user interfaces. The general idea was to have an RSS client that was super-light on system resources (i.e. I didn’t use the heavy .NET libraries that a lot of the new ones use).

The XML processing is done using the TinyXML library.

The main core of the project has been written in a platform-independent manner. The user interface is tightly integrated with Windows, but then I think it has to be in order to be as light as possible on system resources. It’s a fairly minimal user interface anyway, so re-implementing it on other platforms (such as linux and macos) wouldn’t take too much effort.

This project is currently shelved because I have been spending my time on other projects and because I wasn’t sure whether yet another freeware RSS client was needed in the world.

If you feel different and think this would be a worthwhile project to continue with, feel free to petition me at alex@tolon.co.uk. If you’re really keen for this project to continue, you could sponsor it by sending Tolon something really cool and/or interesting (see the Tolon Supporters page.