Monday, July 1, 2013

Goodbye Google Reader!

Google Reader is going to be shut down today. Users have felt bitter, angry, and somewhat panic in the past few months. However, so many developers have been working hard to create Google Reader replacements. I have seen new services popping up everyday. We may very well witness the RSS rebirth right now.

If you have not migrated your Google Reader account to any new services, you better take actions immediately. Follow this article to backup your Google Reader data. Feeddler 2.0 supports three alternative services. Sign up any services now and import the subscriptions.xml file from the backups to these services. Use Google login when you sign up these services so some of them may import your Google Reader data automatically.

If you use Google login to sign up these services, you need to create a separate mobile login for Feeddler to sync with your select services. For BazQux Reader, select settings (upper right gear button) and select mobile login to create a user name and a password. For FeedHQ, go to its Account Settings. For The Old Reader, add a user name and a password in Settings.

I have also fixed a few bugs in Feeddler 2.0. A minor update is almost ready for App Store submission.

55 comments:

Liz B said...

I migrated to the Old Reader today. I understand that I lost all my starred articles, and while I'm pissed about that, I realize there isn't anything I can do about it. However, I no longer appear to be able to star articles at all anymore. Is this a permanent change? This was something that made this app worthwhile for me.

Nate said...

The view All in Folder does not seem to work as well. Old reader is the backend.

Juergen said...

Liz, the starring feature was implemented on google's back end. The Old Reader does not support it (yet?).
If starring is important to you, feedly does support it. They call it "read later".

Unknown said...

Hey,

Will you support other services like feedly and etc...


Bloguin Dave said...

My subscriptions.xml file from google reader is now saved onto my computer.

How do I upload that into Feeddler on my iphone? Help!

Thanks!

Ken Roser said...

I'm using the bazqux backend and unlike the Old Reader users, I find the starring feature does work and the view All in Folder does work.

Thank you Che-Bin for a very easy transition.

Jb said...

Please provide support for Feedly. You can have tags in Feedly, and when you sync your subscriptions from Google Reader, all your tags will be intact. None of the other API's currently offered by Feeddler provides proper tag functioning. I'd pay for this convenience!

Reg Burns said...

My feeddler has just locked up, any suggestions?

Unknown said...

I paid good money for this iPad app now since July 1st it's useless! Money back please!

Reg Burns said...

I failed to transfer, and the alternative programmes are not as good. Will you be sorting out an easy way to use old reader with Feeddler in the next few weeks?

allihies said...

My app is constantly crashing when I enter my Old reader details. I bought the 2.0 version. What may be the problem?

Bloguin Dave said...

Any help with importing google reader subscriptions into Feeddler?

David Enzel said...

Will you add pull to refresh feeds?

AE mc said...

Managed to import everything from google reader to Old Reader and this afternoon everything worked with feedler pro on my ipad, but tonight all I get is an error/retry message when I try to use feedler pro on my ipad.

I'm not really sure what to do next. I tried to set up with feedly, but they don't seem to have an app. I guess you just read them through a browser? I'm so confused!

Leeann said...

@Ken Roser- You are my BEST FRIEND! I checked out Bazqux and it's 100% better than Google Reader.

The Old Reader is horrible for Feeddler. I'm probably happier now with Bazqux than I was with Google Reader before it died. Any problems with Feeddler are the fault of the Reader service. Feeddler is the same as it always was.

For those of you having problems with Feeddler since Google went away, think of it in simple terms... Your Reader Service (ex. The Old Reader) is like your cable provider (ex. Comcast) and Feeddler is your TV. If you turn on your tv and find scrambled channels, you would call your cable company, not your TV manufacturer (Feeddler). Please consider the features you are looking for before committing to a Reader service. Try out a few and see what works best for you, or just take my advice and go with Bazqux, it's $9 a year.

Bottom line: The Old Reader is not good for Feeddler users.

The Old Reader was developed in 2011 and not much has been done since to improve integration. (Although I believe they are working on it.)

For those experiencing freezing, double tap on the Home button and remove Feeddler from the running apps and restart, that should fix it. If it doesn't, delete the app and reinstall. You'll need to do this if you change Readers too so that you can enter your new credentials.

Hope this helps!

Bloguin Dave said...

Help?

All I am looking to do is get my old saved google reader subscriptions to a new Reader app for my iphone. I don't care what the reader is, I just want to transfer them.

Anyone have advice/help/assistance?

Thanks a ton, very appreciated!

Alex Duhowka said...
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Alex Duhowka said...

I log in theoldreader from google+... How I can log in feddlerRSS with use google+ and theoldreader ?

Bloguin Dave said...

How does the OldPDF Reader work? I just got the app but still can't figure out how to get my google reader subscriptions loaded into it.

Help? Anyone?

Firefly said...

Torture waiting for your beautiful Feeddler update. Nothing else works at all, no beauty, no utility.

Bloguin Dave said...

Can anyone kindly help me please?

Pretty please?

Frederico said...

Dave,

You need to create an account at one of the three RSS Feed Providers that Feeddler supports (that replace Google Reader as your backend); Feeddler is just a viewer/manager for one of these services.

Your best bet is BazQux (BazQux.com); it's a paid service, but so far, it's been the most reliable, and feature-complete (as compared to GR); you can pay as little as $9 per year with a 30 day trial and the developer is super-motivated and responsive.

Once you have your account there (or at one of the others, if you choose), you can import your Google Takeout as a whole, or just your Subscriptions.xml file.

For more info go to http://BazQux.com/faq

He did a great job preserving tags, folders, feeds and even starred items. Later this year, he is promising additional support to import any other JSON files you like from your takeout, such as likes.json (Favorites or "Hearts") from GR.

Once your have your GR transferred, you simply enter those login credentials in Feeddler, and you're back in business.

HTH

Frederico

Frederico said...

Liz, you can still migrate from GR to BazQux (until the 15th), and you will retain your Starred items, tags, folders and feeds (all but Heart/Favorites for now; the developer is adding support for that later this year).

BazQux is a paid service (as low as $9/year) while the Old Reader is free. You get what you pay for, as you say.

Everyone else: CBL says Feedly support is next up and coming later this year.

HTH

Frederico

Bloguin Dave said...

THANK YOU sooooo much Frederico!

The Bazqux to Feeddler stuff worked. I'm so happy, you are the man!

Che-Bin Liu said...

For everyone who still have not migrated your account, please sign up a free account at theoldreader.com, or go to bazqux.com or feedhq.org to sign up an account for 30-day free trial, and be sure to add a user name and a password that you will need to login with Feeddler.

Go to Google Takeout (https://www.google.com/takeout/#custom:reader) to export your Reader data and import subscriptions.xml to the service you signed up. All subscription data will be removed by Google on 7/15.

Che-Bin Liu said...

For anyone who has problems signing in the service via Feeddler:

For The Old Reader, go to settings http://theoldreader.com/users/edit to add user name and password so you can login Feeddler.

On bazqux.com, select settings (upper right gear button) and select mobile login.

Lost-N-Confused said...

Will there be support for inoreader.com? It works great but I like my Feeddler Pro much better. Inoreader claims they cloned GoogleReader API if true would be an easy fix to get it to work.

scottspot said...

I don't use my RSS feeds often, but got set up with Feedler 6 months or so ago when I learned Google Reader was going away. I can log in to my brand new BazQux account, but no feeds. The feeds show up in Feedler under the Google account but not the BazQux account. How do I get Feedler, which apparently has all my feed info, to use that same info with the new back end?

Frederico said...

Scott,

Did you set up a mobile login ID on BQ? It's in the upper right corner settings menu.

If yes, I'm not sure, but I'm happy to keep tring to assist.

Loving BQ overall; dearly miss Favorites and Keep Unread from GR, but Vladimir says at least KU is coming.

scottspot said...

Hi Federico,

Thank you. Yes, I did that and my iPad logs in with the mobile ID. When I log in from Feedler with the BQ mobile login I do not see my feeds. I only see the feeds when I am logged in from Feedler to my Google account, which of course isn't updating the feeds. Apparently my feed info still exists inside Feedler (or somewhere?) - just need to re associate now with the BQ back end.

Frederico said...

Hmmm... Might be worth trying to "Sync All Feeds" from the bottom of the Subscriptions menu (iPad). Might also be a good idea to 'Clear Cache' first from the Settings menu.

The only devices I had trouble with seeing any feeds at all, like you are describing, were when no mobile login had been setup, or the mobile login was mis-entered; I.E., Feeddler will let you enter incorrect login settings, and then just not display anything under that account.

Might also try deleting and reinstalling your BQ account in Feeddler.

I hesitate to suggest you delete and reinstall Feeddler, unless your legacy GR data (you're seeing cached articles, not an active connection to GR) has no value, and you don't mind setting all your viewing preferences in feeddler again.

Another thing to try, if you have another iOS device, or even on the same device is to try Feeddler free version with fresh install and login credentials.

Past that, you can email CBL directly from the Support option in the Settings menu; he's awesome with quick and thorough support (one of the top reasons to choose Feeddler over the rest).

HTH

Frederico

Che-Bin Liu said...

Hi Scott,

Did you export your feeds from Google Reader before 7/15? If not, Google completely turned it off on 7/15 and you cannot export data any more.

If you don't have too many feeds, you can add them one by one after you login to BazQux via Feeddler. If you have too many, please wait patiently until I release the next update which I will add a function to move all your subscriptions and folders to the new service you will use.

Again, the best way to solve your Feeddler problems is to send me an email: feeddlerATgmailDOTcom

Thanks Frederico for answering questions!

cb

scottspot said...

Hi cb and Federico - no, I did not do the XML export from GR. I was lead to believe that once I had Feedler set up that was not necessary.

It sounds like cb's suggestion of waiting for the next release with the new 'move subscriptions' function may be the best option ...

Thanks!

Frederico said...

Hi Scott

Sorry if I misinterpreted your issue; I thought you said if you go to BQ directly "on my iPad" (I presumed you meant in Safari) that you could see all your feeds just fine.

If you setup your BQ account (via web browser, not inside Feeddler) using your Google ID, it should have automatically imported all your GR feeds and a portion of your historical data.

So, if you *are* able to see feeds in BQ via any web browser, then you still have a problem with just Feeddler.

If you *aren't* able to see any feeds in BQ via Safari (not Feeddler), try this: add any random feed to BQ via web view in safari, make sure it shows up after refreshing the page; now login again via Feeddler and see if that one feed appears as expected. If yes, follow CBL's advice above to rebuild manually.

Or, I'm pretty sure you can import a feeds.xml file in BQ directly via Safari now, and then see all that via Feeddler without waiting for a feature update.

I hope the above makes sense.

Cheers

F

scottspot said...

Hi Federico - I just signed up for a BQ account today - after the July 15th deadline. I was lead to believe setting up Feeddler in place of GR and logging into my Google account inside Feeddler was all that was needed - which I did 6 mons ago. I have been using Feeddler and not GR since the original announcement - though GR was the "account" in Feeddler. I didn't understand that a new back-end service for Feedler was also required.

Things are working as they should. Except I don't have my original set of subscriptions from GR active in Feeddler which is the problem I want to solve. I can add a subscription in BQ via the BQ web interface and have it show up in Feeddler under my BQ account. When I am in Feeddler and select the GR account, I can still see all of my (not updated) subscriptions. It sounds like cb will be adding a feature to move current GR subscriptions and folder to the new back-end service. I don't have a feeds.xml file from Google to import, unfortunately. I didn't go through that process as I thought I did what was needed.

So my choice is to enter everything manually or be patient ...

Thanks! -Scott

Akos Redey said...

The Old Reader still seems to be struggling/broken, after their monster outage. Very frustrating. Please consider supporting self hosting (I.e. TT-RSS).

StampOwl said...

I was also wondering if you would be adding InoReader to your list of feeds. Seems The Old Reader is going private for only a few so we won't be able to use that anymore for our RSS feeds.

pharmdblogs said...

I am so far behind! I did not realize this issue. I will wait until the update. Send it soon, please!

James Herbert said...

Sad to see The Old Reader going private.

I respect their decision, but as an app developer I would be quite irritated. Implementing a service and a few weeks later starting all over again. Well, what's next? Supporting something bigger like Feedly, self-hosting stuff like TT-RSS or InoReader? InoReader looks really good btw, but I never heard of it before. Has a bit of playing Roulette.

Charlie Stross said...

Another vote for InoReader. Per their documentation, they cloned the Google Reader API -- change www.google.com to www.inoreader.com and your app should work straight away.

More info here: http://wiki.inoreader.com/doku.php?id=api

James Herbert said...

Silver Reader looks also quite good: http://silverreader.com/ It doesn't get easier to decide. ;)

Aaaaand, there's a little update on the Old Reader Blog. Maybe it's not the end after all. I guess I'll just be patient and observe how things develop in the next two weeks. :)

Charlie said...

I, too, would like to see inoreader supported.

Che-Bin Liu said...

I actually helped, or I should say pushed, InoReader to complete the most API. I have completed the integration with InoReader and will release an update soon.

Josie said...

I'd appreciate another free feed now that the Old Reader has problems. As Feedly and Digg are free I don't really want to have to pay a monthly subscription just so I can use your app. Sorry

Frederico said...

Josie

I appreciate your love of free, but The Old Reader just proves what's dangerous about free.

BazQux is as low as $9/year = $0.75/month = $0.0023/ day

Seems a small token to ask for a reliable, stable, fully featured and superbly supported service to be able to use with a fantastic app like FeeddlerPro.

JM2C

F

Wendy H. said...

I signed up for your service well before Google Reader shut down. Now I can only see my folders and the names of the blogs, but nothing else - and only on my old phone, not my new one. How do I get my feeds back?

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Unknown said...

I hope the promised compatibility with Feedly will arrive soon.

Unknown said...

Please, let me know when Feedly support will be available?

robseth said...

Your app seems to be crashing with iOS 7.1. Or maybe it's just me?

Gary Price said...

I've been very pleased since July 2013 with the combination of Feedler Pro and the BasQux Reader. However, on the after noon August 2, 2014, Feedler Pro's BasQux logon stopped working. Noting that BasQux is based in Moscow, I fear that this problem stems either from the Russian government's new restrictions on Internet servers or on the West's new economic restrictions on commerce with Russian companies.

Have any other Feedler Pro + BasQux Reader users had this problem? What's currently the best alternative to BasQux?

Frederico said...

Gary,

Same thing happened to me; you need to login to BazQux website directly and renew your subscription. Then force-quit FeedlerPro and reopen; login should occur normally.

Gary Price said...

Thank you, Frederico! That was the problem. I'm surprised that BazQux hadn't notified me of the need to renew.

Appreciatively,
Gary

wte169ld said...

Ever since I upgraded my iPad Air to iOS 8, Feeddler has been crashing on me at random times after launch.

Gary Price said...

I'm having the same problem with Feedler Pro—and several other apps.