RSS Bandit is a free application that allows you to read news feeds (both RSS and Atom feeds) and download podcasts from your desktop. It also synchronizes with popular Web-based feed readers like Google Reader and NewsGator Online.
The recent releases of RSS Bandit contained a bug which caused users to lose their feed lists on upgrading. In addition, there were some user interface changes that made it look like feed subscriptions were missing when they were in fact there. This version fixes both of these issues.
Synchronizing Feeds with Google Reader and NewsGator Online
This feature is one I'm sure will be appreciated by peoples who like reading their feeds from multiple computers but still want a desktop-based feed reader for a variety of reasons (e.g. reading feeds from a corporate intranet while roaming your feeds from the public Web).
Downloading and Managing Pending Podcasts
Podcasts and other enclosures can either be downloaded automatically based on your settings or downloaded manually via right-clicking on an item. Below is a screenshot showing how to manually download a podcast that is attached to a blog post.
Changing the Font Size on the Reading Pane
As many of our users know, RSS Bandit uses Internet Explorer as it's embedded Web browser. Somewhere along the line in the switch to Internet Explorer 7 from Internet Explorer 6 we lost the ability to change the size of the font in the embedded Web browser by using the [Ctrl] and [+] or [-] keys.