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Handmark Buys FreeRange – Wonder What Is Next…

WSJmobilereaderHandmark recently bought FreeRange for an undisclosed sum. In case you did not know FreeRange is a very popular alternative RSS reader for those who do not use Viigo. Handmark is known for their Pocket Express application but they have recently been branching out quite a bit with Astraware and other small firms.

It makes me wonder what Handmark has up their sleeves. FreeRange was always hobbled by the fact that it had a hefty cost if you had more than 10 feeds. Especially if you compared it to the free Viigo application. On the other hand FreeRange scored some great partnerships with the likes of AP News, Wall Street Journal, and NewsGator to create a application for them.

FreeRange has some definite promise and I can’t wait to see what Handmark does with it. Hopefully they will add desktop sync combined with images which is something that Viigo sorely lacks. They do have desktop sync with their NewsGator edition but that does not have images. They do have images with their regular version but it does not include desktop sync…

What do you think Handmark has in mind with FreeRange?

via Moconews

4 total comments on this postSubmit your comment!
  1. I think it will get a better interface. I would like to see some ability for it to load Google Reader feeds and know when you’ve already read something on your computer.

    That said, and this is kind of off topic: I have way more than 10 feeds on my FreeRange and I’ve never paid….

  2. All that Freerange needs is global synchronization like that on NewsGator Go, and a realistic price tag.

    I can even do without the global synchronization. It’s the price that’s always put a stumbling block on this otherwise great reader.

  3. Does it support an “offline” mode yet? I love Viigo for that.

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