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iSiloX Beta Does RSS!

Woohoo! The latest iSilo (Palm OS) and iSiloX 4.2b1 announcement caught my eye today at lunch. It turns out iSiloX (The desktop converter for Win/Mac/Linux) now supports the conversion of RSS feeds!

I've not had a chance to extensively test the feature, but a cursory check on my own RSS feed seemed to work fine. I did run into one glitch when testing the RSS feed of Russell Beattie, which ends in .jsp or .rss rather than .xml. It also seems feeds ending in .rdf have problems in iSiloX. I'll have to email the iSilo folks to mention this.

I've also heard that Plucker can cope with RSS feeds too, though I have not investigated this, as I'm very happy with iSilo. So, if you enjoy reading RSS feeds and want to take it on the road with your Palm, check out the latest beta version of iSiloX.

Reader Comments (4)

Yes, great neews indeeed, though I can't figure out to add/convert an RSS channel.

Even greater news: iSilo for Symbian UIQ smart-phones !!!


:-) Lo

P.S.: First post with Firefox.
December 4, 2004 | Unregistered CommenterLo Szabo
Lo, to add an RSS feed, click on the link or orange XML tag for the feed from your browser, and copy that to your clipboard. This URL should be something like this:

Beyond that it's a normal configuration.

From what I've seen though, iSilo doesn't properly handle any RSS feeds that don't end in .xml. I've tried .rdf, .rss and .jsp variations and none seemed to work. I've also noticed that paragraph formatting seems missing on the RSS feeds I have got to work, all of which I'll be reporting to the iSilo people probably next week.

Let me know how the Symbian edition works for you... :-)
December 4, 2004 | Unregistered CommenterMike Rohde
I've been using NewsMac (freeware) as my RSS Feed to iSilo or iPod Converter. iSiloX supporting RSS is great news for non-Mac users. My only problem with iSilo is I'm very much limited to offline RSS viewing. Anyways, I'm currently reviewing Hand/RSS for Palm (from Stand Alone, Inc.) - its both online and offline (through a Mac or PC conduit) RSS reader. Will let you know as soon as the review becomes available.
December 7, 2004 | Unregistered CommenterWinston Chiu
Winston, love to hear your report. I liked Hand/RSS but maybe just hadn't gotten into RSS enough when I demoed it. Can't wait to see your review.
December 7, 2004 | Unregistered CommenterMike Rohde

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