Onfolio Follow-up

December 17th, 2004 at 1:41 pm

Well, I said I was giving it a whirl, but it didn’t last terribly long. Ultimately the interface was just too much for what I was looking for. If only you’re looking for an in-browser feed-reading interface, Onfolio doesn’t quite make the grade yet. This is primarily due to the fact that Onfolio is not a feed-reader to begin with, it’s a research tool. It does seem to handle feed-reading decently, but it’s just not a simple and elegant interface. On top of that, it seems to require a little more processing power than I can muster (however, keep in mind this is more a failing of my 4 year old p3-450 (sigh) rather than any failing of Onfolio).

Onfolio also interrupted my regular workflow enough to annoy me. It seemed 70% of my actions using the GUI resulted in a progress dialog popping up and me having to wait 2-3s before being able to resume my progress (Even reordering the order of my feeds or sorting them into folders popped this dialog on EVERY MOVE).

As a research tool on a more powerful system with feed-reading as a secondary activity, it might be a great tool. As a quick and easy in-browser feed-reader, it’s not my cup of tea.

3 Responses to “Onfolio Follow-up”

  1. Anonymous says:

    If you get a chance, check back for Beta 2 sometime in February. We are hoping that the two issues you mention here will be addressed in one way or another and we would love to know if it changes your opinion of Onfolio. – Sebastian Gard (Onfolio)

  2. brent says:

    Sebastian: I will definitly do that. Nice to see someone’s reading.

  3. Ian says:

    I think your problem will be Firefox. I have gone from Internet explorer To Firefox and even with a very new and fast computer Firefox does not perform fast. I believe it will soon. I am interested in why you say it is not a true newsreader? It took a bit to get the hang of but once you know your way around it is quite good.