Announcing EspressoReader (alpha): A desktop client for Google Reader

I am excited to finally announce the alpha release of EspressoReader. EspressoReader, in its current incarnation, is a desktop app for Google Reader. However the goal is to create an application for managing all the information streams you read on a daily basis, and providing user interfaces that help sifting through all of that. For example, this release includes a PhotoView that lays out all the images in different feeds one below the other, which works out really well if you are subscribed to image heavy feeds like web comics.

Espresso Text View

Espresso Reader Image View

You can download the application from here.
Update: I am removing the link to the installer as more and more people keep having a broken experience with version 1. Please get on the alpha list for version 2 at EspressoReader.com. The new system should be a lot more stable since it uses a different authentication system that seems to be working much better.

Features:
Multiple view support like Text, Images and Browser (more coming soon)
FullScreen support
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Related entries from your other subscriptions

Features coming soon (almost done but couldn’t finish for this release):
Offline support / Prefetch support (allowing you to load all subscriptions for a category when reading an entry for more useful Related Feeds functionality)
Improved Related Feeds Algorithm

Other list of proposed features can be found here. Feel free to add to that list.

Also the application is completely charityware. Please consider donating to Unicef if you find this application useful.

EspressoReader was built completely with OpenPyro.

Update:
EspressoReader v2 is now available on Adobe AIR marketplace as a free download. Check it out

Author: Arpit Mathur

Arpit Mathur is a Principal Engineer at Comcast Labs where he is currently working on a variety of topics including Conversational Technologies, Affective Computing and Blockchains and decentralized services. Arpit has also worked extensively on Android and iOS applications, Virtual Reality apps as well as with web technologies like JavaScript, HTML and Ruby on Rails. He also spent a couple of years in the User Experience team as a Creative Technologist.

61 thoughts on “Announcing EspressoReader (alpha): A desktop client for Google Reader”

  1. The application doesn’t working with actual AIR framework. The settings screen has null and we can’t add any feed settings.

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  2. App dosent work, after reading all the threads seems like the creators are not bothered to fix it. Seems to be an email/password collection utility.

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