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 The new system should be a lot more stable since it uses a different authentication system that seems to be working much better.

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.

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 Machine Learning, Affective Computing, and Blockchain applications. 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”

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  2. It’s so weired when running the app.
    The UI opened but without any google news after setup my google account there.


  3. I’m excited about this app but I’m afraid it doesn’t work for me. Upon first launch, it asked me to log in. After login nothing seemed to happen so I closed and re-opened the application. At that point, I get the empty frames with no feeds in them.


  4. I can’t see the settings button. I’m in windows runing last version of espressoreader and also the latest air release. I see status online, but I recognice form the video of that the button to settings is missing in right bottom corner.


  5. @gmmazza
    Can you please send me a screenshot if you can upload it somewhere on the web. Also, try clicking on the “tweet” link on the top of the third column. That should bring up the settings window anyway (if the twitter username and password are not supplied)


  6. Ihave the same problem.

    How do I configure my google reader account?
    I can launch the app but it stays blank.

    No configure buttom found.
    Where do I put my google reader username?

    I cant use the app.


  7. These are just the files…how do I install on AdobeAir? It’s not a user-friendly installer like most AdobeAir apps.


  8. Same problem – can’t see any feeds after initial Google login. Tried to uninstall and reinstall but same thing.


  9. Any word on this? I have been excited about the prospect of this app as well, and no luck. Blank. I use Google Apps, I don’t know if that makes any difference, but I can’t seem to configure it anywhere…


  10. Sorry everyone. Until recently I hadnt even gotten this to replicate for any machines I could get access to. However thats started happening on one new machine I just installed safari4 on. I’ll try to see if I can fix this with a build soon.

    I am sorry for this app not working as I hoped. The problem has been using Air’s handling of http cookies. Working on a fix soon


  11. Are there keyboard shortcuts for the various: next/ previous feed and next/ previous item and to open an item in browser? If not that would be very nice!


  12. @Mark
    No such plans yet but I’ll add them to the backlog

    Those are in the backlog, just havent had too much time to work on this


  13. It doesn’t show the dates that the feeds were made. I can see all my feeds but one such feed a follow its crucial to know the date and time it was posted. Is there a way to turn it on. Its not the original feed either because Google reader shows date and time.


  14. I just installed and I can’t see a settings button either. Clicking “Tweet” only gives me settings for twitter. It has not asked me anywhere for my google login. The app is useless right now for me. 😦


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