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I have always been a fan of Google Reader.  I have been using it since it first came out and have never tried another feed reader.  Yesterday they decided to update the UI to fit their new G+ look and in my opinion, made the application almost impossible to use.

I have three main machines I use on a daily basis.  A Dell XPS desktop with dual 24 inch monitors, a Toshiba Protégé with a 13 inch display, and a 11 inch MacBook Air.  When I am at my desk all day, the Dell is awesome for getting development done, but I don’t like to clutter my noise-generating applications on my development machine so I leave Outlook, Thunderbird, Messenger, Zune, and my social browsing to the Toshiba with 1366x768 resolution.  This resolution is standard for most < 15 inch laptops. 

Now when you open up Google Reader on the laptop you get this huge portion at the top of the page that is wasted whitespace.  Big dumb buttons with small text and lots of padding and a toolbar with lots of padding.  On a big monitor with 1920x1080 resolution, its ok, but on the small monitor, you are left with half of the page to read your post and the other half for this dumb whitespace. 

Any who, if anyone has an alternative Feed Reader they are using, please let me know. 

Posted on Tuesday, November 1, 2011 3:39 AM | Back to top

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I use Feedly which pulls in my google reader subscriptions and displays them all nice and pretty.
Left by Ade on Nov 01, 2011 6:56 AM

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Have you tried typing the "f" key which is a shorthcut to "toggle full screen mode"? If you need more space, press "F11" control key which is browser shortcut for "View > Full Screen", at least in Mozilla Firefox.

I also resort to Shift-A and Shift-U a lot when on Google Reader full screen mode.

Left by Luciano Evaristo Guerche (Gorše) on Nov 01, 2011 7:38 AM

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Most annoyingly.. they gave the option to switch back in google docs (to the previous layout), but skipped out on that option for google reader.
Left by Sebas on Nov 01, 2011 8:14 PM

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This seems to be the new Google UI Trend. Maybe they have alot of users with eye trouble. Probably is good for older users too. The only trouble I'm having with the new layout is how each feed item blend together in the right pane. Not a obvious separation.
Left by Chris on Nov 02, 2011 1:10 AM

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