I always look for tweaks to optimize and streamline my RSS feeds consumption. One of the major issues I’ve been thinking about is feeds with content I am only partly interested in.
For example I am (naturally) subscribed to gHacks feed, but have no interest in lineup of extensive posts on Linux by one of authors – Jack Wallen.
Luckily before I started to tinker with something excessive and crazy FeedDemon saved the day with new feature in recently released 3.1 version – Content Filters, that allows to set up rules to automatically mark unwanted feed items as read.
What it does
Content Filters are very similar to Watches, except they don’t create separate item in feeds tree and are applied to specified feeds only.
Filter can be either inclusive or exclusive so you can both filter out unwanted items and only leave desired, filtering out anything that doesn’t match.
Keywords can be searched for in specific parts of feed item, so you can filter based on title, content, categories or author.
Tools > Manage Content Filters… has list of created filters.
Here you can create/edit them and assign filters to feeds (can also be done in specific feed’s properties).
Awesome addition to already great feed reader. I look forward to getting rid of some Watches and it’s great to easily subscribe to feeds when only fraction of content is relevant.
FeedDemon 3.1 release notes and download: