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    Default Best Playbook News Reader app?

    I am looking for a high quality news app for my Playbook and here are some of my requirements

    Portrait Mode
    Able to add custom feeds via url (similar to Xprss app for bb phones)
    nice interface
    smooth scrolling
    categories
    Possible offline reading mode

    Note: app can be free or paid

    Much appreciation for anyone who replies
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    I tried GeeReader and WebReader but found them both to be slow and feature poor. Since moving to OS 2.1, I've been using gReader Pro, which works great in the updated Android player. In fact, I've gone all-Android for my daily comms and news reading: TapaTalk, gReader and the official Android Twitter app. Work great together and are actually better integrated than most native PB alternatives.

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    Pulse works fairly well sideloaded. Not as well as the iOS version, but well. Much better than Taptu, which I have found to be horrible (lags, crashes etc.).
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    Quote Originally Posted by torndownunit View Post
    Pulse works fairly well sideloaded. Not as well as the iOS version, but well. Much better than Taptu, which I have found to be horrible (lags, crashes etc.).
    I tried Pulse but couldn't stand the lack of a "mark all as read option." I like my reader full of stuff I haven't read yet when I first start it, not stuff I may have already read mixed with the new.

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    Quote Originally Posted by rkennedy01 View Post
    I tried GeeReader and WebReader but found them both to be slow and feature poor. Since moving to OS 2.1, I've been using gReader Pro, which works great in the updated Android player.
    Thanks for this - gReader indeed looks interesting.
    Do I understand correctly that it isn't in the BB appstore but has to be sideloaded?
    If yes, can you tell me (newbie) how to install it?
    (is there for instance a way to sideload the google android market too, without rooting the PB?)
    TIA!
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    Quote Originally Posted by Herve5 View Post
    Thanks for this - gReader indeed looks interesting.
    Do I understand correctly that it isn't in the BB appstore but has to be sideloaded?
    If yes, can you tell me (newbie) how to install it?
    (is there for instance a way to sideload the google android market too, without rooting the PB?)
    No way to do Android Market post-OS 2.x, but you can grab gReader from the following website. Note that they also provide instructions on how to sideload the apps listed in their "app store":

    Good e-Reader - Your online destination for e-reader, Digital Publishing and Tablet PC News

    Enjoy!

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    Blackberry News meet all the requirements you listed, except it does not allow offline drill down into articles.
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    The Republic reader is pretty good
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    News Republic, Flipboard(latest version still slightly laggy), Economist,
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    Feedwheel is a pretty good reader.
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    Default another one, born this month ;)

    I am currently interested in the very recent Read It Offline, which is quite well described there:
    Read It Offline: An RSS reader and Readability client for the BlackBerry PlayBook
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    blackberry news are not available in indonesia. i wish the playbook have it, plus social feeds a la bb7
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    I use Taptu (free).
    An android app but pretty stable.
    The blackberry News felt laggy.
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    Quote Originally Posted by sportline View Post
    blackberry news are not available in indonesia. i wish the playbook have it, plus social feeds a la bb7
    Not to worry my friend, I have made a tutorial on how to get the Blackberry News apps (and more) regardless of your geographical location.

    Get all default Playbook apps
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    Quote Originally Posted by Herve5 View Post
    I am currently interested in the very recent Read It Offline, which is quite well described there:
    Read It Offline: An RSS reader and Readability client for the BlackBerry PlayBook
    Hurray! I just uploaded a new version to BlackBerry App World and it's waiting for approval. Should make the RSS feed loading even more bulletproof.

    I have a full website as well: Read It Offline: An RSS reader and Readability client for the BlackBerry PlayBook
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    Hey, I was just wondering if anyone could give some updated experiences with newsreader apps. I had Pulse sideloaded and running great... until the last PB OS update. Now it runs brutally slow and freezes frequently on me. There are a couple of more recent newsreader apps in the store, but they have very few or none reviews. Anyone running anything else sideloaded that works well?

    I LOVE Pulse, but every update seems to produce a different result. So I'd like to find something else. I love how I don't have to manually enter feeds in Pulse, I can just search for them and add them.
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    Default Re: Best Playbook News Reader app?

    Quote Originally Posted by torndownunit View Post
    Hey, I was just wondering if anyone could give some updated experiences with newsreader apps. I had Pulse sideloaded and running great... until the last PB OS update. Now it runs brutally slow and freezes frequently on me. There are a couple of more recent newsreader apps in the store, but they have very few or none reviews. Anyone running anything else sideloaded that works well?

    I LOVE Pulse, but every update seems to produce a different result. So I'd like to find something else. I love how I don't have to manually enter feeds in Pulse, I can just search for them and add them.
    Side load gReader. It's an Android app but runs great on the PB. I prefer it to Pulse which I always found to be a bit twitchy.

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    Was using Pulse sideloaded but now switched to Taptu as my main newsreader.

    The latest version works pretty well and fully supports portrait and landscape. I can also sync feeds between Z10, PB and web. CB10 and Taptu are my favorite apps right now.

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    Quote Originally Posted by rkennedy01 View Post
    Side load gReader. It's an Android app but runs great on the PB. I prefer it to Pulse which I always found to be a bit twitchy.

    RCK
    How does Android gReader compare to native gReader Pro? I, for one, would love a reader with the ability to sync to Pocket/Read It Later. Newspile app can do it, but I find it clunky, slow, and harder to use than gReader PRO.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Bj Mac View Post
    Was using Pulse sideloaded but now switched to Taptu as my main newsreader.

    The latest version works pretty well and fully supports portrait and landscape. I can also sync feeds between Z10, PB and web. CB10 and Taptu are my favorite apps right now.

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    I'll have to give Taptu another change. It was horrid last time I tried it.

    pronomad, Pulse syncs to pocket which is one of the many reasons I liked it. I had both sideloaded and working great. But as of the last Playbook OS update, Pulse runs super laggy.
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