I spent most of last week at NewsGator’s office in Denver, and while I was there I spent some time with Gordon Weakliem. Gordon is the brains behind NewsGator’s synchronization API, and he provided some tips that will really speed up FeedDemon’s synchronization features.
The way the current beta of FeedDemon 2.0 works, synchronized feeds are downloaded just like non-synched feeds: when it’s time to update them, FeedDemon checks each feed for changes. But our sync API makes this unnecessary: instead of downloading every feed, I can just ask NewsGator which feeds have changed since the last update, and then download only those feeds. As you can imagine, this makes updating your feeds a whole lot faster – so much so that even if you don’t need to keep your subscriptions synchronized between computers, you’ll probably still want to use the sync features to take advantage of the huge speed boost.
Expect to see this enabled in FeedDemon 2.0 Beta 2, which should be out sometime next week.
Update: If you’re a developer who uses our sync API, be sure to read Gordon’s post about NewsGator API Best Practices.