I searched at Google and other sites for a free RSS reader. RSS feeds are files in a special format (XML) that usually contain news. For example, a news site can load such a RSS file on its server which is updated every three hours and you can download on your device. You can open HTML news sites with your Palm, but this can take much time and traffic (=money). RSS feeds are platform-independent, small and contain plain-text. You can download a feed within seconds.
There are some RSS programs for Palm, but none of them is free. There is an app called “tRSS” at Freewarepalm.com, but it’s in early alpha / beta stage, J2ME and needs an old JavaVM (Sun). So I looked for another J2ME alternative. J2ME is usually used in mobile phones for games or apps, but with IBM WebSphere Environment you can run these apps on PalmOS, too.
I found an app called “RSS Reader”. It supports multiple feeds, offline viewing, multiple fonts and much more. It doesn’t support so much features like commercial PalmOS RSS apps but not everybody needs a perfect app, perhaps you will like it:
You can download this version – converted for PalmOS + JavaVM and with the Firefox RSS icon – exclusively here at TamsPalm:
To get this running, you need the IBM Java VM, which you can download here.
Remember, this is J2ME and the handling may be a little bit different from what you know as standard PalmOS apps. But all features should work.
What do you think? If you have questions, problems, etc. feel free to post them here.