Web Forum Reader is a free Windows forum reader which, just like RSS feed readers, allows you to keep track of new posts that get created on online forums. You can do that by subscribing to a forum after which in order to check and see newly created posts, you only need to open up Web Forum Reader and browse through the list of updates that are generated for you.
There’s three columns that take up a better part of the interface of this free Windows forum reader. Screenshot down below shows us a list of new post updates in the central column that we’ve received for the forum that we’ve subscribed to. On the right actual forum threads can be open. Column all the way on the left holds a list of forums to which you’ve subscribed, which you’ve added.
When running Web Forum Reader for the first time all this will of course be empty, only after you add new forum, subscriptions with new post updates start coming in and only then will you be able to actually open them up in the right column.
Key features of Web Forum Reader are:
- Allows you to easily keep track of new posts on web forums
- Works with most modern forum scripts: phpBB, MyBB, wBulletin, etc.
- Supports forum reading as a guest or you can login to your account
- Lists posts made in the last hour, 3 hours, unread posts, etc.
- Search tool: search through the updates using a built-in find tool
- You can use the built-in web browser or open posts in an external one
Before you decide to install Web Forum Reader, be warned that it tries to install several different additional applications. In the middle of installation and at the very end you’ll have to decline on quite a few offers for toolbar and survey app installations, decline if you don’t want them installed of course.
How to read forum posts with Web Forum Reader: free Windows forum reader
To subscribe to a new forum click on the Add Resource button in the top left corner of the interface. Doing that will open up a wizard where you can setup your very first forum subscription. Copy and paste the address of the forum that you’d like to subscribe. Down below select how you want to use it, as a guest or a member. This is just the first step of the setup, about a dozen more settings have to be tweaked before you’ll finally be able to read through new post/thread updates.
Even though there’s quite a bit of setup when you’re adding new subscriptions, Web Forum Reader has a lot of useful features which are gonna completely change the way that you’re reading new forum post/thread updates. It’s fast and it will save you time by listing all the new posts and/or threads which were created on forums that you’re a part of. Give this free Windows forum reader software a try and see how it goes.