Using an RSS reader (News Feed Aggregator) is a fantastic way to keep up with the latest news and information from a lot of different sites, but sites can disappear without warning, leaving you with feeds that are no longer active. Editing or deleting a small number of feeds can usually be done manually within whatever RSS reader/aggregator you're using, but the amount of feeds you can delete at one time can be limited.
I recently found myself needing to delete 100+ inactive feeds - that's when I came across this useful little program. It's easy to use; download, install and run the program, open your OPML file, click on the green folder icon to highlight the entry, and hit the delete button. When you're done, save the edited file and you're done.
Some RSS readers use the XML file extension instead of OPML - I've always made a copy of the file and then renamed the file extension to the required format (OPML to XML and vice-versa). I haven't had any issues doing this, but your mileage may vary. There are programs that will convert the files from one format to the other, but since I haven't used them I won't list them here.
When you import your new OPML file into your chosen RSS reader, there's a good chance your old feeds will be retained - that is, the new OPML file won't overwrite the old one. If that's the case, you'll need to delete the feeds (or the OPML file if possible) if you want just your newly edited feed list to appear. I've been using Feedly, and I was able to easily delete the handful of categories that the feeds were in, and then import the new OPML file.
The site says the program is "great for writing blog posts, technical notes, program code, legal briefs, product plans, to-do lists, entire websites, anything where ideas need organization" though my use is limited to cleaning out those dead RSS feeds.
The program runs on Windows and Macintosh - which versions aren't listed. It ran on my Windows 8.1 with no problem. The program is clean according to Virus Total.
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