If you already have an RSS reader app, then good for you. Move along. Nothing to see here. If you don’t know what RSS is, or, if you’re miffed that RSS was dropped from Safari 6 on the Mac, then here’s what you need.
A free RSS reader.
In a nutshell, an RSS reader app collects webpage subscriptions, and displays the headlines, summary, and pages from those sites so you don’t have to browse the web and add fear of carpal tunnel syndrome to your paranoia.
Apple probably dumped RSS from Safari in Mountain Lion because most Mac users don’t bother with RSS. Those that do probably prefer a standalone RSS reader like Cappuccino (one of many free readers). If an RSS app doesn’t interest you, then you’re probably quite happy with Apple’s new and improved Reader and Reader List functions (which add the ability to sync between Macs using iCloud).
What sets Cappuccino apart from the dozen or so free Mac RSS readers? Not much. Great icon, perhaps. It syncs with Google Reader, so you can keep all your RSS subscriptions on Google and sync them to your Mac or other RSS readers on iPhone or iPad.
Cappuccino takes the typical RSS reader route and lists subscriptions on the left Sidebar. Click on a site, the most recent headlines appear in the center column. Then, click on one of the headline and summaries in the stack, and get the details in the right column.
The nice thing about an RSS reader app is that most bring the entire webpage article to a built-in browser so you don’t even have to use Safari or Chrome or Firefox to browse your subscriptions.
Pages can be marked as read or unread, opened in Safari (or you default web browser), and shared via Mail, Facebook, Twitter or Google +.
RSS readers abound on the Mac App Store, and range in price from free to a few dollars. One of the more popular readers is NetNewsWire which is ad supported but full featured. Many of my Mac-using friends also use Vienna. Also free.
Instead of collecting bookmarks of webpages and websites you visit regularly, simply capture the RSS link, add it to the RSS reader, and the app automatically polls the site and grabs the headline, the summary, and the rest of the page so you don’t have to worry about bookmarks or clicking and scanning page after page.