Here’s the deal with RSS readers. If you browse the web and regularly check on a couple of dozen websites the old fashioned way (point, click, scan, repeat), then you need an RSS reader. Apple removed the RSS reader from Safari 6 so now is your chance to pick one up and give it a spin.
If you’re already an RSS reader aficionado then, here’s a reader that thinks different. NewsBar RSS Reader brings your RSS subscriptions right to the Mac’s Desktop. Click on a subscription and get a pop up window with all the details.
Simple enough, right? And simple to use.
Besides the unique subscription delivery system, NewsBar RSS Reader brings all the basic and standard RSS features, too. Add RSS news subscription feeds with a simple drag and drop motion.
Double click opens the news item in your default browser. It supports both RSS 2.0 and ATOM, as well as Twitter RSS feeds. And, of course, NewsBar RSS Reader imports subscriptions from Google Reader so webpages can be read on Mac, iPhone, or iPad.
The app’s unique display method has controls which you’ll like. Set it up on a second display. Adjust the background color and opacity. Change fonts and colors and sizes.
Webpages can be starred for later reading. Click the Menubar icon to bring NewsBar RSS Reader to the front. Add a customized icon for each news subscription.
As good as this app is, and it is worthy, there’s just one issue I have. It’s the Desktop metaphor. I’ve long since abandoned doing much on the Desktop in favor of switching from window to window. If you like using the Desktop, NewsBar RSS Reader will fit into your workflow with ease. Otherwise, it’s just more window clutter.