Since Apple dumped the RSS reader in Safari I’ve worried that news readers might become a dying breed. I certainly hope not. Despite the popularity of Flipboard and other news aggregator apps for iPhone and iPad, nothing is better than a solid, dependable, standalone RSS news reader. Here’s a free one that you’ll like.
RSS Bot is a news notifier which makes it easy to browse through hundreds of RSS feeds to keep up with the latest news. What’s great about RSS Bot is the notification options. You can check on any RSS feed right from the Mac’s Menubar without leaving the app you’re using, but RSS Bot also uses Notification Center to let you know about news updates.
Adding an RSS subscription is handle via import of an XML file, manual entry of the RSS feed’s URL, or drag and drop from a browser.
Preference options are nominal, but include Start at Login, Open with Readability, Auto Mark as Read, and Sync with Google Reader (which is now deprecated).
Other options include filtering RSS items so you can get articles which match specific keywords, change notification sounds, and automatically marking items as read.
Despite the trend toward news aggregation apps, nothing gives you more control and flexibility than a standalone RSS subscription reader, and with RSS Bot, it’s hard to beat the price.