Way back in the day, back before I could spell RSS, NetNewsWire was the Mac’s go-to app to gather news and articles from dozens to hundreds of websites. For whatever the reasons, and they appear to be numerous, NetNewsWire fell upon the rocky shoals of competition, multiple owners, neglect, and the dangerous feature creep disease.
Well, guess what? NetNewsWire is back. Again. This blast from the past, this creature from the black lagoon of technology that won’t die, is ready (almost) to rise from the ashes, reborn to inspire those new to RSS, and to comfort those who remember the good old days.
NetNewsWire 4 is here, available to try and for pre-order, and bristling with all the modern goodness you’d expect in a 21st century RSS reader. On the surface, NetNewsWire looks familiar, mostly because most RSS readers these day look like NetNewsWire did back in the day.
The toolbar remains uncluttered and utilitarian, now boasting the Sharing box for OS X Yosemite. RSS news feeds line the lefthand sidebar. Click on a site and the most recent articles– headline, summary, date and time– appear in the center. Click on an article and view it in the built-in browser in the right sidebar.
RSS feeds can be marked as favorites and individual articles can be bookmarked and shared on social sites. As with Safari, NetNewsWire features a built in distraction-free reader so you can avoid advertisements and webpage clutter. And, thanks to tabs, you can open and view many websites and multiple articles at the same time.
There’s much to like with the latest NetNewsWire, and while the price tag is a bit higher than expected– competition abounds for RSS readers on the Mac– it’s nominal for what you get. Here’s the only issue for me. NetNewsWire has a history of being updated and refreshed, and then going away for a few years. I’ve been using the popular Reeder RSS reader for years. The feature set is similar and the price is the same. What’s the compelling reason to switch?
If you’ve never used an RSS reader then you’re in for a treat. A reader lets you subscribe to dozens or hundreds of website RSS subscription feeds– free, of course– that bring the day’s news to you so catching up is faster, easier, better. Click Here for a little more on Mac RSS reader options.