Mac: Popular RSS reader NetNewsWire has just announced a public beta of its next version, just in time for Google Reader’s demise. The software adds a variety of features, but temporarily removes an important one for many users: sync.
Good news: RSS-tracking service Feedly has begun migrating users onto its own servers — a necessary move since we’re less from a fortnight away from Google Reader switching off entirely. Bad news: when you migrate, you’ll find your unread articles count reset, and the service may misplace your saved articles as well.
Feedly has been very popular with Lifehacker readers as a replacement for Google Reader, which has less than a month to live now. To get around that problem, Feedly is developing its own API for when Google kills Reader off for good. If you’re a fan of alternate readers such as Reeder, Press or gReader, you’ll now also be able to access the Feedly API.
As the countdown to Google Reader closing ticks over, we’re continuing to see alternative ways to manage your RSS feeds. Lifehacker reader Michael rolled his own solution with Blogtrottr, creating a system that sends notifications direct to your email.
An RSS reader is an essential tool for anyone who likes to be kept abreast of news as it happens and/or updates from their favourite websites. It will make you more organised, ensure you don’t miss valuable information and save lots of time that would otherwise be spent manually checking websites. If you’re new to RSS, here’s what you need to know, including the best RSS readers in a post Google Reader world.