Windows/Mac OS X/iPhone: NewsGator—the company behind some of the most popular desktop RSS readers for Windows, Mac and the iPhone—announced today that they're closing down their web-based reader, opting instead to sync all of your desktop feeds with Google Reader.
This shut-down is probably the best possible kind for many users, considering most of us would probably prefer syncing with Google Reader to syncing to NewsGator's online feed reader.
If you're already using one of NewsGator's desktop readers (FeedDemon on Windows, NetNewsWire on Mac or iPhone), you've got 30 days to download an update of your respective application that will sync with Reader.
Syncing will give you a consistent reading experience across your PC, Mac, iPhone and web browser. (Ed. note: In this case, your web browser refers to Google Reader.) For example, if you add a new RSS feed, organize your folders, or mark some stories as read on one device, the changes will immediately reflect across the others.
Sounds good to us! I tried updating NetNewsWire (my main newsreader) on my Mac, but the new version doesn't seem to be pushing via the regular Check for Updates path. I did find that the NetNewsWire 3.2 beta does support the Google Reader syncing if you're game for a little early adoption. As we previously mentioned, the FeedDemon 3.0 beta (which is at its third release candidate now) does support Reader syncing, so it doesn't look like either are final. Presumably they will be very soon.
This change may come as bad news if you had made a habit of using NewsGator's online reader, but I can't imagine many people have been. At this point, the question of whether you should be using a web-based or desktop newsreader seems almost entirely moot.
NewsGator Consumer RSS Reader Product Changes & Google Sync [NewsGator Blog] A hearty welcome to NewsGator users [Official Google Reader Blog]