NOTE: This App Directory entry has been updated. Click here for the most recent version. Reading a lot of blogs can be tough to manage without an RSS news reader, which consolidates everything you read in one place. While there are plenty of the options for news readers on the Mac, NetNewsWire is our clear winner thanks to its Google Reader sync support, fast operation, great stability and $0 price tag.
Platform: Mac OS X
- Syncs with Google Reader
- Many, many different ways to customise the layout of the interface
- Built-in web browser with side tabs
- Post articles directly to Instapaper, Delicious or your blog
- Sort feeds by folders and subfolders
- Download files attached to articles in your feeds and automatically add any compatible media files to iTunes
- Get statistic-based reports about your feeds
- Create dynamically updating smart lists out of your feeds
- Control virtually anything in the app via the keyboard
- Scriptable via AppleScript
- Tons of sorting options
Times was once an interesting RSS news reader option as it turned your feeds into a traditional newspaper. Currently it is in the process of being reborn as Pulp, but it isn’t available yet and there seem to be no signs of the old version. That said, when it’s re-released it’ll be a good option for people willing to pay for a different kind of format.
Gruml is another free RSS news reader much like NetNewsWire, but in my few months of use I found it wasn’t quite as stable. On the positive side, it does have greater support for external services (like ReadItLater). It may have features that are important to you, and if so it may be worth trying, but despite being a pretty solid app it just doesn’t measure up when you’re actually using it.
There are a lot of other news readers for Mac but these three offer the most notable, worthwhile differences. If you have a favourite that was pass over or overlooked, please mention it in the comments.
Lifehacker’s App Directory is a new and growing directory of recommendations for the best applications and tools in a number of given categories. This week, we’re focusing on news readers.