Windows/Mac/Linux: Google Reader is great for funnelling news into a digestible, easy-to-read format, but it’s not very attractive. Readefine Desktop is a desktop reader that connects to Google Reader or any RSS feed you provide and displays your articles in a beautiful magazine-style layout.The last time we mentioned Readefine, the app had just come out. It’s come a long way since then, and now offers the magazine layout for any site and all of your feeds, not just the specific article you’re reading. You can also tweak the magazine layout so you can see a feature article in the centre, tiles of new articles laid out next to each other, or tiles with images to call attention to top stories.
The app retains the features that made the old version popular, like the ability to toggle the reading view from multiple columns to a standard wide-column view, and indicators for unread items along the left side of your subscriptions. If you use Google Reader to scroll quickly through dozens of stories, this may not work for you, but if you dislike Google Reader’s looks, it’s worth a try.