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 news readers on the Mac, Reeder wins our hearts thanks to its beautiful and simple interface, thorough integration with social features, and fantastic customisability.
- Syncs with Google Reader
- Beautiful interface
- Syncs (and fully integrates) with Readability
- Post articles directly to Instapaper, Delicious, or your blog
- Gesture support
- Customisable shortcuts
- Send to QUOTE.fm Read, Instapaper, Pocket (formerly ReadItLater), and Readability
- Save to Pinboard, Delicious, Zootool, and Evernote
- Post on App.net, Twitter, Facebook (posting on Facebook requires OS X 10.8.2)
- Open articles with Instapaper Mobilizer and Google Mobilizer
- You can disable Flash (and other plug-ins) if you want
- Support for retina displays
NetNewsWire (Free) was once our top pick, but over time it has come to feel a bit outdated. That said, it’s still a remarkably powerful news reader with lots of great features. It’s also free, so if you don’t want to cough up $5.49 for Reeder you can get yourself a great alternative at no cost.
Cream ($4.49) offers a more compact experience than Reeder’s default view and costs a little less. Reeder, however, can shrink down to the same size. Cream is fairly new and still has some way to go before it’s a serious competitor, but it’s definitely a news reader to watch.
Pulp ($10) costs more than anything on this list and doesn’t offer a lot of advantages. That said, if you’d like to read your news feeds in a traditional newspaper format you’ll want to check it out. It offers a very different interface from all the other apps and seeks to show you news you’ll actually like rather than just everything (by default).
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 better support for external services (such as ReadItLater). It may have features that are important to you, and if so it could 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 passed over or overlooked, please mention it in the comments.
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