I just recently jumped on the RSS bandwagon. I tried Google Reader and Apple Mail but both left me unimpressed with how the content looked in each respective app. Right about now you’re thinking that “how the content looks” is probably not the most important feature for most people, but I’m a designer so you’ll get no apologies from me. In fact, maybe you ought to up your standards a little. Ever think of that?
Thankfully, I came across NetNewsWire and immediately fell in love with the blog content aesthetics and ease of use right out of the box. Then I discovered another huge plus; it has the ability to visually style the content with multiple themes!
Let’s take a look-see.
Yeah yeah, it makes the content pretty. But what else can it do?
- Syncs with Google Reader or runs stand-alone. You choose.
- Keyboard shortcuts, in abundance.
- Blitz through reading and scrolling posts via the space bar.
- Traditional, widescreen, and combined views provide layout flexibility, so it works the way you want it to.
- Save pages for later via Instapaper, delicious.com, or simple flagging and clipping.
- Works with apps such as MarsEdit so you can re-post to your weblog.
- Twitter integration via Twitterrific.
- Tabbed browser — it remembers your tabs between runs.
- Scriptable via AppleScript. And power users can even write script-based subscriptions in languages like Python and Ruby.
- Sort feeds by attention and unread count, so the most important items bubble to the top.
And if that is not enough, NetNewsWire has an excellent showing of community generated themes. I’m totally crushing on Legistyles™ take on typographic standards and styles at the moment.
The free version is ad supported, but honestly, I have found most of the ads to be non-intrusive and helpful. If your not a fan of awesome ads, however, the ad-free version is reasonably priced at $14.95.
Almost forgot! They also have an iPad and iPhone version! Check them out.