News Reader

News Explorer

Recently I’ve been enjoying News Explorer’s presentation and management of the RSS feeds I like to keep up with.

News Explorer is offered for macOS and iOS with iCloud syncing. Regularly I use both Apple operating systems multiple times a day. The iCloud syncing is terrific for this reason, and so far has been reliable.

For several years I have enjoyed a paid account1 with Feedley. Feedly also offered an iOS application that I found enjoyable to use. The Feedley based web browser interface was also enjoyable to use. I noticed over time that my Feedley activity of which feeds I had read on iOS were not reliably syncing with the web based Feedley, which resulted in having to sort through redundant articles. The impact translated to waisting my time. I liked Feedley and still do, but the recurring subscription cost(s) and the continual out-of-sync history/activity primed me to look for something else.

News Explorer provides many features, however what I have come to like the most so far is it’s ability to reliably pull-down into the application and display the entire article via the “reader view”.

News Explorer provides support for macOS, iOS, watchOS, and tvOS. An innovative time line view is attractive as well as the ability to apply themes and fonts.

  1. Subscription based

RSS Reader that finally appeals to me

Oh wow …I think there is finally an application RSS reader that I like. A few days ago I thought I would checkout the Apple App Store [1] since Mac OS X Mountain Lion was due to be released. While looking around the App Store I noticed an app titled “Reeder” [2]. I checked the screen shots and then visited the website [2].

It was ~$5.00 for the app and after a little contemplation I thought I would give it a try. I thought to myself if I don’t like it then it’s only ~$5.00 thrown away.

After the download and installation I was asked for my Google Reader [3] account login upon running Reeder for the first time. The Reeder App is front-ending Google Reader. So this might seem odd at first thought, but I after a moment it occurred to me that if I end up not liking this RSS app I could still return to my Google Reader account and pick up where I left off from the Reeder App. The author of the app is calling Reeder a Google Reader Client.

Here is what the main screen looks like.

The two items that I care about most are aesthetics and functionality. The Reeder app has satisfied these two items. As far as features go here is what is listed on the Apple App Store (as of 7/30/2012 version 1.1.7).

For a long time I have used Google’s Reader. Google reader has been great and I really have no complaints for having used it for many years now as my only RSS reader.

For reference my experience with Reeder has now been a few days running on OS X 10.7.4 (Lion) with a new MacBook Pro Retina.