The folks at Mac360 are big fans of RSS readers. Mac or iPhone, there is no better way to visually chew through a hundred web sites than an RSS reader.
RSS is so useful Apple builds it in to Safari (as do other browser makers). A Mac RSS reader is even more valuable to you when it syncs up with Google’s RSS Reader and adds a few mobile bells and whistles as icing on a delicious digital cake.
Can’t Spell RSS? Point And Click
Most web sites with regularly updated content use RSS feeds. It’s a list of the site’s headlines and summaries which are automatically loaded into your RSS reader.
Forget browsing through bookmarks and dozens of sites.
Using RSS brings the headline and summary to you.
Browsing web sites is faster and much easier when you use RSS than it is using a web browser and a bunch of bookmarks. RSS readers are plain or fancy, but always worthwhile.
The Reader vs. The Reeder
Google Reader lets you read the headline and summary of your favorite web sites within a browser window. Reeder is a Mac and iPhone app that syncs with Google Reader and gives you features you want and need but can’t easily get in a browser.
Forget using Reader in Safari or even Safari’s own RSS. Reeder is better, faster, easier.
Reeder is clean, elegant, simple. Configuration and preferences are bare minimum. You need a Google Reader account (use your Gmail email address to create one) and a list of RSS feeds to start.
Normally, I won’t point out the wonders of a not-quite-ready-for-primetime beta app, but Reeder is an exception. Why? From the Toolbar, there’s one click to invoke a variety of services.
For example, it’s just a click to email a web page.
One click to open it in Safari. Or, one click to open the web page within Reeder.
What’s missing is RSS feed management, no ability to search within Reeder, no place for downloads, and you can’t view a web page in Reeder and see all your RSS feeds at the same time.
Reeder takes a cue from the iPhone version for simplicity. The Toolbar is so squeaky clean and unobtrusive that you’ll struggle to know what the blended in icons mean. Mouseover. Names. Something. Please.
What makes Reeder worth a look is that, unlike Google Reader or the free NetNewsWire, it begs to be used and doesn’t overly complicate the browsing process. Once you’ve used Reeder (or, nearly any good RSS reader for Mac) you won’t use your browser the same way again.