Preaching really isn’t all that much fun, whether to Windows PC users, or our children. Jesse is better at the latter. I’m better at the former.
For our Mac loving friends we both preach RSS. When our friends’ eyes glaze over, we down shift and mention Google Reader, and then explain that it gives you web site summaries so you can save time. That seems to work.
RSS Or Google Reader?
Google Reader seems to have become the defacto multi-platform method for handling RSS subscriptions. It’s free. It’s easy. It synchronizes nicely between devices; from Mac to PC, iPhone to Android.
That means many Google Reader apps are equally free, including my latest find and share, Gruml.
What it is is what you think it is. Gruml downloads your Google Reader subscriptions.
Or, it becomes your personal Mac RSS reader and syncs with your Google Reader account. Either way you look at it, Gruml is a typical RSS reader which utilizes Google Reader but adds a few much needed, oft requested, and occasionally dubious features.
It’s Like iTunes Or iPhoto For RSS Subscriptions
While Gruml has plenty of social features, the basics are covered. Create your own Reader list of RSS subscriptions from sites you visit. Drop them into folders and organize however you wish.
Click on a folder and click on a headline and see the details in the lower half of the screen.
That layout is pretty much standard for Mac RSS readers. I like the Menubar notification and the pop down which lists which subscriptions are updated.
Here’s where Gruml excels.
Yes, it syncs to your Google Reader account. So far, no troubles. I have apps on my iPhone and iPad which also sync my Google Reader RSS subscriptions.
Gruml lets me tweet articles using short URLs without having to open up a Twitter app.
I can also post articles to Digg, Delicious, Facebook, Instapaper, Reddit, StumbleUpOn, Tumblr, and more. All the action takes place within Gruml.
There’s even an option to post articles and content to a few blog platforms. Even notes can be posted to Google Reader from within Gruml.
Overall, not bad, easy to set up and use, not full of the typical RSS reader bells and whistles, but useful, and with a nice tie in to social sites and services.