Reader also saves web pages so they can be read later, and even shared with other Macs. Apple giveth, and Apple taketh away. Gone in Safari 6 is RSS. Maybe Apple figured out that most users didn’t bother to use Safari as an RSS reader, and why should we? RSS readers are free and better.
A Better Way To View The Web
What Apple didn’t do in Safari is remove all the clicks required to find interesting web pages in your bookmarks. That is still a very manual process.
If you tired of clicking a few dozen times to open web sites and scan their headlines and summaries, then you need a standalone RSS reader.
Tops on the list of the many Mac RSS readers is one of the old dawgs from yesteryear. NetNewsWire. The latest version is ready for OS X Mountain Lion and it’s free (if you don’t mind some ads in the lower left corner, otherwise there’s an add free version for a price).
What does an RSS reader do for you? RSS is the web technology whereby web sites provide headlines and a summary directly to your Mac’s RSS reader.
Visit all the popular sites in your bookmarks, grab their RSS feed and drop it into NetNewsWire. From then on, NetNewsWire does the work. It checks the sites periodically and downloads the web page for you.
All you need to do is click on the site in the sidebar to view the most recent headlines and summary. NetNewsWire contains a browser, so you’re only a click away from viewing the entire web page.
And, NetNewsWire can sync your RSS bookmarks with the Google Reader service so you can share bookmarks with other Macs or even iPhone and iPad readers.
RSS bookmarks (also called subscriptions) are easily managed in the left Sidebar, and can be grouped. Each site will display the number of unread web pages.
Zipping through dozens or hundreds of sites can be accomplished in minutes. Scroll through a page by using the space bar instead of the scroll bar. Web pages can be saved and viewed later offline (using Instapaper, Delicious, or flagged or clipped).
The integrated browser is tabbed and it remembers what you were viewing. Web pages can be posted to Twitter in Mac OS X Mountain Lion.
Mac users can choose from a dozen or so RSS readers, but few have a feature set as rich as NetNewsWire at the same price (free).
If time is important to you, and you find yourself clicking through more than a dozen web pages regularly, then you truly need an RSS reader.