Witness that Apple decided Safari was too good to be an RSS reader, too, and that not so popular or oft used feature was replaced with the Reader button. It’s easier to use, yes, but less efficient and productive for those who read more than their fair share online. Guess what?
Yet Another Way To Read
Safari’s version of RSS was anything but robust. Apple seemed to dumb it down for the masses, perhaps hoping, mistakenly, that the masses would learn to spell RSS.
Instead, when RSS didn’t catch on with any Mac users except those with superior spelling skills, Apple dumbed it down again, ditching RSS in favor of simple one-click reading and saving.
Maybe what’s needed is a middle ground app like ReadKit. For less than $2 you get yet another hybrid app that promises easy access to bookmarks, news sites, and whatever else you want to read but don’t want to manage.
Instapaper, Pocket, and Readability have become popular among the non-RSS crowd because they save bookmarks, articles, and more in a convenient, easy-to-use format available on most any device.
ReadKit is another example of middleware. It connects with Instapaper, Pocket, and Readability to give you an option to read what you’ve saved even when you’re not connected to the internet.
ReadKit’s layout can be customized and formatted to resemble an RSS reader (but it works offline), or in a more simple, Safari Reader-like layout.
Think of ReadKit as a better Safari Reader with ties to popular offline reader sites, but with a little local control.
What’s good about ReadKit is how you read. It’s more like Safari Reader than a typical RSS reader app or Google Reader.
Just like with Safari Reader, one click takes you from the stripped down, spartan look, to the original. ReadKit features a built-in browser so links within an article are easily viewed without leaving the app.
Choose to open links in Safari or ReadKit. Manage bookmarks as favorites. The focus mode removes extraneous visuals so you can focus on what you’re reading. There’s also an option to badge the Dock icon to display the number of unread items.
Caveats? It’s something new to learn, more complex than Safari Reader, and requires accounts for Instapaper, Pocket, or Readability, and bookmarks can only be made while you have an internet connection. Otherwise, ReadKit is merely another inexpensive way to do easier what a dedicated RSS reader does better.