Arguably the best for many years, NetNewsWire for Mac fell out of grace as Google Reader took over the duties of RSS subscription management. That was then and this is now. Google Reader is no more, and NetNewsWire is back.
While NetNewsWire was once the leader among Mac RSS readers, the app changed hands a few times, while other RSS readers took over the marketplace with catchy names and Google Reader.
Competition can be a bitch and obviously there wasn’t much money to be made in RSS subscription readers until the Mac App Store happened on the scene and Google dispense with Reader.
NetNewsWire is back with a new beta and a price tag commensurate with the app’s history and feature list.
Articles in NetNewsWire can be saved as a bookmark, and sites can be marked as favorites. Articles can be shared, too– Twitter, Facebook, and Instapaper.
The new version comes with a bunch of popular subscription feeds to get you started into RSS reader world, but adding RSS feeds is a simple drag and drop operation.
NetNewsWire features the standard three-pane window of feeds, headlines, article, but brings a few new wrinkles.
NetNewsWire is not without a few new goodies to help justify the price tag, including tabs and distraction free reading. No ads. No sidebars.
While this app from yesteryear has plenty of competition in the Mac realm, there is no easier, faster, more efficient way to track articles on hundreds of websites than a dedicated RSS reader.
While I like the latest incarnation of NetNewsWire and applaud the rebirth, it needs to have plenty of user friendly features to compete against the likes of Vienna, which is free.