Back in the day browsing the web was fun; a new and exciting experience. Then, everyone and every organization built a website and browsing became a chore, clicking from one bookmark to another to find something worthy of ever diminishing attention spans.
After awhile, RSS and RSS readers became a popular and mostly free way to subscribe to headlines and summaries and browse with more efficiency. Here’s yet another way to browse the web faster and for free.
Condense, Compress, Save Time
Way back in the day, when Mac360 first began, we championed a growing technology known as RSS. Simply put, RSS, or Really Simple Syndication is a web feed of headlines and summary which are published by most websites with frequently updated information.
By using an RSS reader, a Mac or PC user can scan through hundreds of websites, headlines, and summaries in a few minutes.
That makes using RSS far more efficient than clicking on bookmarks, scanning a site for something that looks interesting, and then repeating the process throughout the day.
Mac users have many RSS readers from which to choose, including the free and open source Vienna, long one of our favorites.
Besides the lack of a price tag, what sets Vienna apart from the dozen or two RSS reader choices for the Mac? Frequent improvements and updates.
All RSS subscriptions are visible in the left Sidebar. Click on a site’s RSS feed, and the middle column displays all the headlines from that site. Click on a headline and you can view the site and summary.
Vienna features a built-in browser with tabs and RSS subscription auto-detection. As you visit a website in Vienna it will locate the RSS subscription information automatically, which makes it easier to subscribe.
The three paned window approach is flexible and gives you additional custom display styles. It even lets you download RSS and Atom enclosures from within the app.
If you’ve never used a standalone RSS reader, Vienna is a good one to try first. It contains most of the features in commercial versions, yet won’t annoy you constantly with Notification Center updates whenever a subscription is updated.
What you’ll find is universal with RSS readers. More sites can be viewed in less time. The only real negative to using an RSS reader is the initial setup which requires a visit to the site you want to subscribe to. Otherwise, it’s set it and forget it as Vienna then downloads headlines and summaries in the background, automatically.