Today, the adventure has been transformed into tedium as the number of news and information sources seems to have grown exponentially. Is there a better way? Yes, and it involves something old, something new, and something borrowed.
Can You Spell It?
Way back in the day, not long after the public internet birthing, along came a simple technology which was designed to shove headlines, summary, and news out to willing recipients.
RSS, the Really Simply Syndication format, took the web by storm and today nearly every website of substances has RSS built-in.
An RSS reader makes it trivial for you to browse through hundreds of websites, and more hundreds of headlines and summaries in minutes.
What’s not to like?
Apparently, even that effort is too much for many Mac and PC users who shy away from having a dedicated, standalone yet simple app that brings in the days news automatically.
A new kid on the block is the Leaf RSS reader. In a simple interface that’s much like a web page, Leaf combines basic RSS features with a more usable, palatable, collapsible screen.
Leaf can take up your Mac’s entire screen if you like the big view, but it also collapses down to a minimum amount of screen real estate.
Articles can be saved to Pocket, Readability, and Instapaper, and Leaf come with a variety of RSS reader themes. Search Leaf by title, source, content, or folder (which you can organize). Leaf makes it easy to mark articles as read or unread, and it comes with alerts for new articles which can be used in Notification Center.
Leaf is not complicated to setup or use, which makes it a good choice for RSS newbies who know the value of RSS subscriptions but don’t want the bother of too many features.