News junkies and current events fans know and love RSS readers, the number one way to grab and manage dozens to hundreds of websites. Sure, Flipboard on the iPad or iPhone are nice, but nothing beats a good Mac newsreader.
Now you can add a streaming news ticker to your Mac’s Desktop for free. Why? Well, for one, it’s free. Two, as RSS readers go, NewsFlow is unique, a standout among many, mostly because it’s just so darn cool to use. If you like viewing the Mac’s Desktop. More on that in a moment.
2 Types Of Mac Users
Not to be overly simplistic about this, but the Mac user world seems to be divided into two groups. On one hand, there are Mac users who seldom see the Desktop because it’s covered up with a bunch of open app windows.
On the other hand, there are Mac users who beautify the Desktop; who add a lovely photo of mountains or children, who organize their files and folders as if ordered to by a supreme deity.
For those Mac users there’s NewsFlow, an elegant and effective and free newsreader that acts more like a mashup of news ticker meets RSS reader. What you see is what you get. If you can see it.
NewsFlow displays the standard RSS headlines in the left sidebar of the Desktop, overlaid upon whatever Desktop photo you have. Click on a headline and the summary pops up in a window to the side.
The app comes with a number of attractive themes so you can customize the appearance (the dark theme matches the dark in OS X Yosemite and El Capitan). It also syncs with accounts attached to Feedly, Feed Wrangler, NewsBlur, Feedbin, but works just fine as a standalone RSS newsreader.
Articles in the RSS stack can be saved to Pocket, Instapaper, Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, even Evernote. The beauty of using an RSS reader is that once you setup your website subscriptions, you get a notification in Notification Center that new articles have arrived, so you don’t have to click, and click, and click around the web to find the latest news to satisfy your craving for current events.
Here’s the only issue I see with NewsFlow, but it’s endemic to any Mac app that lives on the Desktop. My Desktop has files and folders, pretty much like every other Mac user, but the wallpaper– and the files and folders– are covered up by app windows from a half dozen or more open apps. That means I have an extra click or two to find the Desktop and view whatever app has taken up residence there.
Otherwise, NewsFlow is great, and you can’t beat free.