I’ve been using NetNewsWire as my primary news and RSS Reader for the past few months.
I haven’t been truly happy with an RSS Reader since Google shut down Reader. And I’ve tried them all.
That is until I heard NetNewsWire was back in town. The original app was released almost 17 years ago now, and after exchanging hands a few times since then, it’s now back home with its original creator Brent Simmons.
The hybrid application supports iOS, iPadOS and macOS. Here’s how it looks on my Mac:
There are a couple of missing features you might expect from a modern RSS Reader. It doesn’t have any first-party sync support (Feedbin works, but I don’t use it). Right now I’m exporting my subscriptions to iCloud and then importing them in on my phone.
I’d also like to see support for the ability to create smart-feeds with custom criteria for filtering articles. They have a very solid base though and the app is improving constantly.
I’ve recently been finding it difficult to avoid sinking time into social media (where I often go for news and interesting articles), and it seems increasingly difficult to know who and what to trust. NetNewsWire provides a nice way for me to filter out the noise and make sure I see content from creators I care about. I highly recommend it.