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With a Dose of Irony, Reeder for Mac Is Back

12 April 2014 408 views No Comment

Reeder for Mac is back with an ironic twist. The public beta, which can be downloaded here, is in many respects very much like Reeder for iOS

Reeder for Mac is back with an ironic twist. The public beta, which can be downloaded here, is in many respects very much like Reeder for iOS. Right now it’s free and open to all, but the app will eventually be pay to play.

And, that’s fine.

What isn’t fine is the fact that Reeder for Mac 2 doesn’t allow the importing of existing RSS bookmarks, in my case from NetNewsWire 4. Reeder does allow one to log into Feedbin, Feedly, Feed Wrangler and Fever to access bookmarks stored in one or more of those services.

This state of affairs is ironic given that Reeder for Mac 1 died because Google killed its Reader RSS service. We’ve been waiting for nearly a year for developer Silvio Rizzi to recreate the app, to work around the death of Google Reader.

In the wake of Google Reader’s demise, I vowed not to get stuck again and decided not to put any of my RSS eggs (bookmarks) in the hands of another service. So, I just bookmarked RSS feeds in NetNewsWire on my Mac.

Unlike many RSS clients, NetNewsWire can export (and import) bookmark files.

Points of Failure

Specifically, NetNewsWire can export/import OPML (aka Outline Processor Markup Language), an XML format commonly used to exchange lists of web feeds between web feed aggregators. Reeder for Mac 2 can’t import it.

So, if you want to use Reeder, you either need to input bookmarks one by one or use of those services. No big deal for many, but just another account, just another point of exposure I’d prefer to avoid.

For example, have Feedbin, Feedly, Feed Wrangler and/or Fever patched their systems for HeartBleed? Yep, I’ve got 99 logins to update, but those aren’t among them.

NetNewsWire 4 is also in beta and, as noted above, does support RSS bookmark export/import. Needless to say, I’m staying with NetNewsWire 4…

What’s your take?

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