When it comes to an RSS newsreader, my needs are on the whole quite simple: Google Reader sync, basic keyboard shortcuts and OS X 10.7 Lion compatibility. Although I’ve been until recent weeks a very satisfied NetNewsWire user, that application has become unstable and it’s future is quite uncertain. That is, the most recent release, NetNewsWire Lite 4, is unusable and the product has since been sold to a developer that hasn’t committed to a development timeline for a Lion compatible version.
So, on Tuesday I was watching to MacBreak Weekly (iTunes, free) and both Leo Laporte and Andy Ihnatko recommended Reeder (Mac App Store, $9.99) from Silvio Rizzi. A quick glance at the screen caps tells you it’s been engineered with Lion in mind and the features list tell me it’s got what I need:
• Syncs with Google Reader
• Full readability (readability.com) integration
• Customizable interface
• Customizable shortcuts
• Send to Instapaper, ReadItLater, Readability
• Save to Pinboard, Delicious, Zootool
• Post to Twitter
• Mail Link
• Open with Instapaper Mobilizer, Google Mobilizer
Affordable and does everything I need. That is, unlike the score or so me too RSS clients that have popped up, mushroom like around the NetNewsWire crater, Reeder looks and feels substantive, and is packed with forward thinking features, like Readability, Twitter and Lion UI specific functionality (i.e. invisible sliders, gestures, etc).
Better Is As Better Does
Thereupon, I’ve put down my hard earned dollars and switched to Reeder, and feel right at home in the familiar three-pane interface that I grew to love in NetNewsWire. Moreover, it’s actually easier to navigate with a stronger set of keyboard shortcuts that I’ve discovered to be somewhat different though highly intuitive — just touch an alpha character (“r” for instance) and Reeder updates.
I’m still learning, but it’s already clear that Reeder was the right choice…
What’s your take?