One of the more useful features in OS X Mountain Lion is the built-in Notification Center which works similar to Notifications on the iPhone and iPad. It’s early in Mountain Lion’s life cycle, but more apps are taking advantage of Notification Center.
Wouldn’t it be handy to have RSS feeds show up in Notification Center as they arrive? That’s what the free Reader Notifier does. RSS notifications show up in OS X’s new Notification Center. Here’s what it looks like with a list of RSS feeds and the most recent pop up notification.
Alerts and banners pop up as news items are collected in Reader Notifier. They pop up, display for a few seconds, then disappear. When you’re ready to view the RSS feed, simply click Notification Center’s icon in the right upper corner of the Mac’s screen.
Setup is very simple, too. Reader Notifier isn’t really a typical RSS reader. Instead, it requires a Google Reader account (which manages RSS feeds) to sync to your Mac to display RSS feeds. This is a nicely done app which is well integrated into OS X Mountain Lion and puts RSS feeds where they belong– quick view, quickly visible, but out of the way. Just like Apple intended.