Whatever happened to RSS? Apple killed it in Safari and I struggle to find Mac-using friends who have bothered to substitute Safari’s spartan RSS efforts with a real worthy substitute.
It was writer Mark Twain, after hearing his obituary had been published in a New York newspaper, declared:
The reports of my death are greatly exaggerated.
Likewise, the death of RSS on the Mac may be exaggerated also, but I fear a trend is in the works. RSS may be somewhat long in the tooth, but as a useful tool to subscribe to dozens or hundreds of websites and receive headlines and summaries in one location, name a solution that’s better?
And, the one I use the most– Reeder.
Reeder requires a Google Reader account (as do most RSS readers these days) but syncs nicely online.
The interface is totally Mac-like, and easy to navigate. Subscriptions and groups are stacked in the left sidebar. Click on one and the headline and summary are revealed in the middle section.
Reeder folds up well to reduce screen usage, and it features the Message button in OS X Mountain Lion to share. But built-in are options to save to Evernote, Pinboard, Delicious, Zootol, and send links to Quote, Read, Instapaper, ReadItLater, and Readability.
As a big plus, the latest version also disables the Flash plugin which helps reduce CPU usage, and save battery life on Mac notebooks.
For Mac users with other iDevices, there’s also a Reeder for iPad and iPhone. Frankly, I’m disappointed that Apple removed the RSS feature in Safari. RSS is something of a hidden technology. At least, hidden from the masses. Far too many friends and family members have no idea what RSS does or how to use it to scan hundreds of websites in minutes.
Apple should do more to promote a cross platform technology that benefits users more than Safari’s built-in Reader function.