Way back in the day, in fact the early days of the public internet as we know it, but the latter days of the last century, a new technology was born. It was called RSS (often called Rich Site Summary, or Really Simple Syndication), and it became the de facto standard for website subscription feeds; the easiest way possible to skim headlines and summaries of dozens to hundreds of websites.
That means RSS is old, but it works well enough that Mac users have plenty of RSS reader choices. Here’s another one.
This one is called Leaf, an RSS news reader which supports RSS, RDF, and ATOM, but also drops in alerts and banners into OS X’s Notification Center. In what is becoming a cumbersome way to view news and information online, Leaf uses your RSS subscriptions from Feedly (which also has an RSS reader), but lets you save articles from websites to Pocket, Readability, or Instapaper.
Leaf follows the tried and true RSS app layout with your subscriptions organized in the left sidebar. Click on a subscription and the most recent headlines appear in the middle. Click on a specific headline and view the entire article in the right main sidebar.
Leaf is friendly, familiar and works well but it doesn’t blaze any new ground. RSS is what it is. Headlines, summary, link to the original. Leaf has a few attractive themes, both trackpad gesture and keyboard shortcuts, and it’s a worthy addition for a Mac user who doesn’t need RSS sync for iPhone or iPad.
If you want to keep your RSS subscriptions in sync between all your iDevices, I recommend Feedly, which has apps for Mac, iPhone, and iPad and it’s free. Personally, I use Reeder on each of my iDevices.