The more things change, the more they remain the same. Internet technology has advanced by leaps and bounds, yet much of what we digest from the web is gathered much the same way it always was. Point and click. Mac and PC users alike have favorite websites, and thanks to a few bookmarks or favorites, each one must be clicked to be viewed and read.
There is an easier way and the name is RSS, a somewhat antiquated internet technology which makes it easy for readers to view website headlines and summaries without having to search for each site. The site comes to you and all you need is a simple RSS reader.
If you’re a Mac user on a budget but want to save time browsing, and have a growing disdain for the constant clicking required to keep up with the news or changes on your favorite websites, then try the free Newsflow. It’s not the RSS reader with the most bells and whistles but it is elegantly straightforward to setup and use.
News flow displays website headlines and subscriptions in a Notification Center-like sidebar for easy viewing.
By subscribing to a website’s free RSS feed you can have the RSS reader update headlines and summaries for you; downloading them from the website to the reader automatically.
Newsflow syncs up with major RSS feed sites including, Feedbin, Feed Wrangler, Feedly, and NewsBlur but also works as a standalone RSS reader. Articles can be saved to Pocket, Evernote, Readability, Instapaper, Facebook, Twitter, and LinkedIn.
It’s also Notification Center savvy so you get alerts or popups as needed.
News flow supports standard RSS, RDF, and Atom feeds, gives you keyboard shortcuts to navigate through websites, multiple themes for OS X Yosemite, and one-click access to the full website. In most cases a website’s RSS subscription feed can be accessed simply by entering the site’s URL. After that, downloads of headline and summary are automatic.
The app’s developer is one of those who publishes a number of Mac apps, most of which garner plenty of four and five star reviews on the Mac App Store.