Flirting with NetNewsWire

feed-icon-96x96.pngI hauled out NetNewsWire 3.0 this weekend, upgraded it to 3.1 beta, and tried it out again. I thought I would give it another go after reading a review on Shawn Blanc’s blog. I exported my subscriptions from Google Reader, imported them into NNW and fired it up.

NNW will sync with Newsgator and you can use it as a standalone feed reader (there are also options to sync via ftp and .Mac accounts). It is a really good looking application and has some great features I miss in Google Reader like the ability to subscribe to password protected feeds.

Compared to Google Reader the NNW interface is fantastic but what NNW lacks are the easy keyboard navigation options that you have in Google Reader (“j” for the next article, “k” for the previous one and so on). NNW can be a little clumsy in comparison and there is no easy way to share feeds and feed items like there is in Google Reader that I could figure out in NNW/Newsgator.

So, after a little experiment with NNW I am back to Google Reader. Ok, you can all take another breath and the world can continue turning …


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Paul
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  1. Paul, funny you should write about this! I was doing exactly the same yesterday. I checked it out and I'm quite frankly very impressed. The user interface is awesome. I love it how you can open an feed item in NNW as a background loading icon while you continue to read other feeds. The only, ONLY objection I have at the moment is that the built in browser, although it renders pages perfectly, does not support flash. That means, if you embed a Youtube video, I can't simply view it in the built in browser. Other than the, I think it is one great reader.

  2. Paul, funny you should write about this! I was doing exactly the same yesterday. I checked it out and I’m quite frankly very impressed. The user interface is awesome. I love it how you can open an feed item in NNW as a background loading icon while you continue to read other feeds. The only, ONLY objection I have at the moment is that the built in browser, although it renders pages perfectly, does not support flash. That means, if you embed a Youtube video, I can’t simply view it in the built in browser. Other than the, I think it is one great reader.

  3. Paul, funny you should write about this! I was doing exactly the same yesterday. I checked it out and I’m quite frankly very impressed. The user interface is awesome. I love it how you can open an feed item in NNW as a background loading icon while you continue to read other feeds. The only, ONLY objection I have at the moment is that the built in browser, although it renders pages perfectly, does not support flash. That means, if you embed a Youtube video, I can’t simply view it in the built in browser. Other than the, I think it is one great reader.

  4. Paul, funny you should write about this! I was doing exactly the same yesterday. I checked it out and I’m quite frankly very impressed. The user interface is awesome. I love it how you can open an feed item in NNW as a background loading icon while you continue to read other feeds. The only, ONLY objection I have at the moment is that the built in browser, although it renders pages perfectly, does not support flash. That means, if you embed a Youtube video, I can’t simply view it in the built in browser. Other than the, I think it is one great reader.

  5. You know, the browser thing isn't a big deal for me. I do sometimes use the built in browser but I am happy to use my default too. A big thing for me is being able to share my Newsgator feeds like I do my Google Reader feeds and it seems the way to do that is through Clippings. I can't work out how to easily create a widget like I have for Google Reader shared feeds but I did figure out how to share my Clippings feed through … I think I may give NNW another go.

  6. You know, the browser thing isn’t a big deal for me. I do sometimes use the built in browser but I am happy to use my default too. A big thing for me is being able to share my Newsgator feeds like I do my Google Reader feeds and it seems the way to do that is through Clippings. I can’t work out how to easily create a widget like I have for Google Reader shared feeds but I did figure out how to share my Clippings feed through … I think I may give NNW another go.

  7. You know, the browser thing isn’t a big deal for me. I do sometimes use the built in browser but I am happy to use my default too. A big thing for me is being able to share my Newsgator feeds like I do my Google Reader feeds and it seems the way to do that is through Clippings. I can’t work out how to easily create a widget like I have for Google Reader shared feeds but I did figure out how to share my Clippings feed through … I think I may give NNW another go.

  8. You know, the browser thing isn’t a big deal for me. I do sometimes use the built in browser but I am happy to use my default too. A big thing for me is being able to share my Newsgator feeds like I do my Google Reader feeds and it seems the way to do that is through Clippings. I can’t work out how to easily create a widget like I have for Google Reader shared feeds but I did figure out how to share my Clippings feed through … I think I may give NNW another go.

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