Review: Manage your subscriptions in Google Reader with Gruml for Mac

Follow your RSS feeds without any hassle using Gruml for Mac.

If you have a Google Reader account and are unsatisfied with the interface, you may seek an application to better manage the feeds such as Gruml for Mac. Gruml for Mac has a dated, albeit functional interface, but Google's announcement to end support for Reader makes its utility questionable.

RSS feeds provide users with the ability to easily follow Web news sources. One of the most popular RSS feed readers is Google's Reader program. Gruml for Mac is a freeware RSS reader that works exclusively with Google's program. After the installation completes, the application opens to a rather basic but functional menu. The menu does lack any graphics akin to modern programs, but its buttons and options are easily identified. After taking the user's Google sign-in information, the application displays the feeds in a large window. The left side contains subfolders to restrict the stories by category, which is a welcome feature on an RSS reader application. The program does function well, but brings up little text from the linked story. However, the application's exclusive link to Google Reader is unfortunate since Google recently announced it will end Reader later this year--meaning the application will not be usable in the near future.

While functional as an RSS reader, Gruml for Mac's link to Google's soon-to-be withdrawn Reader makes it useful for only a short time.

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