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Gruml for Mac

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While functional as an RSS reader, Gruml for Mac's link to Google's soon-to-be withdrawn Reader makes it useful for only a short time.

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  • 5.0 stars

    "Fast and efficient"

    July 2, 2011  |   By sduford

    Version: Gruml 0.9.25

    Pros

    Customizable, fast, reliable

    Cons

    Not as pretty as Reeder

    Summary

    While it doesn't look as pretty and "Macish" as Reeder, it is far faster and it correctly cleans-up read items after you've read them.

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  • 2.0 stars

    "Well, it's a beta...."

    December 10, 2010  |   By jwdoom

    Version: Gruml 0.9.22

    Pros

    Simple operation.

    Cons

    It can't track unread items, the counts will just disappear both in the window and the taskbar icon. I don't know if it happens during periodic syncs or what but it makes the app nearly unusable.

    Summary

    Promising, dirt simple app to keep an eye on. When it's finished it should be pretty good. But it's not finished.

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  • 2.0 stars

    "Sorry, but I can't use it"

    March 27, 2010  |   By Dana Nau

    Version: Gruml 0.9.16

    Summary

    This review was originally posted on VersionTracker.com.
    Gruml looks like it has potential, but I found it impossible to navigate in Gruml without using a mouse. Most of the usual keyboard navigation commands simply aren't there, and others are there but don't always work. For those of you who prefer to use a mouse, that may not be a problem -- but for me it makes Gruml unusable.

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  • 5.0 stars

    "Great APP!!!!!"

    March 1, 2010  |   By Razzledazzle

    Version: Gruml 0.9.16

    Summary

    This review was originally posted on VersionTracker.com.
    Great in every way.I see no problem with speed on my G5 or Macbook Pro. I had to turn off Growl in its preferences due to the multitude of notices .(I have a lot of feeds) I love the interface and it looks like a winner. A good replacement for NNW.

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  • 4.0 stars

    "Sluggish, but great features"

    December 4, 2009  |   By zeph--2008

    Version: Gruml 0.9.14

    Summary

    This review was originally posted on VersionTracker.com.
    Gruml might be trying to sync with Google Reader a bit too often; or for whatever other reason feels a bit sluggish. Still, sync with Reader (hence iPhone) it does, and includes all the other management features I've previously had to use Google's lousy interface for. The speed issue is tolerable, the application well worth running if syncing your RSS feed is of any importance to you.

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