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While functional as an RSS reader, Gruml for Mac's link to Google's soon-to-be withdrawn Reader makes it useful for only a short time.
Gruml allows you to view and manage your feed subscriptions of your Google Reader account on Mac OS X. Read your newsfeeds, manage them in folders, tag them, and much more - all in sync with your Google Reader account. Gruml and Google Reader are always in sync. Any changes you are doing in Gruml are also transferred to your Google Reader, as well as any changes in Google Reader are synchronized to Gruml promptly. Tweet articles including short URLs directly via Gruml. Create new folders for your subscriptions, rename existing ones and organize your feeds in a proper manner. Post and organize notes to Google Reader. Gruml is ready for Mountain Lion.
What's new in this version:
- New: System sharing functions (10.8 only)
- New: Run in Dock, Dock/Menu, Menu only (Menu only 10.7+ only)
- New: Bring to front with hotkey (10.7+ only)
- New: Notification center support (alt. to Growl, 10.8 only)
- Fixes some OAuth2 issues
- Fixes Twitter issues
- further bug fixes