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  • Date Added:
    Nov. 06, 2015
  • Price:
    Free to try; $14.95 to buy

Editors' Note: Beta or prerelease software is not intended for inexperienced users, as the software may contain bugs or potentially damage your system. We strongly recommend that users exercise caution and save all mission-critical data before installing and/or using this software.

Editors' Review


NetNewsWire is a serious RSS newsreader, a feature-filled desktop app specifically designed for voracious news consumers who want more RSS features than Safari and Mail provide. Recent updates leave the interface largely unchanged but notably add the ability to sync with the popular Google Reader service, while eliminating NetNewsWire's old NewsGator service.

This app's three-paned, Mail-like interface presents a shallow learning curve, with an intuitive system for flagging, organizing, and reading news feeds--as simple previews or as full articles with NetNewsWire's integrated browser (or you can set articles to open in your preferred browser). The interface supports tabs, gives you copious options for sorting and managing your feeds (manually or using "smart" settings), and provides navigation that can be as simple as clicking through all your news with the space bar. Not surprising for a power-user app, NetNewsWire also comes with many more advanced features, such as automatic downloading for podcasts (with import to iTunes), flexible "clippings" (to save articles for later, even in different categories), search-engine subscriptions (basically, persistent self-updating searches), and more.

You can pay for an ad-free version, or you can get NetNewsWire for free with a small ad on the lower left side of your interface. Combined with a companion iPhone app, NetNewsWire is an excellent option for news junkies, especially for Google Reader users.

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Full Specifications

What's new in version 4.0.1b335
  • This addresses a crash caused by an aggressive security check in the previous build.
  • Unregistered trial users can now access the Cloud Sync pane in preferences. The absence of it in trial mode was causing some confusion. You'll still need to buy NetNewsWire to get access to sync functionality.
  • Fixed an issue with the Open in Browser keyboard shortcut for some sites.
  • Fixed an issue where the Sort Articles menu options might be incorrectly grayed out.
  • Fixed an issue with two-digit dates in the Today icon on OS X El Capitan.
  • Brought handling of line breaks in line with NetNewsWire iOS.
Publisher Black Pixel
Publisher web site
Release Date November 06, 2015
Date Added November 06, 2015
Version 4.0.1b335
Category Browsers
Subcategory Newsreaders & RSS Readers
Operating Systems
Operating Systems Mac OS X 10.10/10.8/10.9
Additional Requirements None
Download Information
File Size 18.91MB
File Name
Total Downloads 37,792
Downloads Last Week 3
License Model Free to try
Limitations Not available
Price $14.95

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