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MacRumors
Jan 10, 2008, 12:03 AM
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Newsgator announced (http://www.newsgator.com/CompanyInfo/Press/Archive.aspx?post=144) that they've released NetNewsWire (http://www.newsgator.com/Individuals/NetNewsWire/Default.aspx) for Mac for free. The popular newsreader was previously $29.95. They also announced the release of NetNewsWire 3.1 with a number of new performance, memory and user interface improvements.

Article Link (http://www.macrumors.com/2008/01/10/netnewswire-3-1-for-mac-now-free/)

macintel4me
Jan 10, 2008, 05:38 PM
Cool. Interesting business model. ;) I wonder why its free now. Trying to preempt something from Apple maybe? :)

aarond12
Jan 10, 2008, 05:52 PM
This always confuses me. Why do they call it a newsreader? Why not an RSS reader? This does nothing more than keep track of and read RSS feeds. It's not significantly different/better than the RSS capability built into Safari or Firefox.

Maybe I'm a purist (or a snob), but to me a "newsreader" is an application used to read the newsgroups (the Usenet). Panic's Unison application is a newsreader. It connects to newsgroup servers and allows me to read posts and download attachments.

Am I being too picky?

-Aaron-

dal20402
Jan 10, 2008, 07:15 PM
The new 3.1 interface, while generally nice, takes away the option to change the color of the dock notification. Now I have clashing red starbursts in my Dock (those of NNW and Mail). I really preferred having only Mail red, because I need to see new mail out of the corner of my eye, but who really cares about new RSS items... :mad::rolleyes:

coolbreeze
Jan 10, 2008, 07:33 PM
They probably saw a large slowdown in sales b/c of defectors to google reader, etc, etc. Now, they are just looking to leverage their user base and get it installed on as many Macs as possible.

Just my guess.

Peace
Jan 10, 2008, 08:43 PM
This is probably the best newsreader.I "had" a paid license.It now seems that newsgator has removed the side panel that listed all kinds of great feeds.

Flowbee
Jan 11, 2008, 10:00 AM
They probably saw a large slowdown in sales b/c of defectors to google reader, etc, etc. Now, they are just looking to leverage their user base and get it installed on as many Macs as possible.

Just my guess.

It's a good guess. I was a happy NNW user, but despite having paid for the software, I still switched to Google Reader about a year ago. I tried out the new version of NNW, but there are really no features compelling enough to get me to switch back. Now if they come out with native iPhone version I might change my mind (I'm still not thrilled with Reader's Phone interface).

NightStorm
Jan 11, 2008, 12:46 PM
It's a good guess. I was a happy NNW user, but despite having paid for the software, I still switched to Google Reader about a year ago. I tried out the new version of NNW, but there are really no features compelling enough to get me to switch back. Now if they come out with native iPhone version I might change my mind (I'm still not thrilled with Reader's Phone interface).
Exactly my thoughts... they can win me back if they develop a native iPhone client that works the way I'd like it to. Until then, I'll stick with Google Reader (which I switched to from NNW shortly after the iPhone's release).

condor
Jan 11, 2008, 12:51 PM
NetNewsWire is one of the apps I use most on my Mac. They do have an web app designed for the iPhone at m.newsgator.com which wonderfully keeps all my subscriptions in sync between their full web interface (which I use at work), NetNewsWire (on my Mac at home) and my iPhone. I can't imagine a better setup and now that NewNewsWire is free, I am a happy camper.