RSS Reader NetNewsWire 5 Released for iPhone and iPad

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Free open source RSS Reader NetNewsWire 5 just got its release on iPhone and iPad, bringing over a handful of notable features that debuted in the redesigned Mac app, which launched last year.

As you'd expect from an RSS reader, the app collates articles from blogs and news sites that users can subscribe to using the Really Simple Syndication standard. (Here's MacRumors' RSS, for example.)

The difference with NetNewsWire is that it's specifically designed to be small, fast, and stable, while minimizing clutter and clearing a space for the simple pleasure of reading.

Like the Mac app, NetNewsWire for iOS includes the following features:
  • Direct feed-downloading
    Syncing via Feedbin and Feedly
  • Multiple accounts
  • Dark Mode
  • Reader view
  • Share sheet
  • Starred articles
  • All Unread and Today smart feeds
  • Folders
  • Importing and exporting OPML feed lists
  • Background refreshing
  • Searching
  • Hiding read articles
  • Timeline customization
  • Context menus
  • Support for multiple windows
In addition, the iOS app includes a handy swipe left gesture to move on to the next article, and a button in the middle of the bottom toolbar that can be tapped to go to the next unread article. The iPad version also includes extensive support for keyboard shortcuts, just like the Mac app.


Like the Mac version, this is a 5.0 release, although developer Brent Simmons is pitching it as a brand-new app. That's fair enough when you consider that the first version of the iOS app was released back in 2008, after NewsGator acquired it in 2005. Simmons bought back the the NetNewsWire name and released NetNewsWire 5.0 for the Mac in August 2019.

You can download the Mac version of NetNewsWire 5.0 from the developer's website and the iOS version from the App Store. [Direct Link]

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frou

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I've been happy to get off of Reeder and back to NetNewsWire on the Mac. Reeder just looks and feels "overdesigned" whereas NetNewsWire seems to be from people who actually like the platform's conventions.

Now I just want NetNewsWire Mac <--> iOS to supporting syncing via iCloud, or some server software that's self-hostable (why have some "you're the product" company track which feeds/articles you read, and most likely sell that data?)
 
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I’ve been using an app called News Explorer for quite awhile now and I think it’s suuuuuper underrated. It’s full of features and even has Apple TV and Watch apps (in addition to iOS, iPadOS, and Mac).

Only thing it doesn’t do is Feedly, which means I can’t use Windows to read feeds - but it sounds like this doesn’t either on Mac yet. It uses iCloud syncing instead, which is great if you only use Apple devices.
 
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I've been happy to get off of Reeder and back to NetNewsWire on the Mac. Reeder just looks and feels "overdesigned" whereas NetNewsWire seems to be from people who actually like the platform's conventions.

Now I just want NetNewsWire Mac <--> iOS to supporting syncing via iCloud, or some server software that's self-hostable (why have some "you're the product" company track which feeds/articles you read, and most likely sell that data?)
Notably, Feedbin does not do this, and is a fantastic backing service if you are ever away from an iOS/macOS device you own and want to read your feeds. Their web app is great.
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I’ve been using an app called News Explorer for quite awhile now and I think it’s suuuuuper underrated. It’s full of features and even has Apple TV and Watch apps (in addition to iOS, iPadOS, and Mac).

Only thing it doesn’t do is Feedly, which means I can’t use Windows to read feeds - but it sounds like this doesn’t either on Mac yet. It uses iCloud syncing instead, which is great if you only use Apple devices.
News Explorer is a great idea, since you can sync everything through iCloud (and not need Feedly at all!). You note one problem though, it ties you to Apple devices signed into your Apple ID (typically not a problem). I've tried it out a few times too, and ran into a lot of UX quibbles and small bugs. It's also the type of app that provides tons of configuration options, whereas NetNewsWire (which is admittedly much newer) focuses on a few key options and sticking to conventions for all else. I hope they keep refining News Explorer, though.
 

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TIL RSS is still a thing...
RSS readers are still a thing. A lot of the backend of news/media services are built on RSS that the users never see.
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How does it compare as a Feedly replacement?
Ouch. Not good.

I’ve been using an app called News Explorer for quite awhile now and I think it’s suuuuuper underrated. It’s full of features and even has Apple TV and Watch apps (in addition to iOS, iPadOS, and Mac).

Only thing it doesn’t do is Feedly, which means I can’t use Windows to read feeds - but it sounds like this doesn’t either on Mac yet. It uses iCloud syncing instead, which is great if you only use Apple devices.
The issue with relying on iCloud only is that if you use different apps for different platforms or you like to try new apps you can’t just import them all with a login. That’s what feedly give me.
 
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