RSS Reader with Google Independent Sync across Mac/iOS?

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  1. saotomefirst, May 26, 2013
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    saotomefirst macrumors regular

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    Hello once again, Macrumors community!

    I come to you this time for help to find me a RRS Reader. This should be trivial - searching in the App Stores revealed a number of them. However I do remember reading a message here in MacRumors alerting people that Google RSS system will shut down in the near future. It seems that it supports a huge portion of the RSS, and I'm simply unable to tell which reader uses it. :(

    I do need the syncing between my iPhone and my Mac, and I also need that the app updates itself whenever there's internet connection (I'm not sure if this is possible though, but it is desirable). Notifications when new stories are available are desired, but I can live without it.

    I don't mind if it's a paid app, so long as I get what I need. Can you give me a hand with this? Thanks in anticipation for your tips :D

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    - After experimenting with Weaselboy's idea (Feedly) I noticed that what I really need is an app that can save feeds for offline view. Everything else is desirable (GReader independence is * highly* desirable). If you guys have any other ideas, I'm all ears :D
     
  2. Weaselboy Moderator

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    I know the iOS version of Reeder now syncs to Feedbin, and the Reeder dev has stated he will be updating the OS X Reeder version to support Feedbin sync... so I think when that is all rolled out it will be a good solution.

    In the mean time I am using Feedly. On the OS X side it is a web app and they have a free iOS app that syncs for free. Pretty nice solution.
     
  3. saotomefirst thread starter macrumors regular

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    Thanks for the tip, Waselboy. I tested Feedly and I liked it. Too bad it needs internet connection to show any feeds - even if I have already viewed them... Unfortunately, this is a big concern since at the times I can view my news I simply don't have internet access :(

    Is there a way to have Feedly download any new stories and keep them for offline view? Or can any other program do that?
     
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    There is no way for Feedly to do this. I know Feedly is talking about adding some "premium services" for a fee and I wonder if that might be something they add? Reeder for OS X can cache articles, but you will only the part of the article in the RSS feed and not necessarily the whole article.
     
  5. saotomefirst thread starter macrumors regular

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    Ow well... If Feedly won't do it, then do you know any other app that saves rss for offline view? Again, must be independent from Google Reader as it'll stop working in the near future - or at least must have already declared to have a plan to deal with this when it happens.

    On a second thought, everything else is secondary, as I can only stop to read articles while I have no internet available :( Offline reading is a must for me...
     
  6. ipsychedelic macrumors 6502a

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    You better wait a bit more.
    I'm on the same boat, and even if Feedly sounds good (haven't tried, but a friend o'mine migrated seconds after google announcement), I still feel unsure (not that I cannot migrate data and test of course, but lack the time to mess around).

    Another alternative (and this is offtopic) is using Tiny-Tiny-RSS, either at home (slow as hell as it would upload on my slow internet and then download on my slow 3G) or getting a shared hosting somewhere cheap (5 bucks/month?), but then there is no client support on iOS for it, except if you count Safari's extension.
    Likely, Reeder's dev will add support for TT-RSS as it's been requested.

    Another alternative is Digg's reader, that should be out in beta soon (just guessing), even if some people don't digg Digg... I'll see what happens.

    Anyway, I'll say, wait for Reeder to implement TT-RSS and then play with it, as it might be interesting, and since you don't mind paying...

    (Oh, there is also Selfoss, but I totally vomited on the UI and overall, so I deleted it from my local server right away).
     
  7. saotomefirst thread starter macrumors regular

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    Thanks for the tips, ipsychedelic. I'll tell you this about Feedly: wasn't for the fact that it needs internet connection to work, my search would be complete by now. I really liked its UI (pretty and simple at the same time). Give it a try ;)

    I did take a look at Reeder at iTunes, but it didn't mention to have any offline capabilities :( Do you know if it does allow downloading feeds to be read later without connection?

    Couldn't find this Digg reader on the web, though... Just a mention that they are still working on it. If it does come to life, I' test it too.
     
  8. Weaselboy Moderator

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    It does. I just did a test. I went into the Reeder iOS account settings and enabled image caching then did a sync. I then turned on Airplane Mode and went back to Reeder and could read all the articles I previously downloaded. There is also a setting to only do this caching when on wifi.
     
  9. ksmith80209 macrumors 6502a

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    I've been using Reeder with Feedbin (it's as close to Reeder + Google Reader as I've found), but Newsblur also works pretty well. Ultimately I decided to stick with Reeder, but mostly due to the UI and the fact that it's what I'm used to.
     
  10. saotomefirst thread starter macrumors regular

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    Thanks for the tips, guys! I guess I'll pick this Reeder then.

    ksmith, you mentioned to be using Feedbin. What's the difference from it to Google Reader - or to any other RSS feed source for that matter? Why in your opinion is it worth paying a couple dollars/month for a service I could get for free?
     
  11. ksmith80209 macrumors 6502a

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    Well, Google Reader is going away in a week, so there's that benefit of Feedbin.
     

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