The Best News Reader For Mac

Jan 24, 2014 - Below are a few of the best the best RSS feed readers for Mac. Readkit is able to support a wide range of RSS services such as Fever, Feedly, Feedbin and NewsBlur to name a few. Shrook is a clever RSS reader for Mac.

There’s no better way to keep up to date with the latest news than with an RSS reader, because it can save you the trouble of visiting a dozen or more individual websites to get your daily fix of news. RSS stands for Really Simple Syndication, and if you’re not already familiar with it, it’s used by many websites as a convenient way to let readers subscribe to news. Simply click on the RSS button that appears in the title bar of Safari when a website’s feed is detected, and your default news reader pops up and prompts you to subscribe. It’s even possible to add news feeds in the Mail app, but many people prefer separate RSS readers because they tend to have much more functionality than Mail (in Mountain Lion, Apple seems to have removed RSS functionality from Mail completely).

Dozens of third-party RSS news readers are available in the Mac App Store, many of which can also synchronise with your iPad and iPhone. Most of the popular ones can also synchronise with a Google Reader account – head over to the Google website to set one up (it’s free!). Here’s a selection of the best and most highly rated RSS readers currently available in the Mac App Store, in alphabetical order gss-content-boxUPDATE: Since this article was published a few of these apps have been discontinued. I have now removed these from this list. At some point I will get around to adding some more, but in the meantime please let me (and our other readers) know if you have any suggestions for other great RSS readers in the comments. Fresh Feed focuses on simplicity.

The application sits in the Mac’s menu bar and is updated in real time. Just click the icon to view a list of news, and on individual news stories to view in Safari.

The Pro version can synchronise with Google Reader and also read out the news titles. Watch out Siri! More details: Fresh Feed, by Bloop S.R.L 2. MobileRSS has been available for the iPhone and iPad since July 2011, and the Mac version has almost identical functionality. The app is simply a Google Reader client so you need to have a Google account to use it, but it synchronises perfectly and has lots of sharing options such as posting to Twitter and Instapaper.

There are multiple view layouts and you can even download full articles for specified feeds to read later. More details: MobileRSS, by NibiruTech Limited 3. NewsBar is a little unusual amongst the Mac RSS readers, because it shows the news in a semi-transparent sidebar on your desktop screen which is updated in real-time. There are dozens of useful features such as single-click to pop-up and read, or double-click to open the full story in the browser, as well as optional synchronisation with a Google Reader account, plus favourites, a customisable interface and much more.

More details: NewsBar, by Andras Porffy 4. NewsFire is quite old now and hasn’t been updated for some time, but it has a very functionality and uncluttered interface that contains just the most essential features.

You can’t synchronise with Google Reader unfortunately, but as a very basic RSS reader which does exactly what it says, it’s a pretty decent application. More details: NewsFire, by David Watanabe 5. Reeder has the honour of being many people’s favourite RSS reader and is consistently popular on the iPad, iPhone and Mac. It requires a Google Reader account to work but that’s easy enough to set up. Feeds are displayed in a list and organised in topics of your choosing such as Technology, Sport and so on, and it has all the usual options to mark feeds (or individual stories) as read, or to “star” them as favourites. There’s plenty of sharing options in Reeder and Readability is also supported.

Best News Reader For The Mac

Select an article headline and you’re taken to the original story inside the app itself, or you can view the original in Safari. A great little news reader indeed, and one that’s become deservedly popular. More details: Reeder, by Silvio Rizzi 6.

RSS Menu it’s quite unique because it doesn’t have its own application window, but as the name suggests it uses a systemwide drop-down menu instead. This means it’s easily accessible from any screen on your Mac – even in full-screen mode.

Whilst some people might prefer a more traditional windowed approach, RSS menu does its job well as a handy news reading application. More details: RSS Menu, by Jesus De Meyer 7. RSS Ticker For Google Reader not only presents RSS news feeds and syncs with a Google Reader account, but it has a rather nice ticker that constantly scrolls feeds across the title bar in the chosen space, much like a rolling news channel. There’s also a more traditional list view layout to view each story in more detail. The usual options are present, such as being able to star favourites and showing the number of unread items in the application’s Dock icon. More details: RSS Ticker For Google Reader, by Chun Sum Yu.

If you’re trying to keep tracking of a ton of news all at once, check out these popular iOS RSS readers for your iPhone and iPad. – Free In the absence of Google Reader (RIP), has become the standard RSS reader. Feedly is a fully-featured RSS platform that can run in any browser. They also offer apps for reading your feeds on iOS, Android, and even Kindle. Feedly is a well-designed app takes a magazine-style approach to content, organizing articles with large photos in a grid-based layout.


It’s attractive and easy to navigate, if somewhat slow for scrolling through hundreds of posts, and it makes completionist news reading time-consuming. The Feedly app’s greatest feature is its ability to surface content that’s the most interesting right now. It does this by keeping track of its own engagement metrics, especially social shares, to get a sense of how “hot” a given article is. The app displays the hottest articles in your feeds first, which is a good way to survey the ironies and outrages that are animating the Internet on any given day. A cool “Must Read” category also helps you keep track of top sources. It’s extremely useful for collecting feeds that post infrequently, but that you don’t want to miss. The app also integrates with a wide variety of social sharing tools, including Twitter, Buffer, and Facebook, as well as article sharing services like Pocket and Instapaper.

And you can use IFTTT integration or the iOS sharing menu to add links to services that doesn’t already exist. There’s also a small degree of customization available. Users can choose “day” or “night” modes, and choose from a small number of font families to customize your reading experience. Considering the zero-dollar price tag, the Feedly app brings a ton to the table for the casual news reader. Power users can also sign up for the $65/year Feedly Pro service, which offers alerts, better sharing, and other improvements.

– Free attempts to provide more functionality than the Feedly app while still keeping the same overall aesthetic. It offers a greater degree of customization than the Feedly app. However, but it’s presentation of information is more cluttered than Feedly’s layout. In the app’s magazine-style mode, pictures are smaller and can be oddly cropped.

Best Newsreaders For Mac

The app ranks posts entirely on publication time, rather than Feedly’s “hot” metric. This is sensible if you want to read your way backwards through one source, but if you’re trying to get a quick overview of what’s happening in the world today, it’s not ideal. This can make using the app a lot more like using Twitter, but without the commentary: everything is in reverse time order, regardless of its relatively popularity. Overall, the app is functional and powerful, with a greater degree of UI customization than most apps. The magazine mode can be turned off, returning users to list view.

Users can chose from a wide array of typefaces, sync with may different RSS services, and the presentation of individual articles is generally faithfully executed. However, regardless of settings, Newsify doesn’t offer as pleasant a user experience as Feedly does. In general, syncing is slower, and the magazine layout is less attractive.

The Best News Reader For Mac

The ad-supported free version is also a little frustrating. The ads are frequently animated and distracting, so you might want to opt for the $2.99 ad-free in-app purchase.

– $4.99 If you like scrolling through your content in a list, is an excellent choice. It ditches the magazine-style layout of both Feedly and Newsify, opting instead for an old-school, list-based approach. The UI is also more based on folders and feed, without any surfacing of popular posts. Unfortunately, this can be a bit of a frustrating way to dig through information. There’s so much content published by major outlets every day, and scrolling through all that can be pure drudgery.

However, if you only follow a few sources, or you want to stay literally up-to-the-minute, Reeder is an awesome choice. It functions with a surprising array of RSS services, including roll-your-own local RSS syncing. It also includes in-app sharing for a long list of services, including lesser-known ones like App.net, Pinboard, and Delicious, as well as the big names like Pocket, Twitter, Facebook and Buffer. Unfortunately, there’s little customization available in the app. You’re basically stuck with the off-the-shelf typeface and design choices, which you may or may not find appealing. Honorable Mention: Apple News An honorable mention should go to Apple’s surprisingly-good News app.

It’s not technically an RSS reader, since you can’t add any old RSS feed. But nevertheless, it does a good job of surfacing stories from a reasonable variety of sources. More and more publishers and jumping on the platform, too. As it grows, the News app could become a viable alternative to RSS for those less interested in setup. You might also like.