Powerful Free Mac RSS Reader NetNewsWire Out of Beta Now

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The relaunched version of the powerful free open-source Mac RSS reader application NetNewsWire 5.0, is out of beta now.

The main purpose of Version 5 released in public beta a couple of weeks ago, is a balance of performance and power.

We value stability, performance, quality, and platform-specific design over features. But NetNewsWire does have some features.”

Among the most useful features of NetNewsWire is its ability to create feeds in one of three ways.

First, you can download the direct feed as usual.

Second, you can use a Feedbin subscription. This service integrates email newsletters and Twitter into the feed, and can help pull in the full text of an article, where the RSS feed only provides part of it.

And third, there’s a Safari extension allowing you to easily add news feeds to the application.

The other features highlighted by the volunteer team behind the app are:

  • Safari extension for easy feed-adding
  • Direct feed-downloading
  • Syncing via Feedbin
  • Sharing to Mail, MarsEdit, Micro.blog, Notes, Messages, and so on
  • Easy keyboard navigation
  • Single-key keyboard shortcuts
  • AppleScript support
  • Dark Mode
  • Starred articles
  • All Unread and Today smart feeds
  • Folders
  • Importing and exporting OPML feed lists
  • Searching
  • Help book
  • Multiple accounts
  • Customizable toolbar

According to its developers team, NetNewsWire is a small part of creating a better internet. It is written mostly in Swift and works on an iOS version that is already under the way.

“We support the open web. The big social networking sites are damaging society and eroding democracy — and we believe one of the ways out of this is to get our news via the open web rather than from Twitter and Facebook.

NetNewsWire is part of repairing the web we lost, and it’s part of building the web we want. That future web should not include viral hate speech, abuse, massive corporate surveillance, or successful influence operations by hostile governments and entities opposed to democracy.

NetNewsWire isn’t the answer — it’s an answer. It’s just a small part of what needs to be done. But it’s the work we personally know how to do, so we do it.

We also love high-quality Mac and iOS apps, and we hope that NetNewsWire will be an example.”

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