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May 13

My thoughts on NetNewsWire 2.0 (review)

2005 at 04.15 am posted by Veerle Pieters

When a programmer put his heart and soul into a project it shows and that’s exactly what Brent Simmons has done with the recently released NetNewsWire 2.0. I’ve been using the beta’s for a very long time and never had any issues or crashes. It has become an indispensable tool in my daily life.

The look is very appealing and doesn’t get in your face. It let’s me bundle and organize all my feeds in such a natural way that I feel I’m in control (needed if you have a lot of feeds). Smart lists resemble the smart play-lists we all know and love from iTunes. You can specify rules to organize your news.

NetNewsWire 2.0

You know how it is, you read something and a few days later you need that resource again. That where searching gets in, you can search news items with the standard Apple search widget - as just as in Mail and other applications. It searches the content of my feeds in a second.

NetNewsWire 2.0 has an embedded browser with tab support that uses the latest webkit so in essence it is Safari you’re surfing with. It doesn’t force in using the embedded browser because you still have the option to use an external browser.

It also lets me flag items that I might need in the future. In the view menu you can choose View > Show Flagged Items Subscription and all your flagged items will show up.

NetNewsWire also manages my podcasts. So when Adam Curry or Dawn and Drew have a new show out or Soulfuric released another fabulous Traxsource Cyberjamz Radio Show, I only need to click download to iTunes and a play-list is automatically created. You probably know that podcasts are audio file enclosures.

And I wouldn’t be a designer if I wouldn’t like the fact that you customize the style sheets. The program ships with a lot of built-in styles. I’ve been using the styles that Jon Hicks created since it matches perfectly with Tiger. I’m also using his fabulous icons. Explanation on how to apply them is over at Jon’s site.

Speaking of Tiger, NetNewsWire 2.0 also has support for Automator but that’s something I didn’t use so far. You can choose between a full or light version. The light version is free and the full version costs $24,95. Brent is top guy since this is a free upgrade for current 1x users even when I bought NetNewsWire ages ago.

There are others but this has been my favorite from the start. Maybe we don’t have as much programs to choose from as in the Windows world but this is a true example of the quality work that we get on the Mac platform. Thanks Brent & Sheila! Go ahead and check it out!




permalink this comment Raven Fri May 13, 2005 at 05.11 am

I’ve also been using NetNewsWire for a while (not as long as you, though) and find it very easy to work with. It’s also just as you said: we might not have 1000 programs doing the same thing as Windows users, but the few we do have make up in quality what we appear to lack in quantity.



permalink this comment kaato Fri May 13, 2005 at 08.57 am

Would it be possible to share (export) our subscriptions and post/link it in this thread?

It would be a great way to learn about the ‘better’ websites out there. Instead of just stumbling upon them following links.

Or would these lists be a bit too ‘personal’?



permalink this comment Grammar Fri May 13, 2005 at 09.37 am

I hate to be a grammar nag, but you really ought to try to bring your writing up to the quality of your visual design. For many readers, some of your mistakes are as glaring as orange type on a purple background.

“using the beta’s for a very long time….” It let’s me bundle and organize….”

Never use apostrophes to pluralize nouns. It’s always wrong, every time.

“I wouldn’t be a designer if I wouldn’t like the fact that you customize the style sheets…”

Phrasing this more simply makes it much clearer: “As a designer, I like the fact that you can customize…” If a sentence sounds awkward when you speak it, you probably want to rewrite it.



permalink this comment Dave Fri May 13, 2005 at 10.29 am

Veerle, IMO you should simply ignore the strange comment above. I never understood the need for intrusive and unasked for comments like that.

He/she probably doesn’t realize that English is you second language.

Why do I say that? Because anyone who’s (did I contract things properly?) spent any time reading your posts knows full well that you have above average command of the language.



permalink this comment Stefan Seiz Fri May 13, 2005 at 10.58 am

Why do the icons in the Toolbar of my NNW 2.0 look totaly different than yours?
Does anyone know if Toolbar icons are being cached somewhere and i might have a stale icon cache from NNW 1.X?



permalink this comment Marilyn Langfeld Fri May 13, 2005 at 11.41 am

I’ve just upgraded, too and love it, except that if you use the internal browser some things aren’t possible, like submitting a comment to your blog. Just tried it and it didn’t work. So, I had to set it to use an external browser. That’s too bad, but the program is still excellent.



permalink this comment Veerle Fri May 13, 2005 at 12.49 pm

@Grammer, only one note : I’m waiting for your Dutch or French article, since you are such an expert in languages ;-) I’m from the Flemish part of Belgium, so I’m Dutch speaking, English is my thrid language, French my second. My blog isn’t here just to learn grammer it’s here for fun. And if my grammer bothers you that much I invite you to leave you won’t be missed.

@Stefan Seiz, mine are replaced by Jon Hick’s icons. I’ve explained in my article.

@Marilyn Langfeld: this comment is posted using NetNewsWire 2.0 and I had no problem.



permalink this comment iWantToKeepAnon Fri May 13, 2005 at 01.44 pm

@Veerle, cheers on dispatching the grammar troll :-D



permalink this comment Stefan seiz Sat May 14, 2005 at 02.45 am

Thanks Veerle. I guess: wer lesen kann ist klar im Vorteil ;-)



permalink this comment Veerle Sat May 14, 2005 at 03.34 am

@Stefan: das ist deutlich gesprochen ;-)



permalink this comment kMikaZu Sat May 14, 2005 at 01.43 pm

@Grammer: If you hate to be a grammar nag, than just don’t be it. Veerle has built her own community from the ground up and that’s what it’s all ‘bout. In our Belgian education-system, learning different languages is a high priority and that’s someting to be proud of. So speak for yourself and not “for many readers”!!!!!



permalink this comment Richard Lemon Sun May 15, 2005 at 05.20 pm

I’m making the same mistakes in English and you know what? I don’t care. I prefer content above ‘correct spelling’. Take a look at all the IRC #‘s. Hard to read but you know what they are talkin’ ‘bout.

As a dutch guy I’m enjoying ure posts here in Cali. Keep up the good stuff!

‘nuf said…

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