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.
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!