The long awaited RSS App for Mac is finally in beta: Reeder 2. I started using Reeder back when it was first released and it has been by go to RSS App. That is, until Google decided to shutdown Reader.
Since that announcement, I’ve been back and fourth with various RSS services and applications (Feedly, Feedbin, NetNewsWire 4). However, I’ve always longed for the simplicity that Reeder brought to article syndication.
Now, that simplicity is back!
Well not officially, but the public beta is here.
Just like it’s predecessor, this app features simple visual stimulus and lets you focus on the content. As someone who gets distracted easily, simplicity is what I need.
Hands down, the coolest feature of Reeder 2 is gestures. You can swipe left to view a web version of the article and swipe right to close. Pretty cool.
Currently Reeder 2 only supports four external RSS services: Feedbin, Feedly, Feed Wrangler and Fever. Of these four, I am using Feedly with Reeder 2. Although I think Feedbin is the best when it comes to simplicity, it does not support folders (I like to organize items). No matter which service you choose, syncing and styles are provided by Reeder.
Reeder also provides a setting for local syndication, no syncing with external services. This is exactly what NetNewsWire 4 does and may be the way I choose to sync Reeder. I usually read my Safari Reading List or Pocket on my phone, because both provide offline reading.
Speaking of reading later, Reeder currently only support Readability as a Read Later account. I know that the previous version supported both Safari Reading List and Pocket. I hope those get added to the official release version of Reeder 2.
Appearance, Reading & Services
Much like version one, Reeder 2 provides the ability customize the appearance, of the application. Version on provided only two themes with the option for slight changes and version two has five different themes. I personally like the option for five themes, rather than two theme with the option for slight changes.
The reading and services section of Reeder 2 are not quite flushed out. However, I am sure each will include many of the same options and services provided in version one.
I am definitely going to use Reeder 2 when it is released (actually, I am going to keep using the beta until release). If I had to guess, and I do, I’d say this is going to be a paid upgrade (as it should). I know that I spent $9.99 on version one, hopefully that price will be the about same. Either way, I know I will buy it.
In the meantime, I will keep using NetNewWire 4 as my RSS catch all (for quick skimming) and this beta to sync sites that I read frequently.