NetNewsWire is one of those evolutionary pieces of software that you wonder how you ever did without.

It’s a Mac OS X (only) application that lets you organize and browse the wide variety of websites that make their contents (or at least their headlines) available in a format called RSS.

RSS is a standard — in the same way that, say, trailer hitch sizing is a standard — that allows authors and developers of websites to format information in a way which it makes it easy to syndicate. Usually this syndication happens through other websites — Site A might have a list of headlines from Site B, for example.

NetNewsWire reads these “RSS feeds” and displays them in an elegant format that makes it much easier and quicker to navigate through your personal collection of news and views websites.

A screen show demonstrates this better than anything:

NetNewsWire Screen Shot

NetNewsWire is a well-polished package that’s dead simple to use. Recommended.


Steven Garrity's picture
Steven Garrity on August 12, 2002 - 21:21 Permalink

I’ve been noticing NetNewsWire in my referer logs lately. It looks like a slick program. I wish there were a good simple Windows equivalent.

Jevon's picture
Jevon on August 12, 2002 - 23:04 Permalink

NetNewsWire is quite awsome. I diden’t plan on using it when I got it, but I load it at least once a day now just for the default feeds. If I took the time to put all of my feeds into it, I would use it very often.

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Steven Garrity on August 13, 2002 - 16:09 Permalink

It’s interesting — for the first time in, forever, I’m seeing exciting software things happen on the Mac. Particularly with OSX coming of age, and the DYI web-services of Dave Winer and others.