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Shareware; $20

Current Version: 1.5 (December 7, 2009)

NewsLife is a simplified replacement for the NewsMac Pro RSS reader for Mac OS X. (NewsMac Pro was discontinued at the end of 2006. All customers who purchased NewsMac Pro since April 2006 are eligible for a free upgrade to NewsLife.)

According to the authors, "NewsLife has been redesigned from the ground up to be much simpler and more geared towards everyday use rather than being a specialist tool." More information is available in the FAQ.

Version 1.5 - the first release in over a year - adds/changes the following from 1.2.1:

  • Picture Tile mode - Version 1.5 lets you browse a feed purely by thumbnails. If a feed doesn't contain an image for a given article, NewsLife simply swaps in the headline on a cheerfully coloured tile so you still know what else is there.
  • Also new is a feature that was planned for 1.0 but which never made the cut - you can now filter feeds by author. This is handy if you read a feed where there are multiple contributors, just click the author link at the bottom of the article summary to see everything else published by that person.

NewsLife requires Mac OS X 10.4 or later.

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Some Web browsers (such as Safari, Firefox and Shiira) can perform rudimentary RSS newsreading tasks, but they're not specialized, dedicated applications like these, with all sorts of bells and whistles. If you want to get your feet wet with RSS, however, Safari & Firefox can be a good start.

Related Links

Andrew Starr has another marvelous page about XML newsreaders on his web site.

Also Consider . . .

These are applications that are newer and of potential interest, but which I haven't yet selected for permanent inclusion. Have a look, and let me know if you think they deserve to be part of the permanent collection!