Newer is not always better

by Volker Weber

There are some applications that I like for their simplicity. NetNewsWire (Lite) 1.08 is one of them. The developer has had a new version in beta for a couple of months now and I switched to the latest beta yesterday. Today I rolled back to my backup and I am a happy camper again.

I liked none of the new features (besides Atom support), not the built-in browser with its own tabs, not the funky HTML rendering. I might miss the synchronisation feature in the future, but today I am back to the more lean and mean version 1.


Just to point out that opinions, as usual, can differ: I have been using NNW2 (in beta versions) for a few months, and I like it *a lot* better.

Stefan Tilkov, 2004-10-25

The only thing I like better about NNW2 is that they fixed the broken behaviour of what link to open when you click a link in the preview window. Everything else is just a feature I don't need or worse, I don't even want. Still running NNW2, though, maybe it'll get me convinced to stick with it.

Stefan Rubner, 2004-10-25

But just why don't you turn off the browser and the tabs and keep enjoying the other features? I felt the same as you at the beginning, but after some configuring it really feels like the old version, but with some advantages like Atom, detailed settings for every feed (some feeds I only need to pick up once a day, some I don' t want to save, but there are others that I like to keep for a longer time) and the all important search function.

Malte Diedrich, 2004-10-25

I'm using NNW2, and like Malte (above), I simply disabled the features I didn't want.

Right now, the only thing I don't like is that the "New Headlines" view doesn't remember the column widths that I set. As soon as I restart the application, they revert back to their original size. Maybe they'll be fixed in a future version -- I've submitted feedback to the developer recently.

Other than that -- I'm *very* pleased w/ the app, and have even registered it.

Thom Rosario, 2004-10-25

NNW2 is much nicer when it comes to processor usage - that's what I like about it.
Volker, you know there once was a version 1.0.9b of NNW1 that supported Atom? It is not publicly available any more but I still have it if you're interested.

Bronski, 2004-10-25

Hi Volker -- If you still prefer NetNewsWire Lite 1.0.8, that's cool with me.

But you might want to check out NetNewsWire Lite 2.0b6. It's fairly close to 1.0.8, but with a bunch of bug fixes and Atom support. Some new features, yes, but no embedded browser, no searching, no smart lists, no datelines, and so on. (And it's still free.)

Brent Simmons, 2004-10-25

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