Newsgator is buying NetNewsWire

by Volker Weber

Newsgator is continuing to build its empire. After having acquired FeedDemon, which many consider to be the best Windows RSS reader, they are now buying NetNewsWire, which according to my site statistics is the most popular RSS reader bar none. Although it is only available on the Mac.

Brent Simmons, the man who wrote NetnewsWire, is certainly one of the best interface designer for the Mac. His software does not waste a pixel of screen estate and it looks as pretty as it is functional. Read the FAQ to understand Newsgator's masterplan. It is all folded into a subscription service with clients for all plattforms.

Having said that, I recently came across an open source RSS reader for the Mac that I also like a lot:

Vienna is a freeware, open source RSS/Atom reader for the Mac OSX operating system. It provides features comparable to commercial newsreaders but it is both it and the source code are freely available for download.

As of the time of writing, Vienna is a beta release with the final version scheduled before the end of the year. The second beta is fully functional and stable, and is ready for download now.

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Thanks for recommending Vienna 2.0. I just gave it a try and am really impressed. Nice piece of software.

Jean Pierre Wenzel, 2005-10-05

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