RSS is a feature that I just can’t live without! When you visit a blog that most of its articles are good and you want to keep up with its updates, you can add its RSS feed to your best rss reader and follow what the authors are saying.
This is amazing for the following reasons:
- You can add your favorite sites and never miss a post again.
- You can stay up-to-date with your industry, without having to open the most respected sites two to three times a day to see if there are new developments.
- Huge time saver because you won’t have to remember what you have read from each site.
- Having a big list with the most important sites to you, it can become your new newspaper. When I wake up in the morning, I am able to stay up-to-date with everything of interest to me in a matter of 10 minutes! No newspaper will ever beat that because the information I’m getting is personalized.
When I figured out the importance of RSS, I went and added more than 120 websites that I follow and don’t want to miss posts from. This created another problem. Since I’ll use the RSS a lot, what is the best reader?
Searching all the available solutions I got down to Google Reader since it has ALL the features that I need plus it’s lightweight and simple to use. But when it comes to the best client to use Google Reader with, that’s when the problems started to arize!
There are so many clients for Google Reader out there! Since I wanted a universal solution for my RSS reading, I wanted an application that will play equally well on both my Mac and my iPad. After installing all the free readers and buying more than seven applications (even iPhone ones) I finally found my Gem.
And that’s REEDER. An application from Silvio Rizzi that really takes RSS reading to another level. With that application I can now have the best of both worlds, Usability and Features.
Reeder really makes it easy for me to start viewing my feeds from one device and continue with another. Let’s see the unique features of each:
Reeder for Mac
Reeder for Mac is available from the Mac App Store and with a price tag of $9.99, it’s not an easy decision to make. Let’s see though, why it’s worth it.
By being able to customize every possible thing that you want the application to do, reading through your feeds is a breeze. I am using the arrow keys A LOT to navigate through Folders -> Feeds -> Blogs -> and Articles very fast. This one’s a huge time saver plus it’s very easy to use.
Remembering important articles
Reeder supports Evernote, Readability, Instapaper, ReadItLater, Pinboard, Delicious (by the way congratulations to the YouTube founders for buying this amazing service), ZooTool, Twitter etc. making it very easy to pinpoint the articles you can’t read now but you want to pay attention to, later on. I personally love ReadItLater and oh SNAP, now Dimitris will make me write another article for this one… With ReadItLater I can easily add all the things I’d like to read later and I can sync those for offline use, being able to see the articles from wherever and Living in Greece, that’s a huge bonus.
The more I use it the more I love its simplistic design. It’s darn easy to see an overview of what needs to be read and who published it, all in a matter of a second.
Reeder for iPad
Now that’s when Reeder becomes a reading beast! Not only the iPad Version has everything that the Desktop version has but also one simple feature that means the world to me. Offline reading. So when I have a long train trip, I sync my unread items and the app downloads all the articles (together with the photos) that I will be able to access offline, saving me at least 5 euros for a magazine that will be read in less than two hours every time i travel.
As far as the article it self, it’s also a very good reading experience. Navigation stays on the left making it easy to skip articles (just click on them fast so that they will become read) and find the ones that I’m interested.
If I haven’t convinced you to give it a try, I just don’t know what else there is to be said. Just a disclaimer: I’m not affiliated with this application nor Silvio (the app creator) but I love it so much that I had to pitch it to you
Ps. While you’re at it, don’t forget to add our RSS Feed to your feeds. Happy reading