NetNewsWire Lite, also available in a paid, non-Lite version, is the grand-daddy of RSS news readers. I’ve tried several but this is my favorite.
What is an RSS reader? An RSS reader lets you “subscribe” to online news sources that interest you and then be automatically notified when new articles are available. For example, you might subscribe by RSS to Mark Cuban’s blog, or the Wall Street Journal, or the New York Times. Then when Mark writes something new on his blog, or each day when the WSJ or NYT publishes new articles, the titles of the new articles will appear in NetNewsWire Lite. If you find the title interesting, you can click it to display the full article. Now you don’t have to go surfing every news site and blog you want to read — now the news comes to you.
Many newspapers and most blogs have an RSS feed. There are several versions of RSS — 0.9, 1.0, and 2.0 — and a competing format called “Atom”. They’re sometimes called XML feeds or simply “news feeds” as well. No need to mind yourself with the various names and formats; the latest version of NetNewsWire Lite reads them all.
When you find a “feed” on a website (they often have an orange XML icon ) simply right-click or Control-click it and choose “Copy Link”. Then in NetNewsWire Lite, click “Subscribe”, paste the copied link, and then hit OK. You’ll start receiving headlines immediately. You can choose how often you want to receive updates in the NNW Lite Preferences, and you can unsubscribe at any time.
You may also like to set NNW Lite as your “default RSS reader”. You can do that in Safari Preferences under the RSS tab. Once NNW is your default RSS reader, subscribing to a feed is as easy as clicking on the link. (You don’t have to go through the copying and pasting mentioned above.)
With NNW Lite, you can also put your subscriptions into groups.
Once you have downloaded NetNewsWire Lite, try subscribing to this link: http://feeds.feedburner.com/freemacware — our RSS feed. You’ll then be notified when we post new Mac freeware reviews, and you can unsubscribe at any time. Please post a comment below if you have any trouble subscribing to our RSS feed or figuring out NetNewsWire Lite.