I was never a big Google Reader user. I largely used it to sync between NetNewsWire between Macs. I had been using it to sync to iOS but stopped as I have a lot of feeds on my Mac. With NetNewsWire constantly running it was always up to date. On iOS with no real background tasks for rss downloading it meant my rss reader was unusable for a while until it downloaded all the new feeds. A long time. So I started disabling Google Reader syncing on my iOS readers and just keeping a select number of feeds. Now that Google Reader is going away though I’ve felt like I should check out the state of things.
Like many others, I’m far from happy with the choices. I really like the old version NetNewsWire.1 I have a lot of scripts to integrate it with various services and apps like MarsEdit. One of the other things I like about NetNewsWire (henceforth NNW) is its custom templates for viewing your rss. It’s fairly easy to get it to display exactly as I like it. I also own Reeder but there are lots of small things about it I don’t care for — its lack of scriptability being a major one. Nonetheless I’m starting to use Reeder more than NNW simply because I figure NNW’s days are numbered. It’s not had an update in a very, very long time. The version in the MAS is a pale shadow of the original IMO. Also, if I do choose to start syncing rss again the whole Google Reader issue looms large.2
There are other news readers including server based ones. Zite, which I use a lot on iOS and to a lesser extent on Android3, syncs but really isn’t a general rss reader solution. So far as I know other readers can’t use Zite’s server to get rss either.
While I don’t claim to have made an exhaustive search of rss readers I’ve more or less converged on Reeder for now for both iOS and OSX. Right now the OSX version hasn’t been updated to support Feedbin, Reeder’s alternative to Google Reader. However the iOS version has Feedbin support and I’d expect the new OSX version to be released soon. Since it already has all my Google Reader feeds in its database it should work. Feedbin costs $20/mo but that’s a good thing since it ensures it’ll actually be here in the future. Feedbin has a nice web UI if you want that sort of thing too. It’s a bit of a hassle to export your Google Reader files to Feedbin, but they are reasonably clear about how to do it.
My biggest problem is moving all my scripts. Honestly some of them I don’t use a lot and I’ll just port them as I need them. Many of the scripts actually aren’t needed now since Reeder has built in a lot of sharing to various services. So there’s no need for a “save to Evernote” script for instance. I actually just have a button for it. It even has a button to export to MarsEdit — albeit it doesn’t do all the nice formatting my script does.
I’ll keep you up to date with new scripts I come up with for dealing with my change. In the meantime I renamed my NetNewsWire category to rss.
- This is the version not in the MAS. ↩
- In case you’ve been living in an rss hole, Google Reader is going the way of the Dodo next month. So if you want to bring all your rss over to any new reader you pretty much have to do it now. ↩
- The Android version isn’t a horrible port. But it definitely isn’t as refined as the iOS version. Flipboard seems much closer to parity between platforms but I don’t like Flipboard as much as Zite. ↩