3rd January 2019

Up until today I used Reeder 3, and it’s served me well for a very long time. However, in August the developer announced that Reeder 4 is being worked on, and in the meantime version 3 would be free to download. I planned on waiting for the update, but there’s a few minor issues that are causing me a bit of friction. The main one being that while it supports Dark “modes” on macOS, when using actual Dark Mode on my Mac it doesn’t actually alter the whole app.

I started my searching via SetApp, as I already pay for that. An app called Cappuccino took my fancy, and it also had a companion for iOS, which is ideal. That lasted about 5 minutes, as I discovered it doesn’t support external RSS feed services like Feedly that I currently use, so everything is stored in that app. That wasn’t the immediate turn off though, as I could use the iOS app as well. But then I checked out a few articles, and there just wasn’t any level of user presences apart from a few themes, and things like block quotes just weren’t being displayed correctly. So that was off the table. The other option on SetApp is News Explorer, and that looked okay, it also had an iOS app that I didn’t particularly like the look of.

So I checked out the Mac App Store (that I actually really like using), and I discovered that had already purchased a copy of Leaf in the past. So I’ve started using that again, and it feels good to have an app that lets me fine-tune my experience. It doesn’t seem to support macOS Dark Mode, but that is actually okay. As it supports its own themes like most other RSS readers. And unlike other apps without Dark Mode support, parts of the UI aren’t “automatically” adapted via the OS, so it doesn’t look half-baked.

For now I’ll keep on using Reeder on iOS, as there’s nothing there that irritates me. But that could be something I look at in the future. As there are a lot of alternatives available.

After having a search through my blog and past tweets, I discovered the reason why I switched to Reeder was the fact that it was free. It’s strange that the same reason that brought me to the app was essentially the reason I’m now leaving it behind.

7 responses to “Finding a New RSS App for Mac”

  1. Tony says:

    Hola, me considero un buen buscador de lectores RSS y despues de probar muchos, me decanté por estos, utilizo la cuenta de feedly para tener sincronizados en todos los dispositivos, por eso pienso que no hace falta icloud de reeder 4 ya que guardandolo en favoritos ya aparecen en los demas dispositivos.
    Para mi es fundamental que en el iphone se visualize a pantalla completa por eso NEWSIFY es la mejor con sus gestos para pasar de una noticia a otra, en el ipad la mejor sin dudas fué Mr.Reader que aún la conservo y utilizo, aunque ya no la encuentras, pero igual Newsify es tambien muy buena para el ipad ademas es gratis. Para Mac utilizo Leaf pero despues de utilizar Reeder 4 beta me esta gustando mas que Leaf, ya que Reeder 3 no me convencía.

  2. Wim Leers says:

    I’ve been on a similar search recently.

    I’ve been using Reeder since the Google Reader days. After Google killed Reader, I switched to a self-hosted http://feedafever.com instance, to not ever have to depend on a 3rd party again. (That’s been my setup since June 2013 apparently — wow, 5.5 years!)

    Reeder talking to Fever (and Google Reader before it) allows me to use iPhone, iPad and Mac, and they’re all in sync.

    Unfortunately, Reeder 3 does contain some significant flaws in my opinion. Ever since iOS has had share sheets, their own “share” implementation is just an annoying two extra steps. “Starring” is useless ever since Google Reader was killed, and so is annoyingly present in the UI even though there’s no point to it. And on the 2018 11″ iPad Pro, there’s serious UI issues.

    Several times in the past ~2 years, I tried two find an alternative app, preferably one that uses iCloud for syncing. I did not find any.

    I’m hopeful Reeder 4 will address most of this, but it’s anyone’s guess, since there’s no information about what will change.

    • Chris says:

      I guess I’m lucky that I’m not on the latest iPad Pro in that regard.

      I completely agree that Reeder just seems like it’s starting to fall apart. If Reeder 4 is going to be the app we all hope it is, I can definitely see myself moving back. But like you said, we don’t know if that is the case.

  3. Have you given ReadKit a try?

    • Chris says:

      Not recently. In the past I found it too similar to what I was using (probably Leaf). Looking at it briefly now, I can see that I probably wouldn’t make full use of its capabilities. I like an app that allows customisation, but my usage is actually very basic.

  4. sku_b says:

    @ChrisHannah Firey Feeds is said to have a Mac version in their pipeline soon.

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