Tuesday, October 16, 2012

RSS.app 1.0

Joost Schuttelaar:

RSS.app is the ideal tool for the casual RSS user. The app is almost invisible: It is embedded in the status menu and uses Mountain Lion’s Notification Center to alert you of new posts.

Neat idea, and a good way to get at your subscriptions that became inaccessible after Apple removed RSS support in Mountain Lion. However, Apple rejected it from the Mac App Store citing rule 2.8:

Apps that are not very useful or do not provide any lasting entertainment value may be rejected.

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I can see why Apple rejected it. Nobody... absolutely nobody, used Mail to manage their RSS feeds. So in order to use this app, you have to manually enter feeds. I suspect that if they added the ability to sync/import Google Reader accounts Apple would allow the app. There are just too many apps available like this that are so much more feature-rich.

@Jim My dad really liked having RSS in Mail and used it every day. Rule 2.8 doesn’t say anything about other apps, just whether the app is useful. Sticky Notifications and Committed are similar, simple apps that just post to Notification Center, and they were approved.

I used Mail to manage my RSS feeds. I only manage a few important ones where a daily notification is important. I don't want to have to install some large feature rich app just replace that simple functionality that was built into Mail. I just want something lightweight, which is exactly the purpose of this app.

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