Tuesday, August 13, 2019 [Tweets] [Favorites]

NetNewsWire 5 Public Beta

Brent Simmons:

NetNewsWire has reached public beta! It only took like five years. :)

Our definition of beta is release candidate. With each beta release, we believe that the app is ready to ship. But we want to do further testing to make sure.

It’s come a long way since debuting as Evergreen and now supports syncing via Feedbin.

Brent Simmons:

NetNewsWire isn’t the answer — it’s an answer. It’s just a small part of what needs to be done. But it’s the work we personally know how to do, so we do it.

We also love high-quality Mac and iOS apps, and we hope that NetNewsWire will be an example. The code is available for anyone to learn from and use. We believe it’s one of the largest open source projects written (mostly) in Swift.

Previously:

Update (2019-08-21): Brent Simmons:

Before every major release I like to try and think of everything mean that people might say about the app. It’s fun!

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This took five years? I could write an RSS parser in a weekend.

2 Comments

I'm so happy to see NetNewsWire back again. I wrote about the app a few years ago when v4 looked like it might do well. https://jonathanbuys.com/netnewswire/ It didn't, but I had hoped. Brent being back in charge of the app is the best thing for it, and I'm happy to have it in my dock again.

Man, I somehow never became a NetNewsWire user. Even in my hardcore Mac days (where I had Macs of vintages spanning 15 years), I found myself using Vienna on OS X, Opera Mail (remember when Opera bundled a mail client), Apple Mail, even iCab's bundled barebones RSS reader (pro tip, was Mac OS 9 compatible as well, man I miss iCab). So weird for me to not have even downloaded and installed the app to test, because NetNewsWire is so well regarded and has been around for so long.

While I have no present use for a Mac OS only RSS reader, I love that quality software is not only still around, not only still flourishing, but back in the hands of the original developer.

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