Wednesday, May 10, 2006

NetNewsWire 2.1

I started using NetNewsWire 2.0 a few months ago. I've tried a few news aggregators on both Windows and OS X, so I know what I like. NetNewsWire is, by far, the best on either platform. Version 2.1 has just been released, and here are some comments:
  • 2.1 is a free upgrade to owners of previous versions. I was not expecting this—in fact, I had put off even inspecting the web site for the past few days on the basis that I didn't feel like paying for a point upgrade.
  • Ranchero Software has apparently been bought out by NewsGator. I have no idea who or what NewsGator is, and no interest in finding out right now. The upgrade, although free, cost me some personal information—I had to register with NewsGator, whoever they are, despite having already registered with Ranchero. I guess that's what disposable email accounts are made for.
  • The upgrade was smooth, just as I've been coming to expect with OS X software distributions. Download and open disk image, click a couple of buttons, confirm that I'm overwriting an existing application, done. My feed list is preserved, as were the browser tabs I had open when I closed the old version. That is attention to detail.
  • I'm testing a new feature: sorting feeds based on "attention". I had previously sorted based on unread article count, but this new feature grabbed my eye. From the documentation:
    How does NetNewsWire figure out attention? It watches what you do with the items in each feed. If you flag items in a feed, send items via email, post to del.icio.us, or post to your weblog, it figures this feed is pretty important to you. The more you do those things, the more important is the feed.
    I'll let you know how this works out.


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