PixelNews â€“ Pixelated Software ($25.00 USD)
I have to admit that when I heard about the new version of Safari coming with built-in RSS technology, my thoughts were â€œSo what?â€. Well now I view RSS feeds about as commonly as I open iPodder with my figers crossed that iâ€™ll see that progress bar start up showing that a new episode of The MacCast is available. RSS has become a part of my normal day as skipping breakfast or complaining about gas prices. Somehow though, I felt that while Safari has gotten me hooked on this new fancy information train, it was still lacking in providing news in a way that I was satisfied.
So my search began. After hitting my usual stops I go to while looking for software I happened upon a program called iNews. First off, the name caught my eye because of the Apple branded â€œiâ€ products that come bundled with all new macs such as iMovie, iLife, etc. Strangely though, after I downloaded and mounted the iNews image, it was named â€œPixelNewsâ€. Continuing forward I opened the mounted image and found the containing apps to be named PixelNews as well. Somehow, from the timeframe of visiting the website to my install process, we lost/converted the applications name. (Unless iâ€™m just missing something here.)
I copied the application, which is still probably my most favorite part of owning a Mac with OS X, to my desired applications folder and double clicked the file to get things going. While RSS is RSS is RSS and so on, I do like the interface that Pixelated Software provided us. This make viewing RSS a bit more colorful, and while this is exactly what RSS was meant to get away from, still invited in a small amount. We just want our news, and a readers digest version of it. If were interested in know/reading more, WE decide. Not the person that is giving you every story.
Even though the sync process for the â€œBreaking Newsâ€ section, didnâ€™t take an enormous amount of time, it did take a bit longer than syncing the other feeds that are present upon installation. I added a couple of my normal feeds that I canâ€™t do without, and I was on my way.
Basically, if anyone out there is interested in viewing RSS news feeds on a regular basis, give this app a shot. Especially if there are quite a few feeds that you visit often.
Final Rating: (out of 5)
Developer: Pixelated Software (http://www.pixelatedsoftware.com/products/inews/)
License: Commercial ($25 USD)
Product Requirements: Mac OS 10.3 or Higher