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Leaf RSS Reader

By Rocky Sand Studio Ltd.

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Leaf is an amazing RSS reader for your Mac. Read, share, star and search RSS articles by using a smooth, clean and intuitive interface.

Featured on Lifehacker - "...the app walks the line between being minimal, offering you only the essential features, and making sure the features it does offer are useful..."

Highlighted features:
- Feedly syncing / standalone RSS engine
- Save to Pocket, Readability, Instapaper
- Beautiful RSS Article Reader Themes
- Smart Views for convenient RSS News Reading
- Enhanced for Retina display

- Easily star and share your RSS articles
- Alerts/banners for new RSS articles and access to past alerts in Notification Center
- Fast search for RSS articles by title, source, content and folder
- Swipe to mark RSS articles read/unread
- Hide RSS articles and notifications for subscriptions
- Custom refresh interval + pull-to-refresh
- RSS, RDF, ATOM support
- Default RSS Reader capability

Turn OS X’s Notification Center into an RSS feed reader, while Leaf is silently running in the background.
Simply manage/organize your subscriptions and add new RSS feeds by search/URL.

*** Feature coming soon ***
Auto-generate individual feed list within folders

Let us know about new features you'd like to see, we'll be happy to discuss about it!
Contact us at Rocky Sand Studio

What's New in Version 2.1.1

[fix] several bug fixes
[added] Feedly sync (in version 2.1)
[added] Auto generate views for folders (in version 2.1)


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Customer Reviews

It’s ok I guess….

I bought this because it was the cheapest rss reader that looked good that integrated with Feedly. It does these things well. I don’t need a laundry list of options in my RSS reader and Leaf seems to tick all the boxes. It looks good, it’s intuitive, it’s clean, and it integrates with feedly. Done. I do wish there was a WEE bit more customizability though. For instance, I can’t seem to find a way to customize the dock icon in any way. I can’t enable or disable badges and it’s green when there are unread things. I subscribe to a LOT of feeds so it will always be green and have a ridiculous number of unread items badge until I go ahead and mark everything as read so I typically don’t bother with having an unread count I can’t read on my tiny dock. That’s ok though, it’s a minor nitpick that may or may not be fixed in the future.

One gripe that is a legitimate concern is that I have had the app crash twice on me so far for seemingly no reason. I have no idea why because both times it crashed it wasn’t being used; it was in the background. Maybe it doesn’t like fetching news with app nap or something? I’m not sure. It hasn’t crashed again so hopefully those were just weird instances, but for an app that I *paid* for, even though it was only two bucks, I’d appreciate it not crashing.

Pretty but very limited. Save your money unless some updates.

I was looking for an easier-on-the-eyes way to comb my Feedly so I decided to try Leaf. Sync was fine and the app works smoothly enough but there are some significant functionality issues that make it really aggrevating. The largest issue being the inabilty to see a list of feeds in folders. If I have a category labelled with feeds in it, I want to see a list of what’s in my folder from the main view area. Leaf makes me go to a preferences area to see this, which of course leads me to a frustration that I can’t drag and drop feeds into different folders. That I can live with, but what puts me over the edge is that all feed sources are in tiny grey type which makes it more difficult to identify the feed source. I expect a fully featured reader, and this ends up working more like a skin for changes made on the browser version of Feedly (which isn’t that terrible but clearly there’s a market for options).

The app looks pretty and it would be a four or five star if a few little UX decisions had been slightly more thought out. That being said I don’t hate Leaf, but it doesn’t fulfill expections. It’s a nice looking reader with something a little off which puts it back in the running with 20+ other reader options. :(

Getting Better

My previous 2-star review of Leaf somewhat lambasted the new Feedly sync, as it totally screwed up my hard-won and worked-on views list. I’m glad to see that Leaf’s developers saw that flaw and fixed it for the latest build! Kudos!

Previous to that review, I had given Leaf 3-stars as I’d been coming off an old beloved RSS app that no longer exists (and likely won’t for sometime), and so thus, I’ve grown to enjoy the Leaf experience. As I said prior, the interface is nice and clean, text easy to read, and customizable enough to suit my style of news reading (with enough work put into view building).’

That said, just a tiny handful of features and maybe one bug-fix would bring this review to 5-stars:
- Bug: At least twice per day, I’ll click or key into an article in Leaf and it will spontaneously open a errant twitter link (leading to twitter-com/i/jot). While this is documented bug within OSX, Leaf appears to be the only app I regularly use that triggers this bug. It’s not a huge deal, but is annoying and disorienting to the experience.
- Left/Right Arrow Keyboard navigation between columns: Please, please, please! :)

Leaf RSS Reader
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  • $4.99
  • Category: News
  • Updated: Dec 13, 2013
  • Version: 2.1.1
  • Size: 2.3 MB
  • Language: English
  • Seller: Rocky Sand Studio Ltd.

Compatibility: OS X 10.8 or later, 64-bit processor

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