NewsBar RSS reader
By Andras Porffy
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Rock your Desktop with NewsBar - the fast-updating iCloud newsreader!
NewsBar is built with a fresh concept: news feeds delivered with a smooth animation, right to your desktop with automatic iCloud sync across all Apple devices. Converts the plain old RSS and Twitter feeds into a live news stream with categories, keyword watching and alerts. Good replacement of Google Reader, sync with Feedly and Pocket.
All of your favourite RSS and Twitter feeds continuously appear on the selected side of your display or in a regular window. NewsBar is like having your own, personal news agency. You don't have to waste your time checking webpages: NewsBar will show you what's going on - right now.
No delays, no waiting: stories appear right on your display, just as they are published. You can easily organize, read, follow, mark, filter and search news from your favorite feeds. Stories are read directly from RSS and Twitter sources without delay. NewsBar probably the fastest RSS reader in the world.
There is no need to register any account or login into any service, news reading with NewsBar is simple, safe and private.
"If you’re looking for something a bit different in your RSS reader, I really recommend giving NewsBar a try, it’s a surprisingly powerful and enjoyable little app." - Mac Appstorm
Important: NewsBar is NOT a Twitter client. It's just an additional feature wich allows to read selected Twitter feeds from sources where RSS not available. Twitter feeds should be added manually.
◦ News without delay
◦ High speed, efficient RSS engine
◦ iCloud sync of feeds, statuses and starred across all Apple devices
◦ Smooth animation on news arrival
◦ Mac desktop integration with adjustable opacity
◦ Add new feeds and feed icons with Drag and Drop
◦ Organize feeds into user defined folders
◦ Single click opens RSS content in a popup window
◦ Double click opens news in your browser
◦ Auto hide read items
◦ Mark & share news
◦ OS X Notification Center support
◦ Star news for later reading
◦ News can be highlighted and filtered by keywords
◦ Keyword detection alerts using audible and visible cues
◦ Customizable interface (colors, fonts, size, gradient, opacity)
◦ Assign custom icon for each feed
◦ Twitter @user and #hashtag news feed reading
◦ RSS 2.0, ATOM support
◦ Sync with Feedly (optional)
◦ Send news to Pocket
◦ Customizable individual feed settings
◦ Import feed list from Google Reader takeout
◦ OPML export and import
◦ Quick text search in all feeds
◦ Multiple display/desktop and Spaces support
◦ Menubar mode (App icon can be removed from dock)
◦ Very low CPU and memory usage
◦ Different refresh time can be set on Battery power
◦ Runs on all Mac OS X version from 10.6 and later
• Minimize to Dock
• Quick Text Search
• Add new Feed
• Show only Starred News
• Auto hide read items
• Show only Keyword filtered News
• Open Preferences
What's New in Version 3.7.1
- lower CPU usage
- Twitter OPML feed list import / export fixed
Way to go Andreas!
This review is for version 3.7.1
I don’t typically review apps other than leaving ratings, but this is exceptional. I have been using NewBar for a few years and this is one of the most important apps that i use on a daily basis. There is way too much news and information out there and NewsBar helps me to manage and consume all that news- in an unintrusive and convenient way. I reached out ot Andras a couple of weeks ago to report a bug (around CPU utilization when using Twitter feeds) and that was quickly fixed in this release. Andras was very professional and timely in his responses. This is the best RSS/news aggregator app for OS X available today (Mar 2015). Give it a try, you won’t regret it!
Very good App
This app seems so far to work very well. I like the ways you can customize it, but I would like to see one change. The tabs which you click on to open eacn folder are way too small, I can't read them, and there doesn't seem to be any way to adjust them. I'll just have to memorize which one is which in order to know if I'm clicking on 'news' or 'sports' or 'science' or what-ever.
You can have as many categories as you like, which is nice, but that doesn't help much if you can't ttell which is which without getting out a magnifying glass.
I'd give this a 5 if it weren't for that little issue. Otherwise it works very well. You can add RSS feeds from anywhere that offers them, I found 'Reuters' to be a good place to start.
It took a liitle time to figure out how to get started, but once you get going it's pretty easy. It comes with news from 'USA Today' alresady there, but the feed doesn't work, so at first I thought the app was crap, but it was just that one feed that was the problem.
Overall it seems to be pretty good, and a convenient way to organize all of your RSS feeds.
It Does What is Says
First of all, it’s a reliable RSS viewer.
If you want it out of the way, it’s out of the way, if you want transparency you can have it, if you want different kinds of feeds to have different colors, no problem. If you want updates only rarely (less distracting) or more timely: sure. This (or something very much like it) is an excellent way to keep an eye on changing feeds without being overwhelmed.
I don’t know if there are other apps “very much like it” or not: but this one has been reliably working for me for years.