By The Mental Faculty
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Cream does not require a Google Reader account, and is the first newsreader to offer junk filtering. It learns what you like by monitoring your reading habits, and helps you get on top of your feeds by skimming off the creamiest stories.
Throw in as many feeds as you like: Cream will sort out the sweet from the sour, so you only need see the premium content.
Cream also works great as a companion to full-featured news readers. Use Cream when you're short of time, and another reader for a complete scan later.
HOW IT WORKS
Cream uses technology developed for junk mail filtering to sift out stories tailored to your taste. When you click on a story, Cream flags it as a good story. If you ignore a story, Cream will mark it as uninteresting. The text and links of the stories get scanned, and used to judge the 'creaminess' of future stories.
The beauty of this approach is that you don't have to do anything out of the ordinary. You simply read the stories that interest you, and Cream learns what you like, and helps relieve the burden of sifting through uninteresting material.
HOW SMART IS IT?
Cream is pretty smart. It can learn whether or not you like a particular news feed (e.g., Daring Fireball), or a given topic (e.g., Presidential Elections), but it goes deeper than that: Cream can correlate different types of data. For example, Cream could learn that from all the stories in the Macworld news feed, you like posts written by The Macalope the most.
IMPORT AND EXPORT
Adding your existing news feeds to Cream couldn't be easier, because you can import from OPML files, which are used by almost all feed readers. You can also export your feeds for use in other apps.
Cream is designed to be as lightweight as possible. If you want to read a story immediately, one click will open it in Safari. If you want to postpone, Cream has built-in support for read-it-later services like Pocket, Instapaper, and Readability, as well as Safari's Reading List.
SORT AND SCREEN
Subtle colors are used to highlight the best stories, and you can sort based on creaminess, source feed, and date. Filters allow you to sift out what you have already read or seen, and limit the total number of stories displayed.
F E A T U R E S
- Single, integrated news stream
- Does not require a Google Reader account
- Low footprint, with story summaries in popovers
- Elegant design
- Learns what you like (using Latent Semantic Mapping)
- Sort stories on relevance (creaminess), feed, and date
- Text filtering of content and feed title
- Filter out stories you have read
- Filter out stories you have seen (appeared on screen)
- Limit total number of stories listed
- Import from other apps using PubSub framework
- Import and export files in OPML format
- Auto-discovery of feeds on any web page
- Full keyboard navigation
- Open stories in default browser (foreground or background)
- Support for Pocket, Instapaper, and Readability services
- Support for Safari Reading List
- Automatic background refreshing of stories
- Coloring of stories to show relevance (creaminess)
What's New in Version 1.3.1
Fixed a bug that could cause images to appear too small.