By Nikolai Krill
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Feedy is an elegant and unique RSS news reader for your Mac. The simple and intuitive user interface and clutter-free reading experience makes it easy to follow the news you care about.
Feedy also helps you find the content in your feeds that is most interesting and important. By using special algorithms, Feedy determines which stories in your feeds are worth reading so you can find them easily. There are a lot of other cool features too.
- Built-in support for Readability for clutter-free reading
- Clean and intuitive user interface
- Top stories highlighted so you don't miss anything important
- Top feeds: Subscribe to a feed and only get top stories
- Sort stories by time or by rating
- Highlight stories by using personal keywords
- Support for Notification Center in Mountain Lion
- Retina support, folders, favorites, search and much more
How do the ratings work?
Feedy assigns each item in your feeds a rating. The rating is generated by looking at the number of tweets and shares from social media sites, which tend to be a good indicator of how interesting an article is. Feedy also assigns high ratings for feeds that update infrequently, so you don't miss that rare post from your favorite blog.
Note: Feedy is an independent RSS client that does not rely on third-party services. No login is required to use Feedy.
Finding an Unread Article
Took a flyer on this app, looking to replace Reeder until it comes back from the dead. I've spend only a few hours with this app so far...
Indeed, if you have more that 5 feeds it is a pain to add them since Feedy doesn't support OPML imports or exports for that matter. I opened an OPML file and searched for each and every feed URL. Really!
The 2nd oddity I found was that there is no way to search for 'next unread' article. Some of my feeds are not in folders and there is a blue dot next to "Stories" but the unread article is nowhere in sight. Scrolling a lot (I have > 50 feeds) the unread article did not appear. Where is it? The workaround is to go to the Feeds folder and look at the list of feeds. The feed with the unread article, scroll scroll, is the one with the unread number to the right. Turned out that it was just a Tornado Watch in another state. I confess Feedy, I really didn't care about that and you were right.
I will say the app looks nice, and I added a bunch of keywords to help with its internal rating feature. I have no idea if that's working.
At least I like the app icon and the overall look and feel. I hope the developer will add the find 'next unread' feature with a keyboard interface like 'n' for next or maybe '->'. Better yet, make the keyboard commands configurable please!
I'm gonna stick with this for awhile and see if I can adjust to this app.
There are so many features that are 'almost there' but in the end are thwarted by either lack of exposed depth or bugs.
• Doesn't require Google Reader (though import would have been very helpful).
• Readability integration works wil 90% of the time.
• Ability to change font and font size is good for my aging eyes.
• Best 'popularity' index of all the RSS readers I have tried.
• Can't 'see' the actual popularity rankings.
• Unable to set a threshold for popular stories.
• Preload of web content on the web-tab is 'okay' but would like to see an option to turn this off as I have encountered several cases where embedded video starts playing from advertisements on the web tab, even when you haven't chosen it.
• No OPML Import (this is a must have for any rss reader these days).
• Absolutely no integration with apps like Pocket, Instapaper, or sending links to Pinboard, etc.
• Can't mark all items as read when inside a folder.
• Crashes on me at least 4 or 5 times a week, something other Krillaps don't do.
A wonderful reader
What I like most is that you are absolutely not attached to any web service. All the subscriptions and folders are stored locally. When Google Reader was closed, a lot of users and developers (making GReader-compatible apps) faced a problem - what to do, what service to use.
I believe, Feedy developers have chosen the right way.
The app itself is super easy to use and the design is merely gorgeous. Thanks for making a beautiful, fast and clean app that does it job perfectly.