By Silvio Rizzi
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Reeder 3, a news reader with support for multiple services like
- Feed Wrangler
- Minimal Reader
- The Old Reader
- BazQux Reader
Don't want to use a third-party service? Reeder also supports local/standalone RSS (no sync).
- Customizable shortuts
- Safari Reading List
- QUOTE.fm Read
...and more via sharing extensions.
What's New in Version 3.0.5
- Crash on start
- Crash while syncing
My “Daily Driver” for news and information
It does a job - parsing diverse news feeds and making them easily readable (not an easy job, considering many sites don’t actually want you reading their stuff from an adless feed).
It’s a plain interface. It shows you what’s read and what’s not. It saves the articles you want saved. It even uses a service that can help you grab articles from sites that don’t publish the whole text in their feeds. (It will also interface with social/saving services, but that’s secondary to me.)
Other readers either try to get too fancy or don’t do those basics properly. That’s why I love Reeder and have paid for it something like 5 times over since version 1. As long as it works for those basics, I’ll gladly pay for future upgrades as well.
Buggy and unreliable
This is one of the buggiest Mac apps I have ever used. Preferences aren’t remembered, custom feed names aren’t saved, phantom accounts appear no matter how many times I delete them, OPML imports/exports have issues, and the app crashes once or twice a day in the background for no apparent reason.
This morning Reeder crashed every time I tried to edit any subscription. I tried deleting and recreating my account, uninstalling and reinstalling the app, removing every trace of Reeder from all /Library and ~/Library folders, and even rebooting my Mac a few times. Nothing helped. In a last ditch effort I tried importing an older OPML file I had saved and the crashes finally stopped until I tried adding a subscription with an ampersand in the name. And now the app crashes again whenever I try to edit any subscription. I give up.
This is amateur hour. Much more effort would have to be put into fixing bugs before I could recommend it to anyone. I submitted a few bug reports before reading that the developer has been unresponsive to emails for years so I’m not going to bother anymore.
The iOS version of Reeder is decent despite a few bugs and quirks. The Mac version, however, was a waste of money. Other Mac RSS reader recommendations are welcome.
Great App, zero support
This app is great, I use it every day and have done so for years.
The developer, though, offers by far the WORST support I have ever encountered from any app on any platform. He’s well-known for completrely ignoring almost every support request that comes in, and has done so for the many years I’ve used his apps. I normally would never support such thoughtless consideration for users, except that I love the app so much. It’s a very odd situation to be in.