Sam Brown


RSS Feeds are becoming more and more popular these days, you can find them everywhere. For your favourite website, the latest news, the latest weather, even to keep track of your latest project (more on that later). An RSS Feed is used to provide items containing short descriptions of web content together with a link to the full version of the content.

Now, on their own these feeds are just text files of code that don’t mean much to anybody, but pluging them into a program that can handle them is what you want. NewsFire is the best application for OSX for the job. I have been using NewsFire since version 0.2 (a long time), and recently when it hit version 1.0 and became shareware I was turned off, I didn’t really want to pay for an RSS Feedreader, so I switched to NetNewsWire.. while this did the job, it just didn’t do it exactly the way I wanted! So I pulled out my PayPal wallet and threw it at NewsFire.. I wasn’t disappointed!

Version 1.0+ comes with a whole slew of great features.. from simple things like grouping your feeds into folders to Smart Groups which work exactly like iTunes Smart Playlists , in that you can save search results and these are automagically updated when new feeds or articles are seen and match the criteria. The latest feature to be added to NewsFire is PodCast support, their is a seperate PodCast Window that opens when you click on an Audio Enclosure link within a Feed.. this is great, there are several PodCasts I enjoy listening to and being able to read the feed, click the link, download the mp3 file and listen to it all within the one program is really handy.


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Sam Brown co-founded Iterate, and was previously VP of Design at Foursquare. Based in NYC.