Real Simple RSS
What is RSS.app?
RSS.app is the ideal tool for the casual RSS user. The app is almost invisible: It is embedded in the status menu and uses Mountain Lion's Notification Center to alert you of new posts.
You can use RSS.app to import your existing list of RSS feeds from Apple Mail — even after you've updated to Mountain Lion. Or import them from Google Reader.
It's like having native RSS functionality built into the operating system (again)!
You get the picture!
Download it here: RSS.zip (572KB, version 1.1.1)
Hopefully soon in the AppStore.
Features for 1.1 (2013-01-14)
- Import list of feeds from Google Reader
- Show a welcome notification on first launch, to register RSS.app in Notification Center (note that RSS.app will only show notifications of new posts, so when you add a feed for the first time you will not get notifications for existing — old — news)
- Also parse RDF/RSS1.0 feeds
- French localization (thanks Neelfyn!)
- German localization (thanks David!)
- Added a custom notification sound (but this seems buggy in OS X 10.8.2)
- Include omitted Retina status menu icon, invert icon when highlighted
- Bugfix: better date parsing
Bugfixes for 1.1.1 (2013-01-16)
- Bugfix: RSS.app would not show new RDF/RSS1.0 feed items without guid elements.
I'd love to hear your thoughts on RSS.app. Do you have any ideas for improvements? Let me know! Just keep in mind that the goal of RSS.app is to be the most minimal RSS reader out there. If you follow lots of feeds that get updated many times a day, you might want to consider a full fledged reader like NetNewsWire.
Planned features for 1.2
- Keyword filtering — so you can have RSS.app do the searching for you!
- Custom notification format — for power users who like to customize everything! :)
- Upon adding a feed which is not a feed but a regular website, parse the HTML and autodiscover the feed.
- Spanish localization (thanks Adrián!)
Help, my feed doesn't work!
Don't panic! First, verify if your RSS feed is valid using the W3C Feed Validation Service. If the feed is not valid, contact the webmaster responsible for the feed. Thanks!