Reeder for Mac Draft 1: Something Fresh

by Milind Alvares

Reeder for Mac Draft 1: Something Fresh

by Milind Alvares on December 1, 2010

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A very early preview of Reeder for Mac is now available for your downloading pleasure. Don’t get too excited though, it’s clearly an early draft; not nearly the finished product that is Reeder for iPhone and iPad.

Reeder for Mac borrows heavily from the iPad version (which borrowed from the iPhone). It’s a first taste of the apps that Lion will bring to the Mac, where there isn’t a distinction between titlebar and toolbar, and the traffic lights are positioned in the middle.

Reeder for Mac brings a lot of new UI concepts to the Mac. The buttons are different, the way you interact with it is different. Where you would otherwise see an articles list, you see icons, much like Tweetie for Mac. I’m not sure if that’s a good decision, and it might just be considering most blogs have favicons now, but it’s still uncomfortable. You can of course expand the sidebar to get a more traditional list view, but Draft 1 is the time to embrace new UI styles. Reeder uses different scrollbars, or no scrollbars at all for the center column. It’s got new UI styles, and different animations.

Most importantly, Reeder for Mac brings back innovation in RSS clients for the desktop. It has been a category ignored for far too long, so hopefully by the time this gets 1.0 status, we’ll be very comfortable with all of its new conventions.

Download it from Made@Gloria.

{ 16 comments… read them below or add one }


The GUI looks fantastic. Unfortunately, I find the usability to be an utter dumpster fire!



You know, if you drag the sidebar out, it gives you a nice list of feeds instead of just the favicon.


Milind Alvares

Noticed that (mentioned that), but I’d like to evaluate this with its default UI.



I bought Reeder for my iPod touch a couple days ago only because of the upcoming support for Zootool.

Today I’m lucky enough to get both 2.2 and the Mac version. It beats hands down NetNewsWire, Socialite and GReader for Safari. Just tap “V” and boom ! I can access the original article without having to open up a new tab.

The team made an awesome job and it’s hardly believable that it’s a Beta… For the moment at least.

Truly, I am now and unconditional fan.



Snow Leopard only? *cries deeply*



“just downloaded the draft, the app looks amazing but unfortunately it isn’t loading any of my subscriptions, logged in with my google reader account but doesn’t load any unread or read items! any ideas?”





John Smith

Used it for about an hour now… this is really, really nice. I’ve been using NetNewsWire for about 8 years but it’s frustrating in that flagged items don’t perfectly sync with Google Starred items, and there are a number of “impedence mismatches” which frustrate me. After 4 years of almost no development, I also question Brent’s commitment to bringing it forward.

Reeder makes a HUGE first step. It’s a bit of a differnet workflow for me, given I used to have lots of tabs open, but I think I can make the leap. Or at least, for now I have Reeder as my default and we’ll see how it goes.



I have the same problem as Mr. NIFO.

Anyone has any idea for this problem? I really want this to work, i’ve fallen in love already with Reeder for iPhone, hard enough to ditch MobileRSS!


Bikalpa Paudel

I don’t know. I think the UI makes it feel more like an iPad app. Something that you’d need a touchscreen to enjoy.


Abhimat Gautam

I’m really loving it. Even though it is a beta, there is so much attention to detail. I also like the texture in the window chrome, makes it feel much more tangible.


Karan Varindani

I really love it-

Took a little while to set up my Google Reader account (should be able to add subscriptions from the app, but they know that already) but now it’s a Start on Boot (Hidden) thing, and it’s how I’m checking my RSS Feeds from now on. It’s beautiful.


Koenraad Blansaer

Reeder for Mac OSX makes reading RSS feeds a completely new experience! IMHO Reeder is the first RSS client that raises reading feeds to the highest thinkable level. Utmost efficient, beautifully designed and extremely well thought-out. Software as Art! Unconditional fan.



First Sparrow and now this app called Reeder. I predict more beautiful apps for Mac but unfortunately they just don’t seem as usable on a non-touchscreen based OS.


Koenraad Blansaer

Please, do not add tabs and combined view! They would only distract the reader. Keep reader as it is now. Just add manage feeds from within Reeder. I am a heavy RSS reader (approx. 600-800 feeds a day). Reeder as is, is the only app that makes it possible to keep control over such an unmanageable amount of subscriptions.


Koenraad Blansaer

@zxspectrum As long as combined-view and tabs are options there is no problem indeed. Re “Also, the light olive green color isn’t great…” → De gustibus et coloribus non est disputandum ;-) In other words I do like the used color palette a lot.


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