I always loved NetNewsWire and it was my RSS reader of choice until Google reader came out. I traded in NNW’s significantly better user experience for the convenience of Google’s cloud and better integration with my browser especially with respect to adding new feeds (see Google’s “subscribe as you surf” bookmarklet [via Manage Subscriptions -> Goodies in Reader]).
With yesterday’s introduction of NNW’s Google Reader Sync integration, I have to say that moving NetNewsWire away from NewsGator’s own online sync services to Google Reader is the smartest thing they could have done. As a result, I see them re-becoming my (the?) defacto desktop RSS reader, with Google Reader becoming the glue/cloud that binds desktop with mobility. I haven’t used the NewsGator desktop product but I just have to assume
So, NetNewsWire is back in my world, and I see myself consuming more content, more easily, and in less time. Win, win and win.
Here are a few reasons why NetNewsWire for RSS reading rules:
Needless to say I cannot wait for the NetNewsWire iPhone app that supports Google reader. Once that comes, I’ll finally have all my RSS feeds in the cloud, syncing across all my platforms and devices, and be able to take them with me when I’m disconnected
If I haven’t made it apparent in past posts/tweets, OmniFocus is my second brain and rely upon it for keeping all the tasks in my personal and professional lives in sync and moving forward…So, here’s my monthly OmniFocus compacting routine which keeps the size of my database small, and speeds up the opening of OmniFocus on my iPhone. I have shaved MBs of my database in the past, as a matter of fact, the first time I did this whole process I reduced my database from 21 MB to 750 KB. That said, I now probably reduce it by about 75% (from ~600KB down to ~150KB) First off, I use MobileMe to keep my sync in the cloud but this process could easily be adapted if you sync via other methods 0. I am starting with step 0 because this is optional but I would recommend it, archive your old data: