Sean Santry

NetNewsWire Does RSS Better Than Apple Mail

After a few days it was a no-brainer to go back to NetNewsWire for my RSS feeds. It seems the new Spaces virtual desktop feature in Leopard finally made it necessary.

You see, my typical usage scenario for RSS feeds is that I go through all of the new items and double-click those that I want to read more about. But I don’t read them right away. Once I’ve made it through the whole list, I mark the rest as read then switch to my browser to go through the entries I found interesting.

NetNewsWire has a preference (Browsing → Behavior) that let’s me open links in the background (i.e., without switching focus to my web browser). With Apple Mail, every time I clicked a “Read More…” link I was thrown into my browsers “space” and had to CMD-TAB back to Mail to continue looking for interesting things to read. Combine that with the fact that I had to find the “Read More…” link in the first place and I just couldn’t take it any more.