NewsGator releases NetNewsWire 3.1; formerly $30 app now free

NewsGator announced today the general availability of NetNewsWire 3.1, an RSS reading experience that synchronizes through NewsGator’s online platform. The new product version delivers a better user experience with the inclusion of significant performance, usability, and relevance enhancements.

NewsGator also announced that all of its client RSS reader products are now available free of charge and include free synchronization along with other services.

New in NetNewsWire 3.1:
• UI update with new toolbar icons.
• Performance and memory enhancements including an improved Combined View which uses multiple pages to display long lists of items.
• HTML Archive feature – saves news items as HTML files on disk. These files are compatible with any web browser.

NetNewsWire features:
• Desktop integration – Address Book, iCal, iPhoto, Growl, Twitterrific and more.
• Improved Combined View, feed “cover art”, full-screen mode, and tabs with thumbnails and animations.
• Synchronized clippings – read your saved articles from the web or another NewsGator reader.
• Microformat detection for contacts and calendar events.
• Automatic checking for newer versions of the software.
• Automatic download of podcasts and transfer to iTunes.
• Smart lists to aggregate news from your feeds based on criteria.

More info and free download link here.

17 Comments

  1. I’ve used NewsFire for years and love it. Couldn’t get used to Mail’s way of checking news. Couldn’t bring myself to using NetNewsWire either since I had already paid for NewsFire. But I suppose it’ll be worth at least checking out NNW now.

  2. I love this reader! I’ve used Google Reader and NetVibes, both very serviceable, but this one puts the reader on your desktop and works very very fast and very mac-like. Woo hoo. And I haven’t even figured out how to integrate with my Mac Mail, Address Book, iCal yet!!

    If you like rss readers and you’ve got a mac, you must try this!

  3. It’s free because it is now spyware.
    from the developer’s blog
    http://www.rassoc.com/gregr/weblog/2008/01/09/newsgators-rss-clients-are-now-free/
    “And second, we want to collect “attention” data (actually I like to call this activity data, but everyone else in the world calls it attention) and use it to make everyone’s experience better. If there is a specific feed you love, and you’re constantly emailing its articles to friends or saving articles in your clippings, that’s interesting…and if there are a lot of people doing this, it’s probably a good indicator about the “relevancy” of that content for other users. Similar with individual articles that are getting a lot of attention from users. Basically, by using your data, in combination with aggregate data from other users, we can deliver a better experience for everyone. And that’s a good thing – both for us and for you.”

  4. I’ve been happy with news.google.com. I have a couple custom news searches setup for NASA stuff my alma matter and of course all things Apple.

    P.S. – Speaking of NASA, does anyone know what type of OS the Mars Rovers have been using?

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