OS X Mavericks, RSS and Notification Center

“Mavericks Notification Center does not natively handle RSS feeds. Instead, Mavericks Notification Center handles push notifications by website developers who have registered with Apple and created the proper ‘Push Package’ on their server,” E. Werner Reschke writes for T-GAAP.

“This was a major disappointment to say the least, since as a web developer a major rule is not to develop web tools for a particular platform — even if it is Apple,” Reschke writes. “However not all is lost. If you want RSS Feeds in Notification Center, go to the App Store and search on ‘RSS.’ A plethora of RSS Readers appear. Look for those readers that support Mavericks OS X Notification Center. I’ve download and installed a free version of Instant RSS Notifier. It works great.”

Reschke writes, “The end result is that RSS Feeds now come through Notification Center and it’s fantastic!”

Read more in the full article here.

8 Comments

  1. RSS feeds are not a good technology to use for notifications because the website would have to be pinged repeatedly to get regular updates. Push technology is way smarter.

      1. I usually don’t gripe about OS X upgrades, but I gotta agree with you there. I don’t know what the idea was there. I used RSS at the time to follow websites I liked that updated infrequently.

        ——RM

        1. There are many who resist change. It takes a certain kind of person to embrace change and help improve the world. Some things we may try won’t work as well as we would like but I think it is important to explore them when they seem likely to give good results.

  2. So great, now I’ll have about 50 feeds with an average of 5 to 10 articles (as MDN) that push 500 times to the notification center… Wow! Free fireworks every day!
    It seems that someone has lost his sense of reality at Cupertino and some developers including this web master that probably check a couple of feeds only…
    But I always trust users more than experts or opinion makers so I’ve checked Discussions and there’re many angry, very angry, over there…
    https://discussions.apple.com/thread/4135311?start=465&tstart=0
    RSS feeds it’s the only way to follow and be followed if you care good information.

  3. People will embrace improvement if they understand
    why and see a positive impact. Improvement does require change.

    Change just for the sake of change scares the devil out of people. Changing things without clearly communicating the benefits will alienate people and they will resist.

    Politicians love the word change…but what people want is improvement.

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