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From time to time, often around a new release of NetNewsWire, a person will praise NetNewsWire and, in the same breath, run down some other RSS reader. Please don’t do this! We’re lucky in that we have a number of very-good-to-excellent RSS readers these days. They’re all pretty different, which is cool — it means, among other things, that most people would be likely to find one that they like. Me, I’m just happy when people use RSS readers at all! I’m happy when people step forward with the open web and not back to the outrage web of Twitter and Facebook. But, again, let me be clear: there are a bunch of pretty damn great RSS readers these days, and I don’t want to see the name of NetNewsWire anywhere near any criticism of any other RSS readers.

From time to time, often around a new release of NetNewsWire, a person will praise NetNewsWire and, in the same breath, run down some other RSS reader. Please don’t do this! We’re lucky in that we have a number of very-good-to-excellent RSS readers these days. They’re all pretty different, which is cool — it means, among other things, that most...

NetNewsWire 5.1 for Mac: Feedly Syncing, Reader View, More

The announcement on the NetNewsWire blog has the full scoop, including a download link. This release brings parity between the Mac and iOS versions. Usually we won’t want them to get out of sync for so long, but it happened and it could happen again. (We have no compelling reason to hold up one release while we finish another.) New features (to...

Worrying Effect

The WordPress app for iOS is a free and open source app that doesn’t sell anything — but Apple, reportedly, made the publisher change it so that it sells custom domain names via IAP, with the standard 30% cut going to Apple. So now (or soon) the app will sell things. Here’s where the worry turns personal for me… NetNewsWire for iOS is a free...

NetNewsWire 5.1d3 with Feedly Syncing

It’s a very early test build — it may annoy you; it may eat all your ripe heirloom tomatoes; it may dump all your trash on the lawn and set it on fire. I appreciate your testing, but I don’t actually recommend it. Waiting is better.

Desktop Means Web

I’ve learned something that I suspect is true across much of our industry: the list of platforms in the world is iOS, Android, and desktop. And — this is critical — desktop literally means web. (It could mean something like Electron wrapping a website, but that’s pretty much the same thing.) I thought the list of platforms looked like this: ...

I just posted our current NetNewsWire plans on the NetNewsWire blog. It talks about things like Feedly and iCloud syncing, Big Sur user interface updates, and SwiftUI.

I just posted our current NetNewsWire plans on the NetNewsWire blog. It talks about things like Feedly and iCloud syncing, Big Sur user interface updates, and SwiftUI.

Walking Home from School

I had a bad-luck schedule when I was a freshman in high school. My afternoon classes were all bunched up in one hall, and that hall was at the far end of the school from my locker — too far to go between classes — so I had to carry all those books with me till end of day. Which wasn’t that bad. It was a big pile of textbooks, but I could manage....

The Overdog Lovers

You run into those fellas in life and online who will always explain, for any situation, why the big company is right. If asked, they will discuss their political and economic ideology. That ideology, they’ll explain, is about reality and logic — it isn’t some blanket defense of big companies. No way. It could just as easily defend small businesses...

I Got Teed Off and Went on a Long Rant About This Opinion Piece on the App Store

Ed Hardy, writes, in Congress, keep your mitts off the App Store. It’s fine. [Opinion]: When Apple CEO Tim Cook takes questions from Congress on Wednesday, he’ll surely get an earful of software developers’ complaints about how the App Store operates. Chief among the criticisms will likely be the fact that Apple charges a percentage of revenue...

Apple’s Thirty Percent Cut

Developers will often tell you that Apple’s 30% cut isn’t the worst thing about the App Store, and that it’s actually far down the list. True. They’re right. But it’s worth remembering that money really does matter. Say you’re making $70K per year as a salary, and someone asks if you’d like a raise to $90K. You say yes! Because that extra $20K...

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