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NewsFire is a super-simple feed reader.

RSS for Everyone
Simple to use and packed with features, NewsFire makes it a joy to keep atop the constant flow of information on the web.

Smart & Organized
It's easy to filter and organize your news with NewsFire's smart groups. Build your own feeds with custom rules, or drag and drop to create groups of related content.

Fit & Finished
NewsFire's feed list, floating new items to the top with smooth animation, is an original. It looks good. It moves well. It delivers the polished Mac experience you more...

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Version 2.0: Release notes were unavailable when this listing was updated.


  • Mac OS X 10.6.6 or later
  • Intel 32

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Shiny22 Member IconComment+74

Anyone know the difference between the (use to be paid and then became Free) v1 and the (Paid) v2? Nothing here. Nothing at the App Store and noting on the Web site? Why such a secret? What did it get to justify the price and the v2 listing? Judging by the comments on the App Store nothing has changed:

"NewsFire cannot synchronize with a Google Reader account. NewsFire cannot import a Google Reader export file without manually changing extension from .xml to .opml. NewsFire cannot view web links within the reader. NewsFire is more polished than Google Reader's web interface, but otherwise is inferior. NewsFire's web site and Mac App Store page lack sufficient information to make an informed purchase. I just wasted $5 on a whim."

Why won't the developer tell us what has changed?

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Version 2.0

Thanks for the review.
I hope more people learn about the problems with the App Store, which I like in principle, and learn to check back here or elsewhere before buying. Especially if some devs make moves to gather some easy money on the App Store. I hope it fires back on the devs in the long term.

Flounder Member IconComment+28

Wish he would implement google reader syncing, then I could switch back from netnewswire

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Version 1.6v84
Penguirl Member IconReview+1057

Meh, color me underwhelmed. It doesn't import feeds into the hierarchal structure they were exported in, and while the UI is different from all the rest I find the three pane widescreen layout more useful for me.

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Version 1.6v84
chas_m Member IconComment+451

Just a quick note on the "description" of the app -- the phrase is "dumbed down" not "dubbed down". Just FYI.

I've not had any trouble w/NewFire over the years, I continue to enjoy it and don't care one way or the other if the Newsfire blog is deletable or not -- seems a small "price" to pay for a free app to me --

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Version 1.6v82
macmend.com Member IconComment+51

well he ballsed up a perfectly good app that some of us had paid for in the past....I dont know what gets into software developers. Good software, clean lines and easy to work becomes super annoying, irritating software

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Version 1.6

actually I am talking out of my a$£@e....his blog isn't there....hooray I love you after all David

Dr.-Girlfriend Member IconReview+517

To Remove The Developer's Blog From Your Feeds:

1. File-->Add Group--> name the group "Lame".

2. Drag the unwanted blog into group "Lame".

3. Right click "Lame", select Remove.

4. Remove Group and Feeds.

Done deal.

As far as the app goes, it's decent. Other than the obnoxious trick of forcing people to view and not delete his blog, it's easy to use and fairly nice looking. I actually bought this app before it went free, but it's not my RSS reader of choice; I use it because the others I've tested seem buggier. NewsFire wins by default.

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Version 1.6v76

Nevermind; when the app relaunches, the unwanted feed puts itself back.
Screw that. Into the trash, NewsFire -- that behavior is unacceptable, free app or not.

I'd change my review to a 2 if I could.


If you have previously purchased NewsFire before it became freeware, then you should NOT have Dave's Blog in there. In a private exchange of emails between Dave and me, I had asked him if paid customers were "silently" rewarded with no blog in future NewsFire updates. He said "yes". I don't have his blog in there whatsoever.

mpez Member IconComment+70

This is a beautiful and well designed piece of software. Perhaps the only feature lacking is some kind of sync system - computer-computer-iphone. But this is a small quibble for a free product.

I've no idea what the reviewers are talking about below - it is easy to delete the developer's blog RSS. There is some kind of vendetta against this developer, so take the negative reviews with a grain of salt.

In any case it's free, so try it and find out.

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Version 1.6v76

Actually, you cannot remove David's feed. I believe what concerns those of us who purchased a lifetime license to NewsFire, before it became a free app, is at least give us the simple concession of being able to choose those feeds which we deem necessary versus having someone else do it for us as in the case of David's feed.


I'm not trying to mislead - but I'm looking at my feed list and DW's blog is not there. (I deleted it in the past). Are you saying it is a new feature that you can't delete his blog?


Yes, with this version, and latest beta you cannot delete David's blog feed (nothing against David). I have heard of users with older preference files being able to get around some of the feeds, but I purchased a new Mac and loaded everything anew so with the current situation the ability is gone.


Are you sure that it's possible to delete/unsubstribe the developer's blog feed?

I can delete editing it first, but when I realunch the application it's back, always!
Please, tell the secret. I also like this interface, sure.


I'm sorry I'm not sure. It just isn't there for me. I have had NF from the pay for license days, perhaps I deleted it then and now DW has rewarded us with not having to read his blog! Tried deleting the plists and so on?

younkint Member IconComment+163

Before you consider installing ANY software concocted by David Watanabe on your computer, please do a decent Google search of "David Watanabe" first. Especially do this if, for some reason, you are contemplating actually sending him your hard earned money.

It will not take you long to come to a conclusion. Even a simple search here on macupdate should suffice.

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Version 1.6v76
swissroll Member IconReview+0

The cardinal sin committed here is that the developer's blog CANNOT be deleted from the feeds. That is just plain wrong. Now they can do what they like as this is freeware, but as I paid for this a few weeks before the app went gratis I feel aggrieved.

Also, when adding new feeds most of the time it does not download the feeds but one has to manually refresh to get the feeds. Features have also been removed such as being able to remove favicons and choosing different fonts.

Still I think it is a brilliant app but I will give it 3 stars for the evil perpetrated by not being able to banish the developer's blog.

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Version 1.5v74
eujot Member IconReview+17

I buy NewFire, but now when it's free I can not delete David Watanabe blog form RRS list. Crap.

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Version 1.5v74
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Version 2.0v85
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Current Version (2.x)


Downloads 47,596
Version Downloads 4,172
License Commercial
Date 19 Feb 2011
Platform OS X / Intel 32
Price $4.99