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NewsBug is a pretty, lightweight RSS news reader. It sports a clean, streamlined interface and intuitive controls.


  • Usable with mouse or keyboard-only.
  • Customize the font/size/color/style of your info.
  • Import/Export OPML for managing your subscriptions.

What's New

Version 1.1:
  • Added keyboard-only control of NewsBug.
  • Added Preferences to choose font/size/color for several items.
  • Added OPML import/export for managing subscriptions.
  • Added ability to rename existing subscriptions.
  • Added ability to refresh only 1 selected subscription.


Mac OS X 10.2 or later

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Chris (developer)-

Thanks for the response. I'll add stars to your app, but I am still reserved on the basis that it's still under development and as I compare it to NetNewsWire Lite, it still has a ways to go.

First, it isn't as Mac-like in the Cocoa sense with sheets and such, but that's a minor quibble.

I like the addition of keyboard functionality like NNW, as well as the addition of preferences, but they're limited.

Not finding NewsBug as fast as NNW Lite, nor easily (visually) identifiable in terms of feeds - icon-based feeds.

No support for nested folders. I've got 106 RSS feeds at this point, folders are important, IMHO.

Also experiencing problems, stalls, network-wise with updating. The folders imported seem to cause the stalling. Deleting them (they show up as feeds, not folders), then quit/restart the app fixed the problem of hanging.

Prefs file, etc., is in the folder containing the app as opposed to the Library/Preferences folder.

Need to be some distinction of read/unread headlines (bold or other highlight for unread that goes away when read.).

All for now. Still has promise.

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Version 1.1
Denis Defreyne Member IconComment+0
Denis Defreyne

Doesn't even come close to NetNewsWire Lite, which is free.

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Version 1.0
Anonymous Member IconReview

Um. How do you customize this app?

Looks decent, simple, but no access to preferences, no way to navigate via keyboard, and oddly enough, only one way (at least that I've found) to open the story you're looking at in a browser!

It has potential, but for a 1.0 release, it gives virtually no customizability, no way that I've found to import OPML, etc.

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Version 1.0
Rain City Ventures (Developer)

Just wanted to let you know I appreciated your feedback. Take a look at version 1.1 just posted. That should address all of your comments. Thanks!

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Downloads 2,507
Version Downloads 1,849
License Shareware
Date 07 Apr 2005
Platform OS X / PPC 32
Price $15.95
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