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Vienna is a freeware and Open-Source RSS/Atom newsreader with article storage and management via a SQLite database, written in Objective-C and Cocoa, for the OS X operating system. It provides features comparable to commercial newsreaders, but both it and the source code are free and available for download.

A summary of some of its features:

  • Subscribe to Atom/RSS news feeds and podcasts.
  • Simple and intuitive user interface with customisable toolbar.
  • Built-in tabbed browser.
  • Global search of all retrieved articles.
  • Automatic detection of newsfeeds on Web pages.
  • more...

What's New

Version 3.0.0 RC 2 :be5265e::
  • Background fetching and database writing of feeds (yes, such an important change is not expected between two release candidates versions, but the risk has been thoroughly pondered)
  • Separated "Mark Read" and "Mark Unread" menu items for articles
  • Rudimentary support of OPDS feeds (ebooks), like those provided by Calibre
  • Fix an issue with number of more...

Requirements

  • OS X 10.6 or later

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Love this app! It has been my RSS reader for quite sometime now since adding the "View As Web Page" option. However, beta 12 & 13 have an annoying issue. I have my view layout set to "Condensed". In these last 2 betas the more...

5 people found this review helpful
Version 3.0.0 Beta 13 :20d15fc:
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Bytes Member IconReview+41
Bytes
+1

I still thoroughly enjoy this program after many years. Multiple times a day I might start this up to see all the latest articles from websites I enjoy reading. It's a real time saver (or waster) depending on your point of view (currently have 58 feeds I check daily). I even customized one of the css style sheets to get the looks and my font preferences *just right* for my screen.

My thanks go out to all the people that maintain this excellent freeware reader.

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Version 3.0.0 RC 1 :6ccabc5:
Filp
+0

Agree completely. Also, a very mild tap across the head with a 2x4 for many who complain that a good — and free — app does not work absolutely the way they want it to. Or who fail to take time to understand that, in fact, it WILL do what they want, if they'll spend a minute or two considering it.

iTonyD Member IconReview+12
iTonyD
+2

My everyday news reader despite the weird user interface.

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Version 3.0.0 Beta 19 :40267c3:
MacUpdate-Lon Member IconComment+557
MacUpdate-Lon
+3

I have to say it. This is a case of version numbering gone mad.

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Version 3.0.0 Beta 16 :1888d7e:
Multimedia-Pimp Member IconReview+19
Multimedia-Pimp
+5

Love this app! It has been my RSS reader for quite sometime now since adding the "View As Web Page" option. However, beta 12 & 13 have an annoying issue. I have my view layout set to "Condensed". In these last 2 betas the Headlines list for any particular feed is off. It's hard to explain but the headline for unread articles usually has a blue dot beside it, but the headline does no longer sit beside the blue dot, but rather above it slightly. So the top headline is halfway hidden by the top "Headlines" menubar. Have reverted back to Beta 11 for now. Will check back to see if Beta 14 will fix this issue. However, this program is solid and gets 5 stars.

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Version 3.0.0 Beta 13 :20d15fc:
Multimedia-Pimp
+0

What is called "Condensed" is now called "Vertical". Behaviour is still present in this beta. Have trashed preferences and installed fresh, no change. Seems to only do it in the vertical layout though.

Multimedia-Pimp
+0

This issue has been fixed with the release of Beta 20.

JCH2 Member IconReview+392
JCH2
+3

Exceptional. Finally someone knows how to program for the real world instead of just the Apple world. Easy and fast maniplution and (re)organization via mouse and keyboard without memorization yet another endless set of shortcut keys, and yet the s.k.s are still there. Inline and tab based viewing, though I question how secure the internal browser really is. Even the betas have given me almost now problems at all.

Keep at it! And I'll keep following!

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Version 3.0.0 Beta 13 :20d15fc:
dizhiren Member IconReview+2
dizhiren
+2

I cannot display the RSS host site on the left-side menu.
The application tells me I have a certain number of unread items, but I have no way to access to them.
Since I recently got the app, is there something important I forgot to do?
I have explored and tried all the scroll menus but nothing work.

If someone can give me a hand on that, please.

Thanks

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Version 3.0.0 Beta 11 :9
Barijaona
+4

Try :
- the Reindex database command (in Beta 12's Vienna menu)
- if you access feeds through Google Reader/Open Reader, the "Force Refresh selected feeds..." command

JCH2
+4

Don't down-rate an app until you have able to fulling test it. It is unnecessary in order to post a call for help. That is what "comments" vs. "reviews" are for.

Xenophile
+0

Let me be sure I have this right: You can't figure out how to use an app (despite all the other reviewers having no trouble understanding it), so you ask for help by nailing the developer with a half-star review?

It's like walking up to a person in meatspace and saying "F-you! Now please tell me how to use this!"

MacUpdate needs a way to scrub such asinine reviews. It's a disservices to MacUpdate users and to the hard working developers.

dizhiren
+0

Hey Xenophile,
your are not behind my computer and you cannot tell me what I should write. I had this issue due to the app itself because when I upgraded the version, it suddently worked. In addition, there is no other way to post a comment if you don't rate the app. Now, I really use the app as I a great tool but it is impossible to change the rating, should I complain about how the website is done? no, of course. So fault is shared, I should say.

Antoniong Member IconReview+62
Antoniong
+1

The v2 was a great version but v3 has a different unproach to marking articles read which makes the usage unnatural.

So for the time being I am sticking with v2.x

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Version 3.0.0 Beta 11 :9
Barijaona
+2

Can you elaborate ? As far as I remember, nothing changed regarding this for the Report and Condensed layouts. The Unified layout was buggy in v2, and is still considered a work in progress.

Cgc
+0

What is an "unproach".

Antoniong
+0

@Barijona:

It's not about layouts. It is the way keys work. With "space" the articles used to scroll until fully down then another "space" all articles in that group were marked as "read" and an automatic skip into the next group would result.

Now one has to use an additional/special key to mark "read' which makes going through a large number of messages/groups a tedious process.



@Cgc:

Never heard op a typo?

Barijaona
+0

@Antoniong : in v3, the space key works the way you described for the Horizontal (Report) and Vertical (Condensed) layout. I'll try to make Unified layout behave the same in the future.

By the way, your opinion would be appreciated here : http://forums.cocoaforge.com/viewtopic.php?t=26269&p=137020

Antoniong
+1

@barijaona:

Thanks for the explanation. I did not not expect the different layouts to react different. I will checkout the UL you gave me.

Abuosman Member IconReview-1
Abuosman
+0

The unread count disappeared from the dock icon (despite being chosen in preferences) in beta 10. Or it's only my problem?

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Version 3.0.0 Beta 10 :d81b45f:
Theguy
+0

Just you. Badge remained for me.
It doesn't appear to hold the text size (when adjusted in the View menu) between 'reboots', but I'm not sure if that's a new issue.
Also, it sends a notice to Notification Center when there are new articles downloaded, but no way to disable that. I might downgrade for that reason alone.

sjk
+2

"Also, it sends a notice to Notification Center when there are new articles downloaded, but no way to disable that."

Should be possible under Systems Preferences > Notifications, like with other apps.

Kotos0513 Member IconReview+7
Kotos0513
+0

Double clicking an article in the top RH window does absolute shit - nothing happens.

Mac 10.8.2

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Version 3.0.0 Beta 9 :b47bfca:
Dirt Farmer
+1

Ummm.... sure it does. It works here just fine! And it seems to work fine for all who subscribe to the vienna forums.

Something must be wrong with your d/l (or 'puter). Trash the whole lot and try another d/l.

Madmacmad Member IconReview+120
Madmacmad
+4

superb' RSS Reader!!!
highly recommend RSS Reader!!!!
same features as many commercial readers but free !!!
thxx to the Dev's
Respect Version 3 looks very Good!!!

for me the best free RSS Reader.

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Version 3.0.0 Beta 8 :aef2261:
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ErvinsS
Version 3.0.0 RC 1 :6ccabc5:
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Monkeyjunkey
Version 3.0.0 RC 1 :6ccabc5:
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Abt
Version 3.0.0 Beta 20 :0fb193d:
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Mrozny
Version 3.0.0 Beta 18 :8c42af7:
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Hervé 5
Version 3.0.0 Beta 14 :db95c97:
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Monkeyjunkey
Version 3.0.0 Beta 14 :db95c97:
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Monkeyjunkey
Version 3.0.0 Beta 13 :20d15fc:
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Sojourner4869
Version 3.0.0 Beta 13 :20d15fc:
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Monkeyjunkey
Version 3.0.0 Beta 12 :400c0b3:
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Version 3.0.0 Beta 12 :400c0b3:
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Downloads 94,891
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Date 27 Jul 2014
Platform Intel 64 / OS X / Intel 32
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