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Reader Notifier is a small menubar utility that fits in nicely along the official Google Notifier icons for Mac. It tells you when you have new unread items in your Google Reader account.

Google Reader Notifier is in no way affiliated with Google corp.

What's New

Version 2.2.3:
  • Although the version number is the same as the previous release, the new download is compatible with Mac OS X 10.6.


Mac OS X 10.4 or later

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Onepablo Member IconComment+1

As user "GOLFSIERRA" and "V5POINT0"

Fantastic software but...
All I see in the menubar is "Check Now ... Updating", nothing more. Hooping for a solution...

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Version 1.10
v5point0 Member IconComment+2

I am facing the same issues as user "GOLFSIERRA"

I believe it has to be related to the way Google Reader has been updated/tweaked by Google recently and since this app has not been updated in a while, it can't seem to retrieve the feeds.

Is this project dead?

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Version 1.10
Golfsierra Member IconComment+1

seems that there is an update problem now ... all I see in the menubar is "Check Now ... Updating" ant that's it ... no number of unread messages anymore ... has someone a solution to fix this problem please? I really liked this software during the past months ...

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Version 1.10
Gcoghill Member IconComment+218

Great little app! The developer's site seems to be gone.

Anyone know if there is a way to "mark as read" from the app? I see in the prefs how to star an item but would be cool to mark items as read/unread by holding the Option key or something when clicking on an item.

The only downside for me is not having individual Growl notices for each item if they reach the limit threshold.

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Version 1.10
Enduserguy Member IconReview+15

I started using Google Reader when the quality Feed Readers for Mac got greedy. I was a bit wary, but so far I'm happy with this choice of an online reader, and it's partly because of Reader Notifier.

This thing saves a lot window work. Plenty of preference options and flexibility. Never had a crash, never annoying.

TIP: For the newer Mac user, you can have Reader Notifier run at startup by going to the
System Preferences>Accounts>select your account>select Login Items tab -- then add it manually to the list. (All of this is thanks to no dock icon or preference choice, but not a big deal.)

Recommended to anyone using Google Reader. It's one of those little free things that makes life a tiny bit easier.

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Version 1.10
Ollie Member IconComment+1

I've gave the menu bar icons a redesign which work much better with Leopard/Snow Leopard look. Based on a simple RSS icon. You can download the icon set at http://bit.ly/3myPcb

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Version 1.10

I downloaded your icons, they are great and much better than the defaults. Thanks!

Erunno Member IconComment+101

Reader notifier sometimes fails do check Google Reader periodically. The drop down menu only shows "Checked 1 minute ago..." but this number never changes. Manual checking still works but does not fix the aforementioned problem, only restarting the application does.

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Version 1.10

ERUNNO - have you tried a reinstall? This often clears up little problems. Seeing how many people like Reader Notifier suggests that there is a glitch with yours.

bubbamac Member IconComment+8

What a great application! I didn't want to move away from RSS Menu, but wanted feed integration with my iPhone, so this application provides just that.

The only thing that might be handy is an option to tier the different feeds into sub-contextual menus (like RSS Menu - sorry, it's just a feature I love) that break out the different feeds.

Other than that, a superb piece of software!

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Version 1.10
Matthew Green Member IconComment+109
Matthew Green

if your looking for something that just passes the safari rss link to google reader without running all the time

try greedy


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Version 1.07

Greedy is Leopard-only. The developer says that in the application's listing. So, Greedy might be a good thing for you but it's worthless on my 10.4 system. I'll stick with Reader until RSSMenu is fixed.


Another option would be to use Fluid and set up a site-specific browser just for Google Reader. It will then appear in the Safari choices for default RSS reader.

globetrotterdk Member IconComment+0

Does anyone know if there is a similar app for Google Bookmarks?

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Version 1.0
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Version 2.2.3
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Version 2.2.3
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Current Version (2.x)


Downloads 19,191
Version Downloads 2,957
License Free
Date 30 Nov 2010
Platform Intel 64 / OS X / PPC 32 / Intel 32 / PPC 64
Price Free
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