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Version 4.0.0 (Public Beta 17 [152]):
  • NetNewsWire 4 now requires OS X 10.8 or later.
  • Added support for feed:// links in browser tabs to bring up the Add Site sheet.
  • Empty folder deletion no longer requires confirmation.
  • Fixed issue where refreshing sites during a search could dismiss search results unexpectedly.
  • Fixed issue that caused articles posted at midnight to show as posted yesterday instead of today.
  • Fixed issue with search menu where the up-arrow key could unexpectedly dismiss the selection.
  • Fixed issue in the Registration window where every character typed would reset the text field.
  • Fixed issue where badly formed unicode strings in a feed could cause database corruption.
  • Possibly fixed issue that caused crashes on OS X 10.9 related to NSDisplayOperation.
Version 4.0.0 (Public Beta 17 [152]):
  • NetNewsWire 4 now requires OS X 10.8 or later.
  • Added support for feed:// links in browser tabs to bring up the Add Site sheet.
  • Empty folder deletion no longer requires confirmation.
  • Fixed issue where refreshing sites during a search could dismiss search results unexpectedly.
  • Fixed issue that caused articles posted at more...
Requirements
  • Intel, 64-bit processor
  • OS X 10.8 or later





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Jazzyguy reviewed on 14 Mar 2014
I don't give a Sh#t about this app any longer.Iam using Readkit as my primary New Reader and I totally give upon NETNewsWatcher.I refuse to let it get me down as you guys are correct It does not have a sync or anything that I would be attracted to. I was wrong and I totally yield!
[Version 4.0.0]

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James-D replied on 15 Mar 2014
What, did their last check bounce?
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Jazzyguy replied on 15 Mar 2014
Give me a friggin break.I said I was wrong. Don't you make a mistake? Are you perfect? I was wrong to tout this app as a good new reader.
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Sgginc commented on 12 Feb 2014
Why does this keep showing up as an update when the version number remains the same at 4.0.0?
[Version 4.0.0]

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Hmfwic replied on 14 Mar 2014
Who cares, it's a beta.
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Jazzyguy commented on 21 Dec 2013
The users don't think the app is worth $10. That is amazing because they are acting like BABIES. Because they didn't get all the FEATURES they wanted. Who are they to DEMAND sync anyway? The developer decides what features he wants in an app NOT the USERS! If they don't want to buy it there are other users of RSS like DRACOTT right below my post that like it.I would say to these users that put it down because it doesn't have SYNC, GROW UP and GET A LIFE!
[Version 4.0.0]

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Jazzyguy replied on 21 Dec 2013
This seems to be a meeting place for immature ,irrational people who are trying in their irrational wy to take down a good app. They wouldn't spend a cent to help a Developer or support his app unless they had their way.I'm done with all of you. Your irrationality and immaturity disgusts me.
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James-D replied on 22 Dec 2013
I'm not sure how or why you chose to cap certain words, but it wasn't really necessary.

The fact is that many (if not most) users nowadays have multiple devices. Having an app that by its very nature is one that you would likely use on multiple devices almost necessitates syncing. To offer it without is like selling a car without seats.

From what I've seen of the comments so far, they're spot-on. The betas removed a ton of features from previous shipping version, it doesn't sync (with anything), it's progressing slowly and there are absolutely no user-facing features being added. Yet the beta costs $10.

Your comment below is a joke. You said:

"OK I see what you are all about.SYNCING.That is what all these users are all up in arms about. Well it depends on who you are. I don't give a darn about syncing. It is NOT important to me."

What I take from that is that what's important to you is rational and mature, but what's important to others is irrational, immature, whining, complaining, and those people should 'grow up' and 'get a life.'

And you asked how many RSS readers sync. The answer is: Pretty much all of them, except for the 3 you mentioned that nobody has heard of.
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Jazzyguy replied on 22 Dec 2013
OK! So James-D It is $10 how much are you willing to pay to see it develop further and get the features you desire? Like syncing which is not that important to me and too other users but you say it is a required feature. They are developing this feature and apparently it is in the works for new versions but if no one supports the app way by way of cash it will die and Black Pixel will move onto something else. Maybe even Microsoftif they can sell it there! I don't think you would like that to happen. In its present condition without the Sync feature it is a good RSS News Reader.
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Michael-Vilain replied on 07 Jan 2014
Saw these features and layout when it was in beta and told them they weren't getting any more money out of me if this was where they were going. HATE HATE HATE the new layout.
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Caberlin replied on 07 Jan 2014
Who are they to DEMAND wires for a car?
Who are they to DEMAND doors for a house?
Who are they to DEMAND wings for a plane?
Uh oh, those demanding users... :-)
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Michael-Vilain replied on 13 Jan 2014
You'd think Jazzyguy (well maybe not so jazzy with all the defensive whining) had a vested interest in this company. It was great when it ran against Google Reader's database. V3 still works against existing RSS feeds, there's just no central RSS server any more. I HATE the new format and told the developers so. Their response was "Thanks for sharing" so I'm using the old version WHICH I ALREADY BOUGHT and tt-rss if I want a centrally sync-ing server. Jazzyguy has even less of a life than I do. Maybe some chocolate might help.
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James-D replied on 07 Feb 2014
@Jazz, I wouldn't pay a dime for this software in the state it's in. When I purchase software, it's for a finished product, not the possibility of a product that may or may not be worth it, if the dev even decides to finish it to begin with.

Beside that, the app still looks like it did nearly a decade ago... which is not a good thing.
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Drscott reviewed on 20 Dec 2013
NetNewsWire 4 is a very capable news reader and well worth the $10 price. I'd rate it a full 5 stars if it were not for one very annoying drawback relative to version 3: The only way you can print with NetNewsWire is to launch a page in a separate web browser. This is extremely inconvenient. I really hope that they will fix this shortcoming quickly.
[Version 4.0.0]

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Jazzyguy replied on 20 Dec 2013
Vienna DOES sync with Open Reader that is a correction. ButIt does not sync with any other server but that one.
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Jazzyguy reviewed on 20 Dec 2013
This is an Outstanding RSS News Reader. I don't know why the users are picking hairs to find fault with it. I tried the new Version and it is great! I wish the hair pickers would have criticized it when BRETT owned it and charged over and over again for the same license. I give it 5 Stars to offset the bad remarks of others. Black Pixel is a GREAT company!
[Version 4.0.0]

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Blloyd replied on 20 Dec 2013
I haven't really seen _any_ enhancements in this 4.0 version over the 3.x versions. The first beta was a HUGE regression in terms of functionality and usability, and later betas are SLOWLY bringing this back.

However the MAIN thing is that there is no sync. It's a total standalone reader, which removes the MAIN "big thing" which was Google Reader sync. Yes, Google pulled that, and there are now MANY alternatives (Feed Wrangler, Feedbin, Feedly) as back end services. NetNewsWire supports NONE of these, and are reportedly building their own back-end sync service. But NONE of the betas have yet shown it, an iOS client is nowhere to be seen... so we're basically back to 2004 functionality-wise. And for that we have a $20 price ($10 during the beta).

I'm generally a proponent of good software, and NNW has a good heritage, but I've yet to see ANYTHING which convinces me why I'd pay for this versus using an alternative that has been syncing since July?
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Jazzyguy replied on 20 Dec 2013
OK I see what you are all about.SYNCING.That is what all these users are all up in arms about. Well it depends on who you are. I don't give a darn about syncing. It is NOT important to me. So for $10 you get a great RSS reader. I don't understand the real motives behind this crew. They loved Brett and defended him when kept charging users time and time again for licenses. I paid 2 times and called it quits.They all thought he was a great guy. Maybe he was but I didn't consider him a friend when he kept charging me.So it doesn't sync you don't feel it is worth $10? How many RSS readers sync? Vienna doesn't. RSS Owl Doesn't. DaySpring Doesn't. Luck News Doesn't.You can't say that all of these are bad.It is not important to many people that use RSS feeds!!
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Maltz2 replied on 21 Dec 2013
NetNewsWire 4.0, when you look at it by itself, is a decent, stand-alone reader. But when you compare it to 3.x, it's lacking quite a lot. When a company buys an app then kills the ad-supported version and releases an update which actually removes more features than it adds, some of which have major impacts on workflow, what do they expect? The existing user base is going to be furious.

Needless to say, I've long since moved on to another app that fits my needs. I checked in here just to see if sync had returned. Too bad it hasn't.
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Jazzyguy replied on 21 Dec 2013
So Doug Miles where did you go to obtain what you require from a Stand alone RSS Reader? Who syncs anymore? Vienna does it to easy reader .....whatever that is.I don't know anyone that has it. Dayspring Doesn't. Cream doesn't . Leaf doesn't. Shrook does at a FEE! NewsLife Doesn't.The Ticker doesn't. Ensemble2 Doesn't.So where do you go so that your instance on SYNC will be satiated.
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Maltz2 replied on 21 Dec 2013
I use ReadKit synced via Feedly now. ($6.99 on the Mac App Store - Actually, it's on sale for $2.99 when I looked.) It syncs to several online RSS services.

It's not like a syncing newsreader is that hard to find. At least not this far after the Google Reader shutdown, since that caught many such apps by surprise. ReadKit is listed in the Similar Software section on this very page. And just searching for "RSS" and "sync" on MacUpdate also turned up NewsBar / NewsBar Lite. BTW, you're mistaken about Leaf - they added Feedly sync in v2.1, according to the app store.
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Jazzyguy replied on 23 Dec 2013
@Doug Miles Thanks for the tip,I downloaded and installed ReadKit and I really like it. It does in fact sync all my Feeds that i imported from NetNewsWire. The sync does not take long at all. I really like the convenience of having the Sync feature again and now I see why the users are so furious. They are very angry and really show their anger. I am making my Default News reader for RSS feeds Readkit.
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Jazzyguy reviewed on 05 Dec 2013
Black Pixel has a great application with NetNewsWriter.After many years of criticizing the news reader I think it is GREAT and I purchased it right away.It is a bargain at $10 and I like it so much I am advising my friends to buy it as well.It is after all the Grandfather of all RSS news readers and one that set the pace of all of them.Black Pixel has a winner on their hands! If If I love it I am sure others do too!
[Version 4.0.0]

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Jazzyguy replied on 05 Dec 2013
I meant NetNewsWire.I am a lousy typer.I don't know how I typed NetNews Writer.
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Jazzyguy replied on 08 Dec 2013
Well anyway NetNewsWire Rocks! Hello Haters!
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Fced reviewed on 05 Dec 2013
This application is not free...
Some years ago, it was free, but not now...
It's a demonstration..
[Version 4.0.0]

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Misha replied on 05 Dec 2013
Thanks for pointing that out, there used to also be an ad-supported version that was free. The price is now $20, but $10 while version 4 is in beta. Did you intend to leave a 2-star rating, by the way?
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Jazzyguy replied on 08 Dec 2013
It is still Free in the 10.5 and 10.6 versions but they have the advertising .
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Darrel commented on 09 Nov 2013
A number of features present in 3.3.2, but absent in 4.0.0 is very large indeed, killing the utility of the program to people depending on just those features.

The lack of widescreen view did it to me. I'm sure others are effected in different ways. I've already read about the lack of sync. What other things are missing and should be updated or put back in?
[Version 4.0.0]


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Dolphinboy2u commented on 05 Nov 2013
No Feedly syncing in 4.x? Then no way.

Years of adoring the NNW experience ended for me when Google Reader closed and NNW was missing in action. ReadKit has been supporting my needs well enough since then.

How can other programs add Feedly support so quickly, and all these months later you haven't, Black Pixel? You've ruined for me what was my most used app (after Safari and Apple Mail). Grrrrrr,...
[Version 4.0.0]


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Tlance commented on 05 Nov 2013
No sync = no deal.
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DELETEME3123123123 had trouble on 16 Nov 2011
On my MacBook Pro the Free Version activates the discrete Graphics instead of using the integrated. I think it's cause of the Ads. Maybe this should be fixed if possible.
[Version 3.3]


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truthhurts had trouble on 24 May 2011
Ever since the last few versions, NNW crashes a few times a day. So it's a choice between either an old version that doesn't sync properly or a current version that crashes all the time. I've sent dozens of crash reports, but no updates.
[Version 3.2.15]

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truthhurts replied on 26 May 2011
Yup, at least one of these per day:


Process: NetNewsWire [24443]
Path: /Applications/Internet/Miscellaneous/NetNewsWire.app/Contents/MacOS/NetNewsWire
Identifier: com.ranchero.NetNewsWire
Version: 3.2.15 (3327)
Code Type: X86-64 (Native)
Parent Process: launchd [108]

Date/Time: 2011-05-26 15:00:47.639 -0500
OS Version: Mac OS X 10.6.7 (10J869)
Report Version: 6

Interval Since Last Report: 398806 sec
Crashes Since Last Report: 3
Per-App Interval Since Last Report: 396042 sec
Per-App Crashes Since Last Report: 2
Anonymous UUID: 9FFC3DFA-8313-4F1B-843D-F31734F08732

Exception Type: EXC_BAD_ACCESS (SIGSEGV)
Exception Codes: KERN_INVALID_ADDRESS at 0x0000000000000023
Crashed Thread: 0 Dispatch queue: com.apple.main-thread

Application Specific Information:
objc_msgSend() selector name: count


Thread 0 Crashed: Dispatch queue: com.apple.main-thread
0 libobjc.A.dylib 0x00007fff82b35274 objc_msgSend_vtable9 + 12
1 com.ranchero.NetNewsWire 0x0000000100057675 -[RSDataSource dataItemsCount] + 37
2 com.ranchero.NetNewsWire 0x000000010005880f -[RSDataSource hasFeed] + 19
3 com.ranchero.NetNewsWire 0x000000010003e2fa -[SourceOutlineController(Outline) outlineView:objectValueForTableColumn:byItem:] + 313
4 com.ranchero.NetNewsWire 0x00000001000836f8 -[NNWSourceOutlineView drawImageForItem:] + 345
5 com.ranchero.NetNewsWire 0x00000001000838f6 -[NNWSourceOutlineView rowImageForItem:] + 140
6 com.ranchero.NetNewsWire 0x00000001000839d5 -[NNWSourceOutlineView drawRow:clipRect:] + 120
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Scott_m29 had trouble on 25 Oct 2009
Version 3.2.1 was working for me. Version 3.2.2 repeatedly crashed on my MBPro/SL yesterday, even after tossing out the .plist file.
Today 3.2.3 does the same repeated crashing on a MacPro/SL.

Seems to be trying to reload all the subscriptions all over again.
I can go back and run version 3.2.1 fine still.
[Version 3.2.3]

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Jazzyguy replied on 26 Oct 2009
That is what is WRONG about this app.FORGET about whether the developer is a GOOD GUY or bad the darn thing takes too long a time to update if you have a large amount of RSS updates whereas other readers update instantly or in a few seconds.GoodGuy don't cut it!
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Andreas Amann had trouble on 24 Sep 2009
While I understand the need to generate revenue, how am I supposed to actually buy the thing if it crashes in

[NetNewsWire openLicenseWindowAndBuyNetNewsWire:]

???
[Version 3.2]


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Erunno had trouble on 19 Aug 2009
Newest beta version doesn't sync unread status reliably anymore.
[Version 3.2b19]


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Pedrotaquelim had trouble on 02 Aug 2009
I synced with Google Reader and lost two folders with lots of feeds in it.
The two folders completely vanished from NetNesWire even though they were present on Google Reader but they were empty. :-(

I'm not happy guy right now, but I know this is a Beta update so...

Maybe I should not have synced with the popup window that appeared on the first run of this Beta release. I should have pressed "Cancel" and then go the "Preferences>Syncing" and press "Merge Subscriptions". But I don´t know if that was the problem.
[Version 3.2b11]

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kaidoh commented on 07 Aug 2009
Mee too. I lost a bunch of feeds after the update. But I managed to bring them back: Turn of Google syncing in NNW and quit the app. Then travel to ~/Library/Application Support/NetNewsWire/Backups/, remove the date from a pre-update and overwrite Supscription.plist in the folder above with it. This brought my feeds back.
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dorkypants had trouble on 30 Jul 2009
Although the description says "Tiger compatible" AND the requirements say "10.4 or later", when I launch it on my Tiger (10.4.11) MacBook, I get a dialog that says

You cannot use the application "NetNewsWire" with this version of Mac OS X.
[Version 3.2b6]

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MacUpdate-Lon replied on 30 Jul 2009
Fixed the requirements, thanks for the heads-up!
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hmurchison had trouble on 30 Jul 2009
Will lil snitch block the ads?
[Version 3.2b6]

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sjk replied on 31 Jul 2009
Likely there will be some method(s) for doing it, which doesn't imply anything about my opinions about doing it.
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scrivens had trouble on 14 Apr 2008
File downloaded from the "Download Now" link says it is version 3.1.3 from 6 Feb 08.
[Version 3.1.5]

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George-Paphitis commented on 14 Apr 2008
Not only the MacUpdate link but the download link on the Newsgator site also produces version 3.1.3
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satellio replied on 14 Apr 2008
Updating through NetNewsWire's "Check for updates" application menu item installs the right version (3.1.5).
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follerec commented on 15 Apr 2008
You can also download the latest version through here:

http://ranchero.com/downloads/NetNewsWire3.1.5.dmg

at least, that's what I did.
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dorkypants had trouble on 03 Apr 2008
Quitting and relaunching NetNewsWire clears out the Downloads window even though there's no Preferences set to do this. This is a misfeature.
[Version 3.1.5b3]



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