NewsFire
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(1) 3.5

iChat-like RSS aggregator.   Commercial ($4.99)
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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.
What's New
Version 2.0: Release notes were unavailable when this listing was updated.
Requirements
  • Intel
  • Mac OS X 10.6.6 or later



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NewsFire User Discussion (Write a Review)
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Shiny22 commented on 20 Feb 2011
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?
[Version 2.0]

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Thyx replied on 27 Feb 2011
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.
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Flounder commented on 30 Apr 2010
Wish he would implement google reader syncing, then I could switch back from netnewswire
[Version 1.6v84]


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Penguirl reviewed on 29 Sep 2009
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.
[Version 1.6v84]


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chas_m commented on 02 Sep 2009
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 --
[Version 1.6v82]


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macmend.com commented on 21 Jul 2009
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
[Version 1.6]

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macmend.com replied on 21 Jul 2009
actually I am talking out of my a$£@e....his blog isn't there....hooray I love you after all David
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Dr.-Girlfriend reviewed on 26 Feb 2009
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.
[Version 1.6v76]

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Dr.-Girlfriend replied on 26 Feb 2009
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.
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Sebehk replied on 30 Jul 2009
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.
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mpez commented on 18 Feb 2009
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.
[Version 1.6v76]

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F451 replied on 18 Feb 2009
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.
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mpez replied on 18 Feb 2009
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?
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F451 replied on 18 Feb 2009
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.
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Pablito commented on 18 Feb 2009
Are you sure that it's possible to delete/unsubstribe the developer's blog feed?
How?

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.
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mpez replied on 18 Feb 2009
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?
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younkint commented on 18 Feb 2009
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.
[Version 1.6v76]


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swissroll reviewed on 17 Dec 2008
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.
[Version 1.5v74]


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eujot reviewed on 26 Jul 2008
I buy NewFire, but now when it's free I can not delete David Watanabe blog form RRS list. Crap.
[Version 1.5v74]


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thumax had trouble on 28 Feb 2008
I bought this software in January 2006. Since then I contacted the developer three times for support but NEVER got an answer.

When I replaced my Mac with a new one for last Christmas I tried to activate NewsFire on my new machine which was not possible because I no longer have access to the email address I used for registration back then.

I already had contacted the developer immediately when I had to give up the address in April 2006 - but as I said: ZERO feedback, no chance of re-activation.

What did I pay money for?
[Version 1.4v70]

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Cinghialino commented on 01 Mar 2008
but now it's freeware!
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thumax replied on 03 Mar 2008
Oh well …
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markg5 had trouble on 17 Jun 2007
I'm also getting the registration doesn't stick problem. I mistakenly made the mistake of trashing and reinstalling, and now I can't add my usual feeds!
Fortunately when I got my macbook pro last week I transferred all information via the Migration Assistant so I do have a temporary solution

I emailed the Dev, and am now waiting for a fix. If I can't use Newsfire I will have to use my mac for work ... and I should have bought a PC if that's all I wanted to do!!!!!
[Version 1.4v69]

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rspeed replied on 31 Jul 2007
Ha! Good luck getting a response. I never heard back from the developer about my issue with NewsFire and I get the feeling that nobody else ever does, either.
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markg5 commented on 31 Jul 2007
It all works. did almost straight away

It looks like there was a problem with the way it knows if the email addy is registered - and it works fine. Yeah, the dev has bad press, but I have three registered pieces of software from Dave Watanabe and they mostly work without a hitch
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darrinsden commented on 15 Aug 2007
my problem was that it had worked without a hitch for a year. until this last version, then it became unregistered and wasnt ever able to get it working again.

I wasnt going to buy it again just to fix this issue, since who really knows if it would. As i havent heard back from the dev, i ended up switching to vienna.
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darrinsden had trouble on 01 Jun 2007
i love newsfire and have been using it for quite awhile now, but this new release (69) somehow trashed my registration and trying to re activate it refuses to go through

D
[Version 1.4v69]

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miyamotofreak commented on 26 Jun 2007
Also rebooted my mac and the registration is not working.

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aaffonso rated on 30 May 2012

[Version 2.0v85]


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Type:Internet : Newsreaders
License:Commercial
Date:19 Feb 2011
Platform:Intel 32 / OS X
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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 expect.


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