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Old 06-08-2010, 07:08 PM   #1
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App Review: NewsRack

Decided to do another app review after someone saying they weren't familiar with my favorite RSS reader, NewsRack.

NewsRack is a RSS (Really Simple Syndication) reader application that is available as a universal binary (will work on your iPhone, your iPod Touch and your iPad) from the App Store for $4.99. It features a "Newspaper" type display along with a more traditional list view of news articles, will sync with a Google Reader account (which has its own very well done HTML5 based interface), or quickly subscribe to a feed if you paste in a URL.

You can read a summary of the article in NewsRack itself, or if you like you can share it via Twitter or Facebook, open the article in Safari, email it to someone, save it in Instapaper, ReadItLater or Delicious Bookmarks. You can also flag an article to be saved in NewsRack itself and come back to it at a later time. There simply is no excuse for forgetting about an article you wanted to come back to!

Performance is snappy on both my 3GS and iPad, it works over WiFi and a 3G connection, although downloading feed and article images will be slower but these can be filtered out by by enabling the Google Mobilizer proxy setting. If you find you no longer want to track a feed you can remove it quickly as well.

I primarily use it on my iPad in landscape orientation, it has a view similar to the Mail.app, a list of your feeds on the left with the articles browsing on the right side. This makes it fast and easy to catch up on morning news while I eat breakfast.

There really isn't anything I dislike about the application, it does what it is supposed to without too many bells. Development on it has been slow but steady, the author has been responsive to the one support question I emailed him. I have not had any crashes. It has gotten slightly confused when I leave large holes of unread articles in my feeds, probably a bad idea, so I started saving those in ReadItLater. The iPad version does not include the little newspaper view, that is only on the iPhone/Touch, which is ok with me.

If you're a RSS pro, or just starting out with RSS feeds, and are looking for a good app to read and manage your news on, check out NewsRack. It earned a prized spot on my iPad's dock.


screen shots are from an iPhone, the iPad is similar.
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