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Newsfire is an amazing news aggregator from developer David Watanabe. Unlike many of its competitors, Newsfire confronts the user with the elegance design and OS integration of an iApp. From the brushed metal interface, to the iChat-esqe feed bar, Newsfire screams “Panther”. Newsfire has been my […]

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Newsfire is an amazing news aggregator from developer David Watanabe. Unlike many of its competitors, Newsfire confronts the user with the elegance design and OS integration of an iApp. From the brushed metal interface, to the iChat-esqe feed bar, Newsfire screams “Panther”. Newsfire has been my reader of choice since Josh told me about it a few months ago. I have tried all of the other major aggregators, but none of them give me the visual and productive satisfaction that I get from Newsfire. A hardly-hindered demo of Newsfire is available from newsfirerss.com. The full version is available for $19.95.

EDIT: Keep on the lookout for my OS X feed reader shootout coming sometime this month.

  1. NewsFire is pretty, but it’s far underpowered, especially for a $20 app. When it was free (during the betas), it was good, but I definitely don’t think it’s worth $20. Especially when NetNewsWire 2.0 (public beta is available) blows it out of the water in terms of functionality and ease of use (yes, NetNewsWire 2.0, while being more powerful, is *easier* to use).

    If you haven’t tried it, go check out the NNW 2.0 public beta.

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  2. I would agree with the first poster, over-priced. It’s a great “little” app but, there is now Help to explain the thing to a first time user. The website is “one” page with hardly anything but marketing hype. The developer has never once responded to an email inquiry. It lacks features that competitive products have (enclosures for podCasts).
    It’s slick and one of my favorites but should be priced at about half the current price.

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