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There’s a new desktop RSS reader in town for the Mac crowd: Times, from Acrylic Software. Like many OS X apps, it concentrates on looking pretty. Your RSS feeds are presented as a newspaper with sections, rather than in an interface resembling an e-mail application. The […]

ScreenshotThere’s a new desktop RSS reader in town for the Mac crowd: Times, from Acrylic Software. Like many OS X apps, it concentrates on looking pretty. Your RSS feeds are presented as a newspaper with sections, rather than in an interface resembling an e-mail application. The typesetting is lovely, and the program automatically pulls pictures to place alongside stories. The layout is quite sexy, and when you click a headline, the front page folds down in an animated fashion to show you the details.

Unfortunately, this eye candy comes at a cost: the program is somewhat slow to display story details, and there’s no way to get an overview of everything that’s new in your feeds at one time. Those who – like many web workers – power through hundreds of feeds a day will do better to stick with a more compact, if less sexy, reader. Times is worth looking at, though, if you’re trying to gently introduce someone new to a few RSS feeds.

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  1. I agree that Times isn’t for the heavy RSS user. But it’s so gorgeous, especially on a 24″ iMac. Thinking of using it as a secondary reader for stuff I really want to keep track of.

  2. Jordan Sherer Saturday, May 3, 2008

    I was very excited to check this out, but disappointed when I actually did. Sure, the eye candy is great, but Times lost me when it failed to read a group of feeds that I rely on.

  3. Hmm I guess I will stick to NewsFire after reading this. It sure looks slick, but functionality is equally important I think.

  4. I agree with the others–it sure is purdy.

    However, I think the dark gray text on a light gray background would be irritating to the eyes, diminishing its usability.

  5. I doubt it will take long for somebody to marry the ‘eye candy’ of Times with the functionality required by heavy RSS consumers.

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