The Bottom Line
- NewsFire is a happy, beautiful, enticing and functional piece of software
- You can search all feeds instantly and save flexible searches as smart folders
- NewsFire makes following web sites, blogs and podcasts particularly easy and efficient
- You cannot organize your items with labels in NewsFire
- NewsFire cannot learn by example (using statistics) what belongs to a smart folder
- NewsFire lacks tools for archiving and synchronization
- NewsFire is an RSS and Atom feed reader with support for embedded audio and video.
- As new news are discovered, NewsFire re-arranges the list of feeds to show the latest on top.
- NewsFire integrates with Spotlight and includes a search box that lets you find news items fast.
- Searches can be saved (with additional criteria if needed) as smart folders in NewsFire.
- NewsFire lets you subscribe to news or blog search results easily and finds audio content, too.
- Support for OPML makes it easy to export and import subscription lists in NewsFire.
- Everything about NewsFire can be done from the keyboard, all news can be read with the space key.
- NewsFire displays the number of unread items in its Dock icon and supports Growl notifications.
- Integration with blog editors lets you post about news items quickly from NewsFire.
- NewsFire supports Mac OS X 10.4+.
Guide Review - NewsFire 1.6 - Free RSS News Feed Reader
NewsFire lets you browse and read news that come via RSS and Atom feeds comfortably and finds posts instantly as you type your search terms. For following news sites and blogs, NewsFire is near perfect with its well thought-out navigation and keyboard shortcuts (for everything!).
If you are the person who favors control and organization over simplicity, you will love how you can save searches as smart folders that automatically aggregate matching news items. It's also easy to subscribe to net-wide news or blog search results in NewsFire. Podcasts and other feed enclosures are supported with elegance and efficiency in NewsFire, which even sports a media player and can search for audio feeds.
NewsFire might be able to do a bit more with its Dock icon than just bouncing it, though, and the grouping of feeds, though neatly done and useful, could be more flexible.
If you are looking to use your RSS feed reader as an archive of worthwhile features and stories, NewsFire is not for you. But there are other, maybe inherently better, ways to do that. I'd give the NewsFire RSS experience a try.