The Bottom Line
Smart folders could still be a helpful addition, and better keyboard navigation would be nice.
- NewsLife provides easy and elegant access to RSS news feeds
- You can store articles for later reading in a "news bin"
- NewsLife lacks smart folders or labels for organizing news items
- Navigating NewsLife with the keyboard could be easier and more complete
- NewsLife gathers and displays articles from RSS news feeds.
- You can view items per feed, date or read status. Simple search finds keywords fast.
- You can drag items to a "News Bin" for future reference or to act on them in bulk.
- NewsLife lets you blog, email or bookmark articles.
- NewsLife supports Mac OS X 10.4./5.
Guide Review - NewsLife 1.2 - RSS News Feed Reader
If you want to follow a few — maybe not too many — blogs and sites using their RSS feeds, NewsLife lets you do that with said simplicity, speed and sanity.
Instead of nesting folders and labels and filters, NewsLife has a list of feeds and a few "Quick Views": you can view all a feed's items, all unread articles or everything published on a certain day.
Of course, NewsLife lets you search for articles easily, as well. You cannot save these searches as smart folders, though, or use criteria to limit search results. NewsLife's handy "News Bin" holds articles you've dragged there for later reference, to blog them in one go or socially bookmark their links.
To keep things simple, NewsLife expires old articles after a predefined time, say after a month. You can tweak the default setting for each feed, and tell NewsLife how often to check for new items as well.
NewsLife handles enclosures such as podcasts gracefully, can alert you about newly arrived headlines (not via Growl, though), integrates with blog editors and social bookmarking sites, and generally does the most useful thing without too many options, tweaks or clicks.
Speaking of clicks: while NewsLife does include a nice handful of keyboard shortcuts, basic navigation through feeds and articles using the keyboard alone is almost impossible.