The Bottom Line
- Vienna offers smart folders that locate relevant news items automatically based on custom criteria
- You can organize and read your feeds in folders in Vienna, and individual articles can be flagged
- Vienna is decidedly simple and easy to use
- Vienna cannot learn from example what kind of item goes to a smart folder
- You can only specify a global refresh interval, no custom labels for organizing items
- Vienna does not integrate with online feed readers
- Vienna lets you read headlines and articles from RSS and Atom feeds.
- Subscriptions can be grouped and read in custom folders in Vienna.
- Smart folders automatically collect all items corresponding to their criteria and search terms.
- You can flag individual items for later in Vienna.
- Using Growl, Vienna lets you know when new news have arrived.
- Vienna has a built-in WebKit browser for following links fast.
- Plug-ins let you expand Vienna's capabilities.
- Vienna supports Mac OS X 10.4+.
Guide Review - Vienna 2.5 - RSS Feed Reader
There are but few distracting buttons to click and no toolbar to play with, but all the function is there: you can group feeds (clicking on a folder will show all headlines from the feeds contained) and flag items; you can search your feeds and open links in the built-in browser; you can navigate fast with the keyboard and set up "smart" folders that collect news items based on your criteria.
Of course, if these folders learned by example, that would take Vienna to an even higher level, but that's not necessary. Custom labels or tags in addition to Vienna's stock flag would really be great, though.
That Vienna integrates with Growl for new article notifications is nice, but how it does that needs improvement (currently, Vienna simply states that so-and-so many new items have been retrieved). Integration with web-based news readers in addition to OPML support would be nice.
Speaking of nice: Vienna offers a number of display styles for articles so you can sprinkle your idea of baroque splendor on them.