I’ve mentioned NetNewsWire a few times in the past, and after a brief flirtation with Reeder, I soon reverted to its familiar interface. It was one of the first things I installed on the new iMac, and I use it every day.
But now there’s a new problem. Like many RSS readers, NetNewsWire uses the Google Reader service to synchronise. This means you can read some stuff on one computer, some more on a mobile device, then some more on another computer, and things will be marked as read in all locations. This is quite nifty and very useful. But as it seems more people use Google Reader as a sync service than on its web interface, where Google can show them lots of adverts, it’s become of less interest to Google. And so they are shutting it down in July.
This leaves a lot of applications with a problem. NetNewsWire will still function quite nicely, but until some new method of synchronisation is devised and added to the application, it’ll lose one of its key features. Other RSS readers are purely clients for connecting to Google Reader, so their users will probably have to look elsewhere. For instance, Nick Bradbury, developer of the Windows RSS reader FeedDemon, has announced that he won’t be developing it any further.
It’s a little soon to expect any announcement from the NetNewsWire guys to make a decision, much less an announcement, but I do like Daniel Jalkut’s suggestion that they set up their own RSS sync service. I’d pay a moderate fee for that.