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Popular RSS client Reeder 2 hits first public beta for Mac

Popular RSS client Reeder was largely affected by Google’s abrupt shutdown of Google Reader earlier last year as it raced to update its various apps support for alternative RSS subscription services.

Reeder for iOS gained support for services like Feedly and Feed Wrangler pretty quickly last year, but Reeder for Mac has taken a bit longer than originally anticipated.

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Developer Silvio Rizzi abruptly took Reeder off the Mac App Store last summer after Google Reader was shut down.Nine months later, and Rizzi has finally released a Mac app for the post-Google Reader world, ahead of its final development.

The Mac app has replaced Google Reader syncing with modern alternatives including Feedbin, Feedly, Feed Wrangler, and Fever; as with the iOS apps, you can also use it independently for local RSS management without syncing.

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The design of the app looks basically the same, although it has been given a subtle facelift. The interface and menus are nice and clean. There’s a limited list of sharing services to begin with, like Twitter, Facebook, and Reading List. Noticeably absent from the first beta are Pocket and Instapaper, both of which will be added in future updates.While many proclaimed the death of RSS when Google Reader rode off into the sunset, services like Feedly and Feedbin have carried the torch admirably. Reeder 2 for Mac now supports Feedbin, Feedly, Feed Wrangler, Fever, and local RSS sync.

A feature that was sorely missing in Reeder since the beginning was search, and I was pleased to find that it is included in Reeder 2. Tapping the f key in a list of items  lets you search by keywords. Another cool addition to try out is the new gesture for opening an article in the web; swipe from right to left on the trackpad.

Reeder 2 for iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch is currently available on the App Store for $4.99.

Reeder 2 for Mac is also expected to be a paid app once it leaves the beta stage; the free public beta is at the link below.

Source: Reeder 2 For Mac

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Shaminder Pal Singh

I am a student by day and tech blogger by night. I try to bring to the public the latest and greatest news from the tech world!

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