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Sleek, simple, and nicely translucent.
NewsBar shows just how slick an RSS app can be; it displays articles beautifully and it’s easy to customize the look, behavior, and alerts. Folders, under Preferences > RSS Feeds, let you bundle related feeds together, and NewsBar can even pull in your Google Reader feeds (before that service disappears in July) and merge them with your local feeds, so they’ll keep working seamlessly when Google Reader goes dark.
Not everything was perfect, though: our folders weren’t copied from Google Reader, and dragging each feed to a folder one at a time took a while. You can import and export OPML files
(say, to transfer your feeds in from another reader), but it’s a little hidden, in Preferences > RSS Feeds, behind a gear button.
NewsBar can live on the left or right of your screen, or a floating window, and when you click an article it opens in a floating pane, with a button to view the original page in your default browser. It can also alert you to new articles with specified keywords, highlighting them in a color and playing
a sound. You can even get alerts from OS X’s Notification Center.
The bottom line. Whether you want your RSS feeds front and center, or faded into the background of your Desktop, NewsBar is a flexible, elegant choice
64-bit processor, OS X 10.6.6 or later
Slick, minimal interface. Great performance. Customizable categories and RSS feeds. Picks up where Google Reader left off.
Interface can feel a bit too cut down/minimalistic at times.