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It’s been almost a year since Google brought down the shutters on its RSS aggregator Reader, simultaneously opening the doors for a new web feeder to emerge victorious. But that never happened, partly because of users’ loyalties to a variety of existing sync services offering free and paid-for features. Fortunately, Readkit works to corral all of these services into one neat desktop interface, and with the arrival of v2.4 it does “read it later” better than ever.
Support has been added for syncing Fever, NewsBlur, Delicious and Pinboard, the latter two allowing you to keep offline copies of bookmarked sites. But even if you use none of the supported services, ReadKit now has its own native RSS sync engine, and it works flawlessly.
The interface retains its pared-down, clean-cut look, with features like Focus mode making reading a pleasure — but navigation is now even easier thanks to keyboard shortcuts that let you jump from article to sidebar, and collapse and expand folders in a snap.
ReadKit also keeps separate preference profiles for each account — even multiple accounts within the same service — so if you like to group or sort feeds differently to those piped in from Pocket, for instance, now you can. ReadKit’s performance held up admirably when we drag-and-dropped articles between different feeds, set up smart folders and drilled down to news stories using tags. And the proverbial cherry on this digital cake? The inline match highlighting upon a search query.
The bottom line. ReadKit brings RSS content into a single interface, making even the dullest feed a pleasure to read.
Mac OS 10.8 or later, 64-bit processor
Honed interface. Broad service support. Speedy performance. Multiple accounts.
None to speak of.