In preparing this year’s 20 Under $20 list, we loved the idea of presenting 20 killer Mac apps you might not know about — 20 is such a round, pleasant number, and would hopefully let us find something for everyone. But $20 per app might not seem like the bargain-basement price that it used to, even just back in the summer of 2011 when we did our last 20 Under $20 feature.
But guess what? Most of these polished, stable, user-friendly, and utterly useful applications don’t come anywhere close to a full Andrew Jackson, anyway. Four of them are free, and only two cost over $10. We thought about calling it “18 Mac Apps Under $10 and Also Two That Are More Than $10 But Still Less Than $20, and By the Way, Four Are Free,” but that’s just too long, wouldn’t you agree
Rockmelt began life as a Mac browser a few years back, but newly released on the iPad, it aims to deliver an all-in-one web browsing, news reading, and social discovery service for well-connected tablet users. Embarking on a jack-of-all-trades approach is expectedly a challenge, seeing as even nailing one of those pursuits can be difficult, but Rockmelt shows some promise in this early iteration.
Sometimes, there’s nothing really wrong with an app, but a developer manages to find a way to make it even better. Such is the case with Reeder for iPhone, which received a significant update to version 3.0 on Thursday.
Hardcore information junkies need more than tweets and Facebook posts to get a fix. They need a steady stream of RSS (Really Simple Syndication) feeds, too, ideally without a bunch of extra clutter. Fresh Feed Pro is a compact RSS reader that fits comfortably on your Desktop, although it doesn’t do much more than deliver the latest news.
If you have an iOS device and love RSS, you’re no doubt already familiar with Reeder, one of the most popular ways to enjoy Google Reader feeds on the iPhone, iPad and iPod touch. After months of being tested in public beta, the Mac OS X version of the app has finally arrived.
If you haven’t heard of the iPad-only app Zite, chances are you will soon. Billed as “a personalized magazine for your iPad,” the app is quickly gaining popularity with users of similar apps like Flipboard and Pulse -- as well as drawing the same kind of unwanted attention from content providers.
There are many RSS readers on the App Store, and Silvio Rizzi’s Reeder is widely considered one of the best. So imagine the developer’s surprise when a recent update to competitor MobileRSS not only aped his slick interface design, but practically stole it outright.
There are plenty of RSS readers for iOS, but one of the most beloved is Reeder, available in versions optimized for the iPhone/iPod touch as well as the iPad. Now the developer is taking on the Mac with a slick new beta.
If you're in the market for a full featured RSS reader to deck your iPad out with, you could do a lot worse than Glasshouse App's The Early Edition--a cleverly designed application that takes your favourite RSS feeds and presents them to you in the form of a browsable, searchable newspaper interface that makes reading a pleasure. If you haven't had a chance to take the application for a test drive, here's your chance: For this weekend only, The Early Edition is being offered for the very reasonable prive of 99 cents--80% off of the application's regular price!
Print media isn’t what it used to be; nowadays, whippersnappers can fire up their iPads to read news faster than ever. Yet there’s something timeless about the classic newspaper layout and feel, something that hasn’t yet been replaced by glitzy and glossy mail-like readers.
Just look at The Early Edition, an RSS feeder created by Glasshouse Apps. It’s fast, sleek and designed to mimic the aesthetics of a newspaper.