The best Mac newsreaders
Find out which one to for staying
RSS means different things to different people – to some, it’s Really Simple Syndication, to others Rich Site Summary – but it delivers the same benefits to everybody: it’s a way to subscribe to your favourite websites and get new articles the moment they’re published. RSS isn’t as fashionable as it used to be, but on an internet where every page seems stuffed with ads and trackers it’s more useful than ever before. Reading in RSS means no auto-playing videos, no popups and none of the other things that can make browsing the web so annoying sometimes. It’s particularly good if you’re trying to catch up with things when you’re out and about: refreshing an RSS reader on a crowded Wi-Fi connection is much more pleasant and much faster than browsing individual websites.
RSS feeds are simple: each one has a web address, such as techradar.com/rss, and RSS reading software can subscribe to that feed. Whenever a new article is published online the feed is updated, and when your RSS reader next checks the feed the article appears in your reader automatically.
In this test we’ve put six very different RSS readers through their paces. Breaking puts headlines in your Notification panel, and that’s about it; Daily delivers a no-frills news feed that’s simple and speedy to navigate; Leaf, NetNewsWire and ReadKit are brilliant for beginners but perfect for power users too; and Pulp puts your feeds into a newspaper-style format for easy reading and sharing.
While all of our RSS readers use the same feeds, the way they use them differs dramatically – and the things you can do with them differs too. Some are stripped-back and simple, others support every conceivable sharing service, some give you complete control over how every single letter looks and some enable you to sync with iOS companion apps too. But which one is best? There’s only one way to find out. Let’s put them through their paces. Gary Marshall
When every web page seems to be stuffed with ads and trackers, RSS is more useful than ever