Linked: NetNewsWire 5 for iOS – Public TestFlight

I’ve never been happier with an RSS reader on iOS than I am with NetNewsWire 5. I’ve been using it for two months, and not just because I was writing the Help Book, I haven’t used another RSS reader since.

Nothing else feels as natural on, or fits in to, iOS than NetNewsWire. As someone who finds little joy in using iOS these days, this pays off. The interface and I are not adversaries. Ostensibly innovative user interface too often provides more frustration than innovation. I have no time for this.

Do not read this as a pejorative: NetNewsWire is adequate. Not ostentatious, it is designed for reading. Two features not yet in the Mac OS version, Filters and Reader View, are no different. Though both tick boxes on the feature list, that’s not their objective. I open NetNewsWire, I read.


As a life-long fan of NetNewsWire – its life – I’m elated to see it continue to evolve. Brent wrote:

NetNewsWire is a team.

Isn’t it just. I do my small part, writing documentation, but that’s still nothing compared to the engineering and design that makes it all work. It’s wonderful to be part of that team, but it’s still only part of the whole. The reason we do it is for the larger part of the team – the users, the readers. Long live the open web.