We released new versions of NetNewsWire a couple months ago to make sure they work with an upcoming change in Google Reader. Most people have upgraded already. But not everybody! So this is a reminder to make sure you’re running the latest version.
There are more details on this post on the NetNewsWire website.
Since the international iPad release is still in progress, and since even where it’s been released there are people on waiting lists, we decided to extend the introductory pricing an extra month, to July 8. More details on the NetNewsWire blog.
Just a note, because I don’t want you to miss out: the price for NetNewsWire for iPad (App Store link) will go up 50% a week from now, from $9.99 (US) to $14.99.
The special introductory price will end — so, if you were thinking of buying it, you should buy it before that happens.
TapLynx 1.3.2 was released today. A few small features.
Google Reader is about to change their login system. A few days ago we released quick-fix versions of NetNewsWire for Mac and iPhone to work with the new system.
You should make sure you’ve updated.
Macintosh: the new version is 3.2.7. You can open NetNewsWire’s About window to check the version.
If you don’t have 3.2.7, you can download the latest NetNewsWire for Macintosh.
iPhone and iPod Touch: the new version is 2.0.3. You can check what version you have by triple-tapping the toolbar at the bottom of the Feeds screen.
You can check to see if there’s an update for NetNewsWire or NetNewsWire Premium by going to the App Store on your iPhone or iPod. Tap the Updates tab. If there’s an update, install it.
Note: We have bigger updates of both versions of NetNewsWire coming. These are not those bigger updates — they’re just quick-fixes so that it continues to work with Google Reader.
This release fixes some crashing bugs and the confused-navigation bug. We recommend updating right away, if you haven’t already.
And now back to work on 2.0.3... (We’re also working on NetNewsWire/Mac 3.2.4 at the moment.)
Seth Weintraub interviewed me for Computerworld Blogs. I talk about NetNewsWire, feeds in general, tablets, my own reading process, and so on.
Today is the last day of introductory pricing! The price for NetNewsWire for Macintosh is $9.95 today. At midnight Pacific tonight it will be $14.95.
The price for NetNewsWire for iPhone is $1.99. At midnight it will be $4.99.
A quick note about where things stand at the moment:
NetNewsWire 2.0.2 for iPhone has been uploaded and is in review. We’re working on 2.0.3.
The current Mac version is 3.2.3, and we’re working on 3.2.4.
Longer-term: we’re also working on NetNewsWire 4.0 for Macintosh and a bigger upgrade (version number as yet undecided) for NetNewsWire for iPhone.
Note that the license for the Mac version is a personal license — you can use it on multiple computers, as long as it’s you using it. And the license is good for all 3.2.x and all 4.x versions.
Also note: the paid versions remove the ads. (In the lower-left corner in the Mac version, in the table header in the iPhone version.) If you want to continue with ads, that’s fine. It’s totally up to you, of course.
But if you were thinking of buying, please don’t miss out on saving money.
They’re in review — it will take a few days before they appear. It could be a week or longer. (There’s no way to know.)
The changes: a few crashing bugs are fixed and the “confused navigation” bug is fixed. (It also zeros out the unread count icon badge, for people who upgraded from NetNewsWire 1.x.)
And now on to work on 2.0.3...
Reminder: the introductory pricing of $1.99 for NetNewsWire Premium will end at the end of this month. It will go up to $4.99 starting Sunday morning. If you were planning to buy it, please don’t miss saving $3.
I get questions about what you get when you buy a license for NetNewsWire for Macintosh — I hadn’t made it clear. I’ve updated the online store. Here’s the scoop:
It’s a personal, per-user license. That means if you have a few computers — a desktop and a laptop, for instance, but not limited to that — you can use the same license on each of those computers. (As long as it’s you using it.)
The license is good for all 3.2.x and all 4.x releases.
Reminder: the price is $9.95 for only a few more days. It will go up to $14.95 at the very beginning of November 1st. If you were thinking of buying it, I don’t want you to miss out on saving $5.
(Note also that NetNewsWire Premium for iPhone will also go up in price at the same time, from $1.99 to $4.99.)
I’m working on an update to NetNewsWire for Macintosh — it will be 3.2.4. While I’d like to get it done before the price goes up, that’s not looking likely, since it should spend some time in beta testing first. Next week is more realistic.
A new version (2.0.2) of NetNewsWire for iPhone will go into beta testing today. It fixes some crashing bugs and that confused-navigation bug. Assuming testing goes well, it will get uploaded to the App Store in a couple days, then available once it gets through the review process. (Which takes about a week.)
Work also continues on NetNewsWire 4.0 for Macintosh. This will be a bigger upgrade than 3.2 was, but it’s too early to talk about any other specifics. (Feature requests are always welcome, of course — use the Report Bug or Feature Request command in NetNewsWire’s Help menu.)
And work has started on a bigger upgrade for the iPhone version. I’m not yet sure what the version number will be — 2.1 maybe, or 2.5 or 3.0, depending. (If you buy NetNewsWire for iPhone now, this version, no matter what the version number, will be a free upgrade.) It’s too soon to talk specifics, but I’m pretty excited about it.
You can download it. Also see the change notes for the rest of the scoop. (There are more things to do — but I felt that there was enough here worth a release rather than holding it up in the lab any further.)
But first, two important notes:
I had to make changes to the updates system. The Check for Updates command may not work — you may have to download this release and install it the old-fashioned way.
But Check for Updates should work fine after that.
The first 30 days of introductory pricing is supposed to end this week.
But we decided to push it back until the end of October, since I hadn't posted a reminder recently. This is a reminder, and there will be at least one more when it gets closer. The price will go from $9.95 to $14.95 at the very end of October.
(We’re also pushing back the end of introductory pricing for the iPhone version (iTunes link): it will go from $1.99 to $4.99 at the end of October.)
These releases have just one change — the by-far-most-common crashing bug has been fixed. It was just a two-line change (followed by 12 days of App Store review).
We’re working on 2.0.2, of course, with more bug and performance fixes. There are also new features en route, though bug and performance fixes have top priority.
Important thing to know: the introductory $1.99 (USD) price for NetNewsWire Premium will go up to $4.99 in just under a week. I’m reminding you now so it doesn’t come as a surprise later: I do not want you to miss the lower price if you’re planning to buy.
The interwebs were supposed to be green on black: “The problem with having switched to NetNewsWire is that suddenly my feeds were all white-on-black instead of green-on-black as they were supposed to be. So I fixed that.”
Brad Ellis: “Everyone knows it’s tradition for 0.2 releases to get a new icon...”
Brad’s a great designer, and I love — madly — the new icons. Another example of his work is the ADA-winning Postage iPhone app.
At one point in the process I asked Brad for a resized version of a graphic. I wrote him about how I resize graphics:
My process is to print it out in black and white on paper, wet the paper, stretch the paper very gently on a rack, wait a few days, measure it with a ruler to see if it’s bigger, color it in with magic markers, scan it in, then do additional color corrections in Microsoft Word. Something like that, anyway.
Brad, to his credit, took this as humor rather than the accurate portrayal of my workflow that it is. Which just proves that he’s not only incredibly talented but gracious and unflappable, which is important in anyone who works with those touchy-chef types who write code.
(Unflappable. Really. Try to flap him. Can’t do it. Can’t be flapped.)
Answers to frequently-asked-questions about NetNewsWire 2.0 for iPhone.
Both include Google Reader syncing and send-to-Instapaper support.
New features for the iPhone app also include starred items, in-app email, post-to-Twitter, a new app icon, and more.
Jetplane Journal: The JetReader style was “designed with legibility in mind, as I’ve found that black on grey is typically easier on the eyes — particularly on the new, very glossy, very bright aluminum MacBook.”
Rob J Wells: “Most of my heavy reading takes place in NetNewsWire, so I’ve coupled up Arc90’s Readability bookmarklet with the application.”
macprime.ch has just released a new style for NetNewsWire that’s clean and easy-to-read. Nice work.
bylr.net: “Here’s a script that attempts to subscribe to a full-text feed of the current subscription in NetNewsWire. It does this using EchoDittoLabs’ excellent FullTextRSS service.”
wurzelfoo: “In NetNewsWire, i had plug-ins disabled in news items, as it dramatically slowed down my feed-reading workflow. That, obviously, enforced me to open a browser-tab to view embedded videos. Not anymore, with ClickToFlash I have speed and convenience.”
Antonio Carusone: “LegiStyles™ are a series of custom styles for the award-winning RSS reader NetNewsWire. Much attention has been paid to the design and typography of the styles to improve legibility and readability, and to enhance the overall reading experience.”
My favorite is Haaus.
Ken Clark: “I believe that if you only use these ten keyboard shortcuts, you will be blazing through your news feeds in record time.”
protagonist: “NNWInstaPost makes NetNewsWire and Instapaper play nice together. Think of it like the peanut butter and jelly script.”
Very cool! (We are, by the way, planning to add a send-to-Instapaper command for both Mac and iPhone versions of NetNewsWire. But the thing I love about scripting is that you don’t have to wait for us to do it.)
NetNewsWire made Time magazine’s top 10 list for iPhone apps. Very cool.
DIGTD: “The cool little feature is the ability to choose what feeds you show on the iPhone. Simply, swipe across the feed that you do not want to show on the iPhone and select delete. You now have the option to remove the feed for good, or to just remove it from the iPhone.”
AisleOne: “Version 2.5 of my NetNewsWire style is now available. The design is simple and clean with a great deal of focus on typography and legibility. In this new version I’ve made some improvements that will enhance the reading experience.”
Me, writing a guest post for the NewsGator Widget Blog: “NetNewsWire was designed to be read with a cup of coffee in one hand while the other drives the keyboard.”
Download Squad: “I’ve discovered a new style that I think is the best yet. It’s Bullitt, designed by Cameron Hunt of cameron.io.”
Me, writing on the NewsGator Widgets Blog: “What I didn’t expect was that the reverse would happen, that I would end up bringing iPhone code back to the Mac version, but that’s what happened.”
NewsGator Widgets posts some numbers about NetNewsWire for iPhone usage — including the interesting (at least to me) number that the “average NetNewsWire iPhone user subscribes to 26 feeds.” (And, of course, there are outliers — one user has over 2,800 feeds.)
Onlinenerd24: “I have several podcasts subscribed in iTunes. I use NetNewsWire as a local RSS feed reader. This morning I thought it would be nice to have new podcast episodes displayed in my feed reader as soon as they are downloaded.”
NewsGator Daily: “I am happy to announce that NetNewsWire for iPhone was just selected by PC Plus for an Editor’s Choice award.”
Of course, there’s no rest, no matter how many awards an app wins or doesn’t win — I’m fixing bugs, making it faster, and adding new features. Plenty more to do!
Now back to working on 1.1. ;)
NetNewsWire 1.0.7 for iPhone is now available on the App Store — you can update (or try it out if you haven’t before).
This is a much-improved version of NetNewsWire, significantly better than the 1.0 version. New features include the ability to email links and to remove feeds from the iPhone. Lots of bugs have been fixed, including crashing bugs, and performance is much better.
There are still plenty of things to do — this review at Macworld pretty much covers the to-do list. Next steps include a mark-unread command, being able to choose a clippings folder when clipping an item, viewing your clippings, an option to put old news items at the bottom, excerpts for news items, and more. (And, of course, more bug fixes and performance enhancements.)
(Note: the App Store says that it’s version 1.0.1, but it’s really 1.0.7.)
Update 5 p.m.: I posted the change notes on my weblog.
Kyle Baxter of TightWind interviews me about NetNewsWire and iPhone development. (It was a pleasure doing an interview with him — if he ever asks you to do an interview, say yes. ;)
On my weblog I posted an update: what I’ve been doing and what’s the plan.
NetNewsWire 1.0 for iPhone! I never expected to ship another NetNewsWire 1.0, but here it is. ;)
It’s available on the iPhone App Store. It’s free, and it syncs with NetNewsWire for Macintosh, FeedDemon, Inbox, and our browser-based reader.
The idea is that NetNewsWire for iPhone is a news reader — for those moments when you have a minute to kill in the grocery store or whatever. It doesn’t do all the heavy lifting of subscription management — it’s all about showing you the latest news items, and making it easy to go through them. (You can also clip news items to save for later.)
cameron i/o: “Bullit is the style I developed to read my RSS feeds on NetNewsWire. Clarity and readability were the most important factors.”
Nick Bradbury: “NewsGator has partnered with ReadBurner, and as a result, it’s now dead simple to share your NewsGator clippings with ReadBurner. This means that FeedDemon, NetNewsWire, NewsGator Inbox and NewsGator Online customers can easily share their clipped articles with ReadBurner.”
Here’s how to share clippings in NetNewsWire. Once you have a clippings feed, you can go to ReadBurner and add it. (See Nick’s post for more details.)
AisleOne: “Version 2.0 features a design very similar to this blog, extending the visual experience of the site into your RSS reader. It’s simple, clean and easy to read.”
MacTips: “One of the greatest things about the greatest RSS reader on the Mac, NetNewsWire, is how many things it can integrate with. It can go hand-in-hand with your blog, your Twitter account, your Del.icio.us account and many others because of its scriptability.”
Pragmatos: “Mailx is a simple NetNewsWire style based on Chris Clark’s Mail style, with readability enhancements.”
FutureMac: “I’ve modified existing NetNewsWire to Del.icio.us Applescripts to save the currently-selected news item to Del.icio.us with the tag ‘toread.’ You can easily change this tag to whatever tag you use to mark items you wish to read later on.”
Adam Behringer: “I just released another update to Bee Docs' Timeline last night. One of the new features is NetNewsWire integration!”
Oliver Boermans: “It’s been a long time cooking, but I am finally taking version 6 of Ollicle Reflex out of the oven.”
Stefan Seiz: “For your Enjoyment, here’s a little AppleScript which plays the Enclosure (type Video/QuickTime or Audio/Mpeg) of the current selection in QuickTime Player. If you’re like me and don’t automaticaly download enclosures, this helps you save the hassle of Copying the URL and pasting it into QT Player or such.”
ollicle: “This stylesheet for NetNewsWire loads the linked web page instead of displaying the feed itself.”
David Chartier writes about using NewsGator’s subscribe-to-feed bookmarklet instead of having to launch NetNewsWire: “Major bonus points are awarded for the bookmarklet’s subscription process, as it allows feeds to be added directly to a folder.”