Back in my pre-Tiger days I almost always had four applications running on my machine: Safari, Mail, NetNewsWire, and SpamSieve. It’s a great set of apps for staying productive but it’s too many apps. I once begged Brent to add regular bookmarks and browsing history into NNW but he rightfully responded that NNW shouldn’t be a full browser. Once I started using Tiger, though, I decided to give the new Safari RSS features a try.
The bottom line is that Safari works pretty well as an RSS reader. It could certainly use OPML import and export features but the search box and feed limiter are nice touches. There are a few things I don’t like:
- No podcast (enclosure) support – I had to run iPodderX and the new v3.0 makes my head hurt
- No way to view multiple feeds without turning on Auto-tab for the enclosing folder
- Not enough control over persistence
- No flagging of feed entries (oh, I suppose I could bookmark them or something arcane like that)
Podcast support in NNW is great but not quite as granular as iPodderX. For example, I can’t set a custom genre or playlist name on a per-feed basis like I can in iPodderX. I’m anxious to see what iTunes 4.9 brings to the mix.
Of course, that will bring me back up to 4 running apps (at least until Mail’s junk mail filtering gets better). So much for consolidation. Brent, if you’re reading, I’d still like to see some sort of browser history and a configurable web search option added to the search box in NNW.