The world of RSS got rocked last week when Google announced that it was shutting down Google Reader, one of the most-used RSS aggregators on the internet. In the wake of Google Reader’s death sentence, NetNewsWire is about to be reawakened. This is known as a classic RSS reader, which is still used on OS X and iOS, despite the fact that it came out on the Mac more than a decade ago
The developers of the famous RSS reader NetNewsWire stated that lately they have been working on refreshing iOS and on the OS X versions of the software.
According to their assertions published on the official blog, Black Pixel, the company that owns NetNewsWire since 2011, has the intention of bring sync to future versions of the RSS reader.
Although the developers admitted that bringing sync to future versions of RSS reader is a top priority, they refused to give details, affirming that it is too soon. One of the few statements regarding the syncing was referring to the fact that, they knew there would be a need for an alternative to Google Reader.
Black Pixel has Been Quietly Working on a Redesign
As stated above, they have been working on new versions of NetNewsWire for Mac, iPhone, and iPad and they seem to have fresh features and an up-to-date design developed for the iDevices fans.
The truth is that the appearance of NetNewsWire has not been updated lately, apparently due to the fact that Black Pixel was busy working on the powerful text, image and file comparison and merging tool Kaleidoscope 2 for Mac. However, despite the lack of updates it has received in recent years, this RSS reader has remained a fan favorite staple application in the Mac community.
At this moment, their intention seems to be focusing on NetNewsWire as much as they have been concentrating on Kaleidoscope 2. Therefore, they have confirmed the fact that part of last year was allocated on moving NetNewsWire for Mac forward to keep up with the times. In addition, they also entirely rewrote the iPhone and iPad versions of it from scratch.
The method the company is planning to use in order to implement the functionality is rather ambiguous, but it seems that associating with Apple’s iCloud and Core Data was quite overwhelming. Unfortunately, the team was not able to resolve various undefined problems belonging to Apple’s cloud computing service, in spite of the colossal amount of time spent on trying to clarify the issues.