I Need a New Aggregator

An unfortunate thing happened to me this morning. I have an old evaluation of NetNewsWire installed alongside the free version of NetNewsWire Lite which I use(d) extensively on a daily basis. This morning, when using Quicksilver to open NetNewsWire Lite, I accidentally opened the old expired evaluation version of NetNewsWire. For some reason, it overwrote all my NetNewsWire Lite feeds with the default list of feeds that come with the application.

This is very much not a good thing. I’m sure I had well over 100 feeds pertaining to everything that interests me (mostly technology, but also some personal weblogs, watch weblogs, etc.). I have a backup from November that will allow me to recover many of my feeds, but my collection was constantly evolving and being refined, so the last four months of tweaks are gone.

Anyway, enough lamenting. I’m looking at this as an opportunity to start fresh with a new collection of feeds, new organization, and certainly a new aggregator. I really like(d) NetNewsWire, but I don’t think I can bring myself to use it again. Additionally, I’m tired or waiting for the 2.0 version just to get Atom support (it’s been in beta for a very very long time).

So my first question is what aggregators are Mac users out there using these days? I’m willing to go with either local or web-based. Once I settle on a new aggregator, I will then ask people to post some of their favorite blogs. I’m pretty sure I can have all my old feeds back with a couple of hours of searching and surfing, but I’d like to use this opportunity to find some new, more obscure feeds worth aggregating. That’s a question for another time, though. First the aggregator.

16 Responses to I Need a New Aggregator

  1. Jeff Stevens says:

    Well, on the Mac I’m currently using NewsMac by ThinkMac Software at http://www.thinkmac.co.uk/newsmac/index.html, and on the PC I’m using MM Central BlogReader (I think having the Pod Feature on it on)

  2. I’ve been using RSS Owl lately (on Windows, but it does have a Mac version). I ended up turning off the tabbed reading and tweaking a few other things, but I really like the results. You can find it here:http://www.rssowl.org/

  3. I’m not a Mac user, but since you asked about web-based aggregatores, I use Bloglines.

  4. Naaman says:

    I had the same experience. I’m in the middle of writing my own so I don’t have to deal with the hassle of keeping my OPML synched as well (I use XP at work and OS X at home, which makes that a real chore). You can keep up with my dev at http://www.naamannewbold.com/rss/. If you like what you see, let me know and I’ll get you the source.

  5. Christian: On the Mac front, I’ve heard good things about Shrook.http://www.fondantfancies.com/apps/shrook/On the Web, I use JournURL. For example, this is where I came across your entry:http://mxblogspace.journurl.com/?fa=skin.thread&group=23&date=feeds

  6. dave ross says:

    Christian,For web-based aggregators, I have a php one based of feedonfeeds that you can see live at http://www.medlogs.com. Under the hood… it sucks. Thus, I also wrote the foundation for a CFC-based version as a sample app for a little framework I’m working on. I still need to round out its feature set to make it worthy of replacing medlogs, but you’re welcome to do whatever you like with it… you can download it from http://cfopen.org/frs/download.php/68/coldspring-0.1.1.zip-Dave Ross

  7. Peter Tilbrook says:

    I really like “Bloglines” (www.bloglines.com) – nothing to install and available from any web browser.

  8. Bill says:

    I use SAGE – it’s a firefox extension that works pretty well for my needs and saves me from having to have yet another app installed.It adds a sidebar to firefox and creates a nicely styled view of the feed in the main window. you can also have it show you a list of the headlines below your feed list.the only caveat is it doesn’t do feed discovery on webpages so you have to find them manually then add a bookmark to that feed.

  9. George Ross says:

    I have been using Thunderbird on my PC and MAC for RSS and News.

  10. Mike Rankin says:

    I just use live bookmarks in firefox.

  11. I had problems to display feeds on Thunderbird.I suggest sharpReader on windows, a fast and stable news agregator. Cool features are opml export (for backuping your feeds url) and desktop alerts.http://www.sharpreader.net/

  12. uncle.wilco says:

    re: Bills comment SAGEI use Sage for Firefix as well (which is great), but use the LiveLines extension to add live bookmarks straight to SAGE which is nicehttps://addons.update.mozilla.org/extensions/moreinfo.php?application=firefox&version=1.0&os=Windows&numpg=50&id=324

  13. I’m using the NNW2.0 beta commercial version and I love it. I don’t have a problem with it being in beta…

  14. Cody says:

    I use NewsFire (newsfirerss.com) and I’ve had no problems with it.

  15. Hi, I’ve been working on a simple RSS reader/email/calendar/all-in-one web tool. It first started out as a pet project to show the power of CF and just kept growing.You can check out a (pre beta) demo at:http://webauthor.com/products/dashboardxm/demo.htm

  16. Sindy says:

    For web-based aggregators, I have a php one based of feedonfeeds that you can see live at http://www.medlogs.com. Under the hood… it sucks. Thus, I also wrote the foundation for a CFC-based version as a sample app for a little framework I’m working on. I still need to round out its feature set to make it worthy of replacing medlogs, but you’re welcome to do whatever you like with it… you can download it from http://cfopen.org/frs/download.php/68/coldspring-0.1.1.zip