The design of NetNewsWire is simple, clean, and rather beautiful. The app has a day and night theme that you can toggle in the app settings, and each site that is added is assigned a text color to match the favicon. I like how this is done because it adds a nice splash of color to the app, and it contrasts especially nicely against the night theme. While I’m used to other #apps like Reeder and Unread, I still found NetNewsWire to be fairly intuitive to navigate, though the app does suffer from a bit of stuttering when scrolling through a long list of articles. You have five different tabs for viewing your feeds along the bottom: Sites, Unread, Today, Bookmarks, and Favorites.
Fortunately, if you are starting with a clean slate with RSS, NetNewsWire has a good setup. In fact, after I created my account and wanted to add feeds, NetNewsWire had a screen with some of the most popular feeds that were categorized by topic, such as Apple, Technology, Science, World, Entertainment, and more. These sites ranged from well-known sites like CNN and Forbes to indie sites like Six Colors and Kottke.org. I went through this list of sites and found many that were interesting, so I selected them one-by-one. You can even select entire categories if you like all of the sites that it features. For sites that you don’t see in “Popular,” you can add them manually by entering the address.
The first thing I noticed with the new NetNewsWire is that they now use their own syncing service, appropriately dubbed NetNewsWire Cloud Sync. Signing up for a free account will sync your feeds on multiple iOS devices, as well as the Mac app ($9.99) if you have it. The syncing is fairly quick and seamless, but I have only been using the iOS app on a single device. Since I have had to create a new account for syncing, I have to add my feeds manually, which is a pain when I have over 50 subscriptions in Feedly. I wish that NetNewsWire synced with other RSS services, because this can be rather tedious.
I’ve always had an interest in getting the news, ever since my late high school years, when I was on the school newspaper staff. I consider myself a news junkie, and have a strong passion for getting the news and staying up-to-date with the latest stories from all over the world, from technology to world events. While the average person would just get the news by checking Twitter, Facebook, or even just the websites of their favorite news sources, I prefer to stick with RSS for my news and blogs. I was using Google Reader for many years before it shut down, and now use Feedly for my RSS needs. However, I remember using NetNewsWire back in the day and when I saw that a new version had hit the App Store, I had to check it out for myself.
NetNewsWire ($3.99) by Black Pixel is the newest version of the once standard RSS client on Mac and iOS, way before other apps like Reeder and Unread came out. So how does this new version compare? Let’s find out.
It is not important who you are or how you make money, you probably have problems with time management. Even individuals who take pride in managing their lives like clockwork can be tardy, fail to remember goals and have trouble with procrastination. There are numerous reasons for this. The main reason is that, because of smart phones and tablets, we have all sorts of distractions at our fingertips just asking for our attention. In this article we will show you how to use that iphone or iPad as a time management device instead of as a time management wrecking ball.
Get Instapaper. Instapaper is an application that you can use not just on your mobile phone or tablet but on your computer as well. It is a “read later” app which could save you a great deal of time. How often, over the course of your day, do you find fascinating web sites or content that you truly want to read but don’t have time to really explore? How frequently have you thrown off your entire schedule by reading or taking a look at it anyway because you knew you won’t remember it later? Instapaper can be integrated with Twitter and a bunch of other apps and save all of the links you wish to explore for a later time. The links get saved to one main account. As a result you could use any device you want (smart phone, tablet, personal computer) to catch up and look through them when you have the time.
Wunderlist is one of the better apps. This is a basic to-do list software but it’s not slowed down by plenty of complicated interfaces or graphics. You can sit down with this application each day and enter all of the things you wish to accomplish. It is free of charge. Besides being easy to use, it’s easy to sync with numerous devices. Simply train yourself to check the application as frequently as you check your email and you are going to quickly see just how much simpler it is for you to remain on task.
Evernote is amazingly useful. It is a centralized location in which you can arrange your random thoughts, your pics, your downloads, your emails, etc. It can also be synced between devices–including a computer–and is very easy to incorporate with other applications like Wunderlist. The only real drawback to this application is that it’s not absolutely free. Your monthly subscription may be paid either each month at $5 each or every year for $45 per year.
Agenda is the must have calendar program. This is true for a lot of reasons but the biggest is that it syncs with both iCalendar (the calendar application many Macs, iphones and iPads use) and Google calendar. This makes managing a calendar much easier for folks who have PCs and iPhones because they’ll just have to enter their information into one place and it is accessible on all of their devices. It also looks excellent.
You’ll find all kinds of time management applications you can download. These are the best, but you are going to generate plenty more with some extra research.