Archive for the ‘Google Reader’ category

Safari RSS v. Google Reader (PIX)

September 11, 2007

The undisputed heavy-weight contender of the world… Is Google Reader.

Call me a pessimist. Call me a Doubting Thomas. Mr. Scoble was right. Google Reader has it all over Safari, endo, NetNewsWire, even some other things I tried that can’t quite be disclosed until some time in October (wink, wink).

Starting fresh with Google Reader is super easy. Migrating from a heavily entrenched position in Safari isn’t hard either. It’s the mental and emotional migration of going from the one thing to something world better that takes a big leap of faith. How’d I make the break? Follow along:

  1. I first had to realize there was a problem. Safari RSS is actually quite good – up to a point. Past the 300 feed mark (or so) it just gets a little dicey and unpredictable. My biggest complaint was seeing updated feed notices despite the feeds not having been updated. That one thing precipitated the fall.
  2. Admitting there might just be something better.
  3. Downloading and evaluating the options.
  4. Swapping horses.

This last one required just a modicum of work. Download Safari2OPML, run it, open up Google Reader (in Firefox… my Safari install is partially borked and doesn’t play nicely with http upload… which could also explain some of the ass pain I’m having with Safari in general… I digress.)

Google-Reader

 

OPML

Upload the resulting OPML file to Reader.

Google-RSS

Enjoy.

Now, you’re really not done. I mean, where do you go from here? Sure you add more feeds. But, what if you want to read content offline? No problem. Google Reader has Gears under the hood which syncs for offline enjoyment (AS LONG AS YOU’RE NOT USING SAFARI 3.0.3). There are hints at the Google Gears site Safari support is not far off. Well, OK, we’ll not hold our breath.

Firefox works just peachy with Gears. So, not only is Safari RSS out… Safari is out (for the time being). Apple’s also hiring a Safari Evangelist. At least they recognize the need…

The Downfall. Safari as RSS Reader, Part II

September 3, 2007

I’m abadoning Safari as my RSS reader. Yes, I know, I’ve written several times Safari was my favorite child. Lately though, and quite inexplicably, Safari has been exhibiting repetitive repetitive disorder. Meaning, it keeps telling me about feeds I’ve already read. A waste of my time. (Even a year ago Safari had cracks in the armor.)

Second, Apple’s putting RSS into Mail.app for Leopard. This isn’t some kind of secret bit of news. Steve Jobs demo’d it on stage at WWDC07. It’s supposedly not the default method of capturing/reading feeds. But why, if I’m exposed to feeds in a browser, would I want to read them in my mail application? That’s just weird.

So, I’m either going with Google Reader (highly likely) or NetNewsWire or Endo. Since it’s been a while what’s the take on the Mac’s RSS feed reading landscape. (offline reading’s not important to me at all – when I’m on a plane I’m working on code).

Now, this also hints at something more ominous… I just realized Safari has lost a LOT of value to me. I have Firefox, Opera, Webkit and Camino installed. (No way Flock comes back onto my Mac) I’ll probably even consider buying OmniWeb (in fact, the demo is downloading in the background).

Adieu Safari.

Safari to OPML? Oh Yeah!

November 28, 2006

FreeSMUG has just posted Safari2OPML which does exactly what you would expect from an app of that name.

For those of you who are curious about just what other RSS readers this opml output is compatible with… there’s a table spelling out what works and what doesn’t (hint: NetNewsWire and Google Reader users will be THRILLED. I know I am!)

I may just become a Google Reader convert yet.

RSS Revisited: Safari v. Google v. ??

October 3, 2006

OK, Mr. Cutts’ review of the Google Reader is pretty great. Saved me a lot of poking and prodding and I’m weighing in with my bit. First, Safari still reigns champ in my book. However… (more…)

Safari RSS to Google Reader

September 30, 2006

I’ve become a huge fan of Safari as an RSS reader. It’s just better than everything else as far as I’m concerned.

But, then again, Google Reader’s getting a ton of rave reviews from people I respect a lot. So, now in the process of getting all my feeds ported to Google Reader.

First obstacle, getting my Safari feeds exported over to OPML. Automator action available! Created an OPML file just fine. Not having such a grand time uploading it to Google Reader though. Anyone successful with this via Safari yet?

I did add a couple of feeds via the Subscribe… link and it’s straight forward enough. Reader has one thing I’d like to use but won’t – Email. First, I don’t have a GMail account and don’t want one. So, emailing RSS stuff via Reader is out of my immediate reach. I bet it’s nice.

Apple’s new Mail app is supposedly going to make all that a lot easier (or so the WWDC session seems to suggest). I haven’t tested it out yet. What I don’t particularly like about that, though, is YAP (yet another app!) getting in between me and the content. Seems kind of counter intuitive to be monitoring web-based content in an email app. But, I’ll remain open minded and give it a chance…