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One of Our Favorite Reviews

The launch of NetNewsWire for iOS has been going great! App Store Connect reports that it’s a 4.9-star app with 385 ratings worldwide, and it’s been downloaded 18,567 times. Our guess is it will have more downloads than NetNewsWire 5.0.3 for Mac within a few days.

There have been some reviews and articles in the press; we’ve been getting lots of feedback on Twitter, Slack, via email, and in our bug tracker. Almost all of that feedback is people asking for features — which is exactly what we hoped for. It means they like the app, but wish it did this thing for them.

That’s a great spot to be in. The alternatives are no feedback or lots of bug reports. We like feature requests. 🍕

Of all the reviews and press, one of our favorites is a review on AppleVis, which says that “The app is fully accessible with VoiceOver and is easy to navigate and use” and…

I was truly amazed how accessible this app was right out of the box on its opening day. You can really tell that accessibility was put into this.

We don’t talk about this often enough, but it’s important. Accessibility is one of those things that many people can overlook — except for the people for whom it’s the entire difference between a usable app and not.

In our App Store description, we write, above, the fold:

NetNewsWire is a free and open source RSS reader. It’s fast, stable, and accessible.

In other words: when we all talk about app quality, we should talk about stability and performance and accessibility. It’s just as important.