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2019-10-19: NetNewsWire 5.0.3b2: Faster, Imports NNW3 Subscriptions Check for updates, or download the latest. Changes Significantly enhanced performance during syncs …

2019-10-17: Maurice Parker is working on adding support for shortcuts (including parameterized shortcuts) in …

2019-10-17: Note for NetNewsWire 3 users — in NetNewsWire 5.0.3 (new beta coming soon), we’re adding the ability …

2019-10-16: In a comment on Michael Tsai’s blog, sbarex writes up a hack to get NetNewsWire 3.3.2 running on …

2019-10-07: NetNewsWire is a-okay on Catalina. All good. Happy updating!

2019-10-06: On his blog, Brent writes up the current NetNewsWire status.

2019-09-30: NetNewsWire 5.0.3b1 Check for updates, or download the latest. We’re making it faster! And fixing some bugs. Changes: …

2019-09-29: Some folks have reported that the Slack group link in the Help menu has apparently expired. We have …

2019-09-14: NetNewsWire 5.0.2 Check for updates, or download the latest. Changes The app movement monitor has been updated to …

2019-09-13: NetNewsWire 5.0.1 Check for updates, or download the latest. Changes since 5.0 Crash fix: when the app is renamed or …

2019-09-10: NetNewsWire 5.0.1b1 Check for updates, or download the latest. Changes: Timeline: reload when show-feed-names is …

2019-09-10: NetNewsWire Tip: Cmd-1 to Go to Today You can quickly get to the Today feed by typing cmd-1 on your keyboard. And you can get to All …

2019-09-07: NetNewsWire 5.0.1d2 NetNewsWire 5.0.1d2 is out — check for updates or download the latest. Changes: Crash fix: when the …

2019-09-06: On his blog, Brent describes his current thinking about syncing using iCloud.

2019-09-04: Brent, on his blog, writes about showing full web pages (or not) in NetNewsWire.

2019-09-04: NetNewsWire 5.0.1d1 The first post-release test build is up! NetNewsWire 5.0.1d1. Remember that, if you want to get test …

2019-09-04: NetNewsWire Tip: Create Multiple On My Mac Accounts NetNewsWire ships with a single default On My Mac account. Here’s the thing — you can create more of …

2019-09-03: Is there a TestFlight for the iOS app yet? Are you going to support Feedly? Here’s a page that …

2019-09-03: NetNewsWire Tip: Hide Unread Count in the Dock Some people don’t want to see an unread count in the Dock, and we totally understand. You can turn …

2019-09-03: Now over 20K downloads — up to 20,940. 🎩

2019-09-02: On his blog, Brent writes about what beta means and why.

2019-09-01: We did find out how to get download numbers from GitHub. At this writing, NetNewsWire 5.0 has been …

2019-08-31: On his blog, Brent writes about NetNewsWire 5 feature requests and how we think about them.

2019-08-30: NetNewsWire Tip: Check the Help Menu Some Mac apps — we won’t shame them :) — don’t have actual help. But NetNewsWire does! The Help menu …

2019-08-29: NetNewsWire Tip: Undo Mark-All-as-Read Let’s say you Mark All as Read — and then you realize you didn’t mean to, or you’ve changed your …

2019-08-28: NetNewsWire Tip: How to Get Test Builds NetNewsWire includes a feature — as many apps do — where it can check for app updates and let you …

2019-08-27: NetNewsWire Tip: Open Web Page in Background If you want web pages to open in the browser behind NetNewsWire, without bring the browser to the …

2019-08-26: NetNewsWire 5.0 is shipping! Brent has the details on his blog.

2019-08-25: Alert just popped up…

2019-08-24: We just added a NetNewsWire screenshots page. If you’re writing a review or blog post or similar, …

2019-08-24: Meanwhile, in iOS-land, work continues… Maurice is working on, among other things, Spotlight …

2019-08-24: We’re 99.99% sure that NetNewsWire 5.0b6, released yesterday, really is NetNewsWire 5.0. The only …

2019-08-23: NetNewsWire 5.0b6 Well, we did another beta after all. :) Still on track for Monday morning release. Changes in 5.0b6: …

2019-08-21: NetNewsWire 5.0b5, Probably the Last Beta NetNewsWire 5.0b5 is up! Check for updates, or download it. This is almost certainly the last beta. …

2019-08-20: Brent and members of the NetNewsWire Slack group imagine negative feedback.

2019-08-19: One of the very few things brought over from earlier versions of NetNewsWire is the Help book page …

2019-08-19: We added a NetNewsWire history page to the website. Took a little research, and it hits just the …

2019-08-13: We just added a Frequently Asked Questions page for NetNewsWire.

2019-08-12: Brent writes more about the public beta on his blog.

2019-08-12: NetNewsWire has finally reached beta! NetNewsWire 5.0b2 is now available. We’ll have a more …

2019-08-08: Just one more thing on the milestone for NetNewsWire 5.0 beta — finishing the Help book. Since we …

2019-08-01: A post from Bryan Bell 14 years ago… www.bryanbell.com/post/4603…

2019-08-01: Brent’s on the latest Swift by Sundell podcast, and he talks about NetNewsWire a bit.

2019-06-15: NetNewsWire 5.0a4 You can check for updates (if you’re running NetNewsWire) or download the latest build. Status: our …

2019-06-14: How to Support NetNewsWire

2019-06-10: NetNewsWire 5.0a3 You can check for updates (if you’re running NetNewsWire) or download the latest build. Changes: …

2019-06-08: NetNewsWire 5.0a2 You can check for updates (if you’re running NetNewsWire) or download the latest build. Changes: …

2019-05-31: NetNewsWire 5.0a1 You can check for updates (if you’re running NetNewsWire) or download the latest build. Changes: …

2019-05-31: The first milestone — alpha status — has been reached! GitHub says there are no remaining issues in …

2019-05-31: CRASHING TODAY. SORRY ABOUT THAT! The current build has a crashing bug that was exposed by a …

2019-05-30: From 2003 or 2004. NetNewsWire 1.0 icon on a mug.

2019-05-29: For reference, here’s the NetNewsWire 2 icon. From 2005.

2019-05-29: Brad Ellis has been working on a new icon. What do you think? It’s designed to be a modern …

2019-05-26: NetNewsWire Meetup at WWDC

2019-05-25: NetNewsWire 5.0d17 You can check for updates (if you’re running NetNewsWire) or download the latest build. Changes: …

2019-05-07: NetNewsWire/Rainier Status

2019-04-28: Two New Technotes

2019-04-18: Detail view wireframe. Feedback welcome.

2019-04-17: NetNewsWire Now Running on iOS

2019-04-16: Here’s take two of the timeline wireframe. Added big title, room for unread/starred indicator, and …

2019-04-15: For feedback — here’s the first cut at a wireframe for NetNewsWire for iOS’s timeline.

2019-04-14: Take 2 of NetNewsWire feeds list wireframe. Adds pull-to-refresh, Mark All as Read, header for Smart …

2019-04-14: Presented for feedback… Here’s an initial go at a wireframe for NetNewsWire 5.0 for iOS’s feeds list …

2019-04-14: In 2009. NetNewsWire Premium, at $1.99, is top paid app in the news category. The free version is …

2019-04-14: Currently working on wireframes for NetNewsWire 5.0 for iOS. Hence the old pictures as we do …

2019-04-14: NetNewsWire 2.0 for iPhone’s timeline and detail view:

2019-04-14: NetNewsWire 2.0 for iPhone’s app icon and feeds list:

2019-04-14: Found some more screenshots of NetNewsWire 1.0 for iPhone.

2019-04-10: NetNewsWire frameworks diagram (made in OmniGraffle).

2019-04-09: Here’s Maurice’s work on the timeline. Again — not designed! Just a quick port of the Mac code. …

2019-04-09: This is not what NetNewsWire 5.0 for iOS will look like. We haven’t actually started designing it …

2019-04-09: Found an old screenshot of NetNewsWire 1.0 for iPhone!

2019-04-02: Efficient Software

2019-04-01: Internal builds of NetNewsWire no longer embed the Swift libraries. App size went from 18.4MB to …

2019-03-27: Follow-Up on Publishing NetNewsWire on the Mac App Store or Not

2019-03-26: Should NetNewsWire appear on the Mac App Store or not?

2019-03-11: Feed Discovery with Feed Compass

2019-03-05: Implementing Single-Key Shortcuts in NetNewsWire

2019-02-28: NetNewsWire Feedback Incoming

2019-02-25: NetNewsWire 5.0d16: Searching Check for updates! NetNewsWire 5.0d16 is up. There’s just one change, but it’s an important one: …

2019-02-20: NetNewsWire author Brent Simmons is interviewed on The Omni Show.

2019-02-19: NetNewsWire Status: February 19, 2019

2019-02-09: NetNewsWire 5.0d15 Check for updates! Or download the latest version. Changes Sidebar: the drag images are no longer …

2019-02-08: NetNewsWire 5.0d14 Check for updates! Changes Bogus future dates are now discarded when updating the database. Fixed a …

2019-02-06: NetNewsWire 5.0d13 Check for updates! Sidebar: you can now drag feeds into and out of folders. It’s rough still — the …

2019-02-06: NetNewsWire Roadmap 2019

2019-02-03: NetNewsWire 5.0d12 Check for updates! Timeline: refresh smart feeds when new articles are downloaded. Sidebar: re-sort …

2019-02-01: NetNewsWire 5.0d11 Check for updates! Probably fixed a crashing bug (with three reports) that could happen when using …

2019-01-31: Tip: you can subscribe to NetNewsWire’s app updates feed in NetNewsWire — it’s any easy way to get …

2019-01-30: Check for updates! NetNewsWire 5.0d10 tightens up the timeline (a bit higher information density). …

2019-01-28: Check for updates! NetNewsWire 5.0d9 adds periodic automatic refresh, and it might fix a crashing …

2019-01-27: NetNewsWire 5.0d8 Check for updates, or download the latest build. Changes: Important compatibility note! NetNewsWire …

2019-01-22: Mark All as Read!

2019-01-15: Unsubscribe!

2019-01-14: On the NetNewsWire privacy policy.

2018-12-18: Here’s the current to-do list for 5.0. It’s pretty small! But it has at least one big feature …

2018-12-18: NetNewsWire Diary #3: The Crash Reporter

2018-12-05: So Basic It’s Not Even Funny

2018-12-03: Brent‘s a guest on the latest Micro Monday podcast, and he talks about NetNewsWire, The Omni Show, …

2018-11-27: Crash Catcher recommendations wanted!

2018-11-27: NetNewsWire Status Report: the Last 10%

2018-10-13: NetNewsWire Article Age Limits

2018-10-09: On the design of NetNewsWire’s timeline

2018-09-27: NetNewsWire Diary #2: Switching to OPML

2018-09-27: NetNewsWire 5.0d7 Check for updates, or download the latest build. Changes Multiple significant performance …

2018-09-23: NetNewsWire 5 is being written on the exact same keyboard that wrote NetNewsWire’s 1 through 3. In …

2018-09-19: In the days of NetNewsWire Lite 1.0, in 2002, you had to roll your own preference-pane switcher. The …

2018-09-19: In NetNewsWire 1.x, I made sure the add-feed sheet was as simple as possible. My thinking at the …

2018-09-18: The feed directory — known as the “Sites Drawer” — really was an old-fashioned NSDrawer. It was an …

2018-09-17: On Brent’s blog: Tech Diversity

2018-09-17: On Brent’s blog: Oh God Not This Again

2018-09-14: Here’s a big version of the app icon for NetNewsWire 1.x, made by Bryan Bell.

2018-09-13: Many years ago — I think it was in NetNewsWire 1.x, but it could have been 2.x — I got an email from …

2018-09-12: NetNewsWire looks forward to Mojave shipping September 24! We’re glad we already have Mojave dark …

2018-09-11: NetNewsWire 1.x included an outliner — a single-document notepad for storing thoughts, links, RSS …

2018-09-11: Back when I was at NewsGator, we wanted to know a bit about how people used the client RSS apps …

2018-09-10: NetNewsWire 5.0d6 Small bug fix: you can now edit names of folders and feeds inline in the sidebar. Bigger deal: …

2018-09-10: This is what the Combined View looked like in NetNewsWire 1.x. This was before WebKit existed — HTML …

2018-09-09: On Brent’s blog: Why NetNewsWire Doesn’t Support Nested Folders.

2018-09-09: NetNewsWire 5.0d5 Major bandwidth-use bug fixed — sometimes it would request the home page of a site multiple times …

2018-09-09: Here’s a screenshot of the blog editor in NetNewsWire 1.x, which was later split out into a separate …

2018-09-08: History: Future Features List When I turned NetNewsWire over to Black Pixel in 2011, I included a big list of features I was …

2018-09-07: Before NetNewsWire 1.0 shipped, it went through a couple different app icons. In those days, globe …

2018-09-07: Before anyone ever saw a copy, NetNewsWire was called AquaReader. It was renamed to NetNewsWire not …

2018-09-07: History: Code Notes Below are the unedited notes I wrote to Black Pixel upon turning the code over to them in 2011. …

2018-09-06: NetNewsWire 5.0d4 Changes in 5.0d4: Detail view: don’t show author’s name if it’s the same as the feed’s display name. …

2018-09-06: Here are the NetNewsWire coding guidelines.

2018-09-05: NetNewsWire gets its own microblog! W00t!