As much as I like an integrated, Growl-like interface for notifications, my first view of Notifications in both iOS and OS X is that it’s tacked on and more like an afterthought than a full on integration of a critical component to modern mobile computing. Regardless, I like Notification Center and I use it, and I look forward to more apps which integrate their notices into OS X.
News junkies rejoice! EtreFeed is an RSS reader that thinks totally different. It’s not a typical standalone RSS reader. Those are less than a dime a dozen these days (most are free; the others cost only a few dollars).
EtreFeed appears to be made for news junkies with a time problem. It integrates the RSS feeds into Notification Center. If you’re looking for bells and whistles, EtreFeed ain’t it.
As RSS subscription feeds arrive to your Mac, Notification Center displays a typical pop up notice. Double-click the notice and EtreFeed opens up and you can browse the rest of the RSS list.
Why is this a good thing? It’s fast. As RSS subscriptions are updated you’re notified right away in Notification Center. Then, as you have time, choose which RSS feed to view, rather than dropping what you’re doing and firing up a standalone RSS reader.
EtreFeed costs a few bucks, but the developer has a good understanding of Mac app price resistance in the Mac App Store, so there’s a time limited trial demo, too.