Furthermore, every Mac users needs are a bit different, so my premise is based on something most of us do every day. Read websites for news, entertainment, information, or just plain browsing– an action which, arguably, of course, takes up lots of clicking time.
Enter Reeder. A Mac RSS reader with both iPhone and iPad versions. What’s an RSS reader? If you know already, then it’s likely you use one already. If not, read on, because an RSS reader app might be the most productive Mac app you can use.
Here’s what it looks like.
An RSS reader is really a list of websites you frequent (and maybe some you don’t frequent often). The app checks the websites every so often and downloads the headline, summary, and perhaps a snippet of the article– all to a single app so you don’t need to rummage through browser bookmarks and click, click, click to browse the web.
The websites come to you.
In the left sidebar there’s a list of the websites you subscribe to. Click on one and the center column displays the most recent headlines and summary (even the date and update time). Click on an article headline and the entire article is loaded into the main right sidebar.
Why is this productive?
Instead of wasting time browsing here and there, whim-like, or, instead of wandering through your browser bookmarks, Reeder brings the websites to you– one single app, one location, all the websites you want to browse. That makes browsing a hundred websites more efficient than the old point and click method of viewing a dozen websites (unofficial scientific survey).
Reeder, or just about any RSS app, makes time your friend by bringing to you want you’d have to go find, thereby saving you plenty of time. Setting up an RSS reader takes a few minutes of effort, but the rewards are instant. Reeder shares links to almost every important social service, and nothing is easier to navigate to view many websites.
The only negative is one that is common to most RSS readers. You need to subscribe to RSS feed service to sync your RSS subscriptions to Reeder (Feedbag, Feedly, Feed Wrangler, and many others; mostly free). What I appreciate about Reeder is the attractive interface, dependability, and the fact that Reeder also runs on iPhone and iPad. It’s worth every penny.