Developer: Tim Schroder

Current Version: 1.5

Last Updated: 3 years ago

Download Size: 1.1 MB - Download


Monotony is a feed reader doing exactly one job: Subscribe to RSS and Atom feeds, Monotony checks for new feed entries every minute while it is running.

New entries (not: all feed entries) will be displayed on the desktop as notifications, featuring the headline and a summary (if there's one). To read a news item in your default web browser, just click on the notification.

There is nothing else. Monotony will not show feed entries for the past, i.e. for times when it wasn't running. There is no sync, no frontend, no possibility to customize it. Monotony runs as a menubar app or, if you choose, invisible in the background. That's all.

Monotony uses either Growl or the OS X Notification Center to display notifications.


Release Notes:

Monotony now has Retina icons and a dark mode bug in OS X 10.10 was fixed.


Most Helpful Reviews

Version 1.4.3
Review by G0 Green

Works as advertised - Works exactly as advertised and works complementary to your default RSS Reader. I find the lack of too many ‘features’ valuable.

Found helpful by 2 out of 2 people
Version 1.4.3
Review by phatmann

Useless without sync - Would be a great little app if it found new posts when it started up after being shut down. Without that it is useless. The description of that app explicitly says this, to give the author credit.

Found helpful by 2 out of 2 people

More Reviews for Current Version

Version 1.5
Review by Dillanmills

Fixed a lot of previous bugs - This version is working quite well. The only issues I have, are when I click the notification it usually opens the article in my web browser as I want, but it also opens the monotony settings, which is a little annoying having to close it each time. Also, in the settings panel it shows unique icons for each feed, but in the notification center, it just shows the monotony icon, no matter the feed it is coming from. If I click on the notification when it pops up on my screen instead of in the notification center, it doesn’t always open the webpage, although the settings will still pop up. Other than those little quirks, it works quite well!

Found helpful by 2 out of 2 people