NewsBar RSS reader

Developer: Andras Porffy

Current Version: 3.8.1

Last Updated: 4 months ago

Download Size: 4.6 MB - Download


Rock your Desktop with NewsBar - the top selling iCloud newsreader since 2011!

NewsBar is built with a fresh concept: news feeds delivered with a smooth animation, right to your desktop with automatic iCloud sync across all OS X and iOS Apple devices. Converts any RSS and Twitter feeds into a realtime live news stream with categories, keyword watching and notification alerts even on the go with NewsBar iOS.

All of your favourite RSS and Twitter feeds continuously appear on the selected side of your display or in a regular window. NewsBar is like having your own, personal news agency. You don't have to waste your time checking webpages: NewsBar will show you what's going on - right now.

No delays, no waiting: stories appear right on your display, just as they are published. You can easily organize, read, follow, mark, filter and search news from your favorite feeds. Stories are read directly from RSS and Twitter sources without delay. NewsBar is probably the fastest RSS reader in the world.

There is no need to register any account or login into any service, news reading with NewsBar is simple, safe and private.

"If you’re looking for something a bit different in your RSS reader, I really recommend giving NewsBar a try, it’s a surprisingly powerful and enjoyable little app." - Mac Appstorm

Important: NewsBar is NOT a Twitter client. It's just an additional feature wich allows to read selected Twitter feeds from sources where RSS not available. Twitter feeds should be added manually.

◦ News without delay
◦ High speed, efficient RSS engine
◦ iCloud sync of feeds, statuses and starred across all Apple devices
◦ Smooth animation on news arrival
◦ Mac desktop integration with adjustable opacity
◦ Add new feeds and feed icons with Drag and Drop
◦ Organize feeds into user defined folders
◦ Single click opens RSS content in a popup window
◦ Double click opens news in your browser
◦ Auto hide read items
◦ Mark & share news
◦ OS X Notification Center support
◦ Star news for later reading
◦ News can be highlighted and filtered by keywords
◦ Keyword detection alerts using audible and visible cues
◦ Customizable interface (colors, fonts, size, gradient, opacity)
◦ Assign custom icon for each feed
◦ Twitter @user and #hashtag news feed reading
◦ Feedly Sync
◦ RSS 2.0, ATOM support
◦ Send news to Pocket
◦ Customizable individual feed settings
◦ Import feed list from Google Reader takeout
◦ OPML export and import
◦ Quick text search in all feeds
◦ Multiple display/desktop and Spaces support
◦ Menubar mode (App icon can be removed from dock)
◦ Very low CPU and memory usage
◦ Different refresh time can be set on Battery power
◦ Runs on all Mac OS X version from 10.6 and later

Button functions:
• Minimize to Dock
• Quick Text Search
• Add new Feed
• Show only Starred News
• Auto hide read items
• Show only Keyword filtered News
• Open Preferences


Release Notes:

- improved MacOS Sierra compatibility
- Feedly sync fixed
- menubar icon mode popup issue fixed


Most Helpful Reviews

Version 3.5
Review by Working Parents Unite

Efficient, Simple, Powerful, Elegant App for RSS feeds ... - NewsBar RSS Reader is an incredibly efficient, easy to use RSS newsreader that links easily across multiple devices through iCloud. My work Mac has a very detailed news feed that I’ve setup using NewsBar, pulling from many sources. At home, when I turn on my Macbook, it too has Newsbar with the exact same feed and settings, all linked through iCloud. Awesome! Also, it is easy to connect many feeds and then have NewsBar filter out only the key words and related news that I’m interested in tracking in realtime. Highlights these items in my color of choice within all news items or allows me to view only the keyword Alert Feeds based on the keywords and phrases I’ve selected. When I see something I want to read in detail, I just double click the feed item and it quickly opens the source in my browser. Only two complaints - would love to be able to assign different color highlights to different keywords to help identify critical feeds. Currently, your selected alert color applies to all the alerts. Would also like to be able to upload my own alert sounds and tag different sounds to different keywords as well. I know …. kind of picky …. overall this is an incredibly easy to use, elegantly structured app. Enjoy!

Found helpful by 15 out of 15 people
Version 3.8.1
Review by Your Fave Dave

Uh… this is terrible! - People actually use this?!? I’ve never seen such a terrible program. Before you buy this, here’s what it is: a tiny strip running down the side of your computer. And that strip is very light gray type on a slightly darker grey background, In other words — damned near unreadable. So, I fooled around with the color scheme. Guess what color scheme they DON’T allow? Give up? BLACK TEXT ON A PLAIN WHITE BACKGROUND. Yeah, that’s right — the most readable form of text is not available. What they call “black” text is also gray. And the “white” background is a foggy very light gray. These programmers love gray! I haven’t seen a UI so clunky since the ‘90s. And the worse thing is… if you turn off Sports in preferences, the SPORTS STORIES STILL SHOW UP. Yeah, if you have more than 3 brain cells and therefore don’t like sports, you still have to see those stories in the feed. I will demand a refund since this app fails on all counts.

Found helpful by 7 out of 11 people

More Reviews for Current Version

Version 3.8.1
Review by triplec76

Better than Dave thinks - I almost didn’t buy this app because of the review left by Your Fave Dave. I couldn’t find another free version that I liked, so I took the plunge knowing that I could at least ask Apple for a refund if necessary. Boy, I don’t know how Dave came up with his review. He obviously didn’t ask the developer for assistance because every single thing he didn’t like about the app is exactly the opposite of what he stated. The entire RGB spectrum of color is supported for backgrounds and text. When I deselected the sports section (I must have equal to or less than 3 brain cells) or any other section for that matter, the icons and feeds do, in fact, disappear. I just want to help other users that might be worried about these features, are working on Sierra 10.12.4. The developer states it is compatible with MacOS 10.6.6 or later, which has to be 99% of users or higher. Highly customizable, which is something I greatly value in any software application.

Found helpful by 3 out of 3 people
Version 3.8.1
Review by gowestyoungamigo

Great Product and Awesome Customer Service - Since youtube left me no option to organize my youtube subscriptions I thought I would give NewsBar RSS Reader a try. Wow it was easy to install and use. In addition something you don’t find very often…. Awesome customer service. I highly recommend.

Found helpful by 2 out of 3 people
Version 3.8.1
Review by startuptechie

Convenient Desktop Interface - Functionally it does everything it says it will. There were some bugs in the Feeds section recently but they were fixed. This app is being actively maintained and support is prompt. I’ve been using it for several years, maybe more, and it lives quietly on my desktop and displays the latest RSS blogs and Twitter posts that I’ve subscribed to. What I love is the translucent feed on my desktop! So much better design than many I tried. Definately worth the money, or more.

Found helpful by 2 out of 3 people
Version 3.8.1
Review by Multimediapanda

Fixed Menu bar popup - This was the only problem I’d encountered since I started using NewsBar, and now its been fixed so I can use the menubar icon mode again and go back to my minimal dock icons!

Found helpful by 2 out of 3 people
Version 3.8.1
Review by Defrilitus

Was good; is now almost perfect - Just an update with regard to the new version, which resolves a few niggling issues. Without doubt the best RSS reader available for MacOS. In addition, the ability to choose one’s own icons for newsfeeds is pure eye candy. Highly recommended; a great addtion to your MAc. I have been using this app for a while. It takes a bit to set up; but that's fair enough, as it offers an enormous amount of possibilities. The one problem I had concerned automatic updates of the RSS feeds: at times, the app would just stop updating and would need to be restarted. However, the new version has eliminated this problem entirely. I can be gone all day, come home and when I light up my computer, the feeds are updated within the minute. I hate to say that an app is perfect (because most aren't), but this one is practically there! A great job and an app I would recommend to anyone without reservation.

Found helpful by 2 out of 4 people