NewsBar RSS reader

Developer: Andras Porffy

Current Version: 3.8.4

Last Updated: 3 years ago

Download Size: 3.6 MB - Download


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

News Reading Crafted to Perfection! NewsBar is built with a fresh concept: news feeds delivered with a smooth animation, right to your desktop with automatic iCloud sync across all macOS 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
◦ macOS 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 macOS versions 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:

- Feedly sync authentication updated
- displaying long twitter posts with attachments
- minor fixes and stability improvements


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 17 out of 17 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 9 out of 16 people

More Reviews for Current Version

Version 3.8.4
Review by PiperPilot

So Far So Good! - I just downloaded this app, based on the excellent reviews here, to replace Shrook which I’ve been using for years. Apparently the Shrook developers are shutting down their operation including the server they use for syncing feeds between devices. I like the fact that NewsBar syncs via iCloud. It was amazingly easy to transfer my feeds from Shrook to NewsBar just by copying and pasting the URL from one to the other. Nice! Configurability is wonderful - it seems there’s a setting for almost everything. There’s one setting I didn’t see and would like added - to be able to set a value for the length of time that I preview an article before it marks itself as “read”. It appears that the default value is a few seconds. I’d like to be able to set it to an almost instantaneous trigger. I’m used to previewing articles quickly and right now I have to hover over the preview for those few seconds before it gets marked. Not a big deal, but it does slow the process down a bit. I do really like being able to have feeds up on the screen at all times. What a great idea!

Found helpful by 8 out of 8 people
Version 3.8.4
Review by TeeJHooker

Good in General but needs a few tweaks - In general this is what I was looking for on my Macbook. It makes having news always around good, but not overwhelming. From this page it looks like it’s been updated in 2018, but the Support page has known issues from early September. For example, if I reboot the newsbar doesn’t start up again. If I select start at login, after a reboot it’s unchecked again. Simple bug to fix, but not sure it will ever happen.

Found helpful by 3 out of 3 people
Version 3.8.4
Review by Cranman1

Fix this app, please - Newsbar is great for what it is. However, it would be a much better program if I didn't have to play "babysitter" across multiple apple devices. I use iCloud for multiple cross-functional programs and Newsbar is the only program I have issues with. That is, if I view/read a Newsbar article on one device, then that action should be represented across all iCloud connected devices. Sometimes it works great while other times it does not. Please fix this. Thanks!

Found helpful by 2 out of 2 people
Version 3.8.4
Review by rbrancheau

The Best RSS Sidebar Yet - This is by far the best RSS sidebar to date. Easily the most customizable... However I wish they'd include a "frosted glass" option in regards to transparency, like Newsflow used to have (before it stopped working). If they added that element, this would be a one-horse race.

Found helpful by 1 out of 1 people
Version 3.8.4
Review by MHOHPI

HARD TO VIEW - Really! How are we supposed to read this translucent" newsreel" superimposed over our desktop picture. If my desktop picture was midnigjt black it would be perfect...

Found helpful by 1 out of 2 people