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First Look: Headline 1.0, RSS Feed Reader

updated 05:00 pm EDT, Wed August 13, 2008

Headline 1.0

Many popular websites update news stories and articles regularly. To catch these latest stories, you can visit these sites periodically or you can use RSS feeds to receive summaries of the current articles. Both Safari and Mail let you read and bookmark RSS feeds, but if you find these programs too cumbersome, you might prefer a dedicated RSS feed reader such as Headline 1.0 from Doseido Software.

Simply find websites that offer RSS feeds and bookmark them in the program window. If you've already stored a list of your favorite RSS feed sites, just save this list as an OPML (Outline Processor Markup Language) file and import it. You can also export RSS feeds out of this program and into another one.

One nice touch of this RSS feed reader is its minimalist user interface. A single window displays your subscriptions to various RSS feeds so you can see at a glance which sites you've bookmarked.

By toggling the window view, you can switch from a list of RSS feed sites to a list of the actual RSS feed articles themselves. A dot identifies those feeds you haven't read yet.

Since RSS feeds display condensed headlines that may not give you a clear idea what type of information the article contains, you can open a special preview window that lets you peek inside the contents without actually opening the file. Based on what you see in this window, you can decide to read more of this story by opening your browser, ignore it, or just delete it altogether.

If an RSS feed contains video or audio, you can play it using the program's built-in audio and video player. Now you can skim through your list of RSS feeds, peek at the contents, listen to its audio file, or watch its video file without having to download the actual file first.

The app's icon on the Dock displays the number of unread articles received so far. Besides this visual notification, you can configure the app to play a sound each time a new article arrives. That way you'll never miss the arrival of a new story again.

If you find a particularly interesting story, a click of a button loads your e-mail client or iChat program. Now you can send a link to a story to your friends and share any information that you think others might want to read as well.

For only $19.95, Headline 1.0 is ideal for heavy RSS feed users who are running Mac 10.5.2 or higher. The app is a Universal Binary so PowerPC users can take advantage of this program along with Intel users. Given the program's low-cost, simple user interface, and convenient features, Headline 1.0 is for anyone who wants to stay up to date on the latest information posted on their favorite websites around the world.

by MacNN Staff



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