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NewsFire 1.5

NewsFire 1.5 (v71) is now available for download. In addition to minor compatibility improvements, version 1.5 brings a new modern and clean look to NewsFire. This includes a more prominent “Next Item” button for easy perusal of the news and a slimmed down status bar. NewsFire 1.5 is a free upgrade.

  • February 28th, 2008 10:44 pm

63 comments...

Chris...

I was thinking the freeware release of NNW has scared you away. Thankyou Dave!


Chris...

You took away the option to hide favicons. Not cool


Linda...

Yay! A Newsfire update. Now all we need is a three pane view, and it will be like falling in love all over again :)

Thanks again, Dave!


Andre...

Thanks for the awesome upgrade. It really does look much sharper. One odd thing on my MBP: when I mouse over the Help menu, the panel with all the feeds in it changes background color slightly. Easier to see than to describe. I’d be happy to screencast it if it would be helpful.


Ben...

Great !!
Thank you so much !


James...

Thanks for the update. Finally I can use NewsFire with 10.5 :) Now I can move all my feeds back over from NNW. One thing that is held over from earlier versions is that some sites logos do not display correctly, the Feedburner logo displays instead (for instance Space.com). Not really a big deal but it would be nice to be able to fix this – maybe its just my system????


@james: Many sites use Feedburner to host their feeds.


James...

Some how NNW sees through the feedburner intermediary and displays the site icon correctly.


Meister...

Isn#t it possible anymore to hide clustered feeds?


Ian...

Probably looks more at home in Leopard (I’m still stuck with Tiger here in the office) so I guess the new look is more modern. But it’s hardly cleaner when you’re stuck with all those damn favicons – seriously, how do I make them go away?


Redg...

When I import feeds from NNW (opml) it would be pretty cool if NF keep the groups …


Galley...

I prefer the old “next item” button, but I do like the option of coloring the feed categories.


Jack...

Nice work Dave :)

Without pushing you too hard here, would you consider a new icon for NewsFire?


Johan...

Please, no three pane view. I hate that.


Rick...

I have loved NewsFire in the past, but I just can’t use it anymore until it offers syncing. I jump among several computers and iPhone. Google Reader is always there and always current.


Galley...

If you use a dark color for the category, NewsFire needs to sense it and switch the text to white. I’ve seen other apps do it.


Evan...

Nice update! Love the subtle improvements… definitely makes it look more Leopard-like. However, I noticed the app icon wasn’t updated to a 512×512 resolution (like Xtorrent and Acquisition) so it wouldn’t look ugly in CoverFlow. If and when do you plan on doing such a thing?


zx...

Newsfire is fast and beautiful!!! but without a Combined-View option it’s unusable for me.

for this function alone, i will gladly pay for an upgrade:)

i can’t stand NNW but unfortunately i got to use it:(

please let us know if this is on your to-do list.

thanks,
zx


Kirk...

While I really appreciate the upgrade, I have to second the complaint about (the lack of) hiding favicons.

Also, I’d still like to have hidden feeds (even if the UI hasn’t supported it for a while).

Never the less, thanks for keeping things going.


Jeff...

I’ve noticed an issue in trying to load an opml feed exported from Google Reader. It is not recognized, though if i export from NNW into Newsfire (of the same original Google Reader feed) it is working.
Also, NewsFire doesnt look to hold directory structures of my opml feed. Is this also the case for other users? Thank you.


se7en...

I love your products, but there certainly is no reason for me to buy Newsfire. NetNewsWire is free and it syncs to the NetNewsWire webapp on my phone! I can also imagine they will be making a native RSS reader for the iPhone soon.


Lance...

The new update looks great – thanks. I for one do *not* like the three pane view (like NNW). If you were ever to add that feature, no that there are some of us that really, really like two panes. :)


Soop...

@James: With regard to ‘incorrect’ site logos, the icons in the feed list reflect that of the hosting site, which is not necessarily the same as the ‘home’ site and what you would expect to see.

I don’t see this as a NewsFire issue per se, but there is a workaround.

1. Quit NewsFire
2. Download favicon.ico from, for example, http://www.apple.com/favicon.ico
3. Rename favicon.ico to, for example, http://www.apple.com.tiff
4. Move to ~/Library/Application Support/NewsFire/Icons
5. Relaunch NewsFire

Hope that helps!


Soop...

Apologies. Please disregard “http://” in point 3 above. Damn autocomplete!


Marcus...

Nice update but… woah, what happened to all my hidden feeds? Has this functionality been dropped?


Drew...

Pleasant surprise to see an update. I love the new look. Recently tried NNW and much preferred Newsfire. There’s a nice flow to reading my feeds in Newsfire, very fluid. NNW just feels clunky and slow.


Adam...

GoogleReader opml import is currently not working, directory structure is also flakey. Is a fix for this in the works, now that Newsfire is free for users to move from GoogleReader/Vienna/NetNewsFire to the best looking feed reader on OSX


@adam: It’s a known issue.


Bryan...

With the recent announcement that NewsFire is completely free, I was wondering if there are plans to create NewsFire 2.0?


Soryu...

David: Best of luck with the free version of NewsFire (and I’m saying that as a lifetime upgrade buyer of NewsFire and Xtorrent). It is a beautiful program (as are your other products) and the price tag it had was good, I’d still buy it today even with NNW being free. I hope it will still be updated in the future, even if it doesn’t generate revenue anymore.


Ken...

It sure would be nice if support for more items in contextual menu were added!

I thought this was coming but to my great disappointment no:

* Search in Spotlight
* Search in Google
* Look up in Dictionary
* And so on

I really like NF but have now installed NNW to see if I can adjust to the more complex GUI.

So please add a decent context menu.


Jack...

Hey there, I just wanted to comment again and say that the new look is really good to me as well :)


Radu...

NewsFire has been refusing to launch for me for a while now. I thought the update might have fixed the issue, but turns out it didn’t. Here’s what Terminal says when I launch it, and also the Apple-generated bug report: http://www.pastey.net/83210

It could be an issue with my system, but the only app I have trouble with is NewsFire. And I really love it, I’ve used it for more than four years already, and I hate to have to resort to Google Reader.


The...

I had been using NewsFire for a long time, but recently had to switch to Google Reader because of syncing. Like others, I have multiple computers and an iPhone, so keeping all my feeds consistent no matter where I am is a must. I hope you can add this feature in the future (maybe with the iPhone SDK?)! I love the interface and wish I could use it. Thanks.


Ricky...

Hey. I just switched back to NewsFire from NNW the other day (before this upgrade). Nice to see the upgrade. Nice to know this app is still alive. Nice to see it’s free, now, too (although, I do have a payed license).

I have to say, the feature that I do hope you’ll bring back is to hide favicons, and the reason why is because feedburner feeds use the feedburner favicon instead of the site’s favicon, unlike NNW. I don’t like to see the feedburner icon over and over and over. Please and thanks!


@bryan: I have design and feature plans for 2.0. Whether or not those plans translate into reality is up to too many variables for me to comment. Right now my priority is Xtorrent.


@ricky: The feedburner icon issue was fixed in 1.5 v72.


Martin...

Hey David,

Hope that at sometime you do work on a version 2.0, See that John Gruber still has good words to say about NewsFire,

Also NewsFire was listed in the April edition of Mac Format Magazine here in the UK as one of their “60 Apple Gems”.


Carl...

There’s still a bug in v72 that after looking at the feed of http://earthlingsoft.net/ssp/blog/index.rdf all images get floated to the right, even when looking at other feeds. It seems to be some kind of CSS retention error…


Waldo...

I reported an issue with the prior version under Leopard at the time that Leopard was released — NF didn’t recognize mouse clicks. The same behavior was exhibited on both my desktop and my laptop. After being stuck with NNW for months, I’m pleased to report that v1.5 solves this bug.


Radu...

Nevermind, I just re-created my whole plist file.


joe...

I don’t see a donate linke for NewsFire. Am I missing something?


Dan...

I’m new to NewsFire (hat tip: TUAW), but when I experimented with exporting my feeds and then reimporting them from OPML, they all disappeared from the left pane. They’re still in there, somewhere, but not visible. Does anyone know how I can find my feeds again?


C....

as a long time newsfire user thank you Dave, this is a great update and a great reader.


Charles...

I’m commenting here about the big news that Newsfire is now free.

As a registered user of Newsfire for quite some time now, I’m not quite sure what prompted Dave to do this, but it’s a magnanimous gesture and I thank him for it (even though I don’t directly benefit). I hope it accomplishes Dave’s goal of bringing more people to the program.

Cheers.


Darla...

Has there been any fix you import Google Reader feeds yet?


Chris...

David, with NewsFire being completely free now (and your development priorities being elsewhere), is there any chance of you releasing NF with an open-source licence?


@darla: No such issue has been reported to me, so naturally there is no fix.


jon...

So I took the free download of NewsFire. I was so taken with it that within 4 hours, I had made it my default RSS reader – and bought XTorrent into the bargain. Just beautifully-designed software all around. Nice work.


tom...

Just an aesthetic request really…when newsfire isn’t the active program the bar housing the ‘close/minimise/maximise’ controls seems to cast a shadow. When it is the active program the shadow disappears…
I think it looks far cleaner without the shadow and wondered if anyone felt similarly?
Other than that, top release – toyed with NetNewsWire but it’s cack handed approach to keyboard navigation makes Newsfire my top app. Ta for the update.


Bill...

Any chance of an iPhone implementation?I


Brett...

Any plans to offering an option to fetch images for offline reading? Sometimes I read RSS feeds when I don’t have an Internet connection.

I love NewsFire and I’ve used it for a long time, but have recently been playing with newspipe which fetches the articles & images and pipes to procmail to sort into folders and then I can read with any mail client.

It is a somewhat clunky solution and it would be nice to have NewsFire fetch the images when it gets the content.


Axel...

Any update on a localisation of the application ?


Mike...

I’m currently moving some apps to a new machine (including NewsFire!) and I need to know how to move the data to the new machine. I know I can export/import an OPML file but I’d like to keep my groups, my flagged items, etc. Any help would be appreciated.


jerome...

where’s xtorrent help? it spins back to the download site and doesn’t give us anywhere to go. i just want to pput things into itunes for appletv…
forgive the off the point of blog comment, but i don’t know where else to ask anything


Dennis...

It’s my favorite news reader–despite the frequent crashes when videos are displayed.


Emil...

I also have the FeedBurner favicon issue, where I see the flame icon for the following feeds while using the latest build of the software: Slashdot, Macworld, and TorrentFreak.


Ali...

I’ve had a thought that would make NewsFire even better. I already use it constantly but I would love to have the ability for NewsFire to ignore certain headlines either temporarily or permanently. This could be done with regular expressions or something simpler. Two use cases are (1) I don’t care about Joe Smith’s latest stupidity and never want to see another article about Joe Smith. (2) I’m going to watch a game/race/tv show/whatever I recorded tonight, but I don’t want to see information about it before I get around to watching it so ignore items from from time1 to time2 on these days.

I realize that (1) is kind of solved by smart feeds, but it’s not all that seamless. You have to either just lump all of your feeds together or create a rule for each one. As far as I know smart feeds don’t solve (2) since you can only specify within the last X time not not within.

Thanks,
Ali


Jas...

Anyone else have an issue with Newsfire and Firefox?

When I have both open, they inevitably both freeze.

Could be a different issue, but any advice?


Alexandru...

Hi David,

Is there a way to make NewsFire compatible with Google Reader exported XML/OMPL file?

Although, I was able to import on NewsFire OSX Tiger the OPML file, in Leopard it seems not being possible to do the same. The workaround for Tiger (which does not apply to Leopard) was to rename the google-reader-subscriptions.xml extension to .opml.

It would be great to enable the import for the Google Reader generated file.

Alexandru


John...

I have deleted all feeds from my NewsFire and when I export the feeds there are still 3 that are showing up. The reason I know this is one is for a secure site I don’t have access to anymore and it continually asks for the password to login. How/where can I get these feeds deleted from.

Thanks


redwall_hp...

I’m a new NewsFire user. Previously, I used a custom-built web-based RSS reader. Having made the switch recently, I have a feature request:

I think it would be great if you added a syncing API, so web RSS reader developers could update their scripts so Newsfire would be able to sync feeds. Newsfire users would be able to edit their settings, adding-in the URL (and user credentials) of their web readers’ syncing script, allowing Newsfire to push and pull data to and from the server.


Vectorpedia...

I’m also a new Newsfire user……..thanks for all the info