Times

Version: 1.1.5 || Release Date: 2009-08-30 || License: Shareware ($30) Developer: Acrylic Software | App Owner: dmacdonald

Times presents news feeds in a visual newspaper format that is always up to date with news from the sources you want.

Times is a new type of newsreader for Mac OS X Leopard. Instead of treating news like email (as most RSS readers do), Times presents you with headlines and photos from a variety of sources all in one place, letting you more easily discover the news you want to read. Like your own personal newspaper, you can put feeds into separate areas, create pages for different subjects, and more.

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29 Opinions

This app is like a car with Porsche body but broken scooter engine on it.
Just doesn't work!!!

I agree with previous speakers. Constant crashes on my mac have resulted in it being uninstalled. Might give the 1.1 version another try when it comes around.

It crashes most of the time

Just wanted to note that there is nothing inherently 'limited' in Times other than the fact that it is a 1.0 product and growing. We're always open to suggestions and feature requests ([email protected]), but labeling Times as 'crippleware' or suggesting it is a beta product is simply misleading and wrong.

It's a nice looking interface, but the functionality is limited... I'll stick to NetNewsReader. $30??? For limited functionality This should be Beta at the least. I label it crippleware...

Nice idea... still needs work.

Just to note, I think the developer has clearly worked to make it more stable, and it doesn't crash nearly so much now and I can easily leave it in the background without too much bother.
I really like how it works and the whole idea behind it. You need to approach it with an open mind, and not be wanting to use it just like NetNewsWire or whatever (I used endo before).
I seriously cut down the amount of feeds I had, and then grouped them much more rigorously, so I found I had enough feeds in a 'Politics' group to fill more than one page in Times, so split it into sections (World, U.S., U.K. and Europe) I did a few more pages, so I guess with about five or six feeds page I probably subscribe to at least forty feeds, across eight pages.
I turned off marking new articles, because I didn't really want it - it kinda interferes with the whole way I read now with this. I also turned the page curl off, as pretty as it is, it kinda got in the way.
Since I got this I started to spread my feeds around, more applicable to the application. Some work very well in Mail.app I feel, a few in Safari and I now use XTorrent for rss torrent feeds.
This app is great if you look at it as almost starting again with your RSS, but if you really don't want to live without being able to skim over 5000 technology blogs, then it certainly isn't for you.

Great interface and nice functionalities.
but this thing is still very much in Beta state. It crashes repeatedly, not just the program but twice brought down my macbook. You can file as many bug reports but the developer never replies.

My recommendation - WAIT for version 2.
Definitely doesn't deserve $30 for what it is.

30 bucks for an RSS reader? Even if it would make coffee along with it that's too much, considering what it does. And it'll have to compete with the now free NetNewsWire. 15 bucks and I would probably consider it, once it's out of its growing pains.

I really like this RSS reader. The way I see it, this isn't an RSS reader for those who want to read every little article, but for those who just browse headlines and such; wanting just to keep up with what's going on rather than reading up on the details. Good idea and well implemented. As for the crashing issues, I haven't been running into them, but I've been barely been using it.

For my own personal use, I'd just use NetNewsWire for all of the feeds that I want to read all the way through and Times for feeds on subjects that I'm not as interested in, but would like to know about (Politics, Entertainment, etc...).

Note: I haven't bought the app, but I probably will at some point in the future.

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