Vienna

Version: 3.0.0 RC 9 :48569cc: || Release Date: 2014-10-19 || License: Other Open Source Developer: Steve Palmer, Jeff Johnson, Michael Stroeck | App Owner: mstroeck

The richly-featured free and open source RSS/Atom reader for the Mac. Keep up to date with all your favorite blogs.

Vienna is a freeware, open source RSS/Atom newsreader for the Mac OS X operating system. It provides features comparable to commercial newsreaders, but both it and the source code are freely available for download.

A summary of some of its features:

  • Subscribe to Atom/RSS news feeds and podcasts.
  • Simple and intuitive user interface.
  • Built-in tabbed browser.
  • Smart folders for organising related feed articles.
  • Custom article display styles.
  • Three separate reading layouts.
  • Blogging integration.
  • Filter the displayed articles.
  • Manual reordering of the subscription list.
  • Full AppleScript support.
  • Localised into several languages.

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43 Opinions

This is a mature, well-rounded, solid feed reader - I was so happy to find it because I was so displeased by everything out there. I needed my feeds synced amongst my Macs, yet most if not all of the others had eliminated syncing except to their servers; granted I do have a jimmy-rigged sync set up, but a couple symlinks take care of business and I've never had any data loss. Syncing my feeds to a third party is just another opportunity for my data to be mined... sorry, Google's got all I have to give. (And what is with all this Google Reader integration everywhere?) It's a native Mac app so aesthetically it's pleasant to look at for all the hours I spend looking at it as it doesn't stick out like a sore thumb; functionally, it works like a native Mac app. Built in web-kit browser, which operates in private browsing mode by default, is tremendous - saves having to look at a page to be properly rendered in an external browser. Highly recommended.

A solid alternative to NetNewsWire. I prefer more height-space between lines from the latter. Luckily you can change the CSS in Vienna to suit your preferred typography.
Conclusion? They're just the same. Vienna is free, it won't sell your email address (like NetNewsWire) and the icon is much better :)

Hey, i would appreciate a build-in Rss to iCal converter. Vienna is very nice, but visual events aren't bad too.
i'm unable to convert any rss feed scheme from Vienna (using Applescript)

This is possibly my favorite application on my macbook - certainly the most used. It's the best available RSS reader you can currently get. A bit more frequent development updates wouldn't go astray though...

I like this app....bit of a memory hog though.

Version 2.2.2 has a bug in smart folders if using non ansi characters (eg: accents, umlauts), you can read about it and download a build that fixes it in the forums

Simple yet highly functional, Vienna has shrugged off its old brushed-metal interface. RSS reading is a crowded field, but Vienna does just what I want, and I see no reason to play the field.

One of my everyday must-have apps!

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