RSS Bot is your perfect companion to keep up to date with all of your RSS feeds in a simple, sleek and friendly manner.
All the information to keep you updated is available at your fingertips through this brilliant FREE app.
RSS Bot lets you:
- Check RSS feeds straight from your menubar
- Get Mountain Lion notifications for new rss items
- Filter RSS feed items, so only articles that match your keywords are shown
- Set the app to start at login
- Change notification sounds
- Open with Readability
- Choose to set a time for automatically marking feeds as 'Read'
Note: After adding a new RSS feed, you wil begin to receive notifications for RSS items (news articles) that are posted after the date and time you added the feed. RSS Bot will not notify you of old news items (i.e. those posted on the RSS that are dated prior to the date/time you added the feed to the app).
We've spent a lot of time thinking about the details and fine tuning RSS Bot, in order to make it your perfect RSS feed reader app. We're sure that within a few days, you will begin to love our little creative touches. We plan on a very active development cycle, so please spread the word and send us any feedback you may have!
- Improved support with macOS Mojave
Ratings and Reviews
Works well for my intended use
I read a lot of authors, and try to keep on top of what they have written. To do this, I used to have to search them in my library every month or so. Once I had 20 authors, it got really tedious. I was searching everywhere for a simple to use RSS to keep me up to date, but none of the free ones were able to create a feed out of my library's website. I didn't want to pay since the whole point of a library is to read books for free. This one creates the feeds easily, and actually works. I have been notified three different times that a new book has been ordered. Now, I can relax with my books and know that when the series continue, I will know and be able to get my next installment.
Cons: It does not take me to the page when I "read" it. Once the feed is registered as read, you cannot see it again. (Doesn't bother me because it isn't something I have to refer back to, but be warned.) A little annoying opening a new tab when I ask to create an RSS feed, but that might not be this app.
Update, April 2019: Several previously-cleared stories showed up in Apple's feed, and these all opened properly in a web browser. New stories continue to work as well. Wherever the previous issue was between Apple's feed and RSS Bot, it appears to have been fixed, so I'm increasing my rating from 3 to 5 stars.
I love the concept of RSS Bot, to handle my most important handful of news feeds. But lately, the links fail on the most important one: Apple's own 'newsroom' RSS. The stories show up, but when clicked on, nothing opens. This happens when clicking on the menu bar app or the macOS notification (both High Sierra and Mojave, latest version, no change). Worse, the notification then disappears, so you've now lost the story. Some other feeds work as you'd expect, so it's probably some minor technicality. I'm a little surprised Fiplab doesn't test with Apple's own feed, though. Or maybe I'm not. When the app started up just now, it asked if I wanted to leave feedback. I did want to. It sent me to a 404 error page on Fiplab's website. When I search their support page for 'RSS' I get nothing. I hope they aren't planning to abandon this useful little app. I so want it to work. If it doesn't get some love by the time NetNewsWire is revived by its original developer (who just got it back), however, RSS Bot will be history here.
Overall, this app is great. But it has a couple of flaws.
1 - Every now and again, I find an RSS feed that it isn't compatible with.
2 - Clicking the episodes in most RSS feed apps opens a link to content, but some stories I try to access from my RSS Bot list just get removed from the list without opening the content
With Family Sharing set up, up to six family members can use this app.