Cream is the first newsreader to offer junk filtering. It learns what you like by monitoring your reading habits, and helps you get on top of your feeds by skimming off the creamiest stories.
Throw in as many feeds as you like: Cream will sort out the sweet from the sour, so you only need see the premium content.
Cream also works great as a companion to full-featured news readers. Use Cream when you're short of time, and another reader for a complete scan later.
HOW IT WORKS
Cream uses technology developed for junk mail filtering to sift out stories tailored to your taste. When you click on a story, Cream flags it as a good story. If you ignore a story, Cream will mark it as uninteresting. The text and links of the stories get scanned, and used to judge the 'creaminess' of future stories.
The beauty of this approach is that you don't have to do anything out of the ordinary. You simply read the stories that interest you, and Cream learns what you like, and helps relieve the burden of sifting through uninteresting material.
HOW SMART IS IT?
Cream is pretty smart. It can learn whether or not you like a particular news feed (e.g., Daring Fireball), or a given topic (e.g., Presidential Elections), but it goes deeper than that: Cream can correlate different types of data. For example, Cream could learn that from all the stories in the Macworld news feed, you like posts written by The Macalope the most.
IMPORT AND EXPORT
Adding your existing news feeds to Cream couldn't be easier, because you can import from OPML files, which are used by almost all feed readers. You can also export your feeds for use in other apps.
Cream is designed to be as lightweight as possible. If you want to read a story immediately, one click will open it in Safari. If you want to postpone, Cream has built-in support for read-it-later services like Pocket, Instapaper, and Readability, as well as Safari's Reading List.
SORT AND SCREEN
Subtle colors are used to highlight the best stories, and you can sort based on creaminess, source feed, and date. Filters allow you to sift out what you have already read or seen, and limit the total number of stories displayed.
Cream 1.3.5 is minor update focused on bug fixes and performance improvements:
- Fixed: rare crash during refresh of unread article list.
- Fixed: misleading menu title within the Help menu.
- macOS 10.12 Sierra compatible.
- Requires macOS 10.10 or later.
- Various performance optimisations.
Ratings and Reviews
This app is full of bugs and doesn’t work as advertised. Save your money. Update - in Sierra all you can do is force quit the app — what garbage!
Not what I hoped for
Look, they're on the right track, but it's not there. I gave it a shot and I was disappointed - I like my news always available and in the background, not in a windowed application that I have to switch to. I'll stick to NewsBar for now - that’s what i call simple. Attached to my desktop and always there if I want to use it. If cream were to use that type of model for the interface so its attached or even docked constantly I'd consider giving it another shot.
I feel misled mecause the pictures of the app look like that’s exactly what the interface was, and I was excited about it. I know that refunds cannot be had, but I'll be honest I wish I had my 5 bucks back - straight to AppDelete, enjoy my $5 and another lesson learned. Sorry guys.
Gorgeous. Beautiful. Simple.
The only "bug" I've noticed is some articles with stupidly long titles may wrap at character level, rather than word level. Meaning I saw something like this:
This is a really, really stupidly long arti
cle title that is not wrapping right
The interface is gorgeous and it appears to be using the Readability mobilizer (THANK YOU!!!)
One major deficiency: I understand not live-syncing with Google (I'm used to that, but hooray just the same). HOWEVER, a serious feature request I BEG you, Mr. Developer to put to the top of your list: iCloud syncing between devices.
I use my newsreader on my laptop at the office, but also on my iMac at home when I telecommute. So, it's a pain in the rear-end to have to "filter" through the stuff I already have read through the last eight or ten hours through the day when I get home onto my iMac and look for updated feeds, etc.
So: iCloud sync would solve the headache switching between my Macbook Air and my desktop iMac.
For potential buyers of this app: it's beautiful, functional, easy to use. Awesome little app at this price. NOTE: It does not have the ability to share to your social services, but the big ones are already built into OS X M.Lion (and I personally already use "Sharetastic" - available in Mac App Store). This little app is spot-on. I give it FIVE STARS.
However, I deduct ONE STAR for lack of iCloud syncing between devices.
With Family Sharing set up, up to six family members can use this app.