Love RSS feeds? So do we!!
RSS feeds are a great way to follow updates on your favorite website. However, some sites set up their feeds to only show a portion of each entry, you know, to get you to click through to their actual website. We find that really annoying, and we're sure you do too.
Which is why, unlike other RSS feed readers, that either push you into a browser (in-app or otherwise), or depend on third party text parsing services and require you to be online to fetch the full text of one article at a time (which makes it no different from having to click/tap through to a website), in lire, you get your favorite RSS feeds as they should've been. You don't need to click through to any website (though, you do still have the option to, if you really wanted). It takes your favorite partial feeds, does it's magic, and converts them in to full feeds, so you don't have to click/tap on those annoying 'Read more' or 'Continue reading' links.
Once they're cached, you don't even need to be connected to read your full-text feeds.
Use as a standalone feed reader,
sync with any of the several services: Feedly, Feedbin, FeedHQ, The Old Reader, Inoreader, BazQux Reader, Newsblur, Feed Wrangler, FreshRSS, Miniflux, Nextcloud News, Tiny Tiny RSS.
- iCloud Server Mode: Allows you to use your Mac only as an iCloud server for lire on other devices connected to the same iCloud account. In server mode, the app acts as a server for seeding your iCloud account for consumption on other devices. Server mode preserves system resources by disabling majority of the app's UI, along with full-text caching & image caching (if enabled). Enable it in Settings > Sync > iCloud > Server Mode (NOTE: Server mode is only available when iCloud Sync Mode is selected).
- Ability to send articles to Omnivore: Available in Swipe Actions, as a Toolbar Shortcut, and in context menus.
- Bionic Reading®: Our old license for Bionic Reading® has expired, and, it has been determined that new license will unfortunately not be compatible with lire's business model.
- A bug that could cause certain articles to open up in the incorrect view mode.
- Other minor bug fixes.
Previously in Version 3.0.0
- Newsletter Mode (re-written from ground up): Some sync services (like Feedbin), and some 3rd Party services (like kill-the-newsletter.com) allow you to read Newsletters in your RSS reader. In Newsletter mode, articles are rendered as is, without applying lire's internal styling, this is especially useful for reading newsletters (most of which include their styling inline). Feeds that are known to be Newsletters are automatically set to open their articles in Newsletter mode. You can also set specific feed to open their articles in Newsletter Mode in Settings > Article > Reading > Open in.
Newsletter Mode has been tested to work with :-
-- kill-the-newsletter.com (Full support in Standalone mode, with iCloud sync, Feedbin & Feedly) (Partial support with BazQux, Inoreader & The Old Reader)
-- Newsblur (Full support)
-- Feedbin (Full support except sender's email address)
-- Inoreader [Pro] (Supported, but does not include some inline styling & sender's email address)
-- Feedly [Pro+] (Supported, but does not include some inline styling & sender's email address)
- Open articles in Inline Webpage: Some sites prevent scraping of their content by lire's full-text parser because of various reasons, while some other sites put their content behind paywalls, or login-walls. Inline Webpage provides a more reasonable way to read the content of these websites than was previously possible with In-app browser/Safari-View-Controller, or the Safari app, or some 3rd party web browser. You can set specific feed to open their articles in Inline Webpage in Settings > Article > Reading > Open in.
- Open articles in Default Browser: Open articles directly in Safari (or any other app that you set as your system default browser). You can set specific feed to open their articles in Default Browser in Settings > Article > Reading > Open in.
- Full-text Search (Experimental): Allows the in-app search engine to look in every article's body and full-text (if cached). Set it up in Settings > General > Search > Full-text Search.
- Ability to disable Spotlight indexing/search. Set it up in Settings > General > Search > Spotlight.
- "3 Days" option in all app-wide "Mark older as read" menus.
- Widgets on Desktop on macOS Sonoma.
- Hot Links now open in the new Inline Webpage view.
- Support for rendering of embedded 'X' (formally Twitter) & Instagram content.
- The way the app reports & displays errors related to Inoreader's Rate Limits.
- A bug that caused an intermittent crash while opening some articles.
- Tons of minor (and major) bug fixes.
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Ratings and Reviews
Great reader that needs more polish
Let me start by saying that I love using this app. I want to use it as my primary reader but it's pretty unstable and the performance of basic functions can be hit or miss. Here are a few examples. The app sometimes just crashes while caching images. Sometimes image thumbnails do not appear and it require closing and reopening the app for them to appear (This happens on the iOS version as well). The album very can be painfully slow to load if the post has more than 5 images or based on image quality. Images pulled up on in the image viewer disappear when you try to zoom in (You must view them in preview to be able to zoom). There are some other pain points as well but I don't want to sound like I'm being hyper critical.
As a reader it does really well considering it uses iCloud and doesnt have a backend service that collects articles for you. I love that it is not subscription based, but it still needs a lot of polish, it can feel rough around the edges at times. Again with some more polish and refinement I think it can take the place of Reeder (Particulalry becasuse the Dev is repsonsive to customer inquires which demonstrates that they care about the app).
Where are the updates?
I read a review that said this is one of the best Mac RSS apps. I'd agree, but the app hasn't been updated in 4 months and is completely breaking in Big Sur.
If you're thinking of purchasing, wait until you see it has been updated.
Developer Response ,
Updates are coming.
Big Sur is in beta, I can not release a fix for a bug on an unreleased OS. If you're an advanced enough user to be using an unreleased version of macOS, you should've already known that.
Excellent rss reader
I have had several RSS readers over the last ten years, and this is an excellent one, that is also updated frequently. I had an issue with the app crashing constantly, and the developer worked with me to correct the issue (it was not obvious what the cause was).
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- Kunal Sood
- 34 MB
- Requires macOS 11.0 or later.
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