I’ve been in the market for a new RSS reader for a while. I used to use NetNewsWire, and started, back in 2009, looking for a replacement. Recently, though, I was having problems with my Mac freezing, and they only occurred when I scrolled through lists of articles in NetNewsWire. I have since dumped the program, (in part because the developer of NetNewsWire expects me to create a Google account to get support – yes, I paid for NetNewsWire. I went over to Vienna, but I’m not totally satisfied.
So when I saw an article about NewsRack, I was interested. No need for Google Reader (a deal-breaker), tabbed browsing, and a nice interface. However, am I really prepared to dump $7 on a program that may not be for me? In my tests of other RSS readers, it generally took me about three minutes to decide which ones I don’t want to use, and I really don’t feel like tossing away $7 for such a privilege.
The lack of demo versions is a serious weakness of the Mac App Store. For a $2 program, I probably wouldn’t hesitate, but once it gets up to $5 or so – not to mention the many programs at $20, $30 or more – I’m not taking that kind of a chance. Some developers offer “lite” versions of their apps, and this is a good idea. But Apple really needs to provide a demo function to reassure users that they won’t feel cheated if they buy an app that doesn’t work for them.Posted: 2/8/2011 by kirk | Filed under: Apple & Mac OS X | Tags: Apple | 2 Comments »