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Reeder for Mac is back! You can download the free beta right now right now.

The popular desktop RSS reader, called the best Mac RSS reader by this and other prominent websites, stopped working when Google Reader shut down last summer. A new version has been in development ever since, with numerous delays.

That’s over now: a characteristically minimalistic tweet announced a free public beta last week.

The app itself is everything you remember Reeder to be, but with support for more services.

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The interface gets a few refinements, alongside new transition animations. Even with this, the app run quickly.

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Noticeably lacking is the ability to share to Evernote, though more integrations are on their way. Of course, half a year is a long time to wait. We’ve since claimed that Readkit is the perfect Reeder replacement Is ReadKit The Perfect Reeder Replacement For Mac? (Yes) Is ReadKit The Perfect Reeder Replacement For Mac? (Yes) Still looking for the perfect Mac RSS reader? It's here. Read More , and pointed out numerous desktop alternatives to Google Reader Replace Reader: 3 Best Desktops RSS Clients for Mac OS X Replace Reader: 3 Best Desktops RSS Clients for Mac OS X Bring your RSS feeds back to the Mac. Here are the best programs for the job. Read More . More than a few users have moved on from Reeder at this point.

My question: did you install an alternative to Reeder? If so, are you still planning on buying the app when the Free beta is over? Fill me in in the comments below.

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  1. Carlos Romero
    May 25, 2014 at 2:56 am

    I was a great fan of Reeder, but now I am totally in love with Feedly.
    Reeder is like a girlfriend/boyfriend that we had in the past and was forgotten forever.

  2. Josh
    April 23, 2014 at 10:36 am

    As good as Reeder was (and perhaps still is), I have to say it was too late for me - developers can't expect their audiences to wait 6 months for a replacement. I moved to ReadKit - it does all I need, and will be sticking with it.

  3. GosiaM
    April 14, 2014 at 11:23 am

    Thanks for this news!

  4. David
    April 13, 2014 at 3:12 pm

    Reeder had a wonderful user interface and was probably my favorite RSS solution that I’ve encountered over the years. I went with NetNewsWire when Reeder shut down; version 4 (still technically in beta) came very close to Reeder’s overall presentation of information.

    The screenshots have me intrigued about this new version of Reeder, but I doubt that I’ll switch. I’ve already put money into NetNewsWire, which took a few days to get used to and is now a delight to use. Also, the incredibly slow turn-around time on Reeder is a huge turn-off to putting money into that program. We all had a fair amount of advance notice of Google Reader’s shutdown (first announced in March 2013; the full shutdown occurred in July 2013). It has taken slightly more than one year for a beta-version replacement to be released. iOS received its updates much more quickly, but OS X is where most of my newsreader activity occurs. I don’t mention this as a slight against the program author, but my newsreader is easily one of my most-used programs, and it is not reassuring to see that the program doesn’t receive high priority from its author. The NetNewsWire team is very responsive by comparison, which instills confidence in their program. I am happy to put money into it because I feel that they will work quickly to fix any problems that may arise.

  5. d0gg
    April 13, 2014 at 2:55 pm

    This is a tough one. I LOVED Reeder this to read my news! It was, IMHO, the best app to use to organize and read it all.

    Then it went away when google decided to drop their RSS service. Here we are 6 months later and I have moved on. ReadKit moved in and does exactly what I need and then some.

    I will probably give the beta a try, but unless there is something amazing, I won't be paying the money when it is released.

    To little, to late.

    • Justin P
      April 13, 2014 at 9:46 pm

      I think a lot of people feel the same way as you.

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