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Google’s recent announcement that it will be shutting down Google Reader on July 1 is causing just a bit of consternation for its devoted users. I have never been a big user of Google Reader (although it did act as the backbone for the feed reader I used on iOS). Most of my RSS reading is through Vienna on my Mac. If you have been a Google Reader user; have depended on apps that depended on Google Reader, or are just looking for a decent free news reader, here are a few options:

Vienna

Vienna

NetNewsWire

NetNewsWire

RSSOwl

RSSOwl


While you can subscribe to feeds directly through each of the apps, you may also want to subscribe via Safari. For example, let’s say you are reading an article by a columnist on the New York Times’s website and decide you want regular updates. One way to do this would be to copy the link and then open your RSS reader of choice. Another way is to have Safari handle it. Safari did have this as a built-in capability until the release of Safari 6. You can regain this feature by installing an extension created by Red Sweater/MarsEdit software developer Daniel Jalkut. Installation instructions can be found at RedMondPie. The installation is pretty much a download and a double-click. Once the extension is installed, you simply navigate to the blog you are interested in following, click the RSS button now installed on Safari’s button bar. Safari will then copy the RSS feed, open your preferred RSS reader, and begin downloading posts.

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