RSS feeds for the creative Mac user

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With all the fantastic sites for creatives and Mac users out there, it can be overwhelming, if not just plain difficult, to keep up with the latest news, tips and more, especially if you’re using your Web browser.

The answer to this problem is RSS.

RSS, which stands for Really Simple Syndication, is a great way to make your online reading easy, fast and exciting because it allows you to “collect” all the latest headlines from your favorite blogs, news sites and more into one easy to browse through location. All you need is an RSS reader. I recommend NetNewsWire, but you might also want to look at NewsFire, NewsLife, Vienna or Shrook.

There are a ton of great feeds I could direct you to, but I decided to offer a list of the key feeds I subscribe to and read on a regular basis. Since some of these sites might not be familiar to you, clicking on the site name will take directly to the site; if you click on the RSS icon, it will open the feed in your news reader (Safari is the default for OS X, unless you change it in Safari’s preferences). If you want to open the entire list in a program like NetNewsWire or NewsFire, you can download the .opml file or a text file of all the feed links (Control-click on the link and select “Download linked file” from the pop-up menu). We have also uploaded a .zip file of the RSS feeds as Web location (.webloc) files, which you can open directly or drag into your Bookmarks window in Safari.

General creative sites

Digital Photography School
Be A Design Group
Rookie Designer
Designers Who Blog


Vendor- and application-specific sites

Manage This: The Extensis Blog
InDesign Secrets
Adobe Blogs
Creative Guy
Photoshop Support Blog
Real World Illustrator
Layers Magazine Tip of the Day


Mac-specific sites

Tips For Mac
The Apple Blog
Creative Notes
The Unofficial Apple Weblog
OS X Support Topics



Daring Fireball
Smashing Magazine

If you have a favorite RSS feed, please share it in the comments—one can never have too many!

[As noted above, James Dempsey runs the Creative Guy blog, which offers tips, tricks and opinion on a variety of design topics.] [Updated 23:30, June 21, to add link for Safari feed file.]

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