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Google’s decision to close Google Reader is the best thing to happen to the newsreader industry in a long time. Case in point: ReadKit 2.0 for Mac (at the Mac App Store), a full-featured newsreading client that supports a growing myriad of services.
And ReadKit is well-equipped to meet your newsreading needs. It supports Feedly, NewsBlur, Feed Wrangler, Feedbin, and read-later services like Pocket and Instapaper; it even downloads feeds on its own without a sync service. You can save and share articles via the services OS X supports natively like Twitter and Facebook, as well as via Instapaper, Pocket, Readability, Pinboard, and Delicious. It also does a good job of supporting the unique features of some services, such Pocket’s separate filters for regular articles, videos, and image links that you saved to view later.
ReadKit brings a great deal of style and customizable features to the newsreading table, while keeping most of it out of your way until you want it. It’s a great app for the post-Google-Reader world.
David has been covering Apple and how to get the most out of its products since 2005. Now a freelance tech writer, he runs Finer Things in Tech, jots down thoughts at DavidChartier.com, occasionally starts outlining the great American tech novel, and might still get to snowboard Breckenridge one more time.