The Return of NetNewsWire

By Daniel Pasco

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Given the discontinuation of Google Reader, I wanted to take a moment to talk about our plans for NetNewsWire.

First, we intend to bring sync to future versions of NetNewsWire. It's too soon to go into details about this, but you should know that we recognize how extremely important it is and that it is a top priority for us.

Second, even though we've been quiet about it, we have been working on new versions of NetNewsWire for Mac, iPhone, and iPad. We have some great new features and a modern design that we can't wait to show you.

Our intent when we acquired NetNewsWire was to give it just as much love and attention as we recently gave to Kaleidoscope 2. Much of last year was spent on moving NetNewsWire for Mac forward to keep up with the times, and we completely rewrote the iPhone and iPad versions of it from scratch.

As far as sync is concerned, we knew we would likely need an alternative to Google Reader as early as last year. At the time, the option that seemed to make the most sense was to embrace iCloud and Core Data as the new sync solution of choice. We spent a considerable amount of time on this effort, but iCloud and Core Data syncing had issues that we simply could not resolve.

iCloud hasn't worked out for us and Google's announcement solidified and accelerated our plans. We love NetNewsWire and its users and we are working hard to provide an update on par with the quality of work you've seen from us in Kaleidoscope 2.

We will keep you up to date as NetNewsWire development progresses and look forward to shipping new versions that are worthy of the name and history you have come to expect. We're excited to share these with you, and we hope you'll love them just as much as we do.

Daniel Pasco

Daniel Pasco

Daniel is the CEO of Black Pixel. He tweets at @dlpasco.