The code is open source and actively developed, which gives me peace of mind when I pay my yearly subscription.
On my Mac I tried liking Reeder 3, but TBH NewsBlur’s web interface is better. Reeder can use NewsBlur’s API and the syncing between mobile and desktop is nice to have.
NewsBlur’s author has been very responsive to issues and has been actively improving the service.
I also tried self-hosting various web solutions but it’s too much of a hassle, a constant security risk and paying for a VPS ends up being more expensive.
 There are a bunch of tools that can do this, but I'm going to give a totally unbiased recommendation for https://github.com/zsau/feedmail/
The free NewsBlur does remove unread items older than 7 days or so I believe but the paid version raises that up to a month or so.
Through the combination I get a very good sync of my read, and starred items and Reeder 3 offers some nifty integrations with services like Pinboard and a decent built-in browser and a 'text only' version of the website which makes it easier to read in a small screen.
And an RSS reader? I'm starting to get the feeling that Mac apps are stuck in 2005.
Say all you want about Microsoft or Electron, but VS Code is the only developer app on my computer that doesn't feel out of place or have a strange and outdated UI. I don't care that it's consuming the resources of my cheap desktop computer slightly faster than another app might, it gets the job done and it's intuitive and works well.
I still use it from time to time even though I know that it's probably at the end of it's life.
VS Code feels nothing like any other app on my Mac.
The window chrome doesn't look like a Mac app. Resizing a window resizes like an app from the 90s (content doesn't layout until the resize finishes, only the window border resizes live). The scroll bars aren't consistent with any other app, neither are the tabs. Scrolling content doesn't overscroll and rubberband like other scroll views.
You might personally prefer the UI in VS Code, but it is the poster child for "strange UI" on that platform.
(Other than that, it seems completely natural for a feed reader to be a web app. Not sure what the fuss is about.)
RSS is just a niche product, bring it up with your average user and they probably won't know what you're talking about. I'm just glad these apps are still around. Maybe we'll once get a resurgence like Podcasts.
I think we’re just conditioned to expect super frequent updates for everything every few weeks. Reeder is old school that way.
Having said that I only use it on iOS. On the Mac I use Feedly in a browser.
The one thing I wish it had was a webview that would honor my content blockers; I think it's still using an outdated webview API on macOS.
If there's an app with subscription pricing where I know it's a sustainable app for the developer and it'll get adapted to support new macOS features (or updated APIs like you said) then I'm happy to do that. I don't need updates every month, I just want to know that if there's a problem the developer will deal with it at some point.
And this is precisely why it's insane and counterproductive to have unread counts on an RSS feed.
Don't obsess over reading every last article. It's a feed. Read what looks interesting. Let other things go. Don't track what you've read or what you've missed. There's nothing down that path but frustration and stress.
And yet, almost no RSS developers see the wisdom in this, and they prefer to embrace the dumb idea with open arms.
I absolutely want to see every post of my friend's blog that has a post every few months. What I don't care about is to get every single MacRumors post with the latest gossip because that would make up about 15 items / day. I've seen some of the hosted solutions going into that direction but there doesn't seem to be a self-hosted or app doing that yet.
I handle this by subdividing my feeds into useful categories- a feature which every RSS client supports.
My friend's blogs are placed in a category alongside other low-volume feeds. I never miss a post.
I found a project similar to this, but unfortunately I can't find it again. Rawdog is a little rough around the edges, but worth a try.
We should all switch to subscriptions for apps that we use seriously, to avoid this exact problem.
My only complaint would be I’d prefer to use the native share sheet, not have to go through the Reeder one to get to the native one. But that’s not a huge problem. And I think Reeder may predate useful share sheets in iOS.
This happened a lot on High Sierra, and the Mojave beta has made it much worse (although that is to be expected).
Feedbin, however, is just fantastic. Easily the best service I've been using for years, along with Pinboard.
Of course I'd wish Reeder was more actively developed, but thinking about it there simply isn't anything missing. And if OP is dissatisfied with the available RSS clients there's always Feedbin's web interface.
I have feeds. They have posts. I read (some). The end.
There's nothing I'm missing, nothing that's broken. Complaining just about missing updates probably explains why the author never got to read anything: he was too busy fiddling with the reading experience.
This seems a little weird, no? Reeder's a one time purchase, not a subscription service or anything, so it seems kinda strange to be so worried about "a sign of life" for it. Lots of software used every day live in "maintenance only" or even "not maintained mode".
Software applications are never "complete", but at some point we can stop fiddling all the time.
I only use it for Youtube subscriptions though, so that I don't need a Google account to follow channels I like.
I'm working with the author to make a feed summary page like some other readers have, if you prefer to see things collapsed that way.
There are some nice self-hosted RSS aggregators but in the end I just 'solved' this problem by subscribing to Inoreader. Its web app is convenient, resource-friendly and has more features than I will ever need. Their Android app also looks very polished. It is reliable to fetch article contents for header only feeds and because most RSS feeds are just pointers to web content I am just fine with not having a native app on my Mac/PC.
I used to use Pulse, but it was bought by LinkedIn and completely messed up after that. Then I switched to using Apple News to follow some sites. But News is not a proper RSS reader as such, and Apple has done little to improve it since it was released with iOS 9 — still supported and available only in a few countries, cannot add RSS feeds, cannot find certain sites through a search, and very weird bugs if one switches the region setting. It's basically abandonware, as far as feature richness and expansion are concerned. Three years on, I still don't understand why the app cannot be available worldwide and work as a feed reader too.
I've tried Flipboard, but I don't like the fancy magazine-like layout and navigation (which I find unintuitive).
I ended up switching to the slightly more modern Liferea a couple months ago. https://lzone.de/liferea/ I don't like the interface quite as much but it's workable.
Can anyone recommend a good online newsreader that has a solid docker deployment? NewsBlur looked promising, but their app requires four setup steps to be executed in the terminal. I'd like something that gets pretty close to Twelve-Factor deployment.
I wish ReadKit didn't seem abandoned. Great keyboard shortcuts, Pocket integration, and no attempts to algorithmically sort items. I wonder if this is another app that got hurt by the lack of upgrade pricing in the Mac App Store. I'd pay again if I could.
Would love some feedback!
It's open source and looks awesome: https://github.com/getstream/winds
"Looks awesome"? As the CEO/Founder of the company that makes it, have you not tried it?
What about running TT-RSS locally and fetching from it with FeedTheMonkey? Probably the same limitations, but I put it out there.
still works perfectly for me...
If anyone has any suggestions for a FOSS selfhosted sync backend, I'd appreciate them.
Fever is mentioned by a (main?) developer in one of the issues (dated 2013)
We had some issues with Wordpress a year ago and I haven’t got around to finishing the site.
Lack of screenshots usually indicates to me that the interface is probably not worth showing.