Detailed ArsTechnica review of Times, an attractive RSS newsreader that displays headlines and summary in a newspaper print-like layout.
Times’ main window… is easily one of the app’s greatest strengths. Eschewing the current standard of a left sidebar containing feeds with a central content area for browsing articles, Times separates itself from the pack by donning the physical appearance of a newspaper (other pages popping out from behind the main window is an appreciated touch of polish).
Clearly, Times is a unique RSS reader, probably less for the power RSS user, and more for the typical Mac user who finds NetNewsWire to be daunting. It’s yet another way to gather, store, retrieve yet more information.
Too much information, however, is perhaps Times’ greatest achilles’ heel. Times’ layout for each Page essentially contains three main sections for feeds, the most prominent area being the top left section which can hold a single feed, with the other two areas tacking on extra feeds in the order that you add or manually arrange them.
What we want is quick, elegant access to information that we control. That’s the beauty of RSS, often lost in the typical RSS reader which provides a ‘more is less’ interface.
Times excels at bringing some great ideas to the RSS table, wrapped up in a refreshing UI that offers a bird’s-eye view of what’s going on.
My NoodleMac review when Times was released.