They say the Lord giveth and the Lord taketh away. What comes around goes around. And then there’s the Golden Rule: Them that gots the gold gets to rule.
Right now, Apple rules, and the company is no stranger to ripping out useful features and replacing them with nothing. In the case of Safari 6, that’s almost true.
Safari 6 for OS X Lion and Mountain Lion is missing the once built-in RSS reader and subscription button. Apple is more enamored with the modern and simple eye candy in Reader than with technology from the last century like RSS.
Granted, the Reader button and the Reading List component in Safari are nice additions; certainly beneficial for the masses who still can’t spell RSS. The problem with Apple dumping RSS entirely is that many Mac users, perhaps a few million, actually use Safari and other RSS reader apps.
So, where’s the RSS discovery button in Safari 6?
It’s been scuttled in favor of the Reader and Reading List duo (syncing the Reading List between devices is a good touch, though).
How can you get the RSS discovery button back? Save up your nickels and dimes, because once you see the price tag on the RSS Menu Extension for Safari you’ll still have all the nickels and dimes you saved.
RSS Menu Extension for Safari is free.
Install it on your Mac and the Safari 6 toolbar gets a little RSS discovery button. When you visit a web site that has discoverable RSS feeds, the RSS button flashes a red badge.
Here’s what it looks like when visiting my site.
Click the RSS button in Safari’s toolbar and select the appropriate RSS feed.
Once you’ve discovered and selected an RSS feed, the RSS Menu Extension for Safari will open your default RSS reader and insert the subscription URL.
Open Preferences in Safari to change the settings for RSS Menu.
That’s it. The extension works well with Google Reader, NetNewsWire, Vienna or any other default RSS reader. And it’s free.