As you might know from other of my blog posts, I have been using Caffeinated app from the very beginning when the first beta started. Before Caffeinated app I have used many other apps, like NetNewsWire, Reeder (when it was in beta), NewsRack, Syndication, Gruml, etc. I am a big fan of Google Reader and I had been trying to find the perfect app for my needs. With Caffeinated app I think I have found it.
Let's have a look in more detail.
The Main view
The main screen has a very familiar structure: the most left column with the list of subscription, the middle column with the news items, and on the right the news item view.
From the Send to... you can you can post the link to Twitter, Facebook, Instagram, etc.
The Search box is really fast and conveniently placed on top of the item list.
From the options point of view, you have plenty.
General settings have all the normal options you could expect from an RSS reader, including growl integration.
In the sync options, you can decide when you want to refresh, and you can go as fast as once every minute. You can select how many items to keep as well as maximum number to sync. One interesting setting is to cache all new item images, so you do not need to wait for images to load when you are viewing the articles making the reading experience much faster. And another option makes the app to sync all local changes before the app quits. I really like that Caffeinated syncs all messages including the ones that have been read in another device or Google Reader online.
In Article settings we have an option to disable all flash content that makes the articles loading faster. You can just click on the flash item and it will load the content immediately. There is a Pull for next article option but even I enabled it I didn't get it working (I am not sure if I am doing something wrong). If you enable the Developer Tools option, you can inspect page elements in the items like you can do in Safari. This can be useful if you are creating themes for it.
In the Interface options, you can have some user interface settings. I find useful the Unread items shortcut selects top down that I set unchecked to use spacebar to read articles from older to newer.
The Shortcuts is a nice addition for those who do not like to use the trackpad. It is user configurable and really convenient.
Here in the Themes you can select the theme that you want to use. By default there are two themes (Default and News Column), but if you want to add some more, check my themes Simple, OpenSans and the upcoming Newspaper.
The Plugins section shows all the services to send the articles to. As I remember the developer has opened the API so if you know how to program you can develop new plugins for it. Unfortunately I am not a programmer, so I haven't tried to create any. Plugins can be also easily access via shortcuts that you can configure here.
- User interface
- Open plugin architecture (I hope to see new plugins coming)
I don't like
- Still a little bit buggy
- Readability toggle feature does not work for many sites. It might need some improvement (or maybe integration of Instapaper or other service within the app).
If you are not sure yet if this is the app for you, try to the demo available at their site and if you are already convinced, go and buy it from the the Mac AppStore here. It is just 6.99€.