iPad’s creator, Apple, is one of the leading companies that is on top of the world. For a device that can work perfectly, you must have an RSS newsreader in order to read the news or the magazine on the Web. It is surprising that iPad does not have a RSS newsreader yet. Instead, iPad has just updated the RSS reader of the iPhone. You have to re-learn in order to use this RSS newsreader.

Now you can browse and read the magazines or PDF files in a reasonable manner. There are a wide range of choices for the RSS fans. Reeder adds a unique UI to the mix and strikes a balance. Here, you can learn how the Reeder can be used by you each morning.


When you start the Reeder and enter the refresh button, it takes less than 13 seconds to quick test. While NetNewsWire on your desktop takes only about 35 seconds to do a similar task, and doesn’t even pull in your social feeds. If we compare this to the Reeder then it is unbelievable fast and next to nothing. There is also another thing which is confusing the beginner a lot. This is because they are familiar with mail- like lists on the left side while the articles are on the right side. There are small thumbnails that represent each folder of the feed. When we select the desired folder and click on it, all the information related to that folder becomes open in front of us. If we click outside instead, the stack expands and shows more thumbnails of the site and it just look like the pinching photos in Photos application.

Some other confusing elements are also present; there is a navigation bar at the left side that has three parts and these parts changes according to the context in it. Some icons are self-explanatory, but some of them take your time to figure out. We can only sort within the list view or stacks-view that are starred and are showing the unread items that are in the top section.


Once these have been expanded, you’ll see the number of articles on an icon for each feed. You can either see a preview of the headlines, or just tap to get a more familiar list. It looks a bit odd to start with but soon it becomes clear that this is a better approach to navigate lots of data than continual scrolling that is used in other such devices.

You can also sort by time or by feed, except if you are in a solitary feed in which case these disappear, depending on which of those you select. It is confusing to start with but with some practice it turns out to be a very graceful and smooth app. The designers have clearly put a lot of ideas into making an application which will be specific for the iPad.

You have to put some effort for learning its intricacies, but once you have done your homework, you will see that the Reeder is not only a Google Reader client. In fact, it is one of the most iPad-like-third party applications that we have seen from any company. Truly, it is unique and one of its kind.