• Editor Rating

  • Rated 3.5 stars
  • Very Good

  • Dayspring
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  • Last modified: Dec 2, 2013

Review Summary:

PROS: Very basic. Good performance, fast and reliable. CONS: No advanced features like sharing, keyboard shortcuts, or OSX notifications.

Even though RSS feeds aren’t as popular as a few years back, there’s still very large user base interested in RSS clients and their capabilities. Since Google Reader was discontinued, many users decided to look for a new RSS client which will be able to handle their existing subscriptions, which created some space for third party developers. This is why we’ve seen so many new RSS clients released on the Mac App Store, where some of them managed to achieve respectable ratings.

During the last couple of months we brought you several reviews of newly released RSS clients, as well as some reviews of older popular applications. In case you’re searching for the next best RSS application, than I recommend looking into our existing articles. Today we are bringing you a review of recently released Dayspring.

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Dayspring is your personal RSS feed reader, as its developer claims. This is probably one of the newest applications of this kind which could be found on the Mac App Store, and it’s priced at $3. Continue reading to see what this application offers and if you should take a closer look or search elsewhere.

Once I opened Dayspring for the first time I was greeted with an old-fashioned OSX interface. It resembles Apple’s Mail in many aspects, which is not a bad thing. We’ve recently seen numerous very minimalistic and flat RSS readers, so it’s interesting to see this side of design as well. With this said, I guess some people will embrace flat design and minimalism, while others will lean towards traditional OSX design.

As you can expect, Dayspring brings a large customizable toolbar, and there are three columns right beneath it, just like in Apple’s Mail. You’ll get to see your inbox of RSS feeds, as well as folders with your subscriptions in the left-positioned sidebar, newly downloaded RSS feeds in the middle part, and the article you’re currently reading in the largest column. What’s interesting to mention is that Dayspring is able of creating tabs, so you can open folders or feeds in several tabs. This can be a great way of reading articles and organizing your workspace, so this is something that I believe is very functional.

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When it comes to Dayspring, it’s clear that this is a very typical RSS reader. This means that you can keep track of your subscriptions and read articles, but that’s pretty much it. There are no sharing capabilities, smart and useful keyboard shortcuts, and there’s no syncing as well. I also need to mention that Dayspring doesn’t support OSX Notification Center, which feels like missed opportunity. This doesn’t mean that Dayspring in not a good and useful application, since it does bring very good foundations, but there’s space for further improvement and additional features.

So if you like keeping track of your RSS subscriptions and reading RSS feeds, then you’ll be happy with this application. In case you’re looking for some advanced features, then I would recommend looking elsewhere.


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