SOURCE: NewsGator

May 10, 2006 08:00 ET

NewsGator Launches New Version of Premier Desktop RSS Aggregator NetNewsWire for Mac OS X

NetNewsWire 2.1 Delivers Several Enhancements in Performance and Function and Integration With NewsGator Online

DENVER, CO -- (MARKET WIRE) -- May 10, 2006 -- NewsGator Technologies, Inc., the leading RSS platform company, today announced the release of an enhanced version of NetNewsWire, the market-leading RSS aggregator for Mac OS X. NetNewsWire 2.1 features extensive performance enhancements, universal binary support for Intel-based Macs, synchronization with the NewsGator Online platform, and a number of additional customer-requested features.

This marks the first new release of the product since NewsGator's acquisition of NetNewsWire developer Ranchero Software in October of 2005. First released in 2002, NetNewsWire's usability, deep feature set and continuous innovation have generated widespread adoption by Mac users. The online synchronization in NetNewsWire 2.1 allows users to work seamlessly between the rich Mac desktop application, the web-based NewsGator Online, the PC-based FeedDemon, the recently announced NewsGator Mobile applications, and other NewsGator Online-enabled clients to access RSS content.

"RSS is truly a transformative technology that is quickly reaching the masses because of how effectively it helps people manage news and information," said Brent Simmons, NetNewsWire creator, and NewsGator client product architect. "NetNewsWire users have often asked that their feeds and read/unread status go where they go, from office to home and place to place. By integrating NetNewsWire and NewsGator Online, users can now move easily between our feature-rich desktop products as well as our flexible, web-based solution. Our mission is to make it as easy as possible for Mac users to get all the productivity benefits RSS offers."

New features in NetNewsWire 2.1 include:

--  Synchronization with the leading online RSS platform - Seamless
    synchronization of subscriptions and "read" status with NewsGator Online,
    so articles marked as "read" on NetNewsWire will show up as read on
    NewsGator Online, NewsGator Inbox, NewsGator Mobile, FeedDemon, and any
    other product that uses the NewsGator Online API;
--  Universal binary - NetNewsWire 2.1 runs natively on both PowerPC and
    Intel Macs;
--  Performance enhancements - Improvements to feed parsing and
    processing, saving feed information, and tabbed browsing make for a
    snappier reading experience;
--  Sorting subscriptions by attention - Now you can sort your feeds by
    what you pay the most (and the least) amount of attention to - perfect for
    finding information that is relevant to you; and,
--  Post to del.icio.us - New command allows you to send posts to
    del.icio.us using your choice of application.
    
"The best part about NetNewsWire is that it syncs with NewsGator Online," said Om Malik, senior writer for Business 2.0 and editor of the popular GigaOm blog. "That is crucial, because I have multiple computers and tend to use them at different times of the day. NetNewsWire 2.1 exceeds my expectations from a synchronization and performance perspective."

"NetNewsWire is a great example of what a Macintosh application should be: user-focused, innovative, logical, fast," said Dave Nanian, founder of Shirt Pocket. "Its new NewsGator synchronization means your feeds (and read status) are available wherever you are -- home, office, on the road -- and so much faster than before that you'll be tempted to subscribe to a lot more feeds."

Pricing and Availability

NetNewsWire 2.1 is available for $29.95 and can be purchased at www.newsgator.com.

Existing NetNewsWire customers will receive a free two-year paid subscription to NewsGator Online.

About NewsGator Technologies, Inc.

NewsGator Technologies is the world's leading RSS platform company. Headquartered in Denver, CO, NewsGator develops and markets RSS aggregation solutions for individual end users, enterprises, and online content providers. Using NewsGator products and solutions, businesses and consumers can subscribe to news, information, podcasts, and other relevant content more efficiently and effectively than with traditional channels. With NewsGator, users have access to RSS information via the Web, Microsoft Outlook, mobile devices, and both Windows and Mac-based desktop clients. All NewsGator products synchronize seamlessly, enabling users to read their RSS feeds anywhere, anytime with any device. For more information, visit www.newsgator.com.

Contact Information

  • Contact Information:
    Jason Mandell or Jennifer Gazin
    LaunchSquad
    415.625.8555
    newsgator(at)launchsquad.com