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Apple's plans give RSS the "M" rating (that's "M" for "Mainstream") - June 29, 2004

There's been lots of talk. Lots. Apple unveiled its new Tiger operating system (planned for 2005 release) at the Worldwide Developers Conference yesterday. The big news to me was the new Safari RSS reader.

This new (well, proposed is probably the right word, as it won't be available for about a year) RSS reader has a lot of commonalities with Jyte, and has some cool features Jyte has yet to develop, and has some interesting limitations. Word on the street is that you can search throughout your feeds for keywords, and do a Jyte-like continuously updated query. The limitation is, however, that you only receive query results from feeds that you are subscribed to.

Some good things include a cool feature that allows you to select how much of a feed excerpt to show in the window. That's cool, but of course would be cooler if you could guarantee that most folks included the entire post in their RSS feed (few do, mostly the crazies like me who generate their feeds either by hand or with their own scripts). Safari also works a lot like Jyte in that you can browse in your RSS reader. I find myself using Jyte for my principal browser, sometimes.

This generates a lot of buzz, of course, about whether existing Mac OSX feed readers will survive. NetNewsWire says they will, for one, and I am here to say that Apple's plans don't ruffle Jyte's feathers a bit. I think it's great - this announcement will spur a lot of mainstream interest in RSS and news readers. By the time Apple releases their OS, we will have had plenty of time to win the market over to our amazing technology, not to mention the ability to match Safari feature for feature, and then some, and then some more ;).

I'm planning to use the Safari news to develop my must-have features list further. And maybe it's time for me to get a Mac - after all, there are a lot of other cool things about Macs, and I've been wanting to take one for a spin. Now I have a business case for it...