Although NetNewsWire is a very smooth piece of OS X software, I haven’t been using it much. I finally figured out why this morning after downloading and trying out the new version.
NetNewsWire works just like most email clients with a 3-pane setup: feeds/folders on the left, headlines/subjects lines in the upper right, and the summary/preview in the lower right. But I skim news like I skim weblogs or Google search results, not like I read email. I want the headline and the summary all in one shot…I need more than just the headline to decide if I’m interested in reading the full story and clicking through all the headlines is a bit tedious. Here’s a quick mockup I did in Photoshop so you can see what I’m talking about. Perhaps a future version of NNW could have an option to toggle between 2-pane and 3-pane views to cover multiple reading preferences.
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