Brent Simmons made a public beta available today of the next version of NetNewsWire. There are a ton of new features and great improvements. First off, the upgraded software uses the Safari HTML renderer (WebKit) to handle the rendering of feed content. This makes feeds with sophisticated markup look a lot nicer. That major new feature is just the beginning though. For example, handling of updated entries has been vastly improved with new user preferences, including the ability to show the differences between the earlier post and the update. Another great feature is that feeds which previously showed no date (because the feed didn’t include a creation timestamp) now show an arrival date which makes it easy to get a sense of roughly when something was published. Finally, the whole program feels faster now. Even on an aging PowerBook G4.
All around a very nice surprise for a Thursday afternoon.