The Future of NetNewsWire

George Dick
BPXL Craft
Published in
1 min readAug 31, 2018


Since acquiring NetNewsWire from Newsgator in 2011, we’ve invested a great deal in the continued development and support of the product suite including the addition of a free sync service. Unfortunately, the ongoing cost of support and feature development for these products require more dedicated resources than we are able to provide.

With that in mind, today we are removing all versions of the app from sale. We’ll continue to run the sync service for another 60 days, then take it offline at the end of October.

We would also like to announce that the NetNewsWire brand will be returning to its original creator, Brent Simmons. While it is bittersweet to sunset the current generation of apps, it is good to know that NetNewsWire will be returning to its roots. The Twitter account @netnewswire and domain name will also be transferred to Brent effective today.

RSS technology — NetNewsWire in particular — has long been one of Brent’s passions. You can read about his plans for the future of NetNewsWire on his blog.

Finally, we want to say thank you to our users for supporting NetNewsWire over the years. We hope you’ll support Brent and NetNewsWire 5 (and beyond) in the future!

We will continue to maintain our other products; Kaleidoscope, Versions, and Pixelboard and ensure they support Apple’s forthcoming operating system updates this fall.