At a press preview event the other day, I had a chance to see the new Tiger version of Safari in a bit more detail.
The new Safari treats feeds just like any bookmark, and the UI controls are much the same. Where other feed-centric apps have been busy adding their own (WebKit-constructed) built-in browsers in recent months, Safari is heading in the opposite directions, adding a feed manager into the browser.
When you browse to a web page with an associated feed, a blue ‘RSS’ icon appears in the address bar. Click this and you’re shown a view of the feed itself, nicely styled (I’m guessing this style will be pretty easy to customize).
From then on, you ’subscribe’ to the feed by adding it to your bookmarks list.
You can combine all feeds into a single page, for a very helpful-sounding “What’s new?” view, and you can view feeds using a number of criteria (by source name, by time/date, etc).
Best of all, you can search through all the feed data for something specific, and then save that search as yet another bookmark.
Now you have a saved, constantly-updated, personalised search which you can use any time you want to crawl through all your incoming feeds for new stuff about “dogs in hats” or whatever else you care about. Nice.
I only had a brief opportunity to see Safari in action, and didn’t get answers to these questions:
- Can I add a new feed without visiting the web page first?
- What happens on web pages with more than one associated feed?
- How does Safari treat ‘old’ items, and how do I mark them as ‘read’?
I look forward to getting the answers to these questions just as soon as Tiger arrives.
Might you be tempted to switch from a dedicated aggregator/reader to the new Safari?