Wow, I am really excited about this app. I have tried a number of other newsreaders in the past (NewsFire, NetNewsWire, Vienna, Google Reader) and I always disliked them for basically one reason: using the apps didn't really save me any time compared to reading the articles in a browser. Tabbing through all the lists, etc. has always seemed wicked tedious to me.
I only read ~15 blogs/sites regularly, and so the interface metaphor on Times is perfect for my needs. I really like having the option to read the article in a slider window (the page-curl effect is cute, but a little slow and useless). I've been playing with this app for about an hour now, and right now it is (for me) one of the most exciting apps in the heist. (I only bought the bundle for TheHitList and Acorn, so this app is a really nice bonus for me.)
That said, there are some things that I think need real improvement:
-- the option to delete multiple feeds. Being forced to manually click and remove every unwanted feed-tag is pretty lousy design, especially so since the app adds so many default feeds at startup.
-- keyboard navigation. I understand that the design metaphor limits the amount of keyboard interactivity, but I think that when viewing a story in the 'expanded' view, I should have the ability to move to the next article in the list with just a keystroke or two. Lacking this feature belies the app's claim towards ease of use and efficiency. I think this goes for navigating articles on the 'shelf' as well-- why assign a hotkey to open the shelf, if I then have to use the mouse to select an item?
-- UI bugs. I've noticed several UI bugs, most notably the 'Show More' button text reverting to the generic 'Button' after I spend a bit of time going through feeds or adding more feeds to a page. While not a big deal, this kind of makes the app look unfinished, and diminishes my overall confidence in it.
Overall, though, I love this app. It may not be quite what a more hardcore user is looking for, but I can see myself using this quite a lot.
EDIT-- Hmm... one other thing I noticed that I don't like: according to LittleSnitch, the app contacts the dev's site on launch, despite having all the auto-update features turned off. I'm not crazy about apps phoning home.
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