[Curator’s note] NetNewsWire is a RSS reader for Mac. Brent Simmons, its creator is working on v 5.0 (but it’s not even in beta yet).
Let’s look back at last year first.
2018: Evergreen to NetNewsWire
As 2018 started, the app was called Evergreen, which I still think is a pretty great name for an RSS reader. I’d been working on it for about four years, on weekends and at nights.
It was usable-by-me a year ago, and a few other people were using it, even though it was missing all kinds of important features.
And then, some time in the spring of 2018, I thought to contact the folks at Black Pixel about getting NetNewsWire back. Seemed like a total longshot. But why not try?
And they surprised me by being interested! In fact, they mentioned that they’d already been talking about it.
I was clear that I wanted just the name — not the code, not the then-current users, not the sync service. The app named Evergreen would be renamed as NetNewsWire, but would be, in every other way, the same app I was going to write. It would still be free and open source.
They agreed. And then, of course, discussions, mostly internal to Black Pixel, happened for a few months, because that’s how these things go — and we managed to make it official on August 31, 2018. (See NetNewsWire Comes Home.) Black Pixel gave it to me for free (we never haggled over price; that was their plan all along), and their generosity remains one of the things I’m most thankful for in my entire career.