'Subscribe to Feed' Extension Puts RSS Button Back in Safari 6

Thursday July 26, 2012 1:29 PM PDT by Jordan Golson
SafarilogoAs part of the streamlining of Safari 6, Apple removed a number of items from the main toolbar including the dedicated Google search box and the button that allowed users to easily subscribe to RSS feeds right from the toolbar.

The lack of a Google Search box doesn't affect much as users can now search by typing within the address box, much like in Google Chrome. The lack of an RSS button is a bit trickier, however.

Safari no longer includes RSS detection and one-click subscriptions to RSS feeds. For users looking to get that button back, Daniel Jalkut of Red Sweater Software -- makers of software products like MarsEdit and Black Ink -- has created a "beta-quality, more-or-less unsupported" Safari Extension called Subscribe to Feed.
[The] extension adds a handy button to the toolbar that, when a page offers RSS or Atom feeds, can be clicked to easily open the feed:// link, which should automatically open your favorite news reader.
The extension works as advertised, however it falls flat when used on a website with multiple RSS feeds. MacRumors, for example, has four RSS feeds listed -- one for the Front Page, two more for the Mac and iOS Blogs, and one feed that lists every post to the site.

We've reached out to Jalkut to ask if this limitation is something that could be easily remedied.

Update: Daniel Jalkut, the designer of the extension, says he'll "be looking into" the multiple RSS feed issue.

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30 months ago
Everyone complain about Apple randomly removing RSS from Mail in Mountain Lion here: http://www.apple.com/feedback/macosx.html

Geez, now I'm definitely staying at Snow Leopard if they don't clean up their act.
Rating: 8 Votes
30 months ago
Whenever there's a new OS X or iOS version, maybe as well as banging on about "200 new features" is at least an admission somewhere that also "25 features removed".
Rating: 7 Votes
30 months ago

Everyone complain about Apple randomly removing RSS from Mail in Mountain Lion here: http://www.apple.com/feedback/macosx.html

Geez, now I'm definitely staying at Snow Leopard if they don't clean up their act.


or... you could just use this extension?? :confused:
Rating: 5 Votes
30 months ago
I object to it being called the "Google Search box". It works with Bing and Yahoo as well. It's just a search box.
Rating: 5 Votes
30 months ago

I bet this list is far longer


Sure is. At least since I started, mid '00s, we've lost Sherlock, Internet Explorer, Appleworks, "Classic", FrontRow, iSync, iWeb, iDVD, the "good" iMovie and Final Cut, Expose/Spaces, FTP server, iWork.com, MobileMe and .Mac. Plus what you mentioned.

However, I'm very happy with Mountain Lion and wouldn't want to go back to the lost stuff I've mentioned.
Rating: 4 Votes
30 months ago

or... you could just use this extension?? :confused:


The problem is feature removal without making sense. It's not like RSS feeds went down like MySpace.

Also, Apple recently makes (smaller) headlines with the constant removal of features without any explanation. They apparently just don't want to maintain some things, cutting cost, increasing profits yadda yadda.

Rosetta - gone since Lion
Airport Utility - dumbed down, features removed
Safari RSS - gone
Personal Web Sharing in Mountain Lion - gone

I bet this list is far longer, and this is the reason I have one computer still on Snow Leopard and one on Lion. I wont use ML if more useful features are being removed.

And yes, I am angry at Apple about this. Computers are productivity machines and the level of productivity rises together with the amount of features and options. They are NOT iPads with keyboards. :mad::apple:
Rating: 4 Votes
30 months ago
That giant blue "Reader" button is a bit too Windows XP-esque for my tastes.
Rating: 4 Votes
30 months ago

OSX 10.8 Mountain Lion = IOS for MAC. SAD SAD SAD. Apple sells a few million iPhones and iPads and and believes everyone now wants their Macs to be just like their mobile devices. Wrong Apple Wrong. Somebody at Apple is on crack.

Long live Snow Leopard. The last real OS for the Mac.


If it was iOS for mac, then I wouldn't be alt tabbing or managing my file structures.

Mountain Lion = Improved iCloud for the Mac.

I don't know about you but I'm able to use my mac the same way I used Snow Leopard only now everything stays consistent between my phone and my pc.

Stop being so dramatic.
Rating: 4 Votes
30 months ago
OSX 10.8 Mountain Lion = IOS for MAC. SAD SAD SAD. Apple sells a few million iPhones and iPads and and believes everyone now wants their Macs to be just like their mobile devices. Wrong Apple Wrong. Somebody at Apple is on crack.

Long live Snow Leopard. The last real OS for the Mac.
Rating: 4 Votes
30 months ago
No RSS feed button in the address bar, no RSS support in Mail from ML on, and no way to tell the system what program to launch when clicking an RSS feed. What the hell, Apple?
Rating: 4 Votes

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