NewsGator, the developer of social networking and widget services for businesses and consumers, now has an updated version of its iPhone RSS app, NetNewsWire, available in the App Store today. Additionally, a beta version of its desktop RSS reader for the Mac is also currently available. These latest versions of its widely-used RSS reader applications now sync with Google Reader instead of feeds managed through a NewsGator Online account.
Newsgator had announced the transition to Google Reader synchronization in late July, describing that the transition would be complete by August 31.
The updated NetNewsWire iPhone app syncs quickly with Google Reader and allows users to easily email articles, send them to Instapaper, and post items to Twitter. A free version of the app is ad-supported, while a paid version priced at $1.99 shows no ads.
Almost a year ago to the day, NewsGator had published stats on users of its iPhone app. At that time, there were over 200,000 NetNewsWire iPhone users and it's likely that this population has grown in the past year.
The free version of NetNewsWire can be found in the App Store here and the paid version can be found here (links open iTunes). The desktop NetNewsWire application for the Mac can be downloaded here, though Newsgator cautions that this version 3.2b28 is still a beta:
Note: This is still a beta -- it's unfinished, and it has bugs and incomplete features. If you haven't started using a beta yet, you don't need to: you can wait until it's finished.