Last changed: Version: 2.5.3
— Special price anticipating Byline 3.0, a major update which will be free for existing users. —
Read the latest news from your favorite sites and blogs, even when you’re offline. Simply use your free Google Reader account to subscribe to websites you’d like to keep track of. Byline will automatically stay in sync and bring you new content, putting thousands of RSS and Atom feeds at your fingertips. Even when you have no internet connection (such as on the subway) Byline’s offline browsing feature gives you instant access to complete web pages.
A video tour is available on our website:
- Two-way syncing with Google Reader.
- Browse new items, starred items, notes and folders in separate lists.
- Sort items by date or by their source feed.
- View up to 200 items from each list when you're offline, including embedded images.
- Offline browsing lets you access complete web pages linked to by notes, starred items, and (optionally) new items.
- Built-in web browser for online and offline browsing.
- Landscape mode.
- Star and share items.
- Send items by email.
- Create and share notes.
Great RSS newsreader
By: warsaw - 07-Jan-2009
Byline is a great, no-frills RSS (and atom) newsreader. I beleive it may be the only newsreader to offer a landscape view (like Safari) and it looks and behaves a lot like the iPhone's mail app, giving it comfortable, consistent look and feel.
Byline is tied to Google Reader, which means that all you need to do is open a free account and use the Google Reader web-app to set up your feeds. I find Google Reader to be excellent, however it does pose some weird constraints -- such as Byline's inability to load more than 25 news-stories at once, and the fact that it doesn't seperate your news-item by feeds. Apparently they're introducing a feature to sort by tags, which should rememdy this problem. Looking forward to future updates to this app.
Excellent rss reader
By: Schulj - 13-Dec-2008
This is a terrifc iphone application and I use it almost every day. The interface is easy to use and the convenience of having background sync so you can read full articles cannot be understated. 3g coverage is not yet ubiquitous and being able to read full article on the train/subway is super convenient.
Syncing with google reader means I don't double up on articles I've already read. 5 star recommendation!!
One of the most used/useful apps on my iPhone
By: James Polley - 30-Oct-2008
Google reader, on your iphone, cached offline. Does what it says on the box, does it very well. I'm well satisfied.
At last, the long awaited update. It now shows me oldest items first, it caches 200 items - I'm even more pleased than I was before.If you like Reader, you'll love Byline.
Another major update, more great features! Now you can see your gReader folders, share with notes, and easily flip between mobile-optimized and full versions of each item.
As you can see from the above, this app just keeps getting better. The developers have been listening to user feedback, and giving us the options we want. This app seemed a little pricy at first, but it turns out to have been a great investment - it just keeps getting better and better value.
Okay, Byline made me happy - again - today. My last review mentioned that "sort by oldest" isn't respected for folders - but in the latest update, it is! Did I already mention that the developers are responsive and keep making this better and better?
New to Byline
By: Normwood - Apr 29, 2009
I have been waiting for an update before I downloaded Byline. Did so today after reading about the new update on Macrumors. I have been using the Google Reader in the Google Mobile App. Before that I tried Newsstand and Gazette.
I think Byline is awesome. I obviously didn't get to experience the old UI or icon..but don't really care because I am a big picture guy and in the big picture what the icon looks like just doesn't matter.
The App is great! It has a nice clean interface and seem very fast. I turned off the cacheing for the time being because I will probably only use it when traveling on a plane. I especially like that you can sort by feed within the folders. This was also one of the reasons I was waiting to download. I like that feature when I haven't looked at my feeds in a couple of days and there are lots to sort through!
Great App! Keep up the good work!
Great companion for Google Reader
By: davebc - Nov 6, 2009
Byline is perfect when I'm traveling on the Chicago train or flying, as I can bring all my feeds with me and not worry about being connected. My only notable complaint is that there's no way to exclude certain feeds or folders. I keep track of some noisy feeds in gReader, like software update notes and such, and I don't need them on my phone at all. That said, Byline is a beautiful, feature-packed app that delivers on its promise. Great app.
My Go To App
By: CrzyMke - Apr 29, 2009
This is definitely my go to app, and the new update made it even better. Syncing is faster, and the feed sorting is great. I've notice a couple of minor bugs in the new update, but I'm sure they'll be fixed very soon. If you're a Google Reader junkie, there is no reason not to have this app. Especially if you're an iPod Touch user or are frequently w/o access - this is a must have. Access to notes and starred feeds make this an indispensable app.
I'll also throw my two cents in w/ the angry crowd wishing the old wood grain theme and icon back. This new icon is definitely a step back and the all black interface feels so generic. The old wood grain made launching the app an incredible pleasure to use. Hopefully it can at least be made an option under the settings pane.
Extremely Frustrating and Buggy
By: dantheman93128 - Oct 16, 2009
The app is supposed to sync every time it opens. It doesn't even with the automatic syncing turned on. Thus, you can't read new RSS feeds. It doesn't let you view RSS feeds by individual feeds, only all of them together or in your folders. It doesn't let you add feeds on the go. On top of this, the website says if you send an email they will respond, they don't. It is an awful RSS reader and I highly advise not to get it.
BTW, I have even done two full iPhone restores and redid my whole WiFi network in my house hoping they could be causing the problems with this application not syncing, and it isn't. It is the application. In addition, all my other applications that require internet and MobileSafari.app all function properly.
Awesome app, awful icon.
By: sjl7678 - Oct 14, 2009
I've been using Byline for a few months now and love it. The interface is great and plenty powerful, especially with the latest update.However, the latest update also changed the icon from a nice, pleasant newspaper button to a weak, un-button with two b's. Why does it have two b's when the name is "Byline"? I have no idea.Why was it given a pure black background so as to no longer appear square like *every other icon*? I have no idea.Please, bring back the old icon. Some of us actually care about the little details like this.
Brilliantly Designed; Great for Google Reader on the go
By: Kevin Sutherland - Oct 12, 2009
As an iPod Touch user, I was looking for an app to give me access to RSS feeds and cache the webpages so I could view the entire article offline. Byline is the only app that does this, and more. As a Google Reader user, Byline's integration with Google Reader is extremely convenient. All my feeds are accessible out-of-the-box and there is no possibility that I will end up reading the same article twice.
Byline provides the option to archive the entire webpage linked to in the feed, not just the description from the feed. This is important since I often read my feeds offline and not all feeds include the entire article in the description. Version 2.0 allows you to view the description and then click through to the archived webpage, which makes reading even faster and easier.
Before you consider any other RSS reader app on the store, take a long hard look at Byline. I am sure you will find it to be extremely useful and very easy to use.
Must have for google reader users
By: JackCTU - Apr 25, 2009
This is the RSS reader of my dreams. I've tried all of them, and this one beats them hands down. Sync with Google Reader is invaluable, as it saves a ton of time sifting through duplicates. The interface is slick and responsive. For all the features and thought gone into the user experience, this app is priced just right. Kudos to the developers -- keep up the great work. This one earns a spot on the first page of my app springboard.
By: Zpkat - Apr 24, 2009
Two way sync with Google reader is huge. You can also use it as an offline reader for your feeds an any other article you want to read.
It's true that you can only view by categories, an if it's a problem to not see individual feeds, then this may not be your nirvana. But since I group my feeds by folder in Google Reader, it's a perfect match for me.
I should also note that I hate paying for apps, but I have zero regrets about this purchase. Totally worth it.
Better than NewNewsWire
By: dharrels - Oct 8, 2009
I just switched from NetNewsWire 2 to Byline. It's fantastic!
I was a fan of NNW 1 since picking up an iPhone over a year ago. The latest version of that app brough about some nice new features, but also a lot of technical and UI bugs that I couldn't stand. On recommendation I checked out Byline and love it!
I read over 50 feeds per day on my 2.5 hour train commute. I'm a demanding mobile RSS user! Byline has terrific interaction design and visual poilish. It works flawlessly and I love the offline caching. I'm not sure how I lived without offline support before!
I'm looking forward to the next release. This app is definately worth the modest price.
The ONE! At last!
By: robbchadwick - Apr 16, 2009
I have been using NetNewswire since I purchased my iPhone last summer. It's a good program; but it left me wanting something a little better, mainly due to my clippings not be available on the iPhone. I tried a couple of the other highly rated programs but found them not to my liking. I recently bought Byline; and I am in absolute heaven. It syncs perfectly with Google Reader. (All I had to do was export my feeds listing into a file, import that into Google Reader & Byline did the rest. It saves my "starred" articles (clippings) on the phone. If I'm at my MacBook, I can read them in Google Reader; but in practice I find that reading them on the phone is quite nice, especially with the recent addition of InstaPaper Pro. IMHO, this is the one & only newsreader that has it all!
Worth every penny.
By: itunes and appstore customer - Oct 2, 2009
I purchased NNW Premium first. Boy what a mistake that was. Byline is so much better its not even funny. I am just mad it took me so long to jump over. Byline is fast, SMOOTH, STABLE and handles all my (many many ) feeds without a hiccup.
Very pleased with this product. If you are deciding between this and NNW Premium. Just buy Byline now... or be like me and waste 2 dollars on Netnewswire's app before eventually coming back to Byline.
By: Rmrick - Sep 30, 2009
Thanks to the Netnewswire update, I had to reluctantly sign up for a Google Reader account and reload all my feeds and files. I was mad, but liked it better once i finished. Then the new app started crashing. Then it just quit opening altogether. Even the paid version, which I hoped would be better. It wasn't. I read all the reviews and decided to just take the leap. This app is like going from black and white to color. Byline allows me to see all my feeds with pictures on the Metro. It's just as fast as the old Netnewswire but is such a beautiful interface. Will make my morning commute so much more pleasureable. Thanks. And please please please don't destroy Byline with the coming upgrade like Netnewswire did.
Something wonderful has been accomplished in this application. Way to lead the way!
By: ntrigue - Sep 28, 2009
I could fill an entire page on my iPhone with RSS Readers. I hesitated to install Byline 1.0 at $9.99 and to my great satisfaction it went on sale for $3.99 and was upgraded to 2.0 :)
Google Reader syncronization is the crucial 'pro' for this App. The developer took it a step further and added Folders and Starred Items.
Starred Items allow for offline viewing. We're talking everything you view when you have a connection; viewable in the subway. Pictures, html, and entire webpages are still available! I have a massive amount of feeds daily and it is fantastic to activate Airplane Mode and view all my items of interest while maintaining battery life!
I would pay any price to have this level of design applied to all the Apps I find useful. The developer has set a new precedence for ALL developers. Worth $9.99!
[Update] A solely wonderful RSS reading app that sync with Google reader
By: BittIes - Mar 9, 2009
[Update] - 5 stars
Major update! The folders integration has finally come and it is beautiful. This app is great, and is the only app, to my knowledge, that not only syncs with Google Reader, but also enables offline viewing of RSS stories with embedded pictures! No that folders are in the app, Byline is by far and away the best app for the iPhone or iPod Touch that appeals to Google Reader enthusiasts.
[First thoughts] - 3 stars
I'm a little disappointed at the lack of a folders or organization option in this app. How are we supposed to keep track of hundreds of RSS feeds if we can't keep them wrangled in some folders? Please fix.
Google Reader addicts rejoice!
By: acetone - Mar 2, 2009
This app is so close to perfect that it's not funny. I am a serious Reader addict (From your 138 subscriptions, over the last 30 days you read 33,265 items), but I hate browsing it on my iPhone with Safari because there are no pictures in the feeds, and if I close and reopen Safari, it has to refresh, so if I've gone offline, it's gone. Thanks to Byline, I can now browse my Reader feeds without worrying about if I have a cell signal or not, complete with pictures, arrow keys to go to the next item without going back, and the ability to star/share directly from the app. It's got landscape mode and folder support now as well!
Syncing seems to be seamless, I don't notice a lag between things I star/tag with it and my regular browser-based Reader. The app is admittedly slow to sync at first, but it could be twice as slow and double the price and I would still be very happy with it.
Way better than NetNewsWire...
By: Dan Cameron - Sep 25, 2009
After hearing all the buzz about the new NetNewsWire apps syncing with Google Reader I had to get the news out that Byline has been doing this for over a year and is a much better app. The sharing functionality with notes is one feature sets the two apps apart. The caching and offline browsing are two others that make this app well worth the $3.99 price tag.
I'm really looking forward to the next release. I hope it includes ( if the GR API permits ) shared articles from friends and comments.
Thanks for the great app.
use google reader mobile? read this.
By: pandapaulie - Sep 25, 2009
didn't make sense to me. why should I use a $5 app to do what reader does for free? I don't care about offline, since I don't ride the subway and am never without ample 3G coverage (woo Chicago!). but there's one dealbreaker that made this app a winner: timeouts. when you use google reader on the iPhone, the web page times out if it's left in the background longer than...5 minutes maybe? which means that those really long, wonderful guardian articles go bye-bye if you get a phone call halfway through. well not technically, but it's a pain to go back, switch to "all articles," find the unfinished one, and then switch back to "new articles." not a problem with byline!for that reason ALONE it's worth the $5 in saved headaches. plus it's FAST. good times all around. slick and easy :)
|Worldwide rank of Byline in News|
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|Country||Top Paid||Top Grossing|
| United States||147||108|
| United Kingdom||47||146|
| Costa Rica||14||-|
| Czech Republic||5||8|
| El Salvador||2||-|
| Hong Kong||6||48|
| New Zealand||11||43|
| Saudi Arabia||13||17|
| South Africa||16||-|
| United Arab Emirates||29||-|
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