Caffeinated is a new client for your Google Reader RSS feeds and, since I’m always on the hunt for a good Google Reader client, I thought I’d give it a try. I don’t mind the Google Reader interface, but it sometimes feels really tiring on the eyes and reminds me too much of being in a Gmail inbox.
Caffeinated is ¥800 in Japan (or $8.99 in the U.S.) and, if you are a regular user of Google Reader, you’ll probably find that to be a very reasonable price. As you’d expect, you can post directly from within the app to Twitter and Facebook (as well as Evernote, Instapaper, Read It Later, Readability, your Safari Reading List).
At first, I wasn’t sure if I liked it; but, after a few days using it, I’ve decided I REALLY like it: the flexibility with the fonts in the preview pane and the overall feel of the app make all the difference.
The first few times I used it, I had several crashes, but that may have been due to me fiddling around with the settings for the number of items to display in the feed (I kept switching back and forth to find the right number and doing that too quickly in succession seemed to lead to a few crashes). If you have a lot of feeds, I’d recommend going in to the Preferences menu almost immediately upon first opening the app and then changing the “Max unread sync count” and “Max read sync count” to a higher number. Of course, before doing this, let your feeds load. When you first open the app, you may find that some of them are a few days old. To deal with this, I just changed the counts (Caffeinated—>Preferences—>Sync) and then, next to “Subscriptions” in the far left pane, toggle the little sprocket icon and “Mark all as read” (Shift+⌘+K)
I made a quick video of Caffeinated in action – post a comment if you have any questions about it before taking the $8.99 plunge:[video src="http://www.lauramackinnon.com/wp-content/uploads/2012/02/Caffeinated.m4v" /]