A new RSS Reader… for MacOS 9!

I love it when people build new software for older computer systems!

Computers are still viable and useful so long as people decide they are. It doesn’t matter how many years have passed since the company (or people) behind the Operating System (or hardware platform) have ceased supporting it. If there are people that use it? It’s still viable!

With that in mind, check out this little bit of sunshine… A brand new, native RSS reading application for MacOS 9!

Newsstand, which is free (as in beer), was developed by Alex Robb… entirely on MacOS 9. Including the website! I love that dedication.

According to the developer, this is what he used to create both the software and the website:

  • REALbasic 5.5.5 as my software development IDE
  • Acrobat Reader 4.0 to access to the REALbasic User Guide and Language Reference
  • Adobe Photoshop 4.0.1 for graphic editing and icons
  • SimpleText to create the Read Me file and to test font faces and sizes
  • StuffitDeluxe 5.5 to create backups and the expandable archives for the application
  • Berkeley Systems’ Expresso Calendar and Address Book for project management
  • GoLive CyberStudio 1.0 to create this website: http://www.getnewsstand.com
  • Fetch 4.0.3 for data transfer to my M1 MacBook Air and to upload the website

Stuffit. Fetch. SimpleText. REALbasic. Man. Those are some blasts from the MacOS past!

And, check this out! System requirements. SANE ONES!

  • 12MB of available RAM
  • 2.5MB of available hard disk space
  • Mac OS 8.1 – 9.2.2.

Just glorious.

Huge thanks to Alex Robb for building this and sharing with the world!

Bryan Lunduke

Former Deputy Editor for Linux Journal magazine. Former Technology Journalist for Network World. Former VP of Technology. Former Linux Marketing Director. Former Dishwasher.