Mosaic Reader is an RSS reader released by Intense Pixels.
When you open the app you need to do a bit of setting up your own mosaic account. The application will open with some default topics already populated, but I have to admit I quickly got rid of most of these.
Then you will need to start putting your feeds into the application. It is a bit slow. Create a new topic (give it a name and colour) and then adding feeds into the topic. Some are easy, by typing in the name the feed comes up in the suggestion, otherwise, you need to paste in the feed URL (thank goodness for the Touchpad multitasking)
Once the set up is complete, you will have to change a few of the defaults. Just scroll through the articles and click of the one that you are interested in.
A far as viewing the in the article, Mosaic does a good job with you able to view it reader style or click on the title if you want to go out to the web browser to see the full article on the website.
The user interface is very nice. I personally prefer the small mosaic, the larger ones were just a little too random in design for me, but I one of the other members of the team liked it. You can even select a list view if you prefer. I would have preferred in the Mosaic icon at the top of the screen had returned you to the home topic page (like a website), rather than the two click return from the topic mini screen (which shows no counts) but maybe that is just me
On the upside:
- Interesting User Interface
- Easy to add Google Reader feeds (and can use the application without it)
On the downside:
- Topic page sometimes misreports article numbers.
- No easy way to store article you want to save for later (works with Instapaper, but not built in.)
- Took some time to set up, having to look all the google articles, then marking things as read, then changing the option to hide read articles
- Would have liked an article count on the mini topic selector.
Overall, this is a very nice RSS reader. It is one of the prettiest I have seen (Flipboard for iPad is the only one I have seen better). The reader did anything I wanted making it clear what I had read and worked well both with and without google reader. The only thing I wanted that was missing was storing the article within the application (I use this feature for my news from the last 7 days article etc).
Size: 5.6 MB
Price (at time of review): Free