Get an RSS Subscribe Button in Safari 6 with the Subscribe to Feed Extension
Safari 6 is bundled with OS X Mountain Lion and it was just released for OS X Lion as well, and though it’s a very worthwhile update with some great features like the single search/url bar, one not-so-great change is the removal of the RSS subscribe button. The good news is a third party developer has already created a Safari extension that brings back an RSS button, and installing it is just a click away.
Once the Subscribe to RSS button has been added to Safari, clicking on it will open the websites RSS feed into whatever your default RSS reader is. If you don’t have a dedicated feed reader like NetNewsWire or Google Reader, it will default to opening the feeds in Mail app.
This little extension has been making the rounds of the Apple-web today for good reason, anytime a long-existing feature disappears from a software release it can cause some confusion and disappointment.
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So, how does one specify the default RSS reader App? It used to be in Mail preferences. Can’t find it there, or in Safari, or system preferences. Struck out on Google.
Not only did they remove RSS from Safari, but they also removed it from Mail, which is what I used to follow about 20 feeds. Their explanation: “After reviewing your submission engineering has determined that the behavior you reported will no longer be supported and therefore has been removed.” on the suggestion of “Per HI and Marketing.” (Bug report during the seeding program) Makes http://www.apple.com/rss/ fun to visit.