Trying out Mixtab for OS X, a free news reader app available on the Mac App Store, has truly been a pleasure. After the first use, I found myself constantly going back to it and ditching all of the alternatives that I previously had installed. It is such a pleasure to use for a number of reasons, mostly due to the highly convenient tabbed browsing, beautiful interface, and more that I will elaborate on below.
Signing up for a Mixtab account took mere seconds, only requiring an email address and password, which was nice considering a lot of apps require a lengthy registration process in which you’re required to submit a lot of unnecessary personal information. Mixtab also comes pre-loaded with some tabs (Cooking, Fashion, Finance world, Movies, Photography, Tech News, and Travel) and content to get you started, and you can easily add your own and edit your tabs to your liking. Mixtab’s settings also allow you to alter the app’s user interface with a choice of eight different predesigned themes, all of which are very nicely designed. Aside from that, there isn’t much else to configure other than your tabs and what content you’d like within them.
If you’re unsure of how you’d like your tabs set up and what kind of content you’d like to read, Mixtab has a “Tab Gallery” containing tabs created by other Mixtab users that you can easily subscribe to for your own reading pleasure. While there aren’t that many, the ones that I’ve looked through seem decent enough, and I even subscribed to a couple myself. Once you’ve set up all of your tabs and content that you’d like Mixtab to gather for you, the whole reading experience itself is incredibly simple and practically flawless. All you have to do is click on the tab of your choice, and a selection of relevant stories come up. Mini tabs above the story allow you to adjust what you see based on key terms related to the tab, and then you can simply click on the story that interests you to read it in its entirety.
Overall, Mixtab is a highly recommended app for any OS X users that need a better, more simplistic news reader on their Mac. For a free app, Mixtab delivers everything you could possibly need in a news reader, with a gorgeous design and incredible ease of use to go along with it. I find it sad that apps like this often go overlooked, and I encourage any and everyone to give it a try.