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App Specs
File size:
2.81 MB
October 10, 2012
January 9, 2013

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Cream is a lightweight newsreader that learns what you like by monitoring your reading habits. It helps you get on top of your feeds by skimming off the creamiest stories.

Throw in as many feeds as you like: Cream will sort out the sweet from the sour, so you only need see the premium content.

Cream also works great as a companion to full-featured news readers. Use Cream when you're short of time, and another reader for a complete scan later.

How it Works

Cream uses technology developed for junk mail filtering to sift out stories tailored to your taste. When you click on a story, Cream flags it as a good story. If you ignore a story, Cream will mark it as uninteresting. The text and links of the stories get scanned, and used to judge the 'creaminess' of future stories.

The beauty of this approach is that you don't have to do anything out of the ordinary. You simply read the stories that interest you, and Cream learns what you like, and helps relieve the burden of sifting through uninteresting material.

How Smart is it?

Cream is pretty smart. It can learn whether or not you like a particular news feed (e.g., Daring Fireball), or a given topic (e.g., Presidential Elections), but it goes deeper than that: Cream can correlate different types of data. For example, Cream could learn that from all the stories in the Macworld news feed, you like posts written by The Macalope the most.

Import from Google

Adding your existing news feeds to Cream couldn't be easier, because it includes built-in support for Google Reader. Just login, and Cream will import and process your feeds in a flash.


Cream is designed to be as lightweight as possible. If you want to read a story immediately, one click will open it in Safari. If you want to postpone, Cream has built-in support for read-it-later services like Pocket, Instapaper, and Readability, as well as Safari's Reading List.

Sort and Screen

Subtle colors are used to highlight the best stories, and you can sort based on creaminess, source feed, and date. Filters allow you to sift out what you have already read or seen, and limit the total number of stories displayed.


✭ Single, integrated news stream
✭ Low footprint, with story summaries in popovers
✭ Elegant design
✭ Learns what you like (using Latent Semantic Mapping)
✭ Sort stories on relevance (creaminess), feed, and date
✭ Text filtering of content and feed title
✭ Filter out stories you have read
✭ Filter out stories you have seen (appeared on screen)
✭ Limit total number of stories listed
✭ Import feeds from Google Reader (no syncing yet)
✭ Import from other apps using PubSub framework
✭ Import and export files in OPML format
✭ Auto-discovery of feeds on any web page
✭ Full keyboard navigation
✭ Open stories in default browser (foreground or background)
✭ Support for Pocket, Instapaper, and Readability services
✭ Support for Safari Reading List
✭ Automatic background refreshing of stories
✭ Coloring of stories to show relevance (creaminess)

What's New
  • Added auto-discovery of feed links. You can now enter any web site, and Cream will look for feeds on that site.
  • Fixed a problem where the note count could be wrong.
  • Improved OPML import and export.
  • Fixed a bug where navigating with arrow keys could cause text colors in the selected story to appear wrong.

  • Cream (com.mentalfaculty.cream.mac) is a Mac software application that has been discovered and submitted by users of

    Operating System: Mac

    Default Install Path: /Applications/

    Minimum OS version: 10.8