Image-Free NetNewsWire StyleSheet

October 1st, 2007  |  Published in etc  |  2 Comments

Gawker Media’s assorted sites (Valleywag, Consumerist, Lifehacker, Gizmodo) all seem to operate under a policy of including images even when they’re not particularly useful, or including screenshots that fill the entire preview window in NetNewsWire.

If it exists, I can’t find an option in NetNewsWire to turn off images. It has one for “plugins,” which my aging self briefly hoped would help the way it might have back when browsers treated image rendering like a plugin, but alas …

So here’s an image-free NetNewsWire stylesheet — Download, unzip, save to ~/Library/Application Support/NetNewsWire/StyleSheets, select from style menu.

Need images for an entry? Select the regular default style to view them.

Want to do it for your own favorite style? Find it in the aforementioned StyleSheets directory, left/control-click and “Show package contents.” Edit “stylesheet.css”

Look for or add the selector “.newsItemDescription img”:

    .newsItemDescription img {

        display: none;


Notion that didn’t pan out: An AppleScript to flip between styles. Sadly, NNW has nothing in its dictionary to change styles. It would have been a stupid kludge for a feature that ought to be there anyhow, in the form of a toolbar button for toggling images.


  1. gl. says:

    October 1st, 2007 at 10:49 pm (#)

    is this something you could give them feedback about? gus is involved with that, isn’t he? i just dumped 6 or 7 feedback requests on him and he’s responded admirably.

  2. mph says:

    October 2nd, 2007 at 12:47 am (#)

    Submitting a feature request is on my todo list once I check over the forums and make sure no one else has asked/there’s no feature request to glom onto.

    Gus, however, is not associated with NetNewsWire.

    He did do contract work to maintain MarsEdit, which was a Ranchero product. Ranchero was bought out by NewsGator, which wanted to add a Mac RSS reader to complement its Web- and Windows-based readers. At some point Ranchero/NewsGator dropped MarsEdit and sold it to the guy at Red Sweater Software. With the MarsEdit pickup, Red Sweater Software is responsible for three apps I like a lot: MarsEdit, FlexTime and FastScripts.

    None of that is to say that Brent Simmons — NetNewsWire’s author — isn’t responsive in his own right. I’ve written him or posted in forums a few times here and there and he has been friendly/receptive enough.

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