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It isn’t often I rave about software. But I found something that has taken my blog reading and made it so easy that I actually look forward to processing all my feeds!
I stumbled upon this after another round of Pocket/Pinboard left me frustrated with my blog reading. I looked in the App Store for “Google Reader” and “Pinboard” and Mr. Reader popped up. I figured it couldn’t be any worse than what I was using, so I plopped down my money and decided to give it a run.
My Old Process
The old process was convoluted. I needed access to Google Reader, Pocket (my place to hold things that looked interesting), and Pinboard (for open loop articles), Twitter and a Web browser. It is best shown by picture (and this doesn’t include what I had to do once everything got to Pinboard):
Some of the major problems with this process: Google Reader would give me the list of articles, but unless the feed itself was set to show a summary, I had two options: skim the whole article, or select an article based on the title. So I would skim through the titles and quickly send anything that looked remotely interesting to Pocket.
Then I would open up Pocket, look at the full article, and decide if I wanted to do anything with it. Often I was wading through so much stuff I didn’t want to read that I would just mark things read and move on. (Pet Peeve: article titles that have nothing to do with the article)
If I did want to save it to Pinboard, I better hope that I spelled everything right, because Pocket’s “send to Pinboard” function had no spell checking or auto-correct. If I wanted to Tweet something, I would have to send it to Pinboard with a label indicating it should be tweeted. Same with comments, unless I wanted to open up the article by sending it to Safari and leaving the application.
Ugh. No wonder I discovered a backlog of 3 months in early January.
My New Process
With Mr. Reader, I don’t have to leave the application on my iPad. Here is the picture of the process:
I get to see summaries up front, so I can decide right away if I want to read it. If I read it and want to send it to Pinboard, it gives me a great interface with auto-correct. Tweets are one click. Comments can usually be done by clicking on the Web link at the top of the page.
Pros And Cons
- One stop shop for all my blog reading and actions
- Thorough help system
- Shows summaries of the posts without my having to click into the post
- Seamless interaction with Twitter, Pinboard and Hootsuite (I haven’t tried any others yet)
- Easy adding of feeds with search
- Easy mark all as read
- Can’t add a feed from a web page (following a link from an article to a new site)
Mr. Reader gives me the ability to do everything I need to in one application. I can customize the options that I can send to, adding and removing from a large list of services that are configured. It is a powerful piece of software and well worth the small fee for it.
App: Mr. Reader
Author: Oliver Fürniß
Price: $3.99. Worth every penny.