The internet is a strange beast. It releases millions of hounds of information that come at us with quick speed and careless abandon. Somewhere in planet earth there were magic fairies who built a solution to try to tame the information. They introduced us to something we call RSS (Really Simple Syndication).
We managed to control this information by subscribing to the type of content we wanted. This was a beautiful thing. We no longer had to browse the valleys of the internet with a double dose of espresso and a prayer. We had a tool that we controlled and one that allowed us to live in the richness of organization.
When the iPhone was introduced and as it matured, Reeder came along and became the best application to manage your RSS subscriptions. The user interface was great and the service was perfect. Today, Reeder was updated to 3.0 and the look, features and approach is one that has once again made me fall in love with an app that has gained a very important spot on my home screen.
With the new release, comes a new icon. Gone are the spine and the rss “signal” that existed in the previous app. Now we have the star icon that fills almost the complete icon that looks like tan leather. It definitely stands out perfectly in the homescreen. When you first open the app, you are required to sign-in and adjust your settings. The app, looks familiar, but you can see the small updates to the icons, contrast and features from the main screen.
The magic comes when you are actually reading an article. Reeder uses the Readability functionality to render the article perfectly. Titles are centered and photos and text look amazing on it. The bottom actions bar is transparent and features the familiar Mark read/unread, star, next/previous articles and share features that we have become familiar with.
The overall feel of the app is perfect. The app now supports two new account types (Google Reader and Fever), multiple Google Reader accounts and a re-written sync engine that makes it very speedy. If you thought Reeder 2.0 was fast (it was), 3.0 is even faster.When you click the share feature, you are presented with a set of features that you can use to share the article. It also now uses iOS’s built in twitter feature to share articles. A feature that I hope all apps use in the future. Surprisingly, the developer didn’t include a facebook sharing feature in this release, but he did promise an update that includes the feature.
You can swipe up and down through articles and it has an unfolding look that feels perfect. You can also swipe from left to right to go back to the previous menu. There is also a new two finger swipe up or down feature that allows you to mark previous or future articles as “read” depending on which way you swipe. A very nice feature.
You can add subscriptions from the app, adjust font style and spacing, save articles to Instapaper, Pocket, Readability, etc., you can unsubscribe to feeds, add or delete folders and even change feeds to other folder.
A good app is like a beautiful wife. You appreciate her beauty, her wisdom, her help and when the time is right, all your touches and swipes add up to a perfect marriage. When it comes to RSS readers, Reeder has put a ring around my finger. In fact, I believe that it’s a match made in iOS heaven.
Check out the screens below for more of Reeder v3