Reeder for iPad

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    srl7741

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    Those like me who have been waiting for Reeder's iPad App to be released the wait is over. It available now in the App Store. Web site Link is here.

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    First impression, seems like the wait was worth it.....

    Minor quibble - the "stacks" of feeds would look nicer with some colour of some kind on them, just a plain grey/white icon looks dull...
     
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    Can anyone do a quick rundown of this vs pulse?

    Deciding which to buy.

    I want a nice UI (both seem to have this), but from the Reeder screenshots it seems it is more text heavy and only shows images once the article loads. Pulse, when supported, will show images from the main page. Reeder seems to separate sources by text names, and the favicon if available.

    I know Pulse supports only 20 feeds, but I don't know that I want to keep track of many more feeds than that.
     
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    Okay....Not a fan of Pulse....since it blows! Just my opinion!

    Moving on...

    Have bought:
    I have bought and used Pulse, Early Edition and MobileRSS.

    Did not care for Pulse....boring and too limited. Too blocky od a layout and can't mark as read which is a requirement for me in an RSS app..

    Early edition is WAY too limited in features and actually didn't care for the fake newspaper layout.

    MobileRSS is and was AWESOME, but had to try Reeder due to all the hype. Really like the unique features like the folders and the pinching to open. Very nice UI but maybe not as intuitive as MobileRSS. Needs Facebook integration.

    Over all....a keeper...can't wait for future updates.

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    anyone care to compare this to newsrack? i like newsrack and its a solid RSS reader, but it is clunky at times, although i think by definition RSS readers are all clunky so who knows...
     
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    I also have used Newsrack. It is a very nice app. I was only using it though until MobileRSS came out. To me MobilrRSS is cleaner than Newsrack.

    Still on the fence on Reeder....but I just downloaded it a little while ago.

    For me it will come down to the next updates. I am sure MobileRSS will soon add features like the iPhone version...like being able to subscribe to new feeds and manage feeds right in the app. I have not used Reeder on iPhone so I don't know what the future holds.

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    If I dont use Google Reader will this app work straight form normal RSS?
     
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    For me at least, I don't care to mark all as read just because I don't go through each news update. I don't like early edition though from when I tried it.

    Thoughts from others?
     
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    Functionally, this is probably one of the best RSS readers I've used yet (so far I've used pulse and early edition).

    Visually however, I am not sure if I'm doing something wrong? All of my thumbnails are just blank pages, so it is very bland looking and lacks the "pizzazz" of pulse in that regard. That said, it's functionality and feel is tremendous and the fact that it can support all of my feeds instead of just 20 and lets me get through them with no lag at all will likely make this my primary reader.
     
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    Just bought it. Looks great so far.


    You're talking about the icons of the feeds. The feed provider can have an icon there. In mine, the NYT feeds have it as well as Engadget, TUAW, Ars Technica, Daring Fireball, & Marco.org

    I bought both (as well as NewsRack & Early Edition).

    The nice thing about the Reeder homepage is that you can see more feeds than other apps will show from the homepage.

    Your point about the images is correct though. Pulse will show the images if they are there.
     
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    After having installed and played with it, Its a good reader but I dont know who are what bribed the iTunes reviews as everyone seems ot be raving about it. It is good but I wouldnt go on to say its the most amazing app ever etc. Having used NewsRack and this now, they both are great in their own right.

    For example, you need to have a Google Reader account to use Reeder, you dont for NewsRack. In Reeder if I mark something as Read everything dissapears and I cant get it back. In NR I can still get access to the feeds (unless I am doing something wrong in Reeder). In NR I can pinch and zoom the feeds, in Reeder I cant do that unless I get to the actual site itself and then I can pinch and zoom.

    At this stage I would still say that Newsrack is a better program and is a bit more flexible. Speedwise they are similar, I cant say one is faster than the other. I would say that these are the 2 best RSS Readers out there but NR gets the nod.

    However I also notice there are several fanbois for Reeder who will I am sure attack me for saying NR is better than Reeder ;)
     
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    I've installed Reeder but I don't see why it's better than other RSS readers currently in the appstore. It looks ghostly white, almost Zen minimalist. Is that it?
     
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    Access to the read feeds can be changed in settings.

    Yeah...the fanboys seem to be pretty plentiful.

    I think Reeder, MobileRSS and Newsrack are all reasonably similar quality. Once MobileRSS adds all the features the iPhone version has....lights out for the other two. It'll be the winner...hands down.

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    Either I am completely blind or there are just no settings in Reeder. Can anybody confirm this? What's if I want to change my google feed? there is no option for this.

    Update: okay I have found it now. he put it directly in the settings of the OS.
     
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    Settings/Reeder, they are not in the App like many others.
     
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    Its gr8 in functionality both in UI and gestures thats why people rave about it!

    When in list mode, slide to left marks that particular feed read/unread and slide to right is for star/unstar

    The button is toolbar is for marking all as read.

    i own NR to but it doesn't have a intuitive previous/next feature. in Reeder u can just drag the whole feed up or down to go to the next or previous feed.

    moreover viewing entire articles in the in-app browser is amazing with instapaper mobilizer support built in!

    These are my observation in the last couple of hours reading through almost 400 feeds.

    it would have been good if there was an intro or first look window explaining the gestures and functions, as this app doesn't comply with the Apple UI fully
     
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    I have to agree (well said) NewsRack is a great App and has been number for for me (my uses). Reeder on the other hand has been moved up to number two. I really like the Reeder UI and how it works. It's a nice App and well done. I'm sure like NewsRack it will also be updated and paid attention to by the developers.

    I listed my thoughts in another thread about the MobileRSS App vs the NewsRack App and NewsRack is more polished even tho it's hard to notice sometimes unless you have a side by side look at the same article. NewsRack presents the article with more eye candy. I don't see myself moving away from NewsRack b/c it's nice and works well.

    Reeder has offered a different appearance or presentation of the same information and I like it.

    I used to only use MobileRSS and thought it was a great App till I began using the others. MobileRSS is still great and works well, it's just not best for me. Others may find it outstanding.

    I actually like the Digital Post also, it's another great App but much different than the other listed in this thread. The App is just another one to choose from and my point is that it's nice to have such great Apps to choose from on the iPad considering it's only been out for a short time.

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    After trying both out for some time, I can add some of my own thoughts. I like Reeder. It's very nicely done. However I'm not sure how to add feeds from within the app?

    Pulse is also good in my opinion. Unlike Reeder, I don't think videos load from within the app. One thing I prefer is the picture based navigation which looks much nicer for feeds that support this feature. For ones that don't, Reeder may be preferable.

    Just some initial impressions. Still unclear which one I will stick with.
     
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    thanks for both of these posts. looks like i'll stick with newsrack for the time being. the UI in Reeder looks intriguing but i'll just keep tabs on it and see how things develop all around.
     
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    I should have pointed out in Reeder you can get an article back if it's been read. Simply tap the circle icon and it will bring it back. Sorry for the vague explaination but I'm working from memory at the moment. My iPad is not near.
    I know you can get an article back tho b/c I have done it and also was interested in knowing if that was able to be done.
     
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    I still like Pulse.
     
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    I think pulse is not as good for reading articles. It has no text formatting and no in line pictures. You must always shift to web view.

    Reader allows pics to show up as well as formatted text. Not to mention playable videos. Still prefer how pulse presents articles though.
     
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    I've finally got round to looking at news readers and I bought NewsRack, MobileRSS and Reeder. I admit that I'd pre-judged Pulse from screen shots and reports of a 20 feed limitation so I didn't buy that.

    My conclusion, reached fairly quickly, is that Reeder is my favourite. I use my iPad almost exclusively in landscape mode and I was worried by all the screen shots that article reading in landscape mode doesn't use the whole screen width but in Reeder it effectively does because when you click into the full article it automatically puts its built in browser into full width mode whereas the other two candidates stay within the preview window and still leave the lefthand pane in place. For me this is a killer feature for Feeder.

    There are a few things that I'd like to see added....

    1) It would be really nice to be able to manage feeds in the app (like NewsRack can). It saves having to keep flipping to a browser to do it.

    2) When I'm going through my unread items I tend to work down the list from top to bottom and the list can be quite long. I think that it would be a really nice touch to have a numerical indicator to say how many unread messages are left in the list running down the left of the screen. It seems to me that a discrete display at the bottom of the toolbar (the bar on the left) would be nice so, if I'm working through 100 articles to read, it would start at 100 and as I work my way down the list it would gradually decrement to reflect the number of unread artichokes left in the list.

    3) I quite like the grey scheme but I do agree that the top level folder icons can look a bit too bland if they're all white. Since these are user-defined folders and often named things like "News", "Business", "Computers", "Technology", etc I'm wondering whether it would be possible for Reeder to provide a few (20 or 30 maybe ) stock icons that would be appropriate for the user to select from to set some sort of icons for their top level folders.

    Apart from the above I can't find much wrong with Feeder at the moment.

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    You should still really take a look at Pulse, it's pretty good. I don't use it as my sole reader. I only grab a few of my feeds like TUAW, Engadget, and Lifehacker and read them in there casually. When I need to get through more feeds and do more with them, I use Reeder.
     
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    As far as the gimmicky/lightweight readers go, I liked early edition better than pulse. Pulse is the worst if what you really want to get at is the information in the feeds, not just a whole bunch of UI. But early edition started giving me a lot of dupe feeds and I finally gave up on both.

    I like netnewswire for a while, but ultimately fell back to newsrack because nnw, like others, relies on google and can't manage feeds on its own.

    So far reeder is working the best with my personal reading style, but I'm keeping newsrack around to actually manage the feeds.

    Its funny how so many of us are willing to try/buy so many different apps in the search for this one holy grail rss app.


    Edit: how the heck do you get feeds into stacks like in the screenshots, or folders or whatever? Their site is even more minimalist than the app.
     

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