'Reading List' Screenshots from Mac OS X Lion

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Apple's new in-browser Reading List that was hidden in previous builds of Lion is now up and running. Reading List appears as a special shelf in the browser that is called upon with the special icon:





Sites can be added to your Reading List for later reading:





And recalled by clicking on them.





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rockosmodurnlif

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So basically it's just a bookmark system?
No, it is not, this is a "read later" system, not a bookmark one.
It can be both. I frequently use Instapaper for as a temporary bookmark system.

Though based on these screenshots, it doesn't seem this will be a further extension of the Safari's Reader. I wonder if the list will move to iOS devices when synced or take advantage of whatever "cloud" thing Apple's got coming up.
 

maknik

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Does anyone know if I can add a page to the reading list via a link to it, without loading the page directly? It would be useful when reading a blog to be able to load the full entry pages I want to read directly into my reading list, without having to open them in another tab in Safari first, add them to the reading list, and then close the tab.
 

hollerz

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Does anyone know if I can add a page to the reading list via a link to it, without loading the page directly? It would be useful when reading a blog to be able to load the full entry pages I want to read directly into my reading list, without having to open them in another tab in Safari first, add them to the reading list, and then close the tab.
From what I've read you can Shift+Click a link and it will add it to the reading list.



Exactly, it's nothing really special. Reading List is bookmarks that are easier to add/remove and display in a special sidebar separate from the regular bookmarks menu. Hardly worth a whole new name being made up for it. :rolleyes:
There's entire apps dedicated to this kind of thing.
 

brettryan

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I believe the point of a reading list is that it should allow for offline reading. Bookmarks are for static content you wish to visit frequently, a reading list item is more transient, allowing for efficient removal as well as addition.

I welcome it, especially if it syncs across devices :)
 

THX1139

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And the difference is....?

Every once in a while, especially when I'm doing research, I find a page on the internet that has relative information that I want/need to read. Since I'm only interested in that one page/article, I don't want to permanently bookmark it. I prefer to only bookmarks websites that I'm interested in returning on a continual basis.

What I want is a temporary link that I can come back to later. If I want to save pages to read later, I have to bookmark them and that sometimes makes my browser clutter up with a bunch of random bookmarks that I only need temporarily. This new "read later" system of saving links is just what I need instead of my current method, where I save links to a research folder, then delete the folder when I'm done.
 

frosty001

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This should also offer "offline" access to the full article, which might be helpful for mobile devices.
101% agree. Otherwise this is just a slightly better way of bookmarking. If you can make a list of things to read later and it auto syncs to all iOS devices making it able to be read offline, this would be a huge feature. MASSIVE.

Although it would negate the need for many Newspaper apps. So Apple might not want to rock that boat with App developers.
 

Thunderbird

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Every once in a while, especially when I'm doing research, I find a page on the internet that has relative information that I want/need to read. Since I'm only interested in that one page/article, I don't want to permanently bookmark it. I prefer to only bookmarks websites that I'm interested in returning on a continual basis.

What I want is a temporary link that I can come back to later. If I want to save pages to read later, I have to bookmark them and that sometimes makes my browser clutter up with a bunch of random bookmarks that I only need temporarily. This new "read later" system of saving links is just what I need instead of my current method, where I save links to a research folder, then delete the folder when I'm done.
I understand. Thanks. The ability to cache the pages and read them offline is a nice feature. I know sometimes I have an old bookmark with a broken link or a page that's no longer available. So, 'Read it Later' could also work (in reverse to your situation) as a permanent bookmark with a cached record of a web page.
 

YourHerojb

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not too sure

I'm not too fond of that icon being in Safari.
I do, however like the idea of it all syncing to your devices.

I can dig it.
 

MonkeySee....

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And the difference is....?
Why would you want to mess up your bookmarks with web pages you just want to read later?

Like something you want to buy. I'd like the idea of sticking it in a separate place rather than a bookmark.

Its not going to be a ground breaking feature but a nice add on.
 

SeaFox

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I understand. Thanks. The ability to cache the pages and read them offline is a nice feature. I know sometimes I have an old bookmark with a broken link or a page that's no longer available. So, 'Read it Later' could also work (in reverse to your situation) as a permanent bookmark with a cached record of a web page.
It's a nice idea until you remember most long articles on websites are broken into multiple pages to increase ad impressions. So you'll have only cached the first page (which in some cases is nothing more than the introduction to a slide-show style article).
 
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