Unread, my favorite RSS reader for iPhone, has received an update adding support for two new services, a handful of additional features, and a number of important fixes, tweaks, and performance improvements. You can pick up the updated application now for $4.99 on the App Store, and it’s optimized for the iPhone and iPod touch.
Developed by Jared Sinclair, the app now supports two brand new services – NewsBlur and Fever – and a native image viewer for both the article view mode and the built-in Web browser makes it easier for users to check on images from inside of the application.
In an article view, tap an image to view it in the image viewer. In the web browser, long-press on an image to view it in the image viewer. It has Tweetbot-style flick-to-dismiss, too (thanks to Tapbots for their blessing). It’s arguably the best solution to a common problem, and the inconsistencies between the glut of other solutions have been driving me nuts. Better to learn from the best.
Besides this, however, a large number of further changes have also been made to the $4.99 application. As outlined in the app’s release notes, these include:
- Options menus just for images. Long press on an image to see a list of options, including an option to view the alt text of an image.
- Optional app icon badge for the current unread count.
- Landscape support to the web browser.
- Tug the current article up or down to go the next or previous article in the current list.
- Tug up from the bottom of a list of articles to mark them all as read (after a confirmation which is enabled by default).
- Option to mark articles as read by scrolling past them in an articles list.
- Unlocked the Glass and Campfire themes for all users.
- “Extra Small” font size.
- Separate font size preference for article list screens.
- Release Notes history screen.
- Improved Facebook sharing: now uses link-based posts when available.
- Added the 1Password button to web-based sign in screens.
- Article lists attempt to maintain their perceived scroll position when a refresh triggers a reload (only supported on certain newer devices).
- The web view toolbar now changes to a light or dark color scheme to match the current theme.
The ability to quickly mark items as “read” and to “tug” between articles are both changes that a lot of users will certainly appreciate.
Besides the above, Sinclair has also made a large number of minor alterations and fixes to the application, all of which should mean using Unread is now even more of a pleasant experience.
As mentioned, Unread 1.2 can be downloaded for $4.99 on the App Store, and it’s optimized for the iPhone and iPod touch. An iPad version is in the works too, according to Sinclair. For more information on the app, be sure to take a look at our hands-on review.
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