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Unread – An RSS Reader

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Rediscover the joy of reading your favorite writers with Unread, an RSS reader for iPhone.

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“Unread is refreshingly simple and elegant. If you subscribe to RSS feeds and read them on your iPhone, take some time and use Unread for a while — I think you’ll be glad you did.”
— Shawn Blanc

“Unread provides a fantastic mix of elegant typography, intuitive gesture-based, one-handed navigation, iOS 7 features, and modern sharing tools that, in my opinion, make it the best RSS reader for iPhone today.”
— Federico Viticci

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Focus on the act of reading with Unread’s full-screen article view. Articles are typeset in beautiful fonts from Hoefler & Co. Let nothing stand between you and the words of your favorite writers except a thin sheet of glass.

Move anywhere in the app with a sweep of your thumb, all without having to reposition your hand. Unread’s stacked navigation was built from scratch to be the most comfortable interface you’ve ever used. Flick left-to-right to go back from anywhere on the screen, just like dealing a deck of cards. Tug any screen right-to-left to show options for that screen — just like pull-to-refresh, but sideways.

Like to read in bed? Don’t wake up your partner with glaring white light. Unread has multiple themes designed to make it easy to read under daytime or nightime lighting conditions. There are several fun hidden themes, too.

You shouldn’t have to struggle to send articles to the places you like best. Apps should do that hard work for you. Share your favorite articles via the rich options built with OvershareKit, an open-source sharing library for iOS. OvershareKit was born inside of Unread, and is being discovered by more apps all the time.

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Unread requires an account with one of the following RSS syncing services:

- FeedWrangler
- Feedbin
- Feedly
- Fever
- NewsBlur

More services are coming in future updates.

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• BACKGROUND REFRESH • Unread keeps your subscriptions up to date with power-efficient background updating. Articles and images are saved to your device for convenient offline reading.

• SHARING • Send articles to Instapaper, Pocket, Readability, Pinboard, or your Reading List. Share articles and images via or Twitter with as-you-type syntax highlighting, swipe gesture shortcuts for the cursor, and automatic smart quotes. Send a snippet of highlighted text to Omnifocus or Things for a quick reminder. Even more options are on the way.

• QUICK ACCESS • Double tap an article summary to instantly toggle read/unread status. Press and hold to show a menu of options. This is great for quick sharing or for jumping straight to the web to view the original article.

• LINKED-LISTS • If an article is a linked-list article, like those written by John Gruber at Daring Fireball, the article summary shows the domain name of the linked item’s site. Many times the domain is a punchline all by itself.

• BIG THUMBNAILS • Turn on the optional inline thumbnails to see big previews of article images while you scroll.

• FOOTNOTE POPOVERS • Articles with properly-formatted footnotes will show convenient popovers when you need to read a footnote.

• PERSISTENT WEB BROWSER • Instead of a transient browser that disappears as soon as it goes offscreen, Unread’s web browser stays around. It remembers your back/forward history and retains the current page. Now you can finally switch back to finish an article without losing your place on an interesting site. You will wonder why every app doesn’t work this way.

• VOICE OVER & ACCESSIBILITY • Unread has 100-percent VoiceOver coverage. Every screen and every feature is available to users with vision impairments. Font sizes are adjustable, too, from Tiny to EPIC and many points between.

What's New in Version 1.2

[NEW] Added NewsBlur.

[NEW] Added Fever.[1]

[NEW] Added a native image viewer to the article view and the web browser. 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.

[NEW] 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.[2]

[NEW] Optional app icon badge for the current unread count.[3]

[NEW] Landscape support to the web browser.

[NEW] Tug the current article up or down to go the next or previous article in the current list.

[NEW] Tug up from the bottom of a list of articles to mark them all as read (after a confirmation which is enabled by default).

[NEW] Option to mark articles as read by scrolling past them in an articles list.[5]

[NEW] Unlocked the Glass and Campfire themes for all users.

[NEW] “Extra Small” font size.

[NEW] Separate font size preference for article list screens.

[NEW] Release Notes history screen.

[NEW] Improved Facebook sharing: now uses link-based posts when available.

[NEW] Added the 1Password button to web-based sign in screens.

[NEW] Article lists attempt to maintain their perceived scroll position when a refresh triggers a reload (only supported on certain newer devices).

[NEW] The web view toolbar now changes to a light or dark color scheme to match the current theme.

[CHANGE] Broke up the settings screen into more focused sections.

[CHANGE] Cosmetic changes, especially to the Day, Night, and Glass themes.

[CHANGE] Found a better way of preserving web browser history that preserves the full back/forward history, even across relaunches. It also looks better when tapping an article link after having viewed something else in the browser.

[CHANGE] Made options menus easier to trigger.

[CHANGE] Made it easier to dismiss the current screen off the top of the stack.

[CHANGE] The “Articles” section is now always visible, even when “Hide Read Items” is enabled.

[CHANGE] Improved the CSS for article views, especially for CODE, PRE, FIGURE, and AUDIO html elements.

[FIX] Fixed several possible causes of crashes related to inline thumbnails.

[FIX] Fixed a crash that can occur when sanitizing the HTML for articles that contain extremely long embedded data UIRs.[8]

[FIX] Named anchor links in the article view now jump to the named anchor, where possible.

[FIX] Fixed a bug with mailto: links.

[FIX] Fixed a bug with the new Feedly sign in web flow.

[FIX] Fixed a bug with Pinboard titles not displaying correctly when saving under certain conditions.

[FIX] Fixed a crasher when signing in.

[FIX] The “Last Background Fetch” message in should not have been user-editable.

[FIX] Numerous minor bug fixes and UI improvements.[13]

[1] Shows all your “Kindling” feeds and saved items. No Hotlinks for now, just the core feed reading experience. Not all of Fever’s article lists support “Mark All Read”, e.g. a list of starred articles.

[2] Howdy, XKCD fans!


[4] This feature doesn’t exist.

[5] Fever cannot support this feature.

[6] Removed this feature because it was never made.

[7] I want a t-shirt that reads, “I only commit to master.”

[8] OMG web standards.

[13] People always write this kaizen-ish line, but it’s true. I swear there’s like a 100,000 git commits strung like beads between version 1.1 and version 1.2. Maybe I should just rebase it all down to the latest commit and make it look like I shipped all this on the first day.[7]

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Customer Reviews

Great RSS reader

I've been using Reeder since 2010 and love it. Aside from Mr. Reader on the iPad, I have never used another RSS reader. That was until Unread was released. It has a great presentation that makes it enjoyable to read articles in your RSS feed. I like how the built-in browser works. It keeps the last page you viewed in it loaded. You can then go back to the browser at any time without having to load a new page in it. The only thing I would like to see added is the ability to move from one article to the next while reading through your feed.

Great updates!

I was just getting into this app and was really enjoying it, especially the way it's truly a one-handed operation and lets me share items to a long and thoughtful list of places, but I had a couple gripes. This update fixes almost everything on my wishlist. (Scroll from one item to the next, improved browser being the most notable.)

The gestures are simple and intuitive but the app is powerful. Makes me love RSSing on my phone again.

My last wishlist items: being able to paste clipboard into and tag a Pinboard share, a Pinterest option.

Great Style and Experience, Missing Some Features

Unread has replaced Reeder on my home screen, because it offers a superior user experience for reading and navigating.

The 1.2 update adds a lot of what I was missing with its great built-in image viewer. That said, there are two features that I hope will be added.

1. Feed management.
2. Option for auto-enabling a dark theme at night.

Unread – An RSS Reader
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  • $4.99
  • Category: News
  • Updated: Apr 21, 2014
  • Version: 1.2
  • Size: 26.4 MB
  • Language: English
  • Seller: Nice Boy LLC

Compatibility: Requires iOS 7.0 or later. Compatible with iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch. This app is optimized for iPhone 5.

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