During the last few years, new technologies completely changed the way we consume digital content. Thanks to tablets, innovative touch interfaces are now mainstream and the most popular websites are now developing touch-friendly content. However changes are happening in the old-fashioned web browsing as well, which is a result of a huge amount of information we consume on a daily basis. This led to numerous web services which are there to help you save and filter relevant information, and serve you only those articles you’re interested in.
In today’s article we are going to review an application named ReadKit 2, which is designed to save articles which you can read later, and also functions as RSS client. ReadKit 2 can be purchased using the Mac App Store for $5.
ReadKit 2 is actually the second version of already very popular “read later” application, which received some much needed updates and performance enhancement. This application can be used on its own, or in combination with numerous web services which are used to archive articles and RSS feeds. For example, supported “read later” services are Instapaper, Pocket, and Readability. Supported bookmark services are Pinboard and Delicious, and supported RSS Feed services are Fever and NewsBlur, even though this application also has its own hand-coded RSS engine. It is also important to know that you can sign-up with multiple accounts per one service, so you can save all your bookmarked articles into one application. This way, ReadKit 2 should be seen as an ultimate “read later” depository, where you can read, delete, or archive articles and feeds.
Applications like ReadKit 2 requires a very clear and focus interface, since your attention should only be on reading an article. Even though this application offers numerous features and some advanced archiving functionality, you’ll be surely focused only on your articles thanks to its beautifully designed interface. You can also go to Preferences where you can set-up desired background color, making it ever easier on the eyes. You’ll basically see three main parts for ReadKit’s interface and those are left-positioned sidebar which shows (smart) folders, RSS feeds, and services you have applied for; Center-positioned column which shows your articles; And right-positioned reading pane. You can also use stripped view, where you can fully focus on reading an article.
ReadKit 2 is probably one of them most functional “read later” applications, mostly because it unifies numerous web services which all work great together. This is not something that’s easily achievable. You can easily drag-and-drop articles and move them between different services, and you can also delete, move, copy, and archive a certain article, or make it your favorite. This way, you also get to use tags and smart folders which are features made to help you sort out hundreds and thousands of saved articles. Having a reliable sorting and search features is essential for any “read later” application, and ReadKit 2 seems to be one of the best designed applications that I have encountered in a long time.