Youre on the internet looking for one thing and something else pops up and grabs your attention. Someone sends a link to a great article and reading it will take 10-15 minutes out of working your day. Youre headed for bed and cant focus on a weighty article. Now is not a convenient time (you have to restart your computer) or you just don’t feel like it. Whatever … it’s something you might be interested in at some future point in time, just not now!
You don’t want to get distracted. You think you might want it (a recipe or tech article or a piece of research) but you don’t have time to check it out. You don’t want to read it right now. Whatever ….you want to read it later. And another thing … you want to read it off line.
Instapaper is a web based application that allows you to save and read web content offline later on your: Computer iPhone iPad Kindle Android phone
This is not just reading it later and throwing it away like we used to do with paper. You may want to save it to use as a reference material for project you working on. You want to save a recipe you think you may want to use it in the future - maybe more than once. You want to share it with a friend by email. You may want to share it with all your friends or on Facebook or Twitter.
Too many bookmarks quickly become unmanageable. You can’t find anything and can’t remember why you bookmarked it anyways. You want to save your bookmarks for genuinely frequently used websites like Facebook, for sites that use a login like banks and credit cards, for your email accounts (for web mail), for movies theaters and movie review sites and so on.
INTERFACE SAVE ‘n’ SYNC ORGANIZING READING SHARING BROWSING BACKING UP DRAWBACKS NUMBERS Extra BITS ‘n’ PIECES
The interface is nice and clean—or bare bones basic depending on your design aesthetic. The iPhone/iPad and Web apps all look, feel and work a bit differently.
Save articles, web pages, blogs, videos, audio files and more. All saved items available off line at any time. Save links to articles you havent even looked at - send a link from an email to your Instapaper account. Sync seamlessly between all devices - iPhone/iPad/computer.
Use folders to keep unread topics under control. Send articles to Evernote you have read and are sure you want to keep and re-use. Archive or delete read articles so they don’t stuff up your devices. your favorite articles.
Jump to original website. Read text only – ad free. Images are retained. Reading is optimized for iPhone/iPad screens. Hyperlinks are retained in the text—they are not saved as footnotes/references at the end of an article. Customizing of fonts (including san serif) and font size, line spacing and column width etc. is easy and good enough: iPhone/iPad viewing features in read mode include: tilt scrolling (my personal favorite viewing feature). double tap to show/hide the top/bottom bars single tap a photo to share or zoom/pinch
Email to friends. Share with your social networks (Facebook/Twitter). Save to Evernote
Use the Browse function to see your friends’ favorite articles and share your faves with them. Read the Instapaper communitys most saved stories.
Export a cvs or html file of all your saved articles. Export is limited to the most recent 2000.
Instapaper is supported by over 150 other iPhone and iPad apps. Nice built in Dictionary (tap and hold – iPhone/iPad) iPhone/iPad viewing features in read mode: tilt scrolling double tap to show/hide the top/bottom bars single tap a photo to share or zoom and pinch
Filing folders takes patience. There’s no drag/drop or easy sorting. Save to Kindle isn’t seamless yet. There’s no search feature therefore use of folders is key. Apparently you get this feature with a paid subscription. In the meantime you can export a cvs file and sort and search there. There’s no note taking or highlighting facility - this is Read-and-Share-Only. The link to an RSS feed (Google Reader) is no longer available.
COST Web app is free. $4.95 for the iToys app (one time charge) Support the developer with a $1 a month donation. This will surely speed up feature development. ARTICLE LIMITS 500 article limit on iPhone/iPad. Unlimited on Web.
www.instapaper.co m Once you have an account and are signed in click on Account (top right) to set up sharing options.
Link Facebook, and Evernote in just a few quick minutes and Twitter, Tumblr and Pinboard if you use them!.
Email a link directly from your mail box to Instapaper
Marco Arment is the founder of Instapaper. He cofounded Tumblr and served as its lead developer for four years, scaling it from zero to thousands of requests per second. He is based in New York and writes about software, technology, and coffee at www.marco.org Instapaper Blog: http://blog.instapaper.com/
Sharing articles with your Kindle is fiddly. http://david- smith.org/blog/2012/01/13/instapaper-on-the- kindle/
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