Thursday, May 5, 2022

ReadKit 3

Balazs Varkonyi:

  • Universal app: same features and same services are supported on iOS and macOS.
  • Brand new macOS application with new design and improved functionality.
  • New supported services on macOS: BazQux, FreshRSS, Inoreader, Miniflux, The Old Reader, Tiny Tiny RSS, Wallabag.
  • Safari Extension to subscribe to feeds from Safari on macOS.
  • Improved focus-based navigation with left/right arrow keys.

The old Mac app was an iOS-style AppKit app. Now it’s an iOS-style Catalyst app, with many parts written using SwiftUI.

ReadKit 2.5 was $9.99. The new version is free (with no ads) and has premium features available for a $9.99/year subscription ($1.99/month or $39.99 lifetime):

  • Universal purchase: all premium features are available on both iOS and macOS with a single purchase.
  • Multiple accounts: use it with two or more accounts at the same time. Allows you to save articles from RSS feeds to read-later accounts.
  • Unlimited feeds: unlocks the limit of 20 feed for the built-in RSS service.
  • Manage folders and tags: allows to organize feeds and read-later articles into folders or tags.
  • Reader mode: displays the full text of article, even if it’s not included in the feed source.

OPML import and export are also premium features, though likely also available via your syncing service, if you have one. iCloud syncing for local accounts is promised for an upcoming version.


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Beatrix Willius

Lovely price hike!

Try lire. It's already cross-platform and iCloud sync enabled. Plus the offline article cache, of course. No subscription; just buy outright (once per platform). Catalyst Mac app—about the only one I like, actually.

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Corentin Cras-Méneur

I've used Readkit 2 for ages. It was by far my favorite RSS reader. Unfortunately, a little while back it started crashing on a regular basis, displaying hordes of duplicates in my feeds, etc. The issues were never fixed :-(

Now version 3 is out. I was excited at first, but the price is significantly higher, and it doesn't have some of the most useful features the previous version had (e.g.: the amazingly configurable Smart Folders v2 offered). I can't even test it since the free version won't import the data from v2 or feeds from an .opml file

@Corentin Ah, that’s too bad. The old smart folders were great.

Mike Oldham

I used readkit 2 for a long time, but it got too buggy for me too. I’ve finally settled on reeder, and been very happy with it.
I tried to NetNewsWire since it was my first RSS reader back in the day, but at the time it didn’t support minuflux which is the self hosted sync server I use. It does support miniflux now, but I’ve gotten way to used to VIM hot keys to switch back.

Was interested to try readkit 3 till I saw it is a subscription. I’m way too happy with reeder to want to pay a subscription to go back to readkit.

I use ReadKit on the Mac, but I use Newsify on iOS. I wanted to use the same one on both, but I couldn't get the features I wanted on the different platforms, so I kept it. I'll try RK3 on both and see how it goes, but based on the lack of Smart Folders, I'm not optimistic.

Readkit 2 conveniently is playing up.
Very convenient.

(RK2 still works OK for me.

If the subscription leads to steady improvements, $10/yr might be… OK. Still a bit much. But if it's maintained about the same as RK2, I find that hard to justify. As much as an old-school RSS user I am, the app _is_ mostly a frontend to a service that has a web app anyway.)

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