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Update: The latest version (4.2, I think) adds animation settings! Thank you! I’ve sped up and turned off what I can, and the app feels snappier now. Reeder 3 wasn’t loading all of the images in feeds that I subscribe to. I figured it was about time to upgrade. I’m sad that I did. Reeder 4 has beautiful, but very slow animations. It feels so much less responsive than Reeder 3 does. Every action takes longer, because I have to wait for stuff to bounce around. I really want to use the new version, because I like how it looks, and it loads images. But I can’t stand how long the animations take. Also, if you’re looking for VoiceOver support, look elsewhere. The main screen’s labels are “Button, Button, Button, Button,” and there’s no way to get into an account. And once you’re into an account, there’s no way to get into the article list. And once you’re on the article list, there’s no way to go through the articles. And once you're into an article, there’s no way to read the headline. And did I mention that none of the buttons have labels? Reeder 3 isn’t any better.
After Reeder 3 wasn't updated for around a year I worried that my favorite RSS reader was gone, so I'm totally and pleasantly surprised to see that it's now back as an entirely new release. That said, some things are missing from Reeder 3 that would be nice to have back, and what appear to be a few possible bugs still need to be fixed. "Group by Feed" is missing and should return, hyperlinks should be underlined to differentiate them from bold text, Fever's "Hot" feeds is missing, and for some reason when re-opening Reeder in portrait mode I just get a blank page with the Reeder icon and the name of the account or folder I had selected but no feeds displayed (I'm not sure what the difference is between most of the layouts are or if changing this option would fix this behavior or if it's a bug). Like image caching, I hope that these just didn't make the 4.0 release and will be back soon. I'm not sure if I'm ready to switch over from Reeder 3 quite yet but I can see myself transitioning over as Reeder 4 matures.
I am loving the upgrade from Reeder 3. Having it be free would be nice but this is not some one-off update. Using Feed Wrangler, I pull in a lot of items through a lot of subscriptions sorted into a lot of smart feeds with and without image previews. This new version feels more responsive and my feeds seem to be ready to read through more quickly compared to the same setup using Reeder 3. Using the new “Bionic Reading” feature with a serif style font and dark mode enabled along with a little extra line spacing does make extended reading sessions easier to get through. I think this is a great new feature Silvio as integrated into this new version of Reeder. It did take me about one hour of reading to get used to it, so I say give it a try and you might like it too. I would like to see the return of image caching soon. That is the only bit of feedback I have right now that resembles a complaint. I can live without it and I don’t think it missing (just for a short while I hope) requires me dinging my five-star rating. Given the consistent quality of what Silvio Rizzi delivers and the pretty decent improvements that Reeder 4 provides over Reeder 3, the one-time price for this app is certainly worth paying.
My first instinct when I saw the screen captures in the App Store was that this didn’t look like much of an upgrade. I questioned the $5 purchase, but bit the bullet because Reeder hasn’t disappointed since I first started using it. I’m glad I got it. It’s definitely hard to capture what’s so nice about this app in a screen grab. Everything about it feels smoother and snappier. The reading experience feels much better as well, given some of the changes in the font and linking. Quite simply, there are a lot of small, subtle details that you don’t really notice until you use them, and once you do, you’ll find them quite satisfying. Whether you’re a returning Reeder user or a new RSS customer, buy this app. You won’t regret it.
I’m not sure why others are critical of this app, because Reeder 4 is a more refined and polished version of Reeder 3. For me, the app has been stable and now downloads articles faster and more consistently. The new features are also great. Is it my imagination or do the animations and swipe gestures feel more fluid and polished? It’s rendering and display of articles is truly improved and cleaner—it’s just beautifully simple. I’ve tried so many others, but if you are a serious reader who appreciates an app that gets out of the way to allow you to focus on content, this is the gold standard. And, thankfully, it’s a one time purchase instead of a subscription.
A news reader for iOS with support for various sync services.
Reeder 4 adds new features like…
- The new Bionic Reading
- An in-app Read Later service which syncs with iCloud
- Image previews in the articles list (finally)
- Much improved article viewer
- More layout options
- Automatic reader view
- More shortcuts, matching the ones of Reeder for Mac
Supported sync services:
- Feed Wrangler
- The Old Reader
- BazQux Reader
If you want to use a self-hosted service, Reeder should work with services which use the Fever or the Google Reader API. Or just standalone RSS (without syncing) if you don't want to use any service.
Reeder 4 is also available for macOS.
Please note: If you rely on image caching, this feature unfortunately wasn't ready for the 4.0 release but it's in the works.
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