Unread 3.2.2 is available from the App Store with these improvements:

  • The Add Subscription screen will now discover the RSS feed associated with a Tumblr blog when a Tumblr blog URL is entered. Similarly the Subscribe to Unread share sheet extension will now discover a Tumblr blog’s RSS feed when invoked while visiting that blog.
  • This update fixes a bug that caused article unread counts to be displayed incorrectly under some circumstances.

This update is available now from the App Store. If you enjoy using Unread please consider purchasing a subscription. An Unread Subscription unlocks custom app icons, article actions, caching of webpage text and images, and more.

A few days ago Phil Gyford launched ooh.directory, a collection of blogs with RSS feeds. Phil wrote:

For years I’ve seen people moan that “nobody blogs any more”, all while my feed reader was overflowing with new blogposts I never had time to read. I want to demonstrate that there are lots and lots of people blogging, about all kinds of subjects!

Even though I knew there was a lot of blogging going on, I’ve been pleasantly surprised by quite how much. So many people, so many topics, so much enthusiasm. It’s easy to get lost down rabbitholes, following links and blogrolls from one blog to the next.

I want more people to read blogs and more people to write blogs. I hope you’ll find some interesting blogs to read here and, maybe, some inspiration that will get you blogging.

Check out his full introductory post and the directory itself.

Unread 3.2.1 is available from the App Store with these improvements:

  • The Add Subscription screen will now discover the Mastodon RSS feed when a Mastodon account URL is entered. Similarly the Subscribe to Unread share sheet extension will now discover a Mastodon user’s RSS feed when invoked from the user’s profile page or posts.
  • This update adds a Mastodon button to the About screen. The button lets you open Unread’s profile page on Mastodon, copy a link to that page, or copy its handle. Unread is on Mastodon with the handle @unread@mastodon.goldenhillsoftware.com.
  • This update fixes a bug that prevented home screen widgets from working under some circumstances.
  • This update fixes a bug around syncing the read/unread status values and starred/unstarred status values of articles.

This update is available now from the App Store. If you enjoy using Unread please consider purchasing a subscription. An Unread Subscription unlocks custom app icons, article actions, caching of webpage text and images, and more.

Unread 3.2 is available from the App Store with a variety of improvements.

New Custom App Icons

This update adds custom app icon options, letting you customize how Unread appears on your home screen. A new icon selection screen lets you see the icons at their full sizes. All previously available app icons are still available. There are tweaks to the Glass app icon.

Custom App Icons are available to customers who have purchased an Unread Subscription.

New icon selection screen

New Theme: Blue on Black

The new Blue on Black theme has a pure black background. It is similar to the Black theme, but it uses a light blue color for subscription titles.

New icon selection screen

Article Action Improvements

Any enabled article action can now be performed on any link inside an article. Long press a link, and then select the article action from the resulting menu. Any inability to perform an article action in the background, such as an inability to communicate with Instapaper or Pocket, is now reported under account settings on the Settings screen.

The Mail Article action is now called Mail Content.

Article Actions are available to customers who have purchased an Unread Subscription.

Hide Subscriptions That Are Inside Folders, Groups, or Tags

By default the top-level list of subscriptions for an account shows all subscriptions, regardless of whether those subscriptions are assigned any folders, groups, or tags. If you wish to only see subscriptions not assigned a folder, group, or tag at the top level, turn off the new Show at Top Level setting. The setting is available under SettingsFolders/Groups/Tags. This setting does not apply to Feed Wrangler accounts.

Additional Improvements

  • For Feedbin accounts, Unread will now retrieve an updated version of an article when Feedbin reports that a significant update has been made to it.
  • Unread now stores new articles more quickly and in a more space-efficient format.
  • Unread now detects Link Articles from 512pixels.net. This change applies to articles downloaded after installing this update. To view both the 512pixels.net article and the article to which it links, open any such article, swipe the screen to the left, select Display from the resulting menu, and then select Feed & Webpage Text from the resulting submenu. Then select All Link Articles at the resulting prompt.
  • This update adds improvements to the layout of macstories.net articles. These improvements apply to articles downloaded after installing this update.
  • This update fixes a bug that prevented text from some articles from being displayed while images were being loaded.
  • This update removes the Twitter button from the About screen.

This update is available now from the App Store. If you enjoy using Unread please consider purchasing a subscription. An Unread Subscription unlocks custom app icons, article actions, caching of webpage text and images, and more.

My Mastodon service provider had some issues over the weekend. If you had trouble following Unread on Mastodon, please try again. These are the details from my earlier article:

Unread now has a Mastodon account. Its handle is @unread@mastodon.goldenhillsoftware.com. You can follow it from any Mastodon server, or any Mastodon-compatible service such as Micro.blog. Feel free to reach out via Mastodon with any questions or suggestions. I also intend to continue Unread’s Twitter presence.

Unread now has a Mastodon account. Its handle is @unread@mastodon.goldenhillsoftware.com. You can follow it from any Mastodon server, or any Mastodon-compatible service such as Micro.blog. Feel free to reach out via Mastodon with any questions or suggestions. I also intend to continue Unread’s Twitter presence.

YouTube channels can be great sources of information and entertainment. YouTubers often encourage viewers to “smash” a Subscribe button, but there is another option: Subscribe in Unread.

YouTube provides RSS feeds for YouTube channels and playlists. When you open the share sheet from a YouTube video and then select Subscribe in Unread, Unread will find the relevant feeds and let you subscribe to them. That works whether you are viewing a YouTube video via the YouTube app or the YouTube website.

When you subscribe to a YouTube feed, new videos from that feed will appear as articles in Unread, just like articles from other feeds to which you subscribe.

The webpage text view for any YouTube video includes a video player along with YouTube’s video description, without the distractions of comments and related videos.

Unread 3.1.1 is available from the App Store with these improvements:

  • This update adds support for iPhone 14 devices.
  • This update improves formatting of Substack articles. These improvements will apply to articles downloaded after installing the update.
  • This update fixes a bug that prevented the share sheet from becoming the focused view when activated via VoiceOver.

If you enjoy using Unread please consider leaving a review in the App Store, writing about it on your blog, or telling your friends via social media.

The new Subscribe in Unread share sheet extension has full hardware keyboard navigation and several keyboard shortcuts. Share sheet extensions do not have the keyboard shortcuts windows that apps have, but these keyboard shortcuts are available in the share sheet extension:

  • Press delete to unsubscribe from the selected feed.
  • Press command-c to copy a link to the selected feed.
  • When a row representing a folder, smart stream, or tag is selected, press return to toggle the switch.
  • When editing a subscription, press command-s, command-shift-d, or command-return to save the subscription.
  • When editing a subscription, press command-w to cancel. When on a list of feeds, press command-w to dismiss the share sheet extension.

Unread 3.1 is available in the App Store. This update adds a Subscribe in Unread share sheet extension, making it easy to subscribe to feeds offered by the website you are visiting. This update also adds webpage text feature improvements and more.

New Share Sheet Extension: Subscribe in Unread

From Safari or any other web browser, open the share sheet and select Subscribe in Unread. The extension will present a list of feeds offered by the website you are visiting. Subscribe to any feed. You can set a custom title, assign groupings (folders, smart streams, or tags — whatever groupings your account supports), and even create new groupings. If you are already subscribed you can edit the subscription or unsubscribe. Subscribe in Unread incorporates Unread’s typography, context menus, color themes, and great hardware keyboard support.

Subscribe in Unread works from Safari, Chrome, Firefox, in-app Safari views, and just about any other web browser on your device. It even works from the YouTube app, letting you subscribe to YouTube’s channel and playlist feeds.

Subscribe in Unread supports Unread Cloud, Local accounts, Feed Wrangler, Feedbin, Feedly, Inoreader, and NewsBlur. It does not work with Fever API accounts because the Fever API does not support subscription management.

Here is a video demonstrating Subscribe in Unread:

Subscribe in Unread share sheet extension

Webpage Text Feature Improvements

The swipe left menu of an article now contains a Display item. After selecting that, you are given the option of Feed Text, Webpage Text, or Feed & Webpage Text. The option representing the currently displayed content is highlighted. Pressing command-shift-t on a hardware keyboard while viewing an article also displays the menu letting you choose Feed Text, Webpage Text, or Feed & Webpage Text.

Unread now refers to articles consisting of a link to and comment on another article, such as those from Daring Fireball, as “link articles” instead of “linked list articles”.

Other Improvements

  • This update adds feed discovery improvements around feeds from YouTube and from Medium.
  • Pressing command-l or command-f from the Add Subscription screen now puts focus on the Website or Feed URL text field.
  • Selecting a feed to which you are already subscribed from the Add Subscription screen now presents the screen letting you edit the subscription. Long press any feed for a context menu letting you view the website, copy the feed link, or unsubscribe.
  • This update adds the ability to export a list of unavailable feeds in your Unread Cloud account or Local account to a JSON file. To access this functionality, navigate to the Feed Errors screen, swipe left, and select Export Feed Errors from the resulting menu.
  • The Unread Cloud sign-in screen now shows a header of “Unread Cloud” instead of “Unread: An RSS Reader”.
  • This update adds modest improvements to the heuristics around determining whether an article is a link article.

You can download Unread from the App Store.

I just released Unread 3.1 with a Subscribe in Unread share sheet extension. Like Feed Hawk, Subscribe in Unread lets you subscribe to and unsubscribe from feeds offered by the website your are visiting via the share sheet.

In addition Subscribe in Unread offers many improvements over Feed Hawk:

  • The ability to set subscription titles.
  • The ability to assign groupings (folders, smart streams, or tags — whatever groupings your account supports) to subscriptions, and to create new groupings.
  • Great hardware keyboard support.
  • Improved feed discovery.

With that functionality incorporated into Unread, I decided to discontinue Feed Hawk.

The Subscribe in Unread share sheet extension supports Unread Cloud, Unread’s Local accounts, Feed Wrangler, Feedbin, Feedly, Inoreader, and NewsBlur. If you have been using Feed Hawk with a feed service that Subscribe in Unread supports, I encourage you to download Unread and use the Subscribe in Unread share sheet extension. You can use it even if you choose to use a different app as your RSS reader. Unread is free to download, and none of the Subscribe in Unread functionality requires a purchase.

Feed Hawk does work with some services that Unread and the Subscribe in Unread extension do not support. If you are using Feed Hawk with such a service, you can continue to do so. Customers who downloaded Feed Hawk in the past can download it to other devices by following these instructions.

This website has RSS feeds dedicated to Feed Hawk news. They will remain in place, but after today they will incorporate articles pertaining to Unread.

I released the first version of Feed Hawk in August 2016, just about one year before I took over development of Unread. I wrote Feed Hawk because I wanted a feature that most RSS readers did not offer at that time: the ability to subscribe to RSS feeds offered by a website when visiting from my iPhone and iPad. I am excited to deliver this functionality in Unread.

You can download Unread from the App Store.

I need to take Unread Cloud offline for maintenance on Friday, August 5, at 5:00 AM EDT (09:00 UTC). Specifically I need to resize the Linode instance hosting the primary databases. This maintenance should last no more than 30 minutes. During this 30-minute time period Unread will be unable to refresh Unread Cloud accounts and Local accounts.

Update August 5, at 5:17 AM EDT (09:17 UTC): The maintenance work is complete, and Unread Cloud is back online. Thank you for your patience.

Unread 3.0.2 is available in the App Store.

Keyboard Shortcut Changes

  • This update removes command-w as a keyboard shortcut for backing out of the current screen. On iPadOS 16 this keyboard shortcut closes the current app window. Instead, use left arrow, command-period, or escape to back out of the current screen.
  • The previous keyboard shortcut for marking an article read or unread conflicts with a Stage Manager keyboard shortcut on iPadOS 16. Therefore the primary keyboard shortcut for marking an article read or unread is now m (with no modifiers). The keyboard shortcuts u, r, and command-shift-u now also mark the article read or unread. The previous keyboard shortcut for marking an article read or unread also works when possible, but it does not work when using Stage Manager.
  • The primary keyboard shortcut for saving/starring or unsaving/unstarring an article is now s (with no modifiers). The previous keyboard shortcut, command-s, still works as well. This update also adds l and command-shift-l as alternative keyboard shortcuts for saving/starring or unsaving/unstarring an article.

Other Improvements

  • This update fixes bugs around showing the search field via keyboard shortcut.
  • This update adds improvements to the heuristics used to determine whether an article is a linked list article.