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.