|Available In: App Store||Price: $3.99|
As you can imagine… I love blogs. I not only love my informational, news, iPhone, hacking blogs but I also love my mom, cooking, baking, decorating blogs. I know… it can be a strange combination at times. So, like every blogaholic, I need a good RSS reader application. I have found Byline to nicely suit my needs and after today’s update to the app (version 3.0)… I just had to pass it along.
I’m not going to walk you through every feature and detail of this app (you can check out the below App Store Description for that) but, I will point out a few things that I like about it.
First, I like how easily and completely is syncs with Google. Byline has two-way syncing. If you do something in Google Reader, it syncs to the app. If you do something in the app, it syncs to Google Reader. This includes everything from read/unread articles, sharing, starring, notes… etc.
Second, it allows for offline browsing. Byline will cache up to 1000 articles that can then later be read while offline. Also, if you have more than 50% battery, you are able to open the app, lock your device (without closing the app) and it will continue to cache while your device is locked. You can now also choose (thanks to the update) to have specific feeds cache or not.
Third, I like the built in browser. If there is a link in an article that I would like to check out, I can do so without leaving Byline. I also love that I can view the full article right within Byline… I do that a lot to view comments on an article. Another new feature is that you are also able to email an article without leaving the app… very nice.
Forth, I like all the features. I like that I can quickly mark ‘All As Read’, copy the link, tweet an article, view the full article, see separate feeds/folders… etc. The app does a good job of having enough features in the Settings to keep me satisfied.
The only thing I would still like to see is the ability to add a new RSS feed from the Byline app itself. Other than that… Byline is by far the app I use most often throughout my day (well… facebook might give it a run for it’s money!).
Check out the App Store Description below to see a full list of all of Byline’s features (and there are many!).
App Store Description:
Read the latest news from your favorite sites and blogs, even when you’re offline. Simply use your free Google Reader account to subscribe to websites you’d like to keep track of. Byline will automatically stay in sync and bring you new content, putting thousands of RSS and Atom feeds at your fingertips. Even when you have no internet connection (such as on the subway) Byline’s offline browsing feature gives you instant access to complete web pages.
- Two-way syncing with your Google Reader feeds, folders, starred items and notes.
- Integration with Twitter, Instapaper, and Read It Later.
- Navigate between items quickly with a simple swipe gesture.
- View up to 1000 items when you’re offline, including embedded images.
- Offline browsing lets you access complete web pages linked to by your feeds.
- Automatic caching uses statistical analysis to selectively cache web pages for feeds with truncated content.
- Built-in web browser for online and offline browsing.
- Star items and mark as read/unread in bulk or one-by-one.
- Share items and create notes from any web page.
- Send full articles by email.
- Landscape mode.
What’s New in Version 3.0
- Features fast navigation between items with a simple swipe gesture.
- Improves browsing by showing individual feeds in addition to folders.
- Features integration with Twitter, Instapaper, and Read It Later.
- Adds an edit mode for starring items and marking read/unread from list view.
- Improves syncing and caching speed, and adds a setting to reformat cached web pages with Instapaper Mobilizer.
- Improves automatic web page caching by using statistical analysis to selectively cache feeds with truncated content.
- Adds settings to manually enable or disable web page caching for specific feeds.
- Continues caching when the screen is locked if the battery is at least half full.
- Adds a setting to restrict syncing to feeds in a designated “main” folder.
- Increases the maximum setting for the number of recent items to 1000.
- Adds a “Mark as Unread” button to item view.
- Adds an option to copy links to the clipboard.
- Adds full content to emails and sends them without leaving Byline.
- Displays custom names for feeds renamed in Google Reader.
- Features refinements to the app icon and other graphics.