January 19, 2013

Instapaper is a tool I use daily for reading articles from various news outlets and elsewhere on the internet. There have long been very nice apps for reading articles from Instapaper, Readability, or Pocket on your favorite mobile device. Now, there is a simple yet functional Mac app for doing the same. ReadKit supports offline reading of articles from all three services:

Instapaper, Pocket and Readability have long helped us to defer reading longer articles and pieces published on the internet on post-PC devices in a stripped down, convenient format.

While these software services are nice to have, there is one feature missing: the ability to read on the Mac. Our software, ReadKit, connects to these services and lets you read on your Mac even when you’re offline.

Additionally, ReadKit allows you to add, delete, move, or archive articles. It has several nice themes, with the ability to adjust the content width and line spacing (which can help increase reading speed). It has useful Vim-inspired keyboard shortcuts that facilitate quick navigation (J and K), flagging (F), and archiving (A).

This is a fairly new app and, while the basic functionality works very well, it is currently only one dollar cheaper than the very mature, well-designed, and feature-complete Reeder app (a Google Reader client which has a very similar interface, but also very different functionality). This makes one wonder whether it’s worth the price. However, if reading articles from Instapaper, Pocket, or Readability on your Mac, without visiting the respective websites, is something you’ve ever once wished you could do, then ReadKit is a worthwhile purchase.