Articles lets you bookmark and save stories for reading later. The app doesn't simply save links to those pages you want to return to, it also downloads their content and converts it to a minimal format.
The reader's design is carefully crafted for such enhanced articles. Read anything you saved later with just the essential text and images, without any headers, ads or clutter to get in the way.
The reader controls consist of:
- Navigate back
- Search inside article
- Change reading preferences
- View article information
- Goto next / previous article
- Favor, tag or share article
You can navigate the same way as in any browser. Scroll down/up to read, tap on links or images and long press to select text.
The reader uses custom styles for better readability. You can adjust some of these settings to suit your personal reading preferences.
|Layout||Article layout options (cover, abstract, author, website).|
|Theme||Custom theme (Lato, Lora, Alegreya, Vollkorn, Open Sans, Merriweather, Iowan or Palatino).|
|Size||Adjust the size (small, medium, large or xl).|
|Alignment||Either justifies or aligns the text left.|
|Hyphenate||Auto hyphenate words.|
|Paging||Page horizontally or scroll vertically.|
|Mode||Day, sepia or night reading mode.|
|Brightness||Adjust the display's brightness level.|
The app has no unnecessary preferences. Depending on your device and chosen styles, the fluid layout dynamically adjusts all text properties and margins, giving you an optimal reading experience.
While reading an article, you can add notes or highlight favorite sections. In addition, selected text can be copied, defined or shared.
To create an annotation:
- Select some text
- Choose Note or Highlight
- Enter your note
- Press Done to save
Tap an existing annotation to either edit, remove or change its color. All annotations also appear in the article's information view and can be directly selected.
All your articles are stored securely in Apple's iCloud. Every time you add a bookmark, annotation or tag, it's synced to your other devices.
The library controls consist of:
- Access your account
- Library tools (edit, sort, layout, import)
- Search an article
- Filter articles by tag
- Tap an article to read it
- Article information and context actions
- Archive or delete an individual article
- Change tabs to view articles, favorites or archived
When you bookmark a website, the corresponding page is saved to your device. But before an article appears in your library, it must be processed to extract its plain content. This happens automatically when the app is already running in the background, otherwise only at the next launch. Please note that processing an article can take up to 2-10 seconds.
Manage your library by using the library tools or long press on an article. When in editing mode, select or deselect multiple articles by tap to tag, archive or delete them.
Alternatively, you can favor, share, export or open an individual article by using its context actions or swipe left lets you directly archive or delete one.
|Favor||Mark article as a favorite.|
|Share||Share an article by email or on social networks.|
|Export||Export metadata and annotations in text or markdown format.|
|View Website||View the article's original website.|
|Open in Safari||Open the corresponding website in Safari.|
|Report Problem||Report an issue with the article's content or format.|
|Archive||Move article to the archive.|
|Delete||Delete article (this action can not be undone).|
Organize your library by assigning custom tags to articles. Articles can be filtered by individual or combined tags.
To assign or create a tag:
- Select one or multiple articles
- Choose tag to open the editor
- Select an already existing tag from the list
- Or enter a new tag and tap create tag: name
- Remove assigned tags by clicking on delete (x)
You can also manage existing tags to either rename or delete them.
You can filter your article list by search or tags. Filters apply to the currently active tab and let you browse the narrowed down selection.
To search for an article:
- Scroll up to reveal the search bar
- Start typing your query
- Hit done on the keyboard to hide it
To filter by tags:
- Scroll up to reveal the search bar
- Tap the tag icon on the right
- Select or deselect tags
- Press done to apply the selection
Search will return any matches for either title, website, author or abstract.
Devices are notified of changes by silent push notifications. This requires background app refresh to be enabled in Settings > General > Background App Refresh. As a fallback or if you do not want to enable automatic refreshing, a periodic sync fetches changes in regular intervals.
In most cases, synchronisation happens automatically and within minutes. But since notifications are not guaranteed to be always delivered or can be turned off, you might not see updates until the next periodic sync. If changes are not transferred, you can force a manual synchronisation by opening the library and pull down to refresh.
Please note that all data is stored in your personal iCloud account. Storage limits apply and depend on your corresponding plan.
Articles allows you to change certain app-wide settings in addition to the reading preferences. Open the sidebar (tap on Account) to access the Settings screen.
|Mode||Enable app-wide dark mode.|
|Screen||Keep display on while reading.|
|Orientation||Lock screen orientation (iPhone only).|
|Location||Geotag your annotations.|
|Notifications||Schedule local reminders for unread articles.|
|Badge||Show unread article count on the app's icon.|
On the settings screen, you can also manually refresh the widget, reindex spotlight search or update the shortcuts.
Further, the application's cache can be purged, reading preferences reset or you can export all your articles in csv and json format.