Get Started Guide

How to use the reader app.

Reader

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:

  1. Navigate back
  2. Search inside article
  3. Change reading preferences
  4. View article information
  5. Goto next / previous article
  6. 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.

Preferences

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 inverted 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.

Annotations

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:

  1. Select some text
  2. Choose Note or Highlight
  3. Enter your note
  4. 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.

Library

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:

  1. Access your account
  2. Library tools (edit, search, add)
  3. Tap an article to read it
  4. Article information and context actions
  5. Archive or delete an individual article
  6. 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

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 a 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).

Tags

Organize your library by assigning custom tags to articles. Articles can be filtered by individual or combined tags.

To assign or create a tag:

  1. Select one or multiple articles
  2. Choose tag to open the editor
  3. Select an already existing tag from the list
  4. Or enter a new tag and tap create tag: xy
  5. Remove assigned tags by clicking on delete (x)

You can also manage existing tags to either rename or delete them.

Search

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:

  1. Select the search library tool
  2. Start typing your query
  3. Hit done on the keyboard to hide it

To filter by tags:

  1. Select the search library tool
  2. Tap the tag icon next to the search bar
  3. Select or deselect tags
  4. Press done to apply the selection

Search will return any matches for either title, abstract, website or author.

Synchronization

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.