With one single exception of usability, I haven’t found a better way to sort through a hundred web sites each day than a good RSS reader. What’s the exception?
When you’re not online. That pesky internet connection makes digging through your favorite web sites a chore—when there’s not connection. RSS? Needs a connection. Try this neat Mac app that saves links and pages—drag and drop.
Gimme Content Now
That’s exactly what RSS readers do. They collect web pages—recent headlines and summaries (sometimes more) but only when connected to the internet.
If you’re like most Mac users, you don’t use RSS reader but you do collect URL bookmarks.
That’s the way God intended, of course, but the problem is still the same. To see a bookmarked web page you have to have the pesky internet connection.
In the age of Wi-Fi and Wi-Max and Mi-Fi and smart phone tethering (I’m dreaming), connecting to the internet is easier, better, faster than ever, which is good—except when there’s no connection and those links just stare back at you.
Enter the Quiet Reader. Think of this excellent—and free—tool as a smart bookmark maker. It’s so easy to use a caveman could do it. Not that there’s anything wrong with being a caveman.
Quiet Reader sits in your Mac’s Menubar waiting for a chance to show you that having an offline friend is better than having a dog that doesn’t know how to use a Mac.
What’s your browsing routine? Find a web site that you want to save for later, save it as a bookmark, and click it later for viewing. Except for that age old need to be online and actually connected to the aforementioned web site.
Quiet Reader grabs the web page and saves it for you while you’re online so you can read the web page later. It’s that simple. When you want to reader the page and you’re offline, Quiet Reader displays the saved bookmark.
See? That makes for a great addition to your RSS reader. Scan sites in your reader (know you may be on the road and unconnected later), save the interesting ones by dragging and dropping the URL into Quiet Reader, where the whole page—not just the URL—is saved for later viewing.
What’s not to like about that?
Wait. There’s more.
The mostly inexpensive Quiet Reader Pro adds a few features you’ll find useful. Send links to Instapaper. Why? Use Instapaper on your iPhone and rejoice is your new combination of high mobility and high productivity.
The Pro version also shortens those long and ugly links, gives you a link list search and filter, handles AppleScript, and more.
This is not your father’s link capture tool. That would be the archive function that’s built in to Safari, so if you’re on a budget and free isn’t attractive enough to help you forge a relationship with Quiet Reader or QR’s better dressed older sister, click File > Save As > select a location and name and you’re done.
Quiet Reader makes that mess easier to leave behind and gives options for more useful and tasty tools to make dating Quiet Reader Pro a pleasant experience.