I haven’t done an official inventory of read-it-later apps, but my official view is that we have too many. Here’s another one and this one is free, works on your Mac, iPhone, and iPad and plays nice-nice with other information gathering apps.
Find It In The Pocket
RSS readers are so 1999. There may not be a more efficient way to wade hip deep through a few hundred web sites, but today people like to save their web bounty.
Pocket is a Mac and iPhone and iPad app which grabs web pages and stores them. Think of putting information you want to save in a pocket for later use.
That’s Pocket. Some call it a DVR for web pages. How often do we scour the web looking for something useful or intriguing and wish there was a way to save the page to read later?
That’s what Pocket can do. Once you save a web page in Pocket on your Mac it automatically synchronizes with Pocket on your iPhone or iPad, so, despite what they say, you can take it with you.
In some respects, Pocket looks and acts like an RSS reader, but you do all the work. Adding pages is a manual process.
One highly important advantage to saving web pages in Pocket is that they’re synced to each device, therefore you don’t need an internet connection to get caught up on what you saved for later reading.
As elegant as Pocket is to use on Apple’s iDevices, and it is, there are a few known caveats.
To make Pocket really useful and efficient, it’s important for other apps to link directly into Pocket.
That works fine in iOS devices. There are over 300 devices, including Twitter, Flipboard, Pluse, and many others which integrate web pages into Pocket.
Mac users don’t have quite that same luxury in OS X Mountain Lion.
Mac users have fewer ways to gather web news and information, but Pocket can save pages from within a browser.
Pocket’s reading capability is clean and simple and it doesn’t have the ongoing management issues of a dedicated RSS reader, but it’s also not as capable. RSS might be old school but it works well in the 21st century.