One of the most useful changes to macOS and iOS in recent years are extensions. You see them on iOS in the sharing pane (box with arrow) and on Safari and other apps on macOS. Click or touch and you get options to share or move information around.
Unfortunately, not all apps do what we may want. For example. Pocket stores website articles and uses a Safari extension to capture the URL. Instapaper does much the same thing but not in the sharing pane. More options?
Later Saves Later
This week I came across a handy Mac utility called Later. It works much like the sharing pane on macOS and iOS and lets you save articles from Safari to be read later. There are many ways to gather website URLs and save them for later– Pocket, Instapaper, and various RSS readers like News Explorer make it an art form.
Later keeps it simple. While you’re reading an article in Safari simply click the Later icon in the Mac’s Menubar.
Later also shows up in the Mac’s sharing pane so it can be used with other applications, too. Use it to save to Instapaper, Pocket, and Pinboard.
What’s the benefit?
While Pocket has a Safari extension and shows up in the sharing pane, Instapaper does not. Since I save to both when using Safari to browse websites, the Safari toolbar has extra icons. One for Pocket (which also works in the sharing pane), one for Instapaper (which does not work in the sharing pane), and Pinboard has a standalone app with poor ratings, so I avoid that one.
Later isn’t a perfect solution and there is no try-before-you-buy option, even if the price tag is nominal. But it is another way to use extensions to capture information while browsing and keep it stored and available for future reading or reference. In other words, read it later.
My preference for reading and storing is RSS reader News Explorer which uses the built-in sharing pane for both Instapaper and Pocket, as well as other compatible apps or utilities.
This way I can focus on browsing through many dozens of websites, and capture what I want to read later and save to Pocket or Instapaper (I use Pocket for personal information, and Instapaper for business).
Easy peasy. Later may not be the best solution to capture website URLs to read later, but it is another among many, priced about right, and simple to use.