In the last couple of months I’ve been busy preparing the next version of ReadKit. Today I’m proud to announce the instant availability of ReadKit 2.4, which just landed in the Mac App Store. This is a major update that contains several new features, improvements, and bug fixes. There’s a lot of great stuff here.
As of now several settings can be customized on a per account basis, instead of global preferences. Now it is possible to set up individual grouping, sorting, syncing, image caching and dock badge preferences for each service you’re using within the application.
There is a huge improvement on keyboard navigation. Most keyboard shortcuts can be customized under Shortcuts tab of Preferences. There are several new shortcuts, and you can also navigate with the left, right, up and down arrow keys, so it is worth a little explanation. Left and right arrow keys allow you to jump between the sidebar and the article list, while up and down keys select the previous/next item in the actual list. ⌘+right expands, and ⌘+left collapses the selected folder on the sidebar. There is an option in shortcut preferences called “Right key behavior”. This option controls the behavior of the right arrow key when an article is actually selected. Here you can specify whether you would
- open the original page in the built-in browser,
- open the selected article in Readability mode,
- or just move the keyboard focus into the article view.
Then you can scroll the article with the up/down keys. Please note the default “Mark as read” shortcut has been changed from A to M. I would like to mention that Readability mode can be used in the built-in browser as well, and its button has been moved from the toolbar into the bottom left of article view. The Tag button, which was there in the previous versions, has been removed from bottom, but it’s still accessible via “Item” menu -> “Display Tags” or ⇧+⌘+T.
There is a new integrated sharing service, Buffer, that many of you requested . With Buffer you can share links at one time, and choose which social profiles to send them to, and Buffer will spread them out throughout the day or week on Twitter, Facebook, LinkedIn, Google+ or App.net.
Several other features has been added to this version, such as syntax highlighting of code blocks, customizable sharing toolbar, improved animations and themes, and the sidebar has been rewritten from scratch. Below you can find a complete log of changes including fixes.
On a final note, I would like to mention that ReadKit no longer supports OS X 10.7. It was a hard decision, but so many things have changed since Lion. Most users have already migrated to Mountain Lion and Mavericks, hence I would like to focus my resources to support the recent versions of OS X.
What’s new in version 2.4:
- Added individual account preferences. Several settings can be customized on a per account basis (grouping, sorting, sync interval, dock badge etc.)
- Added syntax highlighting for code blocks
- Added sharing via Buffer
- Frequently used sharing services can be added to the toolbar and accessible via the context menu as well
- Application sidebar has been rewritten from scratch, which has greatly improved its performance and hopefully it also looks better
- Font size can be changed for article list in Preferences
- Improved and added new animations
- Improved application themes and icons
- Improved handling of favicons from different sources
- Readability content parser can be used in built-in browser and added “paper” frame for the content
- Shortcuts can be customized in the Preferences. Please note, the default “Mark as read” shortcut has been changed from A to M
- Improved keyboard navigation with arrow keys
- Improved the sync speed of Built-in RSS engine
- Added preference for Fever whether to sync Sparks group or not
- Improved compatibility with OS X 10.9 Mavericks
What’s fixed in version 2.4:
- Fixed video playback on OS X 10.9 (Mavericks)
- Fixed moving feeds between Feedbin folders
- Fixed sync issues with Readability
- Fixed updating contents of Feed Wrangler smart streams
- Fixed badge count on smart folders and smart streams
- Fixed renaming feeds in Built-in RSS
- Fixed modal windows of sharing services
- Fixed displaying dock icon badge of unread items
- Fixed default image positions in articles
- Fixed opening Non-ASCII URLs in browser
- Fixed utilization of the integrated GPU
- Fixed handling shortcuts for non-unicode keyboard layouts”