In the transition from Google Reader (which occurs Monday, FYI), I’ve actually been looking for a terrific option I can change my RSS reading routines with. I cannot0 pleased with any of the complimentary options that I saw– most of their designs did not appeal to me, and I cannot0 interested in supporting another service that can disappear without a solid monetary strategy.

Seamless Switching

Switching to Feed Wrangler from Google Reader was a really easy process. The app enables you to import all of your Google Reader feeds directly from Google without any fiddling, and that was a piece of cake in my testing. If cannot2 like me, however, you currently exported your Reader feeds and had attempted multiple various services, adding a few new feeds upon the way.

All set and ready to go.

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All set and ready to go.

The app thankfully supports the import of OPML files too, which are really just elegant files that include your RSS information. Importing that file has to be done on a computer, however it’s easy enough to do and I discovered that process smooth as well.

From then on, the service will look after every little thing by itself and sync in between the iPad, iPhone and web app. The iOS app is universal, and with one quick login, I prepared to go without any trouble.

Making RSS Even Simpler

The change to Feed Wrangler for me has actually been a tough one, if just due to the fact that I am used to the power that Reeder brought with it. Feed Wrangler will one day be a part of Reeder (and apps like Mr. Reader on iPad), but I do not know when that day is visiting be. And in the meantime, I am in this for the long haul.

Setting up a Smart Stream.

Setting up a Smart Stream.

The first significant distinction I saw between Google Reader and Feed Wrangler is that Wrangler doesn’t support folders or labels for simple searching. Feed Wrangler has no chance to carry out tags, but it does support what it calls a Smart Stream.

Smart Streams are similar to folders, however with vastly various implementations. They create feeds based upon user-defined regulations, like vital search terms. I produced a Smart Stream for all the AppStorm websites, informed it to consist of every post (review or unread), and voila. In some means, this works better than folders for me due to the fact that it’s in fact a bit more personalized. And if you’ve to make modifications later, you can constantly do that just by tapping the Edit button in the major menu display.

Support for Third-Party Services

Being that Feed Wrangler is made by an independent developer, Feed Wrangler naturally communicates with some apps that I understand are greatly essential to many individuals’s workflows. Individuals can log in with 1Password if they’ve the app set up on their iPhone. The app supports Instapaper and Wallet for read later services, together with Pinboard.

One screen lets you configure most third-party services, while the rest are detected automatically.

One display lets you set up most third-party services, while the rest are identified immediately.

The one bummer I encountered with the app is that you couldn’t make use of both Wallet and Instapaper both at the exact same time. With Instapaper’s state of being as it’s (offered recently by Marco Arment with many uncertain of its future plans for development), I understand a great deal of people who’re utilizing both apps. Unlike Reeder’s share buttons, you’ll just be able to utilize one read later service at a time.

The Share menu in an article view.

The Share menu in a post view.

When reading an article itself, you can share whatever cannot2 reviewing to a large group of apps on your iPhone. Normally, Message, Mail, Facebook and twitter support are built in. The app also identifies various other social apps and enables you to share as a result of them as well. Feed Wrangler enables me to share in Felix and open any short articles in Safari. I rapidly installed Chrome simply to check it, and I’d the ability to see any post in Chrome too. Seeing an article in Chrome also provided me with an easy Back button to obtain back to Feed Wrangler.

The Reading Experience

The essential component of the app, however, is the reading experience. Probably, absolutely nothing else matters as much. I am pleased to report that reading in the app is truly nice, however it’s (like the remainder of the app) a really simple experience. There’s no dark mode for nighttime reading or anything like that, the app is extremely bare bones. The screenshots offer excellent some examples of exactly what it looks like: blue bars that line up with conventional (pre-iOS 7) design values without innovating much by themselves.

Instead of dwelling on what is not there aesthetically that other apps have, I ‘d rather say what I miss in migrating from Reeder and Mr. Reader. I miss out on translucent menu bars and full screen modes the most. It’s tough to be engaged in a wall of text when there’s a bright blue bar on both the bottom and top of the display often.

Reading an article in Feed Wrangler. The UI could not be simpler.

Reading an article in Feed Wrangler. The UI couldn’t be easier.

I likewise miss out on of the organizational functionality of Reeder and Mr. Reader. I cannot see starred write-ups in a single wise stream, and I can’t add the labels that Google Reader enabled simple search– although the Smart Stream itself is otherwise a cleverly carried out idea.

I also do miss the URL schemes that Mr. Reader permitted and a few of that app’s modification options. It ‘d be nice to be able to pick a different font, specifically for my iPad mini considering that it doesn’t have a Retina display. These are little things that assist make the reading experience more delightful.

Editing a feed of articles is my favourite interface in the app.

Editing a feed of short articles is my favored interface in the app.

But David Smith’s approach, in removing most user-controlled settings, makes the app very focused. I get in to review. I am not there to mess around or to fiddle with setups. I exist just to do my business, save exactly what I need to conserve to Instapaper for later, and get out. The app appreciates my time.

I do wish it respected my concentration enough to throw in a little translucency though, and maybe even a Dark Mode. As it is, I think the design is fairly ho-hum, but definitely liveable. I cannot complain, but I can nod in satisfaction.

The Future of RSS

What I am most ecstatic about with Feed Wrangler is where it’s going. David Smith and his team have a credibility for looking ahead to future development. I have emailed the group currently with a couple crazier concepts of mine– like cloud-synced short notes I might add to articles– and they are extremely responsive to them.

They are likewise committed to an open API so they can deal with third-party developers. I cannot1 be utilizing the Feed Wrangler app permanently, however this suffices to use each day for now. It’s likewise an interesting adequate service that I can see myself utilizing it in the long run. These guys have been working on Feed Wrangler for a long period of time and like bettering the RSS neighborhood. And I cannot wait to see exactly what Feed Wrangler manages.