Pocket is probably the best “read later” app out there. It’s also the most used app on my phone. It was formerly known as Read It Later, and was a close second to Instapaper, but the developers have really improved the experience a lot in the last few months and raised additional funding too – $5 million. All apps are free, and they plan to monetize the service by somehow tying up with content providers.
Anyway, they launched a native app for the Mac today, and I’ve been checking it out. It’s really impressive, and much better than the web interface which was pretty good too. The biggest improvement with the native app is offline access for articles, videos and all types of content.
It offers a minimal, clean interface which minimizes distractions so you can easily consume your saved content. I use it mostly to catch up on my reading, and though I would still prefer the smartphone app, the Mac app does improve the desktop experience. Pocket might also launch a Windows 8 version soon.
The features are pretty much the same as the smartphone apps.
Here’s a list of the features Pocket offers:
- Fast, seamless syncing across all devices
- Keyboard shortcuts for key actions
- Tweet attributions for any items saved from Twitter
- The ability to share to Twitter, Facebook, Buffer, Evernote and email
- Easy organizing and super fast search features
- New ways to save from your clipboard and via drag and drop
Highly recommended. Just love the app.