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Tuesday, 5 November 2013

Espresso Reader - App Review



Espresso synchronises your news with your favourite news/blog channels. It is the successor to the sadly discontinued Google Reader.

The developer, Francisco Javier Saorín, suggests that the App is the 'ultimate expression of minimalism'. This is exactly what you need when reading news; no extraneous distractions.

Now for the ACIDS test:

Aesthetics
The settings allows you to choose from three font sizes, as well as set up a blacklist. This is not an anti-spam tool but, allows you to exclude words in article titles (for example, put blog.munificus.com in your Feedly feed and then, when using the App, exclude 'App review'... and you will be left with everything else).

Once you have read an article you can go back to the list, mark it as read, flag it as a favourite, or forward it (by email, copying to Safari, Twitter, Facebook, or Pocket).

The real beauty of this App is the simplicity... really can't stress that enough.

Cost
The cost of the App is considerably less than an Espresso for drinking at $0.99.

Indispensability
This is a way to get consistent representation of articles, which means that you spend your time reading, and not readjusting to endless new layouts.

Dependability
The App is designed for the iPhone but works fine on an iPad in 1x and 2x modes.

You will need a free subscription to Feedly in order to use the App.

Under iOS 7, on occasion, when returning to the 'home' screen, the App becomes unresponsive. Just close the App and reopen and all is fine.

Security
You will need a Feedly account to access the service. This can either be created on the web (for free), or accessed through your (ever more ubiquitous) Google account.

ACIDS Test Rating:

News, just news.

To find out how the ACIDS Test works, click here.


You can get Espresso Reader here and support for the App here.


3 comments:

  1. The developer advises that there has been an update to version 2.10 of the App.

    This includes the following enhancements and alterations:

    - iOS7 Integration
    - Background sync: When you open Espresso Reader your news are already there!
    - New settings view which includes a lot of new settings
    - Espresso will now clean all old read items to improve general performance. It will keep recent read items.
    - Now you can read all items on the header or bottom of the list
    - Improved "mark all as read" process

    But, the big thing is that...

    Espresso Reader is now free supported with a little ad banner ;)

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  2. The developer advises that there has been an update to version 2.11 of the App.

    This includes the following enhancements and alterations:

    - Removed ads for those who purchased paid version

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  3. The developer advises that there has been an update to version 2.15 of the App.

    This includes the following enhancements and alterations:

    - New Icon
    - Now the items website can be visited clicking it title
    - Ads removed
    - Bugfixes

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