ReadKit- What it is? What does it do?
ReadKit is one of the best RSS readers for Mac computers. Primarily, ReadKit is an RSS reader that keeps you updated with the RSS feeds that you have subscribed.
You can read and bookmark articles and have them at one place to read them later.
ReadKit also supports several top read-it-later apps like Instapaper, Pocket, Readability and many more.
It also supports other RSS readers like Feedly, Fever, NewsBlur, Feed Wrangler, Feedbin etc. ReadKit also incorporates a built-in RSS engine, and you can use this as an off-line reader.
ReadKit also serves as a bookmarking app and supports similar services like Pinboard.
As a read-it-later app ReadKit lets you save contents and articles from the net while browsing.
ReadKit strips the content of ads and another annoying formatting. This lets you read these articles later, in an easily readable text format.
You can also integrate these apps and have the contents in one place.
What it means is, if you are using both Instapaper and Pockets, then you can have the contents at one place.
You can also sort and mark these articles.
As a bookmarking app ReadKit lets you bookmark and saves articles you may be interested in reading later.
The information is stored in three columns;
The first column shows the app used, the second column shows the article and the third column has the article in a simple text format.
ReadKit has a lot of features that set it apart from other similar apps. Here is a snapshot of a few such outstanding features:
ReadKit has a Smart Folder feature that enables you to make folders.
Folders are helpful as they let you take a fast glimpse of what you have in your several accounts.
There are three default folders – “Read Later”, “RSS News” for new unread items which are highlighted, and “RSS Starred”.
You can create many more folders which can be used as filters for contents from your feeds. These folders are updated automatically.
Client for Read Later Services
ReadKit is not just an RSS client but also serves as a local client for Instapaper, Pocket, Readability and other read-later services.
These apps can be easily integrated with ReadKit.
ReadKit’s Focus Mode helps you easily read your saved read-it-later contents.
It does so in an easy-to-read format while removing the source formatting and distracting page elements.
In focus mode the columns between the saved articles are removed, thus presenting a wider reading area.
Easily Customizable Features
You can customize several features to suit your personal taste.
You can customize the appearance of the contents which can be done by customizing the fonts, the line spacing, dimensions of the page, among other options.
You can also choose the display notifications, as well as select reading themes.
Easy to Share
You can share the articles that you bookmark on social media like Facebook, Twitter.
You can also share it on other apps like Instapaper, Evernote, Readability, Safari Reading List and many other such services.
Easy User Interface
ReadKit has an easy and neat user interface.
It has just three columns, the first has the list of services, then the contents are listed with the favicon symbols of their websites, headline, source link with short excerpts of the content.
You can also open up the focus mode to read better.
More Features than other similar apps
ReadKit has more features than other similar apps.
What is more, it can be easily synced with other read-later-apps like Instapaper, Pocket, Readability; as well as with services such as Pinboard and Delicious.
You can also use it with other RSS feed apps like Feed Wrangler, Fever, Feedly and others.
You can categorize your contents so that you can retrieve them easily.
You can also tag your articles and bookmarks to make them easily searchable.
There is also an article export feature.
It also has text-to-speech functions so that you can just listen to the contents. Also, you can easily add, move, or delete articles.
Review Summary with Alternatives
There are a few alternatives to ReadKit, however, they are not perfect substitutes. A few of these are:
Safari is the Mac OS’s built-in browser.
The Shared Links feature enables adding RSS feeds to its sidebar.
This syncs over iCloud and is accessible in other iOS devices.
The features, however, are limited as compared to a full-fledged RSS client app.
Leaf is another app available in the Mac App Store.
It syncs well with Feedbin, Feedly, and other RSS apps. However, sometimes Its ads are an irritant, even in the paid version which costs $7.99.
It provides a number of fonts and themes to choose from.
Leaf also has options to share, and receive push notifications. However, it is not as versatile in features as ReadKit.
Vienna for MacOS is a free software.
It can sync with any other Open Reader server like BazQux, FeedHQ, InoReader and a few more.
It is a simple app with limited features.
RSS Reader costs just $1.99 and the app can be placed on the menu bar.
The icon becomes blue when there are new items. It can store multiple items in date sequence.
When you click the item it opens for preview. It is a simple RSS feed app and lacks sophisticated features.
ReadKit turns out to be a very useful RSS app for Mac. It makes for quick and easy reading management.
It offers a pleasant and effective reading experience.
It has a free trial version that is fully functional while there is a paid account also that has more features.