lire: RSS Reader
Description of App
Love RSS feeds? So do we!!
RSS feeds are a great way to follow updates on your favorite website. However, some sites set up their feeds to only show a portion of each entry, you know, to get you to click through to their actual website. We find that really annoying, and we're sure you do too.
Which is why, unlike other RSS feed readers, that either push you into a browser (in-app or otherwise), or depend on third party text parsing services and require you to be online to fetch the full text of one article at a time (which makes it no different from having to click/tap through to a website), in lire, you get your favorite RSS feeds as they should've been. You don't need to click through to any website (though, you do still have the option to, if you really wanted). It takes your favorite partial feeds, does it's magic, and converts them in to full feeds, so you don't have to click/tap on those annoying 'Read more' or 'Continue reading' links.
Once they're cached, you don't even need to be connected to read your full-text feeds.
Use as a standalone feed reader,
sync with any of the several services: Feedly, Feedbin, FeedHQ, The Old Reader, Inoreader, BazQux Reader, Newsblur, Feed Wrangler.
Free or Paid
Apple Watch Support
Device(s) App Was Tested On
All is fully accessible with VoiceOver.
This is my favourite app for managing feeds. First of all, you can read the articles also offline, because the app retrieves all full text of a feed. this is the most comfortable service I know about this kind of app. Second, it run as a standalone app, managing feeds without need of third party app. Anyway, from version 2.0 it supports Feedly and many other third party services. If necessary, you can convert the article in ebook format, or share also with evernote, and obviously with main social networks and services. Anyway, when you read an article, you have only the text, because the app has cached it, so no images, no ads or links, just all the complete article.
And finally, if there is a difficult feed to parse and text is not available, you can use Mercury service that process text and formats it well for you.
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✔ Fixed a bug the caused accessiblity options to not be saved properly.
✔ Fixed a bug (that got introduced in the previous update as a part of the improved feed fetching logic), that could caused some duplicate articles to appear, in some feeds.
✔ Tons of other miscellaneous bugfixes.
Amazing new update! If you haven't gotten the update yet. Get it!
So many new features with in the app itself. Now has Folders, you can now sort your articles by oldest to newest or vice versa, new voice over options to select from, you can now import OPML, and many more.
What's New in Version 1.9.14
- New Feature: Folders for feeds. Allows users to manage their feeds in folders. Folders in lire are setup a lot like saved searches. Which basically means that you can add one feed to multiple folders, or even add one feed to the same folder multiple times (if you really wanted), without breaking anything. The caveat though is that deleting a feed from a folder will not delete that feed from the app.
- New Feature: OPML import. If you have an OPML file in another app (like Mail, or Dropbox), that is capable of opening/exporting files to other apps. Lire will now show up in the list of apps capable of reading OPML files. Just open the file, and lire will launch and import the subscriptions and folders from that OPML file.
Note: The larger the number of subscriptions you have in your OPML file, the longer it will take for lire to launch and import them.
- New Feature: New section in settings called "Article Sorting Order", allows you to set how articles are sorted in a list of articles. Current options include sorting articles by date, either newest first, or oldest first.
- Bookmarks list now has the two-part button at the top which allows you to sort between All or Unread Bookmarks.
- Accessibility Improvements: More toggles added to Accessibility Options in settings. Including a toggle for Feed URL, one for Feed Read/Unread Counts, and one more to give users the ability to toggle the longer (default) date format that VoiceOver speaks.
- VoiceOver will now provide audio feedback when you bookmark an article or a webpage, mark all articles as read or unread, or delete all articles.
- In most empty lists, VoiceOver will now provide meaningful feedback and a hint, instead of just saying: "Empty List".
- Tons of other minor changes to labels to make the app work better with VoiceOver.
- Fixed a bug that would cause the mail composer to crash for some users.
- The 'All/Unread/Search Limit' section in settings has been renamed to 'Article Lists Limit' since it it now also applicable to folders, and adding 'Folders' to the name just didn't seem like a good idea.
PS: I'm working hard on OPML export for a future update.
This just keeps getting better!What's New in Version 1.9.16
- New Feature: OPML Export. Just go into settings and tap 'OPML Export' to get started.
- Accessibility Improvements: More toggles added to Accessibility Options in settings. Including a toggle to disable Image Downloading, and one for Previous/Next buttons in Articles.
- Tweaked the way feeds are added to a folder, to make it easier to add multiple feeds to a folder in one go.
- When you mark all articles as read, or delete all articles, lire will now automatically go back when it's finished.
- The refresh status now shows the name of the feed being refreshed instead of the percentage. So, if you get stuck with a bad feed, you would know which one it is.
- Removed refresh progress indicator from the status bar at the top as it was in violation of the iOS Human Interface Guidelines, the progress is now displayed at the bottom, right where the last refreshed time/date is displayed.
- Fixed a bug that would cause a feed refresh to get stuck half way through or so.
- Fixed a bug that would cause feeds to be ordered randomly.
- Tons of tweaks to the Article view to make it work better.
- Fixed a bug that would cause a phantom activity indicator to show up in the status bar in some cases.
- Removed the toggle for 'Faux Sepia Mode' from settings, as it caused a lot of confusion, you can still toggle it on/off from within an article.
Introducing cloud based feed parser:
The cloud based feed parser can return up to 100 articles from it's cache, even if some of those articles are no longer in the live feed. Which should be enough to ensure that most people don't miss any articles, if they are a reasonably frequent user of the app. Visit 'Feed Details' to enable the cloud based parser on a per feed basis.
A few things to know about the cloud based feed parser
- The cloud based feed parser can only return up to a maximum of 100 articles, so depending on how you consume feeds, it may or may not make sense to enable the cloud based feed parser on feeds that provide more than 100 articles already.
- The cloud based feed parser may not always be in 100% sync with the live feed, as feeds in the cloud are refreshed at preset intervals.
Other improvements include...
- Fixed a bug the would cause a crash if you started a second refresh before lire had finished caching new articles.
- More improvements to OPML import, now supporting more varieties of OPML files.
- Some tweaks to make the app better aware of the state of the in-app purchase and a few other settings.
- Improved image parsing.
Please be aware that the cloud based feed parser is still a work in progress, and sould be considered an experimental feature, so, it may be removed in the future if it is deemed unsupportable, or if something better comes along. This is also why, there is not a universal toggle to enable the cloud based feed parser for all feeds.
What's New in Version 1.9.29
- The 'Delete Old Articles' section in settings has been renamed to 'Cache Limit', and moved into caching options. It now allows you to set precisely how many articles will stay in cache based on number of articles, instead of, number of days. Setting this limit high will affect performance.
- 'Caching options' section in settings now also has the ability to let delete items from cache, and view how much space the entire cache is occupying on your device.
- Minor UI tweaks, and, bug fixes.
What's New in Version 1.9.32
- Improved refresh performance and speed. (Speaking of which, since lire could now be refreshing more than one feed simultaneously, displaying the names of the feeds being refreshed will be impractical, so, we're going back to displaying the number of feeds being refreshed)
- Minor improvement to image caching performance and speed.
- New option in Settings > Caching Options > Limits section, which allows users to set how many days they like to keep read articles saved in cache.
- New section in settings called 'Refresh Options', all existing refresh related settings have been moved in to this sections, including Refresh On Launch, Refresh on Foreground and Automatic Background Refresh. And, a new option called 'Retry Failed Refreshes' has been added. For more details about this new setting, and a caveat, go to Setting > Refresh Options.
- New section in settings called 'Article Options', all existing article related settings have been moved in to this sections, including Fullscreen Mode, Draggable Scrollbar, Save Scroll Positions, Full-text View, List Limits, and Sorting Order.
- The options to search Google and Wikipedia have been moved from the main menu to the 'In-app Browser' section, tap the In-app Browser in the main menu, and there will be a search button in the top right in the view that shows up.
- Minor VoiceOver specific tweaks to the view that displays list of all feeds. (If you're one of the few VoiceOver users who were experiencing issues accessing newly added feeds from there, please try again after installing this update, and let me know if you still run into the same issue)
- Other minor bug fixes, UI tweaks and improvements.
A very Happy 1st Birthday to the Lire app.
What's New in Version 1.9.34
- Minor VoiceOver specific bug fixes
- Other minor bug fixes
PS: In a few hours, it'll be lire's first birthday. I'm so proud of how far the app has come in what seems like such a short time. And, I'd like to take this opportunity, to thank you, the users, for all the feedback, feature requests, bug reports, and all-around awesomeness, among other things. You folks are the best, and trust me when I say it, without your support, I don't think lire would've made it this far. So, from the bottom of my heart, thank you!
Lire version 2.0.4 is now available. Unfortunately, the VoiceOver bug when trying to sign in to a Feedly account is still present. After entering your Feedly account information, close the app in the App Switcher and reopen it--and you should be set to go.
"What's New in Version 2.0.4 -
New Feature: The high contrast modes for both the themes can now also be toggled from within the article view.
- Fixed a bug which would cause the 'No WiFi' message to be displayed even when WiFi was available (Only affected some users who were using the 'WiFi Only
Automatic Downloads' option).
- Fixed a bug that caused some starred articles to not be fetched when syncing with Feedly (requires a re-login).
- Fixed a bug the caused a freeze when logging in to Feedly.
- Other minor bug fixes."
What's New in Version 2.0.6
New Feature: Pagination in article view. Enable it from Settings > Article Options > Scroll Mode.
- New Feature: Mark as read on scroll. Enable it from Settings > Article Options > Mark as read on scroll.
- Bug fixes.
Must admit this one surprised me. They have removed the Fleksy keyboard option out of the app.
What's New in Version 2.0.10
- New feature: Added the ability change the size of the rows, and font, in a list of articles. Go to Settings > Article Options > Change Appearance, in the
Article List Options section to adjust them.
- New feature: On iPad, enable 'Open at Full-width' in Settings > Article Options, in the Article View Options section in to get wider rows in article
- Removed Fleksy keyboard entirely (some people actually thought it was an advertisement, not a feature).
- Bug fixes.
What's New in Version 2.0.14
- Tweaks to support iOS 8.
- Added Greek, and Czech Localization.
- Feedly directory search should now provide much better results, including localized results.
- Swipe To Left Actions, and Swipe To Right Action in the article viewer are now also available on the iPad. Visit Settings > Article Options to set them
- Removed animation when switching between articles with swipes (it should now feel much faster).
- Fixed a bug that caused long URL in the article to not be broken into multiple lines causing the article viewer to require horizontal scrolling on the
iPhone, and as a consequence interfering with left and right swipe gesture actions.
- Removed the ability to manually delete articles, as hinted in the release notes of the last update. As a replacement for manual deletion, the ability
to automatically delete read articles on next sync/refresh was also added in the last update. Visit Settings > Caching Options > Keep Read Articles, and
set it to 'Till next sync/refresh' to enable it.
- Other minor bug-fixes and UI tweaks.
- Added support for sharing to Buffer (requires the official Buffer app installed).
I'm not sure if this is actually a lire issue, but I couldn't think of another app to test it with. When entering something in the search field for feeds with braille input the search button will still be dimmed. Despite the fact that the input is shown in the text field. Easy solution: just type a lette with the "normal" on screen keyboard and delete it afterwards. Since the first typed letter is by Voiceover said to be upper case I guess somehow the braille input isn't really registered directly. *shrug*. Anyway, after typing that one letter things work just fine. But I wanted to mention it anyway.