Instapaper Pro, the app created by developer Marco Arment to supplement his Instapaper web page saving service, has been updated with a number of new features. Version 2.3 of the universal app features performance improvements, new article length and progress indicators plus a nifty Dark Mode that can be activated based on sunset time in your local area, and much more.
The app’s full list of new features is as follows:
- Article list on iPhone now includes the first few lines of text from articles, like on iPad. On iPad, more text is now shown. The text is downloaded for new articles only: RE-DOWNLOAD ALL ARTICLES in Settings for it to apply to your previously downloaded articles.
- Article list now indicates approximate article length and progress with a row of dots, similar to how it’s done on a Kindle’s home screen.
- iPad updates are MUCH faster.
- iPhone can now toggle Dark mode from articles, like iPad, in the font panel.
- New option to switch to Dark mode automatically at night, based on sunset times in your region. (This is so cool.)
- Overhauled logins to tolerate username changes, give more helpful errors, and fix the “username is already taken” bug.
- New Sharing options: Send to OmniFocus, Send to QuickReader (supported by its next version), Copy Link, Copy Article Text. Also fixed sharing bugs with Twitter and Twittelator Pro.
- New option to skip the in-app Browser and open links directly in Safari.
- New feature to verify that you’re using the same account in the app and Mobile Safari and sync to your choice of accounts if they differ.
- Simplified bookmarklet installation and improved help text.
- Fixed handing of in-page anchors (including most footnotes) and mailto: links.
- Added support for the “ihttp://” URL scheme, so if you can’t get the bookmarklet, the email address, or Copy working to add pages, you can edit Safari’s URL field and insert an “i” before the “http://”, tap Go, and Instapaper will launch and offer to add that page.
- Fixed miscellaneous bugs.
Instapaper is our go-to app when we want to save longer articles for later reading. You can save articles in Instapaper via a number of ways, including a bookmarklet for your desktop browser, email, adding “i” to the beginning of a URL on your iPhone or iPad (as listed above in the new features list), or by simply copying a URL and then opening the app.
Reading a saved article on the iPad
The app presents saved articles in a distraction-free text-only format and allows you to change the font and font size to suit your needs. We’ve found it to be an excellent way to digest longer articles we don’t have a chance to read during the day and it’s a perfect companion on long plane rides (as long as you refresh the app while you have an internet connection before you get on the plane).
The new dark mode settings on the iPhone
The Instapaper service is incorporated into a number of other apps, including many Twitter and RSS apps to make it easy to save articles you come across that you want to check out in more depth later. Instapaper accounts are free and can be created within the Instapaper Pro app or at Instapaper.com.