Today, we’re excited to announce two big releases; the fastest, most feature-rich version of the Readability extension for Google Chrome and Readability 1.2.5 for iOS
The New Chrome Extension
With this version, our highest priority was to make drastic improvements to the existing features. Read Now, Read Later, and Send to Kindle have all been reworked to be faster, more responsive, and more dependable. Our second priority was to introduce a select number of new features to make reading with Readability even easier.
We’ve made it easier than ever to keep your Reading List organized. Each time you bookmark an article for Reading Later you will have the option to add tags.
Context Menu Items
Want to quickly bookmark a handful of articles for Reading Later? Now you can just right-click on any link and select Read Later. You can also Send a page or a link to your Kindle, Read Now in a New Tab or Window, or quickly jump to your Reading List from the context menu.
You can now log into your Readability account directly from the extension. No more being taken to a new page to log in if you Read Later on an article and are not logged in; the extension will bring the login form to you. Even better, the extension will remember what you were doing and complete that action once you’ve logged in.
This thing is fast. Really fast. We’ve built a robust, dedicated server-side component whose #1 priority is to handle requests from the extension and to do so without you noticing.
When you click a button or press a key, you expect something to happen. We’ve re-imagined how the extension communicates with you to make it crystal clear what’s happening each step of the way. In the event that something goes wrong, the extension will make you aware of the issue and give you options for what you can do.
In previous versions of the extension you’ve had the option to set custom keyboard shortcuts. We’ve kept that in place and we now offer a couple of other customizations. You can now choose between two different icons styles; red or grey and if you don’t plan on adding tags, you can turn off the tag prompt after a Read Later. We’ve also made the options easier to find; just click the gear icon at the bottom of the extension.
Head over to the Chrome Web Store to install The New Readability for Chrome, you’re going to love it.
A note to our Firefox, Safari, and Opera users: We haven’t forgotten about you! We’ll be bringing all of these new features and improvements to you soon.
Tags and Improved Sharing in Readability 1.2.5 for iOS
The newest release of our award-winning app puts a handful of oft-requested features and improvements into your hands making it an ever-more indispensable tool for reading the web in comfort.
We’ve brought the organizational power of tags to the App. Tags that you’ve added to articles on the web site or through the new Chrome Extension will now be available for you to filter your Reading List.
Native Twitter and Facebook sharing
We’ve made sharing what you’re reading easier than ever. Readability will now recognize and use any Twitter or Facebook accounts that are stored in your device settings.
More fixes and improvements
Along with exciting new features, we’ve also made a number of bug fixes and improvements. Including; full Accessibility and VoiceOver support and fixes to article syncing.
Readability 1.2.5 for iOS is available in the App Store.
These releases are another example of the high quality work that we’ll continue to provide, making reading on the web an easier and more enjoyable experience.
Thanks for reading