Inoreader

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Inoreader
Developer(s)Innologica
Initial release2013 (2013)
Written inPHP
Operating systemAndroid
iOS
PlatformWeb Browser, mobile
TypeNews aggregator
LicenseFreemium
Websiteinoreader.com

Inoreader is a web-based content and RSS feed reader, a cloud-based service for web browsers and mobile devices running iOS and Android. It compiles news feeds from online sources for the user in unified layout to customize and share with others.[1][2] Inoreader was first released by Innologica in 2013.

History[edit]

In 2012, Ivo Djokov and Yordan Yordanov co-founded Innologica Ltd. They started working on a project, called Inoreader, after reading 2012 speculation that Google Reader was to shut down.[3] The founders sought to create a platform that used RSS feeds, content reading, and was power-user friendly, with social media integration to connect users to the information they find interesting.[4] In 2013, Inoreader was officially launched in three versions: Basic, Plus, and Professional, which supported both RSS and Atom.

After the initial release of Inoreader, several developers joined the project and Innologica opened its API for other developers' use.[5]

Interface[edit]

The application interface evolved several times from an early version, optimized for a wide range of devices. The application requires registration and can be configured to fetch feeds within regular intervals. In late 2013, Inoreader had an upgrade to its user experience and design. Apart from the basic function of content and feed reader, Inoreader serves additional functions, some of the features are[6]

  • automating specific tasks with internal rules
  • saving pages from the web for reading later[2]
  • searching in all indexed feeds, not just subscriptions[7]
  • creating searches that are updated with new articles matching specific keywords
  • organizing feeds in folders and assigning tags[8]
  • manual import of feeds from other aggregators
  • display extended article content
  • PDF downloads
  • sharing to social networks and internally in the platform
  • full archive of past items in the user’s subscriptions

Organization[edit]

For further control over the reader’s interface and how things function, user can access the preferences menus and control various aspects of the app’s behavior from the Reading tab.[9] One could then order that list by date or relevance.[10] Users can also choose the layout of feeds and folders. Folders organize subscriptions and tags serve to organize different articles manually.[11][12]

Android and iOS app[edit]

In July, 2013, Innologica released an Android app for Inoreader and in July 2014 they launched the iOS app.[13] The app is free to use for all users, while the functionality options depend on the account type.[14] The application syncs the feed information for the whole account, so readers can continue with the unread articles they had on the web platform. As of Feb 2016, the app has a rating of 4.3 out of 5 on Google Play and 5 out of 5 on iTunes.[15][16]

Web browser applications[edit]

In April, 2013, Innologica released Google Chrome, Safari, Firefox and Opera extensions for Inoreader. Inoreader integrates into the web browser, where all of the news feeds can be found and filtered in search. The user can use the extension to subscribe to feeds or save web pages. The extension has a rating of 4.79 out of 5 on the Chrome Web Store.

Reception[edit]

Early reviews for the application have been mostly positive. It was considered as one of the main Google Reader alternatives[17][18][19] and its UI was found very similar to Google Reader.[17][6] It has been appreciated mostly for the many different functions it provides to users, most of which are included in the free Basic plan, although with limited use.[20] In 2015, Innologica monetized their application and introduced ads to their platform, which was initially criticized by its users. The company later announced that ads can be removed if the user opts for a plan upgrade.

References[edit]

  1. ^ "InoReader". University of Wisconsin System. Retrieved 1 June 2015.
  2. ^ a b "Сайт дня: InoReader - лучший клон Google Reader". Ferra.ru. 25 June 2013. Retrieved 1 June 2015.
  3. ^ Saikat Basu (8 July 2014). "Inoreader: The Fast & Functional RSS Reader We Should Be Talking About". Retrieved 1 June 2015.
  4. ^ Martin Brinkmann (5 June 2013). "InoReader: fast RSS reader for the Web". Retrieved 1 June 2015.
  5. ^ "Developer portal intro". Retrieved 1 June 2015.
  6. ^ a b Todd R. Weiss (20 November 2014). "Inoreader 3.0 News Reader for Android Gets Even Better". Eweek. Retrieved 1 June 2015.
  7. ^ "What are the best news readers?". Retrieved 1 June 2015.
  8. ^ "New InoReader brings full functionality RSS to mobile". 22 March 2015. Retrieved 1 June 2015.
  9. ^ "Inoreader: un lector de RSS digno rival y alternativa a Feedly". Retrieved 1 June 2015.
  10. ^ "Inoreader añade expresiones regulares y cuatro nuevas acciones para crear reglas". 18 August 2014. Retrieved 1 June 2015.
  11. ^ Nate Hoffelder (15 August 2013). "InoReader is A Feature Rich Google Reader Alternative". Retrieved 1 June 2015.
  12. ^ "How I learned to stop worrying and love Inoreader". 16 January 2015. Retrieved 1 June 2015.
  13. ^ R Padla (26 November 2014). "Inoreader: Yet another RSS and News Reader app for Android". Retrieved 1 June 2015.
  14. ^ Azzief Khaliq. "Feedly Alternatives: 5 Other RSS Readers You Should Try". Retrieved 1 June 2015.
  15. ^ "Google Play:Inoreader". Google play. Retrieved May 31, 2015.
  16. ^ "iTunes Preview Inoreader". iTunes. Retrieved May 31, 2015.
  17. ^ a b Giuseppe Macario (January 24, 2014). "InoReader, l'alternativa a Google Reader" [InoReader, an alternative to Google Reader] (in Italian). Retrieved 3 July 2016.
  18. ^ Todd R. Weiss (2 July 2013). "Google Reader Is Dead, but There's Still Time to Switch RSS Readers". Eweek. Retrieved 1 June 2015.
  19. ^ "InoReader, the Google Reader Alternative". Softpedia. Retrieved 1 June 2015.
  20. ^ Mark Wilson. "Calling all RSS fans! Inoreader now supports Microsoft OneNote". Beta News Agency. Retrieved 1 June 2015.

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