Catch up on your reading with beautiful fonts and retina graphics with Instapaper for iPad

Catch up on your reading with beautiful fonts and Retina graphics with Instapaper for iPhone and iPad

Instapaper is the original "read later" service that lets you save web pages for offline reading in a highly optimized, distraction free format. It also syncs them between your iOS devices and the Instapaper web site, so you can catch up on your reading pretty much anywhere. It has just been updated to version 4.1 and optimized for the new iPad's Retina display. Instapaper has also added six beautiful, carefully selected new fonts. This all combines to make for an absolutely gorgeous reading experience on the new iPad.

For those who enjoy distraction-free reading, not only does Instapaper strip away everything but the text of an article, the app itself becomes remarkably clean -- you can tap on the article you're reading to hide the toolbars at the top of the screen, allowing you to fully immerse yourself in the content.

Another interesting addition to Instapaper is what they call "Twilight Sepia". I'm sorry undead teen romance fans, this does not mean you can flip a switch that shows sepia-toned images of Edward and Jacob. Rather, Twilight Sepia is the sunset-based Automatic Dark Mode that slightly tints the screen with a sepia tone during sunset hours before going to Dark Mode at night.

There is also some new gestures included in Instapaper to exit an article. If pagination -- a feature that breaks long articles into a series of book-like pages -- is inactive, just swipe to the right. If you're using pagination, swipe right when on the first page or swipe left when on the last page to exit the article. (Otherwise swiping lets you move back and forth through the pages).

Instapaper support, the ability to send an article to Instapaper, is a feature included in many apps including most Twitter apps. You can also add a bookmarklet to both the browser on your computer and Mobile Safari so you can save any article you find on the web. Instapaper walks you through the process of adding the bookmarklet to your iPhone and iPad, making it very easy to start sending articles to Instapaper.

If you're unfamiliar with bookmarklets, they're simply bookmarks that, instead of opening a webpage, work like tiny programs. When tapping Instapaper's bookmarklet, it adds the current webpage to your Instapaper account and flashes "Saving..." and "Saved" across your screen.

When you launch Instapaper, it will also check your clipboard and, if you've copied a web page address, will offer to save it for you. This makes it especially convenient for iPhone users who see an interesting article on the go, maybe in Twitter or Facebook, or while surfing the web while waiting in line, but don't have time to read it right then or there. With a couple taps, it can go right into Instapaper where it's available for you whenever you have time to put your grab your iPad, put your feet up, and enjoy.

Instapaper is the most popular "read later" service for a reason. It's been around for a while and is always rock solid. The user interface is incredibly thoughtful and super easy to use. All your articles stay in sync between your iPad, iPhone, and computer making it a seamless, beautiful experience.

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wormeyman says:

Personally I prefer readability.

Rene Ritchie says:

Depends on your needs. Readability has nowhere near the feature set or functionality of Instapaper.

Jake says:

I tried Readability and it was a solid app but I still need to try Instapaper. This retina display is gorgeous!
Also, if anyone has time I'd love views/feedback on the unboxing for the new iPad I shot yesterday:

mbotta says:

i love instapaper: it gives you a frictionless reading experience, from the moment you find an article on the web to when you have time to sit down and read it. often, i'm surprised by the articles that past me prepared for present me. so much so that present me likes to find articles that future me will not expect ;)

Artunc Zorlu says:

use tried both on retina display iphone 4s and ipad and instapaper interface dont look good okay simple but not good and 4.99 versus free thıs ıs not race for readability and they support androıd but bad thing on readabilty is that they dont support like flipboard apps but other hand instapaper is solid for support they cover the all reading world lıke read it later as a result ı go for readability because free and future they will bi support for other apps and they have better chrome safari and firefox add-ons

AfroMonk says:

I tried both. Although Readability is free, Instapaper is so easy to use; the Chrome extension is fast and works well. Twitter integration is a plus. But what I like the most about Instapaper is the little visual indicator (the dots) that tells you what you've read and how much of it is read already. So going back to an article I already started reading is easy. Not quite that easy with Readability (unless someone can tell me otherwise).

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