Tuesday, October 8, 2013

Read it Later

Renamed fromRead It Later to Pocket. It tool that lets you save webpages and syncs across all of your devices, with tool. You can pocket lengthy articles or videos away and queue them up for reading and watching later, no matter where you are. I tend to use the app on campus save pages then read them back home after class. Whenever I come across a video on my phone, then realize I'd rather watch it on my iPad or Mac. 

One of Pocket's biggest features is the ability to filter by content type; you can sort by image, video, and traditional text. Filtering by video reveals a grid of thumbnails of videos you've saved across Vimeo, YouTube, and other services. Most videos saved from the web will automatically get categorised appropriately, but only YouTube and Vimeo videos will display a pop-up player in the app. In practice, we found there are still some sorting issues to work out — I added several Tales of Mere Existence videos to Pocket from the web, and it didn't properly sort into video. 

When accessing your Pocket list, it's easy to sort by content type (text, video, or image) and to edit items in bulk. Also, the search bar makes it easy to find items by tag, title, or even URL. So, even with hundreds of items saved to your Pocket, it's fairly easy to go back and find anything you're looking for. Plus, after you check items off, they are automatically moved to an archive, where you can re-access them later. One thing you can't do with Pocket, though, is reorder the items in your list. This isn't a huge deal since the search function works so well, but it would've been a nice function to have. 

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