Try out the public beta of Reading Queue 1.5!
A beautiful and fast reader mode, a refreshed design, and many improvements…
Big news! You can finally read your queue and archive on desktop, with the shiny new Reading Queue for Mac available on the Mac App Store.
If you notice sync issues between your devices, you can attempt to fix them with a force sync from the Settings screen.
A very unpleasant sync issue where a page you archived was added back to the queue.
iPad users get a customized first-time experience.
The icons for the "Open in Safari/Chrome" actions in the share menu have been adjusted to fit the new iOS 13 style.
The overlay behind the share extension screen had a minor visual glitch. Easy fix: I removed the overlay.
First-time users will see a redesigned first-time experience, with videos showcasing the app’s features.
Many icons were updated to the new ones provided by Apple to developers.
A new contextual menu will appear when long-pressing a link in a web page.
On iPad, you can now drag and drop links to another app.
The share extension screen is now smaller and less intrusive, and disappears immediately when touching the screen. (Thank you Francisco and Damiano!)
To make further development easier and faster, Reading Queue now requires iOS 13.
However, you can keep using Reading Queue 1.3 on your devices on iOS 12.
iPad support and iCloud sync!
iPad devices are now fully supported, including Slide Over and Split View modes. This means that while reading you can take notes in another app (gooood) or browse Twitter (baaaad.)
Your queue and archived pages are now backed up and synced across all your iPhone and iPad devices where Reading Queue is installed.
Two very important notes about this:
The next page in the queue is now preloaded in a more power efficient way, putting page rendering and web animations on hold until it appears on screen.
All gestures and transitions between pages (when archiving, snoozing, etc.) have been rebuilt or improved, thanks to a new animation engine rewritten from the ground up.
So it turns out that the read time calculation left for summer holidays without leaving a note. Unfortunately, the third-party service Reading Queue was using to process web pages content has been shut down, which took me off guard. Rest assured read time calculation will be back and even better in a future release. My sincere apologies for this mishap.
When long-pressing a link to add it to the queue, the notification banner is more readable.
On iPhone X, XR and XS devices, if “Taller Content Area” is disabled in Settings, you can scroll back to top with a single tap at the top of the screen, instead of two. (Merci Riomar!)
The joy-sparking alerts recommending to throw away an old page were reappearing every time the app was resumed or the settings screen dismissed. Gosh that was annoying.
During introduction, the instructions displayed on top of the share menu were cut off for owners of the cute iPhone SE, but they are now scrollable.
The Undo menu item was always on even when unarchiving was not possible.
The Archive screen was crashing the app in some conditions, which, admit it, was pretty entertaining.
The share extension was showing the wrong glyph when saving a page.
URLs containing accented characters could not be loaded or saved from the share extension.
Using the share extension in Feedly was freezing the app.
The Help and What’s New pages were sometimes not properly refreshed.
Mostly changes under the hood in this release, to prepare for the upcoming iCloud sync and desktop browser extensions.
Pages saved from the share extension are now added to the BOTTOM of the queue. Let's get rid of our oldest saved pages! Pages saved before this update will not be reordered.
A page cannot be added twice to the queue anymore.
The total read time is calculated a bit faster.
Minor design and copy changes, notably “Read Next” has been renamed to “Move to Archive.”
The page title did not update properly on some websites like Medium or YouTube.
The settings screen would hang or crash while calculating the total read time.
And as if this was not enough already, an ugly memory leak was discovered.
A very embarrassing issue where the third and last screen of the first-time experience was not displayed after enabling the share extension.
A release so bad it was abandoned on the side of the highway.
This release adds new ways to encourage you to get rid of the pages you procrastinate NOT reading, among other niceties.
Pages can now be snoozed only up to three times.
A nudge message is displayed to encourage archiving pages saved more than 30 days ago.
An URL copied from another app can be added directly to the queue, without using the share menu.
Pages can be opened in Safari or Chrome from the share menu, if you’re into that kind of thing.
The help page lists up all the different ways to add pages from Safari, Chrome, Apple Mail, Twitter, and Facebook.
The preferred text size defined in iOS Settings is applied throughout most parts of the app.
The first-time experience has been completely revamped for new users (ie. this is not you.)
The settings screen could sometimes crash when calculating the total read time. Surprisingly, this was not intended.
Some buttons in the settings screen were not properly aligned and sometimes their color changed after tapping them. The nightmare is over now.
Some confusing parts of the first-time experience were improved or removed.
Read Next gesture and animation are now smooth as butter.
Archived pages can be read or added to the queue from the menu or the empty queue screen.
The progress bar pulsates during loading.
Links to social media profiles were added to settings.
The snooze animation is smoother.
The alert sheets look better in front of dark backgrounds.
The headlines and titles use a new font face.
Reading Queue is now easier to use in one hand, and comes with a new settings screen full of niceties.
The title bar position can be changed to the top or the bottom of the screen. For easier one-handed use, it is set to bottom by default, but feel free to change it back to top if you preferred the previous version.
The website icon and the reading time are visible in the top “ears” around the notch on iPhone X, XR and XS devices, when the title bar position is set to bottom.
The estimated read time of all pages in queue is calculated and visible in Settings. A way more meaningful metric than the number of pages.
The queue can be deleted, if you want to start all over again with an empty queue.
The How to Use and Feedback buttons have been moved to Settings.
Closing the feedback email sheet could crash the application and archive the current page in some situations. Very bad.
Better onboarding experience to help users install the share extension and discover all gestures.
Existing users will not be able to see much of it if their queue is not empty before updating to this version. Deleting and reinstalling the app from TestFlight allows to see the whole experience, but doing so will reset the queue.
The How to Use page has been simplified and contains a FAQ.