In the App Store app, there’s a special tab. When it first appeared there, I was delighted, though after a few minutes I found it slightly less useful than it could have been. That tab is the “Purchased” tab, a list that contains every App purchase I’ve made since the store opened. Some of the items there are still on my iPhone or iPad (albeit different versions than when I first picked them up), and some have long since been deleted and forgotten.
One of the earliest apps to appear there, and one that until today remained on my first home screen was Silvio Rizzi’s Reeder. I’ve written about Reeder before, and would still recommend it as one of the finest RSS feed readers available. But it’s no longer the best. That honor now belongs, perhaps unsurprisingly, to the brand new Reeder 2.
After a long series of anticipatory tweets and posts by its author, Reeder 2 is finally available on the App Store, and by all my measures, it’s great. At a glance, Reeder 2 looks and feels very much like the original Reeder sans the heavy iOS 6 styling and textures. I’d be happy if it only went that far, but the new version has some nice user experience improvements that bring it in line with iOS 7. Animations abound, as they did with Reeder, but version 2 takes that a step further with iOS 7-style physics that bring the sliding, bouncing panels to life.
Typography and readability are also improved and cannot be overstated in an app that primarily focuses on reading. Everything looks clearer and breathes a little better, even on the now comparatively squat iPhone 4S.
Gesture navigation has also been expanded. Reeder famously used swipes and slides to mark items as read or favorite, to move between view types, and so on. With Reeder 2, all of that is supercharged. There are more gestures available with better consistency and a great deal better response. This app is blazing fast. Many apps under iOS 7 and indeed iOS 7 itself can often feel a bit more languid than its predecessors. Reeder 2 has none of the gelatinous, long duration animation that iOS 7 seems to revel in. Animations are quick, fluid, and bring the content into view right away; there’s no waiting.
The app, now universal, is $4.99 on the iTunes store. If you’ve been using the original Reeder even half as long as I have, you’ve probably gotten your money’s worth. I highly recommend that you support the developer and buy the new version, even at its App-Store-premium price point.