For those of you who have yet to use keyboard shortcuts in Minimal Reader, you are missing out. They are essential in skimming through your RSS feed updates, especially when you subscribe to more than a few blogs.
To see the list of keyboard shortcuts, all you have to do is press the question mark (?) key while in the reader. My personal favorite is the “Go Gadget” (gg). Give it a try!
I’ve decided to start promoting the full “Minimal Reader” brand, instead of “MnmlRdr”. It’s more clear, simpler (yes, even though it has *more* vowels), and fits better overall with where I want to take the service.
You will still be able to use the mnmlrdr.com domain for the time being, but minimalreader.com will be the primary domain going forward.
This is the first post in a new series called “Should Read“, where I’ll be posting some of my favorite reads from the past week that I think you’ll also enjoy.
The Most Important Two Minutes of Your Life
by Leo Babauta
by Nate Kontny
Starting Your Own Business Will Not Make You Happy
by Nic Haralambous
Failing Your Way to Creativity
by Helen Adilia AF
by Duncan Geere
One of my favorite additions to iOS 7.1 (released March 10) is a new mode for Mobile Safari called “minimal-ui”, which developers (like me) can enable for their websites. What this mode does is hide the browser toolbars so more of the website content can be displayed.
Here’s how MnmlRdr looks with this new setting:
(notice how the browser toolbars have been hidden)
For the developers in the audience, enabling this is super simple. Just add “minimal-ui” to the HTML viewport meta tag, like so:
<meta name="viewport" content="width=device-width,initial-scale=1,minimum-scale=1.0,maximum-scale=1.0,minimal-ui" />
It has been just over a month since I launched real-time updates for MnmlRdr. This has been one of the most exciting features to build and release.
- This was the most requested feature since I launched MnmlRdr.
- Once the feature was live, there was immediate surge of adoption.
- Currently, around 75% of customers have real-time updates turned on.
- The system is pushing an average of 20 notifications per second, every second, directly to logged-in users’ browsers.
- We’ve delivered just over 60 million real-time notifications of new stories in the past month.
There is something fascinating about technology that works at “scale” to help make a product better. I’m just getting started and can’t wait to show you what I’m cooking up next.
Happy reading (in real-time)!
What is better than refreshing your MnmlRdr to see a list of new stories from your favorite blogs? Not having to refresh of course! MnmlRdr now has the ability to “push” new stories to your account so you can stay up-to-date on your favorite blogs in real-time.
After evaluating some new features, I decided I wanted a way to keep from having to always refresh to see new stories. But, my focus with MnmlRdr is to keep from cluttering up your screen with lots of distraction, so the implementation is “quite minimal”:
- You see notifications of new stories only when you enable the feature (turned off by default).
- Notifications are limited to the section you are currently viewing. This means that if you have selected a single feed, you’ll only see notification updates from that feed.
- Notifications of new stories appear at the top of the list.
- New stories only display once you click on the notification.
So, what do you need to use this new feature? All you have to do is check “Notify me of new items as they arrive” from the settings page and you’ll start seeing new stories as they come into the MnmlRdr service.
I subscribe to a lot of blogs. It’s sometimes hard to keep up with so much content flowing in, so I usually split up my feeds into a couple of buckets:
- Important: important feeds that I want to read every day
- The River: everything else that is OK to skip.
Sometimes, though, I want to skim what’s been happening “today” in The River without seeing anything that is older.
I’ve just released a new feature that allows you to mark entries older than 1 day or 1 week as read. This, combined with “Only show unread items” allows you to easily trim down your unread stories so you only see the most recent.
I have a bunch of new things like this planned for the next couple of weeks to help make MnmlRdr a more enjoyable experience.
In the meantime…happy reading!
When I started MnmlRdr, I wanted the mobile and desktop experience to feel great. I was using Google Reader on my mobile device, which was good enough, but never really felt like a fast and responsive “app”. I wanted to build something better.
To achieve that, I included gestures from day 1:
- Swipe left to star an item (or mark to be read later)
- Swipe right to mark an item as read/unread.
- Pinch (or double tap) an expanded item to collapse.
And the best part…you can even use these gestures on the “desktop” view of the site if you want.