One of the most frequently requested features to be added to MnmlRdr has been to add the ability to send a feed item to a user’s Pinboard.in, Instapaper, Pocket, and other external accounts. Originally, I did not think this was important, but many who tried MnmlRdr made it clear to me that it was.
I’ve added the ability to turn on a “Send to” menu for a feed item, similar to how Google Reader was able to be configured. The menu is disabled by default, but can be enabled with a variety of pre-configured services in the settings.
Now, you might be asking, “does adding features like this go against the minimal nature of MnmlRdr?” I don’t think it does. I see the goal of minimalism as removing the things that are not essential and focusing on those that are and that provide value. Less clutter. Fewer distractions. More value.
It is not about providing the fewest features possible, but instead, providing only the right features.
This weekend I released a new feature for MnmlRdr, article full-text. What this does is add the ability to pull in the full article text from a feed item when the item content is truncated or is missing completely. All you have to do is click on the rocket icon to fetch the full-text. This is really useful for feeds that only provide links to content or only provide a 1 or 2 line summary of the content.
Thanks again for hanging in there with me as I build MnmlRdr. I just finished setting up a new marketing/landing-page for mnmlrdr.com. It’s still a work-in-progress, but it’s much nicer than the previous one. Launching is a really nice milestone and it definitely feels good to have this portion finished. Thanks for all of your support these past few months, weeks, and days. Now the real work begins…
Subscriptions are now open to the general public. They cost $36 and will give you access to MnmlRdr for 1 year. If you are interested in sticking around for the long-term, you can also choose to sign up for a lifetime membership for a one-time charge of $99.
Those of you who have been previewing MnmlRdr for the past 6 weeks, you have the ability to subscribe using your existing account from your settings dashboard.
Your subscription will directly fund the continued operation and development of the service, and boy do I have some interesting things in store for MnmlRdr over the next couple of weeks.
I think MnmlRdr is a great app and it is something that I’m proud of. I hope that you will consider MnmlRdr for your feed reading. I really think you’re going love it.
Last week I was experimenting with a way for MnmlRdr to be used with existing native apps without having to build one myself or waiting for other app developers to add in support. I ended up building a way for MnmlRdr to mimic Fever and allow users to read their MnmlRdr feeds in apps that support Fever.
This includes compatibility with these popular apps:
My hope is that after MnmlRdr launches, these developers will be willing to add support for MnmlRdr directly without Fever emulation. (If you’re a developer of a native app and are interested in integrating with the MnmlRdr REST API, lets chat.)
In the meantime, you can enjoy downloading, syncing, and reading your unread and starred items offline using any of these apps.
Thanks for sticking in there with me as I build MnmlRdr. A few months ago when I learned about Google Reader shutting down, and after being unsatisfied with the alternatives, I set out to build my own replacement. I wanted a reader that was fast, lightweight, that focused on the content, avoided social networking, and that worked great in mobile browsers. A number of you shared my sentiment and MnmlRdr was born.
The past 6 weeks have been a full of building, testing, fixing, and growing MnmlRdr. The service has transformed from a working prototype/idea, into an offering that many of you are using every day. I really appreciate those of you that have been previewing the service, finding and reporting bugs, and helping me improve the experience. You’ve been a great help.
Later this week (Thursday), I plan on taking MnmlRdr out of preview/invite-only and releasing it to the public. The service is ready for a new influx of users and I cannot wait for more of you to try MnmlRdr.
Once launched, MnmlRdr will be converted into a paid service. The service will cost $36/year and will come with a 7-day money-back guarantee. Your yearly subscription will contribute directly to the continued running and improvement of MnmlRdr. I want to continue building a great reader for you and by subscribing you can help.
Even though I want to keep MnmlRdr’s feature set minimal, launch day is not where development stops. Here are a few niceties that I want to explore down the road:
- playing videos and podcasts
- search and “smart” folders
- full article view for feeds that only have links
- native apps and offline support
If there is anything you think I should be including in this list or if you just want to say hello, feel free to get in touch.