Trunk Spotlight: Reeder + Evernote to remember more from your RSS feeds

Posted by Kasey Fleisher Hickey on 03 Oct 2011

Posted by Kasey Fleisher Hickey on 03 Oct 2011

  • App/developer name: Reeder
  • Platform: Mac, iOS
  • Price: Mac: $9.99, iPad: $4.99, iPhone: $2.99
  • Type: Reader

If you follow a lot of blogs and websites, you’re familiar with this phenomenon: seeing something you want to read, not having time to read it, and then completely forgetting about it. My Google Reader is filled with unread posts, but truth be told, I only think about them when I log in.

Have you ever wished you could be better about staying on top of your reading, find things you might want to read with a quick search, and be able to hold on to articles and posts that might come in handy in the future? There’s a new way to remember stuff from your RSS feeds and it’s called Reeder: a super slick app for your Mac, iPhone, and iPad that lets you manage your subscriptions and save posts you may want to read later directly to your Evernote account.

Remembering things you read with Evernote and Reeder

Reeder is a Google Reader client that offers a slew of awesome features and integrations, not to mention a beautiful design that makes your Google Reader (overflooded as it may be) look organized and approachable. We think it’s a very user-friendly way to ‘clean up’ your Google Reader and make it look less like your inbox and more like a place to enjoy stuff you might want to read now or later.

When you download Reeder, you’ll notice that there’s a familiar elephant icon in the app which lets you immediately send posts you might want to remember to your Evernote account. When you send a post to your Evernote account, it’ll automatically be saved to your default notebook, nicely formatted and, of course, searchable. Here are some ways to use Reeder and Evernote together:

  • Compile reading for a trip or your commute: Send longer articles to your Evernote account and put them into an Offline Notebook called ‘Reading.’ [Learn more about Offline Notebooks]
  • Take your feeds with you: Whenever you have some time to read, pull up your reading list from any device where you have Evernote installed. While Reeder is a Mac / iOS app, when you send articles to Evernote, you can read them from any device you have on hand.
  • Remember tutorials, recipes, and job postings: Send articles relevant to your life now, or in the future. Later, when you’re looking for a steak recipe, or trying to figure out how to clean up a wine stain, simply do a search in Evernote and find articles you saved from Reeder.
  • Add notes to your reading: Have an opinion about what you’ve read, or want to add a to-do list to your note? Once you send an article from Reeder to Evernote, you can easily edit your notes however you like.

Getting started is super fast and easy. Simply log into your Google Reader account and immediately pull up all of your feeds in Reeder’s easy-to-digest interface. Manage your subscriptions by organizing feeds into folders, adding and removing feeds with the click of a button. Reeder lets you customize your preferences to make it look like and work to your liking by customizing the appearance, gestures and shortcuts.

Download Reeder from the App Store and start saving posts and articles you might want to remember to your Evernote account today.


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21 Comments RSS

  • Nadya

    Kasey Fleisher Hickey, you can’t be serious.

    You never heard of Does the same thing (and much much more) for free.

    • Kasey Fleisher Hickey

      Yes, we know about it and think it’s great – we’ll be posting about it soon. The difference is Reeder allows you to be selective, while ifttt send everything to Evernote. They have very different uses. ifttt makes more sense for sites like Craigslist, Foursquare, and Twitter vs. blogs.

  • Rickles

    Need something like this for Windows and Linux (Ubuntu).

    • Steven Banks

      @Rickles, You’re in luck! While there is no specific app for Windows or Linux, there is a website that has a fantastic tool that’s creating quite a buzz in Google+ circles through tech writer Mike Elgan.

      It’s called [ifttt] (If This, Then That). So there are tools that allow one to make a “recipe” to combine the elements you need to get the information you need and put it where you want it. This is a sample of an RSS to Evernote recipe that someone made to get #Korea feeds into Evernote:

      The brilliant thing is it is SO easy to make your own recipe. And it works flawlessly. Most importantly… it’s FREE and works anywhere with anything!

      Not only is this a solution to your needs, but open a whole lot of other possibilities for you.

  • Sergey

    Superb thing I was looking for! But I am android user… Are you considering making an app for us as well?

    • Mark

      I, too, would like an Android app for Reeder.

  • sameen

    Blackberry users love evernote too 🙂

  • sean

    Just hopped over to the app store to have a look at the iPhone and iPad versions. Both have comments about the apps crashing a lot. Have the Evernote team had a look at the stability of the apps?

    There are lots of us out here who look to the Noteworthy blog as a trusted source of application recommendations… I hope that you guys run these apps through their paces before recommending them.

    • Andrew Sinkov

      Sean, I’ve use Reeder almost every day. I haven’t experienced anything out of the ordinary.

      • Matt Schneider

        I agree. I’ve used Reeder daily for over a year and I can’t remember a single crash (even on a jailbroken phone). It’s worked flawlessly. They do need to rework their iPad app though, the controls are awkwardly placed for going to the next feed item.

  • Orks

    In iphone i use Feeddler and also play with Reeder. Both are great but i concluded that Feeddler is better. And it also has the feature to send to Evernote.

    • Rolando

      @Maximilian: Firefox bcerahes the Mac OS X guidelines also. The entire toolbar area should be draggable (as in Safari). I’m not sure what you mean by ‘length’. It’s certainly taller, but in forcing users to target an area for dragging, it slows people down, and it’s also inconsistent. Users will drag on the toolbar buttons and be confused when the drag action does not work. (Alternatively, some users probably won’t think they can move the window at all.)@@: Yes, taller is the best description of the Mac App store. However, I do not see this as slowing people down at all, rather I find that making it taller allows for a much more easily selectable drag bar. The drag bar in other applications like Firefox, TextEdit, OpenOffice, all of them are skinny and are difficult to select.

  • John Mayson

    Does anyone here use it for the Mac? So far I’ve hated every RSS client I’ve used, but the Evernote integration intrigues me.

    • Andrew Sinkov

      John, I’m a Reeder user on Mac. It’s a very nice app.

      • John Mayson

        Oh what the heck. $10. I had to $5 for parking to meet you last month here in Ausitn. 😛

  • Greg

    Any benefits over FeedlerPro? I have been using this for a while and it works great.

  • Greg

    Also, any benefits with Reeder for Mac over Chrome + the Clipper?

  • JD

    I use iReadG on my iPhone because it caches articles and pictures so you can read them offline, e.g. on a plane or in the subway, which is where I do most of my reading on my phone. Very stable app with tons of features, more than Reeder (which I used before), including of course sending articles to Evernote. And my computer is a PC.

  • John Mayson

    FWIW, I bought the Mac version and I do like it. It works much, much better than any free RSS clients I’ve used.

  • Mingus

    Love Reeder. Love Evernote…but I keep getting the login screen in Reeder (for Evernote creds). Keeps pulling it up when I try to save an article.

    It USED to work, then worked periodically, and now not at all! Only bought Reeder after seeing Evernote saves enabled, so very frustrated. Developer is quite incognito.

    Any recommendations/solutions? (I do NOT crash, however.)

  • Giacomo Lawrance

    Love Reeder! A great app!