1 Mayıs 2010 Cumartesi

LateReader a WM app for Read It Later

This is my first post about LateReader, a Windows Mobile application for reading your Read It Later lists. Actually this application does (or aims) more than just reading your list. You can search, sort your list. Download pages for offline reading. Share your list items with others. And more.

Let's start with some screenshots, thanks to the wonderfull ShakeAndSave utility.

Current Status

  • C# API wrapper for RIL web based API
  • Login
  • Signup
  • Reading List UI
  • Page Text rendering (I am doing this from scratch as the .NET WebBrowser component seems to be unusable for me)
  • Currently Reading (Remembers what you were reading last time)
  • Syncing with the RIL server
  • Storing the list and Page Texts for offline viewing
  • favicon image display in reading list
  • Mark as Read/Unread functionality in the reading list
  • Search in reading list
  • Sorting in reading list
  • Kinetic scrolling in Page Text display
  • Currently reading context menu
    • fontsize: tiny, small, normal, large, huge
    • show more/less (depending on the current mode),
    • show full in browser
    • update pagetext (download again)

Planned Features

  • Item Title/Tags editing
  • Better UI
  • Better rendering (more html tag support) in the Page Text display
  • Pinch zooming in the reading list and Page Text display
  • Application Settings UI
  • Image download/display option in the Page Text display
  • Better Application icon
  • ! Threaded syncing
  • Share (twitter, facebook, email)
  • ! Paging in currently reading (better memory management)
  • Currently reading context menu - share (twitter, facebook, email)
  • Shake based URL add (with a translucent form with two buttons: "Read It Later" and "Open Late Reader")
    • for Opera 10
    • for other browsers later
  • Archieve
  • Tags Chooser (like in blog page tags)
  • Delete an item
  • Application settings
  • Reading bg color/fgcolor selection
  • Page transition effects (from main form to reading list, reading list to currently reading)
  • check connection state and open upon user approval during
    • sync
    • open in external browser
    • share via email,facebook,twitter
    • update pagetext
  • Download/display page images
  • Rotate/auto rotate images
  • !Get only list as an option
    • Show whether pagetext is available with an icon
    • Let the user marks items for downloading next syncing
    • By default do not download READ item page text
      • Make this an option
  • Reading list button animation (Button down effect)
  • Kinetic scrolling in reading list
  • Store currently reading scrollposition
  • SIP auto activate/deactivate when focus enters/exits text boxes
  • Performance improvement
    • Optimize justified text rendering
    • Decrease memory usage (easily reaches 5-6 MB currently)


  • max mode of main form is sometimes hindered with the title bar (especially after a long running sync operation)
  • error messages generated by RILAPI are not displayed at all (maybe not generated correctly?)
  • favicon is not correctly drawn
  • link tag defined favicons are not currently downloaded
  • [FIXED]reading list does not update after a sync (at least the sorting is not applied)
  • [FIXED]currently reading mode (less/more) is not stored
  • [FIXED]When no text is available in Currently Reading Panel a message indicating less mode is shown, but sometimes the same thing happens in more mode as well
  • [FIXED]Better rendering of PRE/CODE tags
  • Better rendering of long words (words longer than a line should be splitted)
  • Every form is displayed as a separate app in task managers, we should have only one item instead
  • [FIXED]Some items are displayed twice in All view (maybe read items?)

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