A couple of weeks ago, we launched our brand New Reader, designed for optimum readability on all devices. And we thought this might be a good time to walk you through it, in details.
Reader View is usually considered the natural way to consume RSS feeds, as it allows you to have a quick overview of all your sources, without distractions. The great thing about Netvibes is that you can easily switch between the Reader View and the Apps View with the switch located at the top of your dashboard. So whatever your preference is, you can easily switch and keep your content intact.
But let’s get back to the Reader View for now. As you can see in the picture below, the screen is divided in three main parts: the Tabs panel (A), the Header with options (B) and the Main Window with your content (C).
Let’s have a look at the Tabs panel first. On top is the name of your Dashboard (1) and an arrow (2) to collapse the Selection menu (3), which allows you to switch between All Feeds, Slow, Saved and Recently Read.
Below this menu is a list of all your tabs (4) which you can easily expand by clicking on the arrow on the left, displaying all feeds inside this tab. There’s also a button to create a new tab (5), if you need to.
Now let’s have a look at the Header…
The Header is mainly a tool bar that allows you to do a large array of things: open or close the tab panel (1), to gain more space if your screen is a bit narrow, a tool-tip with specific options for the current tab or feed (2), two arrows to navigate through your feeds (3), a drop-down menu (4) to switch between the different available views (List, Expanded and Mosaic), a mark read/unread button (5), a refresh button (6) and a button to open or close the Livebar panel (7).
And finally, there’s the most important part: the content…
Items are ordered by date, the newest at the top. Refresh is automatic, so you don’t need to do anything, your content will always be up-to-date.
When reading an item, there’s a bunch of things you can do: mark it as read/unread (1), save it (2) to read it later or share it (3). If you click on the title (4), it’ll open the item in a new window. If you prefer to keep everything inside the same window, you can click on “web site view” (5) to read the article inside an iframe, then click on “reader view” (6) to come back to the feed item.
In the settings, you can adjust the spacing by activating the Compact Mode, and for larger screens, you can also change the article maximum width. The Reader View also features a Livebar, an active sidebar that lets you run your favorite apps side-by-side with your content.
So here you have it, a detailed overview on our New Reader. If you want more in-depth information, be sure to check out our documentation.
And as usual, if you have questions or remarks, let us know in the comments below or on our Uservoice page.