iPad Apps: Pulse News Reader review
Pulse News Reader By Alphonso Labs Inc
Updated: Mar 29, 2011
Current Version: 2.2.1
2.2.1 (iOS 4.0 Tested)
Size: 4.4 MB
Seller: Alphonso Labs Inc © 2010 Alphonso Labs Inc.
Requirements: Compatible with iPad. Requires iOS 3.2 or later
Pulse is an requirement for every iPad owner to download. Pulse allows you to aggregate and customize your feeds and news sources into an interactive reader composed of primarily thumbnails and snippets. By scrolling through excerpts, tap into articles and read the original piece from the website or view the text only version with all website formatting stripped away (preferable option).
The App is simply, beautiful to look at, intuitive to use, and displays RSS feeds in a graphical way. In this latest version, you can add up to 60 news sources. You can also add feeds by either inputting the actual feed address, select from a list of popular feeds (CNN, Engadget, MTV News, etc…), or directly import from your Google Reader subscriptions.
The dashboard itself lists each one of your feeds in dedicated rows where thumbnails/images are dynamically pulled from each article. The result is a simple side scrolling menu of articles you can easily scroll through as you would with some of the other premium media apps.
From the dashboard, clicking an article immediately takes you to a text excerpt of the RSS. In this App, you can either read the article in text mode or web mode from the view article screen. You can also opens an in-app browser page of the article in it’s original form of the website. Integration of the actual pages is done seamlessly and loads with ease. The attractive thing about this App is letting you stay up to date on the latest news as soon as its published. Just with a single tap, you can refresh all your news sources instantly without ever leaving the application.
The App is great and wonderful but the use of images where the initial dashboard take about 5-10+ seconds to load depending on the number of feeds you’re subscribing to is the only thing that need to take care.
Pulse News Reader is one of the best of many RSS Feed Readers available in the App Store and caters to both advanced and simple users alike.