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Price Drops: River of News for iPad On Sale at $1.99


Good news: my favorite RSS reader for the iPad (by far), River of News, is on sale for a limited time:

I’m putting River of News on sale to celebrate its return to the top 10 in the news category. For a limited time it is priced at $1.99 in the US or the corresponding price in your region’s App Store.

I’m very glad to hear the app is back in its category’s Top 10, and hope this sale just adds to its success.

Here’s an App Store link for River of News. If you’re looking for a great iPad RSS app, you need to give this one a look, especially at this price.

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iPad App Features: Gestures in River of News


It’s always cool discovering handy new features in apps that you use frequently. River of News is my favorite RSS reader for the iPad, and an app I use every day. So I was very happy to see a blog post from its developer today, that alerted me to some custom gestures settings for the app. Here’s the reasoning behind these options:

iOS has introduced a gesture language that we take for granted now with scrolling, swiping, and pinching. It’s safe to assume that users know those and for apps to apply them in standard ways. But how should gestures be used beyond that?

I like mobile apps that use gestures in a way similar to keyboard shortcuts on a desktop OS. The intent is to provide a fast way to execute common actions with the key being they are useful, but not required. River of News 1.3 added the gesture choices you see above. The gestures can perform navigation actions like jump to the next article or provide a way to invoke your most commonly used sharing service.

I had no idea these settings were there before seeing the blog post. I’ve given them a quick look and tryout today and I’m already finding them super useful, especially the two finger tap gesture.  I also like the extensive range of actions that are possible to set for each of these gestures within the app.

Very cool bit of thinking, and execution, on this. A favorite app just got a little bit better – and that’s just never a bad thing.

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River of News Contest–Winners

River of News app screenshot

Once again we got some great participation on this one. Thanks to all who took part and shared your thoughts on app features. And huge thanks to Dylan and the folks at River of News for running this contest with us.

Here are our winners:

halirob, Charles, Sitty, William S, Sharon Abar

Winners – congratulations! Please keep an eye on your inboxes and spam folders – as we’ll be sending out your codes very soon.

Look for more great contests coming soon here. Very soon. Smile

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River of News Updated, Gets Snazzy New Icon

River of News Icon

River of News – my favorite RSS reader for the iPad and one of my most used iPad apps – has just had another update, to Version 1.3. Along with the update, the app has also got a new, more colorful and dynamic-looking icon.

Here’s the full list of changes in the new version:

* iOS 4.2 compatibility
* Save images to your photo album
* People you follow in Google Reader
* Open links with Instapaper Mobilizer
* Show unread badge in portrait view
* Show unread badge on home screen
* Email link or contents of an article
* Set a default To: email address
* New icon
* Bug fixes

I’ve updated to the new version, but haven’t had a chance to try many of the new features just yet, but I’m glad to see the regular updates to this already excellent app.

You can find this latest version of River of News in the App Store now, priced at $3.99.

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River of News Update Coming Soon

River of News for iPad

I mentioned recently that River of News is easily my favorite RSS reader app for the iPad. It’s already a stellar app, and today there’s word on the River of News blog that there’s an update for it coming soon.

I’m wrapping up version 1.3 of River of News. It still needs to go through more testing and then be approved by Apple so it may be a couple of weeks until it’s in your hands. I’ve had the review process take between two and fifteen days.

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Recommended – The Beginning of a Great iPad Developer Success Story

River of News for iPad

App Store success stories are still pretty few and far between, especially those that involve single person or very small indie developer shops. So it’s always great to come across one. Today I read one that is not quite a big success story yet, but one that I hope will become one.

Dylan Ginsburg of Idyllic Code has done a post detailing what sort of earnings a ‘modestly successful’ app generates in its first few months. And the app in question is a superb one called River of News – my favorite RSS reader app for the iPad and one that I’m overdue on reviewing (sneak preview: it’s great, go get it). 

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