Unread 1.8.3 adds a Black Background Theme

Unread 1.8.3 adds a Black theme. This new theme is similar to the Night theme but its background color is a true black. This new theme shines on the OLED display of the iPhone X. This theme is available to all customers who have purchased the app’s unlocked feature set.

This update also adds a couple bug fixes:

  • Fixed a bug that could cause status bar issues after starting to dismiss a Safari View Controller and then aborting that dismissal.
  • Fixed some article layout bugs.

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Unread 1.8.2

Unread 1.8.2 is now available in the App Store. The previous update introduced a bug that prevented some users from being able to log into Feedly and NewsBlur. This update fixes that bug.

Unread 1.8.1

Unread 1.8.1 is now available in the App Store. This update adds minor improvements:

  • This update addresses some in-app purchase issues.
  • Unread now uses HockeyApp for crash reporting. The privacy policy has been updated to reflect this change.

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Migrated Purchases of Unread and New Devices

If you have already migrated your purchase of Unread and are now setting up an iPhone X, you do not need to migrate again. Using “Restore Purchases” on Unread 1.8 will restore an already-migrated purchase of the Supertop Unread app.

Enjoy your new phone if you bought one.

Unread 1.8: Split View and Slide Over on iPad, iPhone X, and Readability Improvements

I am excited to announce that Unread 1.8 is now available. This update adds the following improvements:

  • Support for Split View and Slide Over on iPad
  • Support for iPhone X
  • Readability view improvements

Slide Over and Split View on iPad

Unread 1.8 fully supports Slide Over and Split View on iPad.

Support for iPhone X

With this update Unread will look great and work seamlessly on the iPhone X.

This is an article with full-screen reading enabled:

This is an article with full-screen reading disabled:

Readability Improvements

Unread now uses Mozilla’s fork of Arc90’s Readability library. This adds significant improvements to the heuristics used to generate Readability views of articles.

Implementation Notes

  • When using Slide Over or Split View on iPad, Unread will also use slightly smaller font sizes if its portion of the screen is narrow.
  • Activity text such as “Refreshing all feeds…” and notification text such as “Readability View Loaded” now appears at the bottom of the screen on all devices. Previously activity text would appear instead of the status bar and notification text would appear just underneath the status bar. It is impractical to replace the iPhone X status bar area with a bar of text. In addition such a bar of text at the top of the screen would interfere with the drag handle on iPad with Split View or Slide Over.
  • I removed “Classic (Unread)” as an option for the Open Links In setting. This setting resulted in Unread opening links in a legacy in-app browser that predated Safari View Controller. Since Unread no longer supports versions of iOS that lack Safari View Controller and since Safari View Controller provides a much more consistent web browsing experience, it made little sense to continue maintaining this legacy browser.

Bug Fixes

This update also adds some bug fixes, most importantly:

  • Tapping the title bar at the bottom of the screen to scroll to the bottom now works reliably on iOS 11.
  • There was a bug on iOS 11 where if you selected “Open in Safari” from a share sheet on an iPad while Safari was in a Slide Over window, the screen could be left in an inconsistent state. This is fixed.
  • Logging in to Minimal Reader using its emulation of the Fever API now works correctly.

I am excited for this update and thrilled that I am able to provide Split View and Slide Over support as a free update. I started work on Split View and Slide Over support in July, before we even announced that my company was acquiring Unread. If this free update makes you happy, please leave a review.

Unread 1.7.6

This update includes a variety of small improvements and bug fixes, specifically:

  • Fixes related to migrating a purchase from the Supertop Unread app on iOS 11
  • Fixes to some threading bugs
  • Fixes to cosmetic issues when showing screens of static text such as those with release notes or the privacy policy
  • Fixes for image caching issues that, under some circumstances, could make Unread take a very long time to cache images associated with a single article
  • If “Strip All Break Tags” is enabled, Unread will now replace line breaks with a space instead of with nothing. This addresses display issues with some articles.
  • On new installations of Unread, the default setting for Image Caching is now “Wi-fi Only”. This does not affect devices where Unread was already installed and is being updated with the new version.

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Unread 1.7.5

Unread 1.7.5 is now available in the App Store.

Unread stores account credentials securely in the Keychain. Keychain items are not included in all types of device backups. This update improves Unread’s handling of an account with missing credentials:

  • If credentials for an account are not found in the Keychain, the home screen will show a red exclamation mark where it would normally show the number of unread articles. Tapping on the account will bring the user to a login screen.
  • Unread will no longer attempt to refresh an account if its credentials are not found.

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