Elytra 1.3.0 for iPhone and iPad
Free News App on iOS
Elytra App / Specifications
- • Price: Free
- • In-app purchases: Yes
- • Content rating: Rated 12+
- • Requires: iOS 12.0 or later
- • Device compatibility: iPhone and iPad
- • Rating average
- 4.5 out of 5
- • Rating users
- • Total downloads
- • Current version downloads
- • Updated: June 10, 2019
Elytra / Screenshots on iPhone
Elytra / Screenshots on iPad
Elytra / Description
PRIVATE: Your account is set up automatically and is completely private. Elytra will not collect any personal information from you.
MODERN FEED FORMATS: Elytra supports both XML and JSON feed formats.
PUSH NOTIFICATIONS: Get real-time updates from your favorite blogs which support the WebSub protocol.
LOCAL BOOKMARKS: All your bookmarks are locally available to read and refer even when you’re offline.
NATIVE RENDERING: Elytra renders your articles using native features of iOS to bring inclusive features like Dynamic Type, Voice Over for Accessibility and reduce usage of tracking scripts.
IMAGE LOADING: Elytra provides various image loading options so you can save on mobile bandwidth and load images you deem necessary.
SYNC: Elytra supports cross-device sync. You can automatically sync using iCloud Keychain or copy your Anonymous Account ID to your new device.
SEARCH: Search for a feed, then an article and then snippets within the article. Elytra is the first RSS Reader to support search within articles.
APPEARANCE: Elytra supports both Light and Dark themes, as well as a Black theme on supported devices. You can choose between various Serif and Sans-Serif fonts.
LINKED HEADERS: When the Article Author goes through the trouble of linking headers with IDs, it only makes sense that Elytra enables you to share direct sections with your friends & family.
MUTE FILTERS: Clean up your feeds from unwanted topics, spoilers, and noise.
Elytra cannot connect to or sync with other RSS Syncing or Aggregation services.
Elytra / Changelog / What's New in v1.3.0
- The summer is here (monsoons for us lucky folks in India) and this brings a new update for Elytra.
- Visually, this isn’t a very big update but I have been able to improve a couple of a things in this release which is detailed below:
- ## New
- ### Toolbars
- Using the newer longer iPhones becomes a task when handling them with a single hand, especially the iPhone XR and the iPhone XS Max. I personally run into a lot of issues with my iPhone X. These are big devices and reaching actions at the top in the navigation bar becomes a task by itself. So a new option has been introduced in Elytra v1.3 which enables you to bring all of these actions in the toolbar towards the bottom of the screen.
- Some actions like sharing an article or opening it in the browser are still left to be in the navigation bar. I hope to enable y’all to determine which actions appear in the toolbar and which appear in the navigation bar in a future release.
- ### Menus
- In v1.2 of Elytra, I publicly released the new Extended Layout which was supposed to improve compatibility on iPads and be able to extend the layout to two columns of articles. This was achieved using Collection Views. This introduced a unique problem for me where swipe actions was no longer directly feasible. To address this shortcoming of the app, I’m introducing menus in this release. They bring shortcuts to the Articles interface in Elytra making accessing common actions a little more accessible.
- ## Improvements
- ### Faster Rendering
- I’ve reworked certain sections of the Article renderer so I can add more supported sections to the article reader in the future. But the immediate effect of this is improve rendering speeds on older devices like the iPhone 6 and 6S. The performance improvements are huge when compared to the v1.2 builds but don’t take my word for it, if you try it on any of these devices, let me know your experience. You can email me or send me a tweet on twitter.
- Another advantage of this change is to bring change logs to the article viewer. I’m working on enabling this so that changes made to an article can be visible so you can see corrections, updates and deletions if you’re interested in that sort of a thing.
- ### Improved Networking
- I’ve reworked certain sections of the app to improve networking with Elytra’s sync server. This change is extremely opaque to users but what it does is avoid fetching information it does not need at all. This reduces the amount of data transferred from the sync server and helps save on bandwidth.
- ### Improved Image Rendering
- If you start to notice more vibrant images in articles, you got to thank the improvements UIKit Engineers @ Apple have made in iOS 12. As this will be the last version that will support iOS 11 (iOS 13 Betas are either already out or will be out soon), I thought this would be a good opportunity to improve on this. Any images hosted and served by blogs which support the DCI-P3 colour space are now resized according to your specifications while preserving all of that extra colour information.
- If you feel generous and have a couple of minutes, please leave a review. It makes a huge difference for me. Thank you in advance. :)