Inoreader’s Integration Options, Pt. 1

After Google’s announcement regarding Reader’s impending doom, I spent weeks trying out alternatives, including self-hosted offerings. I eventually settled on Inoreader, after seeing someone recommend it in a comment on a post about Google Reader alternatives.

This post is regarding the “integration” options you can see at the top of each post in Column View (and at the bottom of each post in Expanded View) allowing you to send articles to different external services: Pocket, Instapaper, Readability, Evernote, OneNote, and Dropbox.

article top buttons in Inoreader

You need to connect each service in Inoreader to use them: Gear icon –> Preferences –> Integration

integration preferences in Inoreader

I will add several types of articles to each service and report the findings. I’m using Firefox 46.0.1 on Windows 10 Pro x64 RTM with latest updates.

 

Randall Munroe’s “What If?”

Firefox

The actual article in Firefox:
What If in Firefox

Inoreader

The article in Inoreader – using the Dark theme makes the stick figure drawings hard to see due to their transparent backgrounds. Because of this, I’ve switched to light themes in Instapaper and Readability.
What If in Inoreader

Pocket

Just has a link which opens the actual article in a new tab.

Instapaper

No surprises here:
What If in Instapaper topWhat If in Instapaper bottom

Readability

No surprises here either:
What If in Readability topWhat If in Readability bottom

Evernote

Throws an error in Inoreader and doesn’t add anything to Evernote.

OneNote

Adds an editable version of the article as a new Page in the Notebook selected in Inoreader’s Integration Preferences:

What If in OneNote top

Includes some useful info in the footer of the Note:

What If in OneNote bottom

Dropbox

Inoreader created a PDF of the article and placed it in my Dropbox:
What If in Dropbox folderWhat If in Dropbox PDF

Verdict for What If?:

Read it later: Instapaper or Readability – it’s basically up to the user’s preference between the two since the results are very similar.
I need to check out and compare their Android apps to see if I lean one way or the other.
[UPDATE] I prefer the Instapaper Android app over the Readability Android app and here’s why:
Readability’s app seems like an iOS port, only lets you choose between white or black, and none of the 5 font choices affected the yucky sans-serif font in which the text was actually displayed.
Instapaper has 4 colors (white, sepia, grey, black) and the font selection actually works.

Editable copy: OneNote.

Weird PDF: Dropbox.

 

Darryl Cunningham Investigates

Firefox

The top of the actual article in Firefox:
dci-web

Inoreader

The top of the article in Inoreader:
dci-ino

Pocket

As you’d normally expect, but not after seeing the previous example:
dci-pocket-topdci-pocket-bottom

Instapaper

So far so good:
dci-insta-top
Bunch of website garbage tacked onto the bottom:
dci-insta-bottom

Readability

The top looks promising:
dci-reada-top
Again with the additional website artifacts at the bottom:
dci-reada-bottom

Evernote

Looks fine, and editable:
dci-ever-top dci-ever-bottom

OneNote

Adds an editable version of the article as a new Page in the Notebook selected in Inoreader’s Integration Preferences:
dci-onenote-top

Again includes some additional info in the footer of the Note:

dci-onenote-bottom

Dropbox

Creates a PDF and puts it in your Dropbox. Such whitespace! Did it put one image per page?
dci-dropbox-top
Kinda?
dci-dropbox-middle
dci-dropbox-bottom

Verdict for Darryl Cunningham Investigates

Read it later: Pocket is the clear winner – both Instapaper & Readability added a bunch of website crap to the bottom.

Editable copy: user preference between Evernote and OneNote – I’m leaning toward Evernote because OneNote Online is slooowwww.

Really weird PDF: Dropbox

 

Tune In Next Time

In Part Two I’ll look at guitar lessons from a few different places – like with the above, the websites differ and therefore show up differently in each service.