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        Nathan Parker

        I’ve been using the Reading List feature in Safari to save articles I need to read later, as well as videos I need to watch, shopping items, etc.

        It’s working well across my Mac, iPhone, and iPad syncing with iCloud.

        However, my main issue with it is I cannot group similar items in the list together by categories. Everything is one long scrolling list I have to scroll through.

        Additionally, it’s also locked to Safari (although I heavily use Safari, so that’s not a major of an issue).

        Is there another “read it later” service that offers the ability for me to assign categories to items or group items into categories? I saw Pocket and Instapaper on the App Store but wasn’t sure if they did it.

        Any service I’d use, I’d want a free service since my casual use of it isn’t enough to warrant another subscription.

        I don’t want to go the bookmark/favorites route since bookmarks/favorites are more for websites I access frequently and permanently, not links I need to review later then toss.


        Nathan Parker

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          I am not sure of the way the “Read Later” feature you are interested in works, so what I am about to write might be irrelevant. It is the OscarCP DIY approach to saving articles for later reading.

          What I do is:

          (a) Save the whole page (or just the html part, depending of what works best in a given case), if I want to be able to use its links as well as read the text. Or:

          (b) Print/save the page as PDF. Or:

          (c) In the browser’s Edit menu, click “Select All”, then copy and paste the selected text on a new Text file, or select portions of it by hand, leaving out any pictures or other material that cannot be pasted onto a Text file. Or else try pasting the whole thing onto a new Word file. Either way, I then save the file (Command+S), giving it a name that makes clear what it is about.

          (d) Whatever of the previous options I choose (and some of them might not work out in a particular case), once that is done I move the material just created ad saved to a folder called “for later reading”, or words to that effect. I find it helpful to sort the material in the folder by “kind”. If I needed to sort by topic, I would create several sub-folders with the names of the main categories by which I expect to sort the articles.


          Windows 7 Professional, SP1, x64 Group W (ex B) & macOS + Linux (Mint)

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        Nathan Parker

        Microsoft Edge Insider (Canary/Dev) has Collections (without an extra service):

        Sounds good. I’ll either beta test Edge on my older Mac, or when it comes out of beta, I’ll give it a try.

        Nathan Parker

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        Nathan Parker

        I am not sure of the way the “Read Later” feature you are interested in works, so what I am about to write might be irrelevant. It is the OscarCP DIY approach to saving articles for later reading.

        I do this as well, especially for research. In my case, what I’m looking for is something similar to Safari’s Reading List where I can with one-click save an article and have it sync across all of my devices, but instead of one long list in Safari, I want the ability to group articles by categories. That way I can make it easier to group what I’m shopping for with what I need to read, videos I need to watch, etc.

        Nathan Parker

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