3D Perspectives on your iPhone!

My colleagues say I’m a geek. To cope, my wife has been considering registering on http://www.copinedegeek.com/ (in English, it would read GeekGirlfriend.com). Does this ring a bell? ūüėČ

I must admit I like electronic gizmos. And among them, I cherish my iPhone as one of the most exciting devices ever.

If you’ve owned one for awhile, this post may not interest you. However, if you’re an iPhone newbie, I’ll tell you how to take 3D Perspectives with you everywhere (on your iPhone). It’s all about RSS feeds.

The embedded mobile Safari browser does read RSS feeds. You can find several iPhone optimized RSS readers at the App Store. I tested several of them and propose that you stick with the most popular one: Free RSS Reader. It’s simple to use, has a slick interface and is available in several languages.

Once you’ve installed it, you get something like this (sorry, I own a French iPhone, the screen captures are in French) :

My own feeds list is featured here, of course you’ll only have one or two Apple news feeds to start with. To add a new feed, just click on the plus sign on the upper left corner. You will get this screen :

Sorry again for the French interface, but it’s so straightforward that it it’s easy to understand. RSS Reader will let use three methods to subscribe to a RSS feed:

  1. Enter the feed URL in the first field
  2. Or navigate the web. Just enter the starting address in the second field. RSS Reader will navigate to that page, automatically detect the linked RSS feeds and will let you add them with a simple tap
  3. Or retrieve your already subscribed feeds if you’re using Google Reader, Bloglines or Newsgator on your computer. Isnt’ it cool?

If you wish to add the 3D Perspectives feed, the address is http://feeds2.feedburner.com/3dPerspectives

As soon as you have tapped “Validate” on the upper right corner, the new feed will open :

You have a full blue disc before an unread entry, a half one before an already read one. Just tap on an entry to expand it :

You can use Safari to jump to the page on the blog (tap on Safari), but the posts nicely display in Free RSS Reader as you can see above. You can even take our polls from here (and please, do not forget to do so!)

Of course, you can edit your feeds: change their names, the update frequency etc. I personnally update all feeds whenever I start RSS Reader. As with phone calls, emails and SMS, the number of unread entries is displayed on a red badge on the RSS Reader icon on your Springboard.

Simple and neat. Have fun with your “Precious”!

Keep 3D-ing,

Rich

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  • I am a fan of the Google reader interface -on iPhone as well as on a computer-, which is from my point of view more sexy and offers the ability to have an intelligent and easy reading (bookmark, email, sharing list, and so on…).
    Best,
    Beno√ģt
    (from my iPhone)

  • Raym

    I would suggest as RSS Reader NetNewsWire on the iPhone as you can synchronize the RSS feeds you follow on any platform:
    – your MAC (netnewswire also and the best rss reader on Leopard),
    – your pc (FeedDemon)
    – your mobile device ” of the rest of us” (NewsGator GO!)
    – even directly within your MS Outlook (NewsGator Inbox).

    http://tinyurl.com/6df2m3

    BR,
    Raym
    (not from an iPhone as it’s not allowed for the rest of US)

  • @Beno√ģt: yes, Google Reader is fine, but it opens with Safari. Though I rate Safari as one of the best mobile browser ever (it only lacks a fullscreen mode to be perfect IMHO), I prefer a dedicated app. Pro RSS Reader, the commercial version of Free RSS Reader, has the functionalities you’re talking about, but Google Reader is free. It’s a matter of taste.

    Great that you answered from your iPhone ūüėČ

    Regards,
    Rich

  • @Raym: there are several RSS readers around.Netnewswire is a fair option, but people must be aware it’s available in English only.

    Netnewswire makes it possible to save articles for free, when it’s available only in the commercial version of RSS Reader. Again, it’s a matter of taste and usage. I suggested one reader as a starting point, the goal was mainly to make people aware that the iPhone is a great tool to grab news from RSS feeds, including 3D Perspectives of course ūüėČ

    Regards,
    Rich

  • Raym

    @Rich, I’m sorry. You’re right. I forgot the “French Cultural Exception”. The RSS reader has to be in French even if the RSS feed is in English…. ūüėČ

    I agree Safari mobile is a great tool. However, for the moment it’s only available on the iPhone that is not allowed in the AG for the rest of us.
    Opera mobile is also very good browser and allows also to subscribe to RSS feeds. It is available on more mobile devices running on Windows mobile or Symbian or Linux that are allowed in AG and NetSec compliant (The rest of US).

    In my humble opinion, the main point is People who know RSS feed, know for sure at least one RSS reader that covers their need independently of their mobile device. However, if people don’t know what is a RSS feed, where to find it, how to subscribe to it, it’s a different story…
    ūüėČ

    BR,
    Raym (Apple addict & user since 1984)