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Works great now, thanks.

Is there the possibility to make the reader look like the very same as before this update?


Sure. In Appearance dialog change font to System and decrease “Reader font size” and “Line height”. Maybe you’ll need to increase “Text width” if you make font very small.

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That’s because of was used instead of to lessen tracking. I reverted it back to—as I understand YouTube will still track you one way or another so let it, at least, do something useful for you.

You still need to click “play” to load real YouTube video instead of placeholder first.

On desktop browser you could open browser console and enter


that way YouTube/Vimeo videos will always load immediately (can considerably slowdown your browser) and you will see “Watch later” buttons without additional clicking.

Thanks, that makes it a little easier on the desktop. I’ll try that for a while and see if the loading time difference is annoying enough to make it worth sticking to my browser extension workaround instead.

Btw, changing this setting doesn’t seem to fix the issue on mobile. However, if anyone else is having the problem on android, I just thought to search the play store, and found an app called “watch later” that I can redirect youtube links to instead of to the youtube app, which solves my problem there as well.

It appears that swipe left to go to the next article in the feed is not working any longer on JustReader for Android after recent changes. I am wondering if there is a way to fix this issue?

All these changes are related to web app and have nothing to do with standalone mobile apps.

And JustReader is no longer supported so nothing could change in it too (it doesn’t even on Google Play store anymore). Perhaps some some Android setting was changed, can’t help there.

I would recommend to try FeedMe as the only Android app that is in active development. And try to add BazQux Reader website to your home screen—you’ll get very nice fullscreen web app which many people like much more than any mobile app (although, of course, it doesn’t offer offline mode).

Couldn’t agree more. I gave up using apps when the web site was changed to work much better on mobile.

It would be really really really nice if you could enable a swipe left or right feature on the mobile web app to quickly mark an article as read. Feedme still has sync issues - sometimes it works, sometimes it doesn’t - and it’s also super slow to load the lowest setting for articles. The Mobile interface is great but it needs some improvement on being able to sift through news items quickly.

Thanks for your hard work!

Swipe is already used to show feeds panel. You could try to go to settings => Mark read => On scroll. That way items will be marked as read automatically so no need to swipe to mark every article read.

I’m thinking to add menu that appears when scrolling up on large articles to make starring/sharing/marking unread more convenient but not sure about additional swiping.

Right, I saw that feature, but that seems inconvenient to me. What if there is an article I want to read later, so I want to scroll past it as unread, while indicating the one below it as read?

I think replacing the swipe to the show feeds panel would be used less than swipe to mark an article as read. (Like in Feedme how you can swipe left to right or right to left to mark an article as read. There’s a little tactile feedback too to make it seem like you did something.) IMO the logic is, if there’s an action that is used more frequently to access a feature for convenience, it should take precedence over a less used feature. Though I’m a survey of 1; it might require usage data to determine if there is demand or it’s just me.

The show feed panel can easily be loaded by clicking the upper left hand sandwhich menu icon.

Just my preference. My use case is that I don’t ingest all articles linearly, I like being able to scroll through and removing items I don’t want to read, while keeping ones I do. (Especially if I’m subscribed to 2 feeds with the same types of articles that are reporting a similar story. I can decide which to remove and which to keep quickly with the swipe feature.) Swiping enables me to do this rapidly, clicking through an article and marking it unread requires minimum 2 clicks. It also would likely result in a lot of unintended article opening, which would be inconvenient.

Conversely you only have swipe enabled for Left to Right for the Show Feeds panel. Couldn’t you enable Right to Left on each item row to mark it as read? That’s how most thumbs go anyway I would imagine.

Actually, left swipe to mark read (and show menu) may be a nice thing. I’m thinking to implement it.

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Internet Explorer and pre 2016-2017 versions of other browsers are no longer supported.

Too bad because previous mobile version was working perfectly on Windows Phone 8.1 (yeah, I know, but device is perfect for calling, SMSing, emailing, and occasional browsing), now I cannot check feeds while commuting in a bus or on a train.

I need to move forward. It’s very inconvenient to do all this customization without CSS variables (which are supported by all major browsers for at least 2-3 years). I don’t want to write hacky incomprehensible code just to support old devices that used by less than 1% of users (I’ve checked usage before making this decision). Even major sites (and even Microsoft itself) no longer support Internet Explorer.

I know your pain… Just previous version was working almost perfectly (even original was also usable, just with manual zoom), and now just a message, not even a “broken” layout with ~75% of supported features.

Are you able to download a different browser on your phone? Could be a solution?

A different browser on Windows Phone 8.1? Probably some are available, but they will not be in the list of “browsers supported by BazQux”. The only solution is to use another phone or read BazQux news feed on computer, and browse Twitter instead on the phone…

Without trying another it’s just an assumption. Opera mini or UC browser might be worth testing out?