There was a time when people would email useful web address links to themselves for future reference. Then bookmarks came on the scene, allowing computer users to save specific URLs. With Safari Reader at your disposal both of these methods appear redundant. With Safari’s in-built Reader app, you can save any articles you feel would be useful for later reading. They appear with the headline, favicon and date of the piece in a Reading List which can be displayed to the left of the main browser window. The most crucial part is that your pages are optimised for ease of reading. Rather than linking straight to a webpage, you are shown an uncluttered version that removes the adverts, simply presenting you with articles, pictures and videos. This method is a cleaner way to create a reading and reference list and, while it doesn’t work with every page on the web, it does with the vast majority.
When you come across a page that is compatible with Safari Reader, such as a news website, you will see a Reader badge to the right of the address bar.
By clicking the Reader badge, you will be able to see the article as an A4 sheet which strips the page of adverts and displays just the important information.
You will see the Reader control bar which allows you to do a number of things, including printing the simplified page. Printing via Reader will certainly save on ink.
It is also possible to send the page called up in Reader via email. Rather neatly, it doesn’t just send friends a link, it places the actual article in the email body.
You can call up the Reader control bar at any time by hovering the mouse over the transparent black control bar. Other features include zooming in and out.
Pages can be added to a Reading List. Click on the glasses icon to the left of Safari, then select Add Page to insert the article into your list for later reference.
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