Quiet Read: How to Easily Save URLs for Later Use

Bambooapps has introduced a straightforward and handy tool named Quiet Read, which has quickly become a permanent fixture on my Mac’s menubar. This app allows you to effortlessly save a webpage for later by simply dragging and dropping the URL.

While there are numerous applications available for this purpose, such as Instapaper and Evernote, which utilize a bookmarklet for saving content, Quiet Read offers a unique simplicity.

Instapaper allows you to save a page with a single click of its bookmarklet, while Evernote offers a similar feature but with slight variations in functionality between browsers like Safari and Firefox, along with a dedicated Mac app for more detailed organization.

After spending a day with Quiet Read instead of the aforementioned services, here are my thoughts. The process of adding a URL couldn’t be simpler: just drag it from your browser’s address bar to the menubar icon.

The interface displays the count of saved items and provides a neat drop-down menu for reviewing your saved articles.

A downside I noted is the permanence of deletion; once an article is removed, it cannot be retrieved, unlike Instapaper which archives read articles.

If you’re in search of a no-cost, uncomplicated method for bookmarking articles for later reading, and you’re using Mac OS 10.6 or newer, Quiet Read might just be what you need.


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