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We’ve covered Pocket back when it was Read it Later and after its relaunch as the newly redesigned Pocket Pocket - The Ultimate Digital Bookmarking Service Pocket - The Ultimate Digital Bookmarking Service As Bakari previously reported, the well loved Read It Later - which enabled users to save articles to read later from a bookmarklet or various apps it was integrated with - was discontinued and replaced... Read More , and it’s no secret that we’re big fans of the service. That’s why we were pretty excited to hear about Pocket’s Mac desktop app which makes it easy to keep up with the articles, videos and blog posts that you’ve saved to check out later.

Available for free from the Mac App Store, the desktop app feels right at home with the suite of Pocket services already available to its users. It’s clean, minimal design is instantly familiar to the Pocket user, and lends itself perfectly to exactly what it’s supposed to do.

When you first launch the app, you’ll be prompted to log in to your Pocket account. You’ll find any articles you’ve already saved to Pocket available in the app. The app is divided into two main panels – a menu on the left where you can navigate through your saved articles. Pocket uses a pull-to-refresh feature to pull up new items. A larger panel on the right displays your saved items. While you can adjust the size of the list on the left, you can’t completely remove it.

A menu at the top of the app gives you access to all sorts of different features and options to customize Pocket to suit your preferences. On the right hand side, you can adjust the font size, and choose between two fonts (one serif and one sans-serif), as well as choose the text to be aligned to the left, or justified.

You can also add tags to individual saved items, which will come in handy if you want to easily search for items after you’ve archived them.

You can also share articles directly from Pocket to Twitter or Facebook, add them to your Buffer list, save them to Evernote, or email them. You can also toggle in and out of full screen mode.

On the left hand side of the app, under the ‘Pocket’ menu you can toggle between your home screen featuring all of the latest items you’ve saved, your favourites and your archived items.

You can also drill down in your saved items, to display just articles, videos or images.

When reading items, you have access to the same set of options you would in any other Pocket app – you can archive them, favourite them, or delete them. You can also choose to view saved items in the stripped down Pocket layout, or you can also choose to view it as it looks on the original webpage.

Videos play within the app, so if you’ve saved a video, or an article with an embedded video, you can easily watch it right from Pocket. While the Mac app displays Vimeo videos as they appear embedded on any website, Pocket actually strips away some of YouTube’s extras and presents a more minimal video player, that looks a lot more like a Vimeo video. The looks is far more aesthetically pleasing, and if you need to access any of YouTube’s original settings, simply toggle the view in Pocket to view the original web layout.

Pocket also provides you with keyboard shortcuts to navigate between articles, increase and decrease font size, to archive and delete items, and more.

Overall the Pocket Mac app does not disappoint. If you’re the kind of person who prefers a desktop app to a web-based option – you’ll love Pocket for Mac. More importantly, it does exactly what the mobile app – gives you offline access to your saved items (with the exception of videos of course). Just launch the app when you’re connected, and it will download your saved articles and images. If you’re travelling or going to be without a connection, the Mac app makes it easy to take a whole ton of reading content on your Mac with you, wherever you’re going.

What do you think of Pocket for Mac? Let us know in the comments.

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  1. Anabel f.m.
    November 16, 2012 at 9:54 pm

    Awesome, I didn't knew about this app, I'll try it instead of instapaper.

  2. Christopher Webb-Orenstein
    November 16, 2012 at 1:28 am

    Pocket seems like a nice improvement of Read Later.

  3. Bruce Colthart (@bccreative)
    November 8, 2012 at 5:05 pm

    Does the Mac app have advantages over the Pocket web app? I for one have my browser open all the time.

    • Nancy Messieh
      November 8, 2012 at 5:51 pm

      Hi Bruce - the main advantage the Mac app has over the web app is offline access. If you're sure you'll always have access to a connection, you could easily make do with the web app.

  4. karen mcgowan
    November 7, 2012 at 7:27 pm

    One big advantage of the mac app is that it actually populates the URL field in evernote - something the iOS apps (iPhone or iPad) don't do. Wish the tags in Pocket would carry over to Evernote - maybe someday!

  5. Harshit Jain
    November 7, 2012 at 4:12 pm

    Read it later is really must have and everybody should use it.

  6. Boni Oloff
    November 7, 2012 at 2:08 pm

    I think there are many software can do this same function in iOS. I use instapaper, readitlater, reeder, and the new iOS safari also can do the same thing.

    • Nancy Messieh
      November 7, 2012 at 8:00 pm

      Pocket does definitely face pretty stiff competition on iOS but it has its advantages. The Instapaper iOS app for example is $3.99 while Pocket is free. And as far as this Mac OS app is concerned - I don't believe Instapaper themselves offer something like this - Pocket just delivers a better overall experience imo - once which you can take with you across different devices.

  7. Nikhil Chandak
    November 7, 2012 at 1:06 pm

    Read It Later is an amazing app
    thanks for telling us that it has been launched for mac !!

  8. Anthony Monori
    November 7, 2012 at 12:21 pm

    I'm in love with this app. Can't wait to get my Mac, until then I'll use it on my iOS devices or browser. getPocket rocks!