Reditr: A Desktop Client for Reddit With Embedded Content

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reddit desktop clientDo you love Reddit, but find the user interface infuriating? Try a new way to get at the best content on the web. Reditr shows you the latest posts from your favorite subreddits in easy-to-skim columns. Even better, it embeds content so you don’t need to be a tab ninja just to see what’s going on.

Reddit is the most efficient way to waste your time online, but what if you could make your time wasting even more efficient? Enter Reditr, the Tweetdeck-inspired Reddit desktop client that makes browsing your favorite subreddits simple.

The interface is heavily borrowed from Tweetdeck, and it works better than you’d expect. Instead of seeing only the most popular posts from your various subreddits you can actively browse for information from each, meaning you play a more active role in your content consumption. Depending on what you use Reddit for this could be a very good thing.

Reddit clients aren’t new. iPad users can check out Alien Blue; Android users have apps like Reddionic. Until now, however, desktop users have been limited to their browsers and Reddit-specific browser plugins. Reditr changes that, for the better.

Using Reditr

When you first fire up Reditr and sign into your account, you’ll see the subreddits you know and love, arranged into columns.

reddit desktop client

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This means you can, at a glance, see what’s going on in all of the different communities you consider yourself part of.

Click a link to an article and you won’t be taken to that page, however – instead you’ll see an embedded version of the article alongside the column for the subreddit it’s in.

reddit embedded

The text is pulled from the linked-to page using Readability. Embedded content also shows up for pictures and videos:

reddit embedded

In case you’re not following, click an item in any column and you’ll see it in Reditr itself. This saves you from opening a new tab in order to see the content, but it also means you get to see Reddit’s comments directly below the article, picture or video you’re looking at.

reddit desktop client

Even better, the comment system works exactly as you’d expect, meaning you can participate in Reddit conversations.

Columns are for more than just sub-reddits. You can watch all of the posts by a particular user, or constantly monitor a particular search.

Are you confused? This video, from an alpha build, should give you a better idea of how Reditr works.

Download

Are you ready to try out Reditr? Head here. You’ll find downloads there for Windows, Mac and Ubuntu, along with a link to Reditr on the Chrome Web Store.

Ubuntu users – the Ubuntu download is really a script that installs Chrome before installing the Chrome app. This might not be true later, but for now you’re really better off installing the Chrome app directly – or at least that’s my opinion.

Conclusion

Reditr is beta, and there are some bugs to work out, but it’s already more pleasant to use than the website, so I thought I’d point it out. Let me know how you enjoy it in the comments below.

Are you not sure you have a handle on this whole Reddit thing? Check out the MakeUseOf Reddit manual. It outlines pretty much everything.

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