I’m still not completely sold on the overall concept of a desktop read-later app. I’ve got used to thinking of “read later” as a inherently mobile state of mind. I “catch up” on articles and videos with my iPhone and iPad. The Mac is were I discover stuff. I guess a desktop app can be seen as an add-on, a companion to the main experience.
As odd as it may seem, I'm an enormous proponent of read-later apps for the desktop.
Perhaps my workflow is somewhat antiquated, but the iPad simply does not factor into my professional workday. I have two Macs and an iPhone 5 that I rely upon for the entirety of my work, whilst my iPad is often on my coffee table. My iPhone is not sufficient for a robust read-later experience that I can translate into articles on my weblog, and my iPad simply does not factor into the scenario.
So, as I'm constantly trying to keep myself up-to-date with the best content, I frequently save articles to Pocket from each of my devices. But, problematically, I then have little encouragement to follow-up on this content. Although I have a personal desire to get to this backlog of information, there just isn't any pressure to open Pocket in my browser.
With a desktop app, however, articles I wish to keep in a holding pattern are no longer required to be kept as open browser tabs. Instead, I can move into a Pocket app that I'm actually aware of. Sporting a colorful icon — and a numbered badge, should you so choose — I'm able to keep track of these various items in an active and engaged manner.
Obviously, given the increasing transition toward iPad-centric computing displayed by virtually all of my peers, I'm somewhat behind. A desktop read-later app, as Federico writes, is a confusing proposition for some.
But, for people like me, I'm endlessly grateful that Pocket is interested in supporting us and, more importantly, in building a ubiquitous presence across all devices, screens, and mediums.
Pocket is available from the Mac App Store.