This is my essential app to save links and internet readings for later: it is free, open source and cross-platform

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The Internet is an inexhaustible source of knowledge (if you know where to look), but if you are also into technology, it is also an essential resource for finding new ideas, research, tricks and much more. That’s why when I find an interesting article, I keep it like gold. Until a few weeks ago I used Telegram, a messaging app and also a way to save and have links on hand to read on other devices. I was happy with Telegram, but I found another free application to save content for later, much better.

Because in reality it is not very difficult to find apps that allow you to save links, and even notepads can work for me. But there are specific applications and that is a plus when it comes to organizing. Maybe if you have four or five saved links any one will do, but If you accumulate dozens of readings on different topics, then find them and organize them It can become an almost impossible mission. Until I discovered Omnivore.

What is Onmivore and how does it work?

Omnivore is a free, open source and cross-platform application, three qualities that I highly value in general and for a link and content manager even more so. It is available both on Google Play Store for android like in App Store for iOS and also on the project page on GitHub. If you go to your websiteyou can download it for macOS (I use the Apple ecosystem to work), but also for browsers like Chrome, Firefox, Safari or Edge in the form of an extension.

That it is multiplatform is useful to me because I usually find interesting readings on my mobile, in those dead moments when I read X, Google Discover, visit Reddit or catch up on the news. So I discover them on my mobile, but because Omnivore works by registering with an account, then it is that account that stores links to read later on other devices.

Regarding its open source status, whenever possible I opt for open source applications because it is an initiative that I like and that also has advantages, in this case that It doesn’t cost money, it doesn’t have purchases and it doesn’t have ads., a wonder for a clean experience. Because another of its aces up its sleeve is that it has a clean and clear interface, with a minimal learning curve. Of course, it is in English, which may be a handicap for some people. I would prefer it in Spanish, but even in Shakespeare’s language it is not too difficult to get hold of it.

Let’s face it, I only use a part of everything that Omnivore offers and even so, it is very worth it to me. As I mentioned above, you need an account to use it. When you open it within your account, in the lower menu there are three options: the first allows you to add RSS, Atom feeds, blogs or newsletters, but the truth is that I do not use it, although I recognize that having everything in a single app without the need for going to the post office is practical. I’m more interested its function of saving and organizing readings, which is the second icon in the menu. There you simply have to tap on the ‘+’ icon and paste the URL or add PDFs. You can choose which folder to store it in, but I don’t get too complicated and leave it in ‘Inbox’, which comes by default.


Now it’s time to look at the top, where there are three tabs for readings: the first allows you to view by categories/folders (if you save in Inbox like me, you will have everything there), in the second classifies and orders them based on parameters such as reading time, publication date, whether they are newer or older. Finally, the third option makes use of the labelssomething that has personally allowed me to create a so-called ‘Tech’ to bring together the readings for professional use.

I do not forget something that seems very important to me: reading. When you enter a pending reading, you find an interface free of distractions and annoyances: only text and photos, something to be grateful for in these times of bombardment of advertisements. You can also add notes, change reading preferences and there is even a reading mode (although for me this is worth it if the article is in English, in Spanish it is read with an unnatural English accent).

Finally, in the last option of the lower menu we access profile settingsuseful for managing tags, subscribing to newsletters, simplifying the interface by hiding tabs or managing notifications.


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