I love Pinboard. Until not long ago, I was doubting whether or not I thought it would be a valuable purchase, but holy cow, do I love Pinboard. My problem is finding an iOS app that I really like using Pinboard with — one that meets high standards in design and functionality. It has to work and do most of what I need it to, but it also has to look stunning. Whether or not that makes me shallow is trivial — nobody wants to use ugly apps.
Until recently, none of the apps I’d seen or tried — and even some of the heavily-endorsed apps like Pushpin — are aesthetically pleasing to me. On iOS 7, all of them seem too textured or too heavy for my liking. That’s why I was insanely excited about Pincase — a Pinboard app exclusively for the new iOS. Read on to find out if Pincase can be your new Pinboard home.
Pincase is yet another great Pinboard client for iOS. It’s $2, it’s universal, and it is ready for iOS 7. Oh, and it looks lovely too. What more could you need for managing and reading your bookmarks. What? You want more? Okay…
Pincase hooks into your Pinboard account and allows you to search and view your saved bookmarks, just like any other app. But the interface design is what really sets it apart, along with a few neat features for when you’re bored.
The sidebar shows either the current filtered list of bookmarks (search happens instantly as you type into the search box at the top) or a list of your tags, and in the main section on the right you see the original bookmarked page. From here you can just read it, or send it off to anywhere and everywhere, including Pocket and Instapaper, Twitter and Facebook, Chrome or Safari.
Or you can edit the bookmark, tweaking the tags and the description before saving it again. These options all expand from a tiny little ellipsis in a circle, down at bottom right.
When you view Your Bookmarks, it will be on Recent by default. You can scroll through your bookmarks from here, and the app will automatically load more once you reach the bottom. If you are looking for something specific, tap on the header bar to show a list of your tags — this will filter out the results, making it easier for you to find specific things. The search functionality can also be used by tapping on the magnifying glass, and then inputting your keywords. Pincase delivers results in real-time to make things easier.
You can also add a bookmarklet into Mobile Safari to save pages from there, but as all similar services work by syncing to Pinboard then you can really get the bookmarks in any way you like.
And when you’re bored? You can switch to the “Discover” sidebar, which lets you pick from Pinboard’s Popular, Recent and Trending sections, as well as letting you follow certain tags.
That being said, when you’re done browsing your bookmarks and you’ve found something you’d like to read, the built-in web browser is excellent. There’s no parser for a Read Later view (this is apparently on the way as well), but I’m not sure how often I’ve felt that it needed it. The browser is excellent. I particularly love the translucency in the top toolbar, which is simply beautiful.
This last is great. It’s a bit like subscribing to a Twitter hashtag, only the results returned contain results from history as well as now, and as these tags have been carefully added by people who want to be able to find the tagged pages later, they’re usually a very high quality source of information (if not always news). This section also shows tags related to the current one, increasing the possibility of losing the afternoon to exploration.