Why do so many designers praise Reeder for iPad? I find its card screens inefficient and a giant waste of space.
My biggest gripes:
- Having to spread my fingers over cards scattered across the entire screen, just to view a list of feeds in a folder. It makes it hard to flip through multiple folders quickly, and I have to think about multiple gestures to get to an individual entry in a blog I like (spread fingers to get to folder, spread or tap to get to list of entries, tap to get to entry).
- The size and sheer waste of space of the cards on the main screen. Does the extra space give more room for long folder names? Nope... they truncate those ("New York T..." instead of "New York Times" on two lines). Does it help to make them consistent with the cards you get when you spread your fingers? Not really because a majority of those also have dead space with tiny RSS icons and truncated website names.
- Inconsistent use of website icons in the folder view. Because they created these big cards, they have to try to fill them with something, so they fill them with big logos for the websites that have them. Since most sites don't have big logos, the ones that do needlessly scream for your attention.
- Nothing to help you look through photography blogs more easily. Yes it's called Reeder and the focus is on reeeeding, but here is where I might actually find the card view useful. Let me switch the list of entries in a feed to this view so I could see thumbnails of the first photo in each entry. Some photography blogs (especially Tumblr sites) post a lot of single-photo entries, so it would be nice to have a way to preview them without having to look through each entry.