iPad App (Pocket)

By Amanda Richards, Instructional Development Services Lab Assistant

Have you ever been browsing the web or an application such as Flipboard and found an article that you just didn’t have time to read? The application formerly known as “Read it Later” is now “Pocket”.  The Pocket application can be added to web browsers such as Firefox, Safari, or Google Chrome as well as tablets and mobile devices.  It can be used to save articles, videos and images inside of the Pocket application that can then be opened and used at a later time, even without an Internet connection! Pocket allows you to create an account so that no matter what media you choose to view your pocket application on you will be able to view all of the articles that are saved to the account.  Pocket makes it easy to find an article that you have saved previously by including a keyword search feature in order to filter through articles quickly. Pocket also allows you to create lists in order to categorize your articles for improved accessibility. Another unique feature of Pocket is that it displays articles in an easy-to-view layout. According to CNET software review “If you’re looking for a bookmarking tool that syncs across devices, then look no further. Better than Instapaper and other competitors, Pocket is the app to beat in the category.”

Ways to Save in Pocket:

  • Save directly from your browser
  • Save via Email
  • Save via over 300+ Apps that have Pocket integration

View Pocket From:

  • iPhone and iPad
  • Android
  • Kindle Fire
  • In Your Browser

For more information, visit http://getpocket.com/.

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Tech Tip: Adding Browser Extension to Firefox

By Nicole Dobyns, Graduate Assistant – Instructional Development Services

Pocket is a great way to save what you want to read for later, but I am sure you want to install all of those great apps and browser extensions. It can be tricky, but fortunately these extensions are very simple to install these with any operating system or on any device. This app is really available for any device.

The first example I want to show you is how to install the extension for Firefox. Installing a browser extension will not be the same for all browsers, but it will be similar.

To find the browser extension you want, go to http://getpocket.com and click on “Your Web Browser” under “Ways to Pocket.” This will automatically detect which browser you are actually using.

In this case I am using Firefox, so this is what popped up next.

The next step would be to click install. This takes you to a Mozilla Firefox Add-ons page. This page allows you to decide if you want to actually install the add-on (also known as an extension) to the browser. The next page when completing this installing on Firefox looks like this.

If you want (it is usually recommended) you can read through the privacy policy, then you will want to click “Add to Firefox” to add this add-on or extension to your browser. Once you have clicked this button, you may be asked to allow permission for Pocket to download, and you should allow it to download. The download took less than a minute to complete.

Once you have installed the add-on, there is a button for your use. It simply looks like the pocket symbol, and is shown below.

It is very similar to the bookmark button that is to the left of the Pocket symbol. When you find an article that you want to read later, simply click on this symbol, and it will put it in your pocket. The symbol can be hard to find if you are not looking for it, but once you get used to using it, it becomes second nature. These steps are not the same for every web browser, but they will be similar. For specific instructions, please visit your browsers help menu or stop by the Interactive Multimedia Lab for help on installing these extensions.

For anyone using mobile devices, there are apps for just about every mobile device and social media outlet in addition to the web browser extensions. The apps for social media would be useful if you see an article posted on Facebook or Twitter that you find interesting, but you do not have time to read it. To see a full list of all applications, visit http://getpocket.com/apps/.

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