PULSE News Reader for the iPad is the best news reader I have come across. I rate it a 5 STAR buy for those who wish to have a good news reader on the iPad. PULSE is a visual news reader and it takes the news sources you follow, and instantly creates a visual mosaic of your news. Tap on an article, and you’re presented with a very clean view of the news story. It is now updated to ver 2.0 and addresses the main complaint of previous limit of just 20 news feeds. Now ver 2.0 allows up to 60 news feeds , with up to 12 feeds on each of five pages. Ver 2.0 is now cheaper at US$1.99 versus the old price of US$3.99 for ver 1.0.
Organization of sources is much easier in the new version. Each one of the five pages has a tab that can be renamed, so users can define each page by type — for example, “Apple,” “Food,” “News,” and more. The feeds are listed under each tab and can be dragged around to be placed in the order you would like to see them. It’s also easier to find sources; when you go to add a source, there are tabs for “featured” and “categories,” both featuring sources that look good in Pulse.
The app seems snappier than the previous version also, both at startup and while loading or refreshing pages. It’s possible to add both your Facebook and Twitter feeds to Pulse, with any post with a photo or link in it showing up in your Pulse list. There’s also support for BUMP so you can share feeds with friends who have both Bump and Pulse installed.
★ Dual view: For each article, you can switch between a clean text summary of the article or go to the website directly. When you tap on an article, both are ready to view, almost instantly!
★ Dashboard: With the dashboard layout, you can continue to browse stories of a news source as you read an article. Zero hierarchy!
★ Offline sync: No internet? No problem. Pulse loads the news you read, and makes it available wherever you are.
★ Smart search: No need for complicated RSS 2.0/XML/*#@ feed addresses. All you have to do is enter keywords and Pulse fetches the feed for you. You can add upto 60 sources in this version.
★ Easy share: Found an interesting article? Sharing it via email, facebook, twitter and instapaper is as easy as 2 taps.
★ Smooth transitions: Getting lost in applications as you rotate your iPad. Special care has been taken to maintain consistency between Landscape and Portrait views.
What’s New In Version 2.0
★ Source-O-Plenty: Now get 60 sources across 5 pages (12 on each page)
★ Organize Away: Improved management of your sources
★ Eureka!: Discover new and interesting sources in Pulse Bazaar
★ Zip Zip Zip: Performance enhancements to make your favorite application faster than ever