Golden Hill Software has released CloudPull 2.4 with a focus on backing up data from Google Reader, which will be shuttered as of 1 July 2013. (If you’re looking for a new RSS client, be sure to read “Explore Alternatives to Google Reader,” 18 March 2013.) The free and paid versions of CloudPull now provide the capability of backing up articles that you’ve tagged, as well as those that you’ve starred, shared, or liked. You’ll be able to export articles into an HTML bookmarks file that’s divided into folders (based on starring, sharing, liking, or individual tagging), suitable for importing into the Safari and Chrome browsers as well as the Pinboard bookmarking Web site. The update also improves Quick Look previews, showing the article text from the RSS feed and not from the originating Web site, and it adds a Source column that contains the name of the originating Web site when displaying a full list of articles. CloudPull is available from the Golden Hill Web site and the Mac App Store (called CloudPull Premium) for $9.99, which supports up to 10 Google accounts. A free version of CloudPull is also available from the Mac App Store, but it backs up only a single account. ($9.99 new with a 20-percent discount for TidBITS members, free update, 12 MB, release notes)
Shorten URLs in TextExpander
If your Twitter client doesn't automatically shorten URLs for you, you can use TextExpander to shrink those long links to tweetable lengths. First, add the Internet Productivity group by choosing File > Add Predefined Group > Internet Productivity Snippets. Then, to shorten a URL using a service like TinyURL, copy the destination URL to the clipboard, and type the abbreviation
/tinyurl to insert the shortened URL at the insertion point.
- Explore Alternatives to Google Reader (18 Mar 13)