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)
Type Faster by Competing in Races
A fun way to improve your typing speed and accuracy is to join an online typing competition at typrX. This typing competition keeps track of your typing speed, while allowing you to compete against other people, either around the world in public races or with friends in private races. To set up a private race with your friends, follow these simple steps.
- Once you have a typrX account, click the Create Private Race button on the front page and you’ll be taken to the private race page.
- From there, copy the track code URL and send it to the friends you want to join the race.
- You can click the Delay Countdown button to add 10 seconds to the clock if you are waiting on your friend to join the race.
- Explore Alternatives to Google Reader (18 Mar 13)