One of my favourite iPhone timekilling activities is catching up with the websites I care about with a feed reader. Despite the proclaimed death of RSS, since the end of Google Reader I have spent more money on apps and services than ever before. Silvio Rizzi’s feed reader app Reeder is still my preferred option on iPhone, iPad and Mac.
Another favourite activity of mine is Pinteresting. I only created an account less than a year ago but even if you don’t use it, I’m sure you are familiar with its logo and the Pinterest share buttons you see all around the web. Pinterest is a service that allows you to bookmark images of stuff you like. Think of it as a visual version of bookmarking services such as Delicious or Pinboard, which some social elements mixed in.
Pinterest users will pin — that’s the action for bookmarking — everything from recipes, places to travel, wedding ideas to tattoos. You would think my Pinterest boards would be all about apps, but not really! I’m using this service to save all the home decor pictures I come across that could serve as inspiration as well as cool gadgets and small items that I may buy for the home one day.
Since my RSS subscriptions are a great source of ideas, I’ve been looking for a way to integrate the two services. Reeder doesn’t support Pinterest. Its app web browser won’t recognise Pinterest’s buttons either. On my previous workflow I would go through my feeds on Reeder, open the original article in Safari and invoke the pinning service with a bookmarklet. Although this worked for a while, it was getting really really tedious. I also started experimenting pasting the website article link directly on the Pinterest app and other options that didn’t make it any quicker.
Fortunately, almost by accident, I realised that on iOS 8 you can invoke the share sheet in two different options. If you want to get to the nitty gritty without further explanation, skip ahead to the .GIF and see how to Pinterest from Reeder on your iPhone.
Pin the article
For both methods you need to open the article on Reeder. With the first option you just tap on the share icon on the right bottom corner to get Reeder’s own share sheet. Tap on the last option ‘More…’ to get the actual iOS share sheet.
If you have the Pinterest app installed you should see the app icon there. If it doesn’t appear you can enable it tapping on ‘More’ and toggling the Pinterest switch to green. To summarise, tap the share button → More… → tap Pinterest → scroll through images available → select your board → tap Pin.
Pin an image
With the second option you can select the picture you want to pin directly, which is useful in posts or websites with a lot of images. With the article open on Reeder, just tap on the image you want to pin. This will trigger the same Reeder share sheet I described above. Just tap on ‘More…’ and select Pinterest from the list. You will notice that the Pinterest share extension has selected the picture you tapped and not the first image of the post.
By the way, you can customise that Reeder share option and make it much smaller by removing services you don’t use on the app settings. You can find this on the Accounts view, which you find tapping the back the button on the top left corner as many times as necessary → tap the cog icon → scroll down to ’Sharing services’.
I hope you find this tip as useful as I have. Pinteresting from my iPhone is going to be so much easier from now on. If you are using the service, please come and say hello!