Did you know Matter is designed for iPad too?
This release includes a number of improvements to the iPad reading experience:
* Landscape mode
* Split-screen mode
* Margins are a touch target for scrolling
* Instant highlighting with Apple Pencil
Today we're excited to launch embedded social highlights!
Now, you can see your friends' highlights inline as you're reading.
This release brings us one step closer to a true social-reading layer.
Like your friend's highlight? Now you can *like* your friend's highlight!
Stay tuned for Social Highlights Pt 3...
Ever wish you could see your friends' highlights and marginalia? We do. Reading could be so much richer accompanied by the thoughts of people you respect!
Today, we're excited to release the *first* piece of Matter's social reading layer: social highlights.
Matter is a place to triage, organize, and store what you read.
Today we're excited to release a number of upgrades to Matter's organizational features.
• Archive articles when you're finished
• View your highlights in one place
• Favorite articles for future reference
• Swipe-to-archive from your Queue
Matter should sync seamlessly with your existing knowledge management tools.
This week, by popular request, we're excited to offer our first integration — Readwise.
Sync your highlights to Readwise to remember what you read.
Today we're thrilled to launch our #1 most-requested feature: highlighting.
Matter already lets you read your favorite articles, blogs, and newsletters in one place. Now, you can easily capture what you want to remember, share, and revisit.
Since we launched audio last week, we've been inundated with feedback.
Many of you said it's changed how you use Matter. Some of you even said it's changed how you consume written content! We're thrilled it's struck such a chord. 🎶
In response to your input, this week's release includes a number of audio enhancements:
* Double-tap anywhere on a page to play from there
* Two-finger tap to start playing from the feed
* Tap the title to start playing
* Adjust play speed from the audio card
* Drag the scrubber to jump around in an article
Eyes tired from all the screen time?
Today, we’re thrilled to share our biggest release yet – audio!
That’s right. You can now listen to your articles. And blogs. And Substacks. In a natural voice, generated with deep learning.
This week we're excited to roll out a number of improvements to the article page:
* Twitter embeds (available offline!)
* Video embeds
* Improved image cropping
* Lightbox viewer for inspecting images (tap an image, pinch to zoom)
Matter is designed to be a comfortable, beautiful, functional place to read.
With today's release, you can customize the look and feel of the reading experience, including dark mode, brightness, text size, font, and spacing.
This release is bigger than meets the eye. Over the past two weeks, we've rebuilt the article page in preparation for exciting functionality to come… ✨
This is a big one. We're incredibly excited to announce that you can now read all your newsletters — free and paid — in Matter.
We live in a golden age of newsletters.
Problem is, your inbox isn't for reading. Most people want to spend less time there, not more.
Here's how to get set up.
Good news… The Weekly Roundup is now accessible directly in the app!
Each week, you'll get a notification when the Roundup is ready. We've also added Notification Settings in case you want to change the defaults.
Matter is writer-centric, rather than publisher-centric, because the best indicator of an article's quality is *who* wrote it.
However, there are many excellent small-batch publishers on the internet. This week, we're excited to let you follow them!
You can now follow online mags like Works in Progress, Noema, Palladium, Quanta, Real Life, and Aeon, as well as multi-author blogs like Crooked Timber, Ribbonfarm, and Persuasion.
If you follow lots of writers, it can be hard to keep track of what's new. Some articles get buried in the feed, making them easy to miss.
This week, we're excited to introduce a new interface (emphasis on face!) that shows you the latest from your favorite writers in a single glance.
Matter gives you the latest work from your favorite writers.
This week, we're excited to introduce individual writer feeds. You can now tap any writer's profile to see their recent work.
Over the past two weeks we've made substantial under-the-hood improvements to Matter.
The app now loads 10x faster, handles local/offline data better, and has a foundation that will enable us to build features faster.
For the more technically inclined, we:
• Increased request parallelism on the client
• Migrated local data store from memory to Realm
• Unified client data caching
• Implemented a scalable pattern for syncing the library
• Removed server bottlenecks
• Optimized individual endpoints
• Upgraded our hardware
Content search is here! Now you can search across every article, blog, and newsletter you've ever seen or saved in Matter.
Search is core to Matter, and we'll continue to improve its speed, power, and relevance.
If you're a power user, you want full control of your reading data. Maybe you're concerned about lock-in or bit rot, or just want your tools to work seamlessly with each other.
Now, with a tap, you can export a CSV of your history and a zip of your library.
On the horizon, you can look forward to: More export options and formats, including PDFs; integrations with Notion, Roam, and Readwise; and an open API.
We live in a golden age of newsletters. Problem is, your inbox isn't the best place to read. Most people want to get through their inbox as quickly as possible, not spend more time there!
We're excited to alleviate the pain of inbox overflow with Newsletter Forwarding.
Forward any newsletter to your personal Matter address* to save it to your Matter library.
It'll be cleanly formatted, available offline, waiting for you when it's time to read.
When you read, comfort is crucial. A bright screen can strain the eyes, especially at night.
Today we're excited to introduce Dark Matter, a beautiful dark theme designed for comfort and readability, with a dash of élan.
Matter lets you follow your favorite columnists, bloggers, and newsletters.
But if you follow lots of writers, it's easy to miss their latest work.
No longer. Introducing Your Writers Digest: an email with the week's latest from your writers.
Twitter moves fast. For most, it's a place to surf the current.
Long threads present a dilemma. Some are brilliant, not to be missed… but they call for a different attentional mode — focus. It's hard to focus when the current moves so fast.
Now you can save Twitter threads to your Matter library to read them later.
As more people join Matter, and as we add more writer feeds, search becomes critical.
Now you can search for people — users and writers — in Matter.
We're giving Search its own tab to grow into. Soon you'll be able to search across every article you've ever seen or saved in Matter.
Reading and conversation go hand-in-hand. Now they're seamlessly integrated in Matter.
Reply to any user's post to chat about the article.
Matter's Chrome extension already makes it easy to save articles for later.
Now, you can use it to post the best of what you read straight from your browser.
Tip: Highlight any text and right-click to post the quote.
Now it's much easier to post articles to Matter.
Let's say you find an article you like in another app. Simply copy the URL, open Matter, and you'll be prompted to post.
Next release, you'll be able to post from any web page in two-clicks using the Chrome Extension.
There's a lot you might do with an article: Save it, post it, share it. Follow its author.
In the future, there'll be more: Add to favorites, add to lists. Send privately. Play audio.
You should have all these options at your fingertip… like the content menu in Spotify.
Introducing the Content Action Sheet: 👇 Long press on any article — whether in the main feed, activity page, or library — to take an action.
Why isn't there one place to read all your favorite writers?
The internet is clamoring for an app to read newsletters (here, here, here). We want this too!
Why stop at newsletters? Why not an app for your favorite newsletters and columnists, essayists, and bloggers?
That's what we want, so that's what we built. This week, we're introducing a dedicated feed for Your Writers.
Profiles were missing. Now they're not.
See which authors your friends are following. And see who's following the authors you like.
In other words, people are now discoverable!
Matter is a place to save everything you want to read – including articles from the web.
Today we're releasing a Chrome extension so you can save articles from your desktop web browser. Get it here.
Then scan the QR code to connect your account.
It's often hard to improve on an author's own words — you just want to share a quote!
We're making that easy. Highlight any text, tap post, and your quote will be piped into the composer.
No one wants to post into the void. We want to feel heard!
Now you'll get feedback when people save or read an article you post — or like your post.
Save-It-Later is a powerful feature. It turns Matter into a universal reader, like Pocket or Instapaper.
Use the share extension on your mobile browser or any app to save articles into Matter. They'll be cleanly formatted, fast-to-load, and available offline.
We will soon be releasing a Chrome extension so you can save from your desktop browser.
Matter is a place to get writing from people you trust. That includes people you know.
This week, we introduce social accounts. Create an account, find your people, and recommend an article. It'll appear in the new Activity tab.
Matter has turned social at the tender age of 7 weeks and its functionality is nascent. Stay tuned, it will be evolving quickly!
We hope you've enjoyed the Winno newsletter over the course of its short, fruitful life.
This week, the Winno dissolves to be reincarnated as Matter. You'll get the same article recommendations in your inbox, with a new name and new skin.
As a bonus, you can save articles directly from the email into the Matter app.
When you subscribe to writers, their latest work appears in your feed.
Sometimes you like a writer so much you don't want to miss a piece. Now, you can choose to get push notifications so you never will.
Turning on notifications is as simple as tapping the bell icon. Turning them off is just as easy.
We know too many notifications can be overwhelming, so they're off by default.
Twitter sign in was a temporary way of creating accounts. We started there because it lets you find your favorite writers and allowed us to keep things simple.
Now, users have two options for creating an account: Sign in with Apple and Sign in with Email via Magic Link.
We recommend Sign in with Apple: it's two taps, as secure as Apple, and allows you to mask your email if you choose.
We dislike passwords so we don't ask you to use one. If you prefer to register via email, we'll email you a magic link in lieu of setting a password.
We present articles in a reader-friendly format so they're fast to load, easy on the eyes, and available offline. But PDFs — common for research papers — can't naturally be converted into this format.
With this release, we're introducing support for PDFs. PDFs, too, will be available offline.
PDFs may be infrequent in today's curated feed. When we introduce the ability to save and share external articles into the app, it will become a more powerful feature.
Other reading apps let you archive articles when you're done.
We're upgrading the archive. Now, every article you save or view is kept in History — for all time. You can always return to what you were reading, even if you never saved it.
Matter runs on trust — trust in individuals.
You probably know many of the thinkers we feature. No one needs to tell you who Bill Gates is. But who are the others? Now, with profile cards, you can quickly find out.
Why cards and not pages? Profile pages will come when we launch full user accounts.
Welcome to the alpha version of Matter for iOS.
Matter is a reading app that brings you recommendations from people you trust.
In this alpha, you can look forward to:
We sift through tens of thousands of tweets per day to find articles we — and public thinkers — consider interesting and important.
We fetch the latest writing from your favorite authors, wherever it’s published. Columns, blogs, email newsletters, magazine features — we pull from everywhere.
Superior reading experience:
Articles are optimized for reading: fast to load, cleanly formatted, and available offline.
Thank you for being part of the journey with us on Day 1.