liName: Lightly

OS:  iOS 6.0

Size: 9.7mb

Version: 1.0.6

Rating: 4.4/5

Lightly is more geared towards articles, blog posts, and other text-heavy webpages on the Internet.

 A great way to save  content for later is through Evernote, as a web clipping, but then there are issues to deal with like some broken HTML, or other headaches at times. Fortunately, Lightly simplifies things. Think of it as  “read later” app, with full synchronization with your Evernote account. Lightly features a simple and intuitive interface.  Everything in Lightly is clean, easy-to-read (thanks to the Avenir font), and inherent. The first thing that Lightly will require is for you to link up your Evernote account. If you have the app installed, Lightly will simply boot you out and into it to authorize, and then you’ll come right back.

There are two methods of getting stuff into Lightly: Save with copy text or Save with Safari. The bookmarklet is quite easy to install, especially if you’ve worked with bookmarklets before, but there are step-by-step instructions on doing so. This will save entire articles into Lightly for you to read later. Once you have acquired some material from different sources, Lightly will show the sites that you’ve imported from in the side panel, where you access Settings. Tapping on any of these will basically filter your feed, and only show the stuff you’ve saved from that site. You can also “archive” items, so that they end up in your Archive collection and not in the main listing, but can still be viewed when you view specific sources.

When you view an item, any header images will be shown at the top, neatly formatted to look natural within Lightly. The text will be redone in Avenir, so it’s much easier to read. Tapping on the checkmark at the top will put it in the Archive, while the “i” button will give you options to change the notebook, add tags, edit source URL, and view when it was created and updated.

The cool thing about Lightly is the fact that you can still highlight text while reading it in the app itself. This is done by dragging your finger over where you want to highlight, which is natural and easy. By default, Lightly uses yellow highlighter, but you can tap-and-hold on a specific section to change the color (yellow, green, blue, pink, or no highlight).

And finally, if you like to share your findings with others, Lightly has the option to share the note URL via email, message, Twitter, Facebook, or the old fashioned copy.