Speak News

Get Speak News at the App Store Read and listen to RSS news feeds with the Speak News app for iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch.

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Update History

2.7.4

New feature and bug fixes
• New Header saturation control in Settings to control the color saturation of story headers. Set this to zero to make headers the same color as text, and set it to 1.0 to give the headers a blue tint.
• Bug fix: Fixed behavior of “Speak upon opening feed”, “Pause speech upon leaving app” and “Continue speech upon activating app” options.

Version 2.7.3

Optimization and improvement:
• Faster and more comprehensive code for displaying special characters and emojis in text of stories.

Version 2.7.2

New feature, changed defaults for new users, and a bug fix.
• Added publisher-provided copyright message from RSS/ATOM feeds to end of story listing in News view. Some feeds do not include a copyright message.
• Default bookmarks to news sites for first time app users have been removed. This only effects first time users of the app.
Bookmarks to news sites may be added manually and from Imaja's Feed Library on the web. To add a new bookmark, tap the + Add New Bookmark button in the bottom toolbar of the Bookmarks view. Then tap Add From Feed Library or Add Manually.
• Minor bug fix: Corrected automatic extraction of RSS feed URLs from regular web pages for certain cases.

Version 2.7.1

This update improves Speak News, Imaja's' highly efficient news reader that helps you focus on the gist of the news.
• Improved RSS/Atom feed URL discovery that is supported by some web sites:
- Added support for relative URLs for RSS feeds embedded in some HTML pages.
- Added support for Atom feed URLs embedded in some HTML pages.
• Minor bug fixes.

Version 2.7

New features and optimizations:
• New navigation gesture: Swipe from the right edge of the Bookmarks view to open the News view. This complements the swipe from left edge gesture in the News view to open the Bookmarks view. Think of the Bookmarks view and News view as being side by side.
• New command in Update Feeds: Old Background Update. This updates only feeds that are older than the "Update interval" in Settings, performing the updates in the background. Browsing other feeds can be performed while the background updates are running. The background updates will stop automatically when finished, or one can stop the updates by tapping the Stop Update Feeds button (circle arrow in square).
• Improved background updating performance. The app now skips over recently updated and disabled feeds.
• Layout improvement: a bit more spacing between stories on the iPad for readability.

Version 2.6

User interface improvements and bug fixes:
• Improved story length buttons in the bottom toolbar, and in the Settings view, to indicate which length is active.
• Added icons to the Update Feeds view to help indicate the actions.
• Updating HTML pages and Wikipedia pages is now much faster.
• Increased the color saturation of the blue headlines a bit to make them more distinct from the body text.
• Bookmarks can now only be deleted or moved when Update While Reading and Fast Background Update are not operating.
• Smooth scrolling is now stopped when sharing a story.
• Fixed a bug with smooth scrolling.
• Fixed a bug where speech would sometimes inadvertantly restart upon activating the app.

This app remains our main app throughout the day for keeping in touch with the vast quantity of important issues throughout the world. We hope it helps you as well. We love to hear from users. Email us comments, suggestions, issues... Email: support@imaja.com

Version 2.5.5

Bug fix:
• The app was freezing sometimes after loading a feed that had a parsing error. This has been fixed! Phew!

This app remains our main app throughout the day for keeping in touch with the vast quantity of important issues throughout the world. We hope it helps you as well. We love to hear from users. Email us comments, suggestions, issues... Email: support@imaja.com

Version 2.5.4

Bug fixes:
• Speaking of stories now proceeds in the intended order.
• Conversions of some common abbreviations to spoken text now works better.

We love to hear from users. Email us comments, suggestions, issues... Email: support@imaja.com

Version 2.5.3

This Speak News app update improves news bookmarks navigation:
• Choose Section button at the top left of the News view lets one load the first bookmark in the chosen section of the bookmarks collection. Following this action, one may choose to start Update While Reading or Fast Background Update by tapping the Update button in the bottom left.

We love to hear from users. Email us comments, suggestions, issues... Email: support@imaja.com

Version 2.5.2

New improvements and bug fixes for Speak News:
• Choosing a section now selects the first bookmark in the section as the current bookmark for the News view.
• Update buttons now properly indicate status.
• When using Choose Section, the first bookmark in the chosen section is updated from the Internet or cache to be ready for viewing.

Version 2.5.1

Improvements for Twitter pages and special character display:
• Changed the way Twitter feed links work. Tap the feed page title to open that bookmark in the Twitter app. This could be a Twitter user page, a hashtag page or a search page. Tap a tweet to share it via Message, Mail, Twitter, Reminders, Add to Notes, and more in the activities view.
• Improved special character translations.

Version 2.5.1

Improvements for Twitter pages and special character display:
• Changed the way Twitter feed links work. Tap the feed page title to open that bookmark in the Twitter app. This could be a Twitter user page, a hashtag page or a search page. Tap a tweet to share it via Message, Mail, Twitter, Reminders, Add to Notes, and more in the activities view.
• Improved special character translations.

Version 2.5

Improvements and bug fixes.
• Added Enabled switch for bookmarks. Only enabled bookmarks will be updated. Disabled bookmarks will continue to display stories/items from the last update.
• Reminder: Innovative remote control item navigation feature. Double tap the center button to skip to the next item (a news story or page paragraph). Triple tap the center button to skip to the previous item. Tap five times to switch to bookmark selection mode. Listen to the names of bookmarks in sequence and tap after hearing the desired item to select it. Speak News will start speaking the bookmark stories if the "Speak upon opening feed" in Settings is on, or tap the remote center button to start or pause speaking.
• New bookmarks are now properly updated automatically after being created.
• Fixed problems with using the EarPods remote control to select a new bookmark.

Version 2.4.1

Improvements and bug fixes:
• Improved "spoken indicator" behavior that displays when a story or paragraph item has been spoken. To see the spoken indicator, turn on Settings: Speech behavior: Speak items only once.
• Update button is now the first button in the toolbar in both Bookmarks and News views.
• Layout of Speak News App Info view improved for various versions of iOS.
• Minor interface improvements.
• Updated icons for other apps from Imaja: TelepaText, Perspectiva, and CalReader.

Version 2.4

New features:
• New option in Settings: Speech behavior: Speak items only once. Speak News keeps track of items listened to for a given set of items/stories in a bookmark. To automatically skip over items already listened to, turn this option on. Manually selecting an item will speak the item. If the "Speak items only once" option is on, then the "spoken indicator", a circle, appears at the end of the item title or paragraph. An empty circle means the item has not been spoken yet, and a full circle means the item has been spoken. If the bookmark is a Wikipedia page or HTML page, then each paragraph will have the spoken indicator.
• New command in Settings: View source. To view the RSS or HTML source code for the current bookmark in the News view, tap View source. This can help webmasters debug issues with their RSS feeds. To return to a readable News view, tap the View mode button in the toolbar and choose a new view mode: Headlines, Short, Medium, Full.
• Added indication of voices not downloaded in Voice Library configuration view.

Version 2.3.1

New features and bug fixes for Speak News, text-to-speech, RSS news reader, Wikipedia reader, Tweet reader:
• Added (i) button at the top right of News view to open the Edit Bookmark view.
Bug fixes:
• Edit Bookmark view now shows the containing section and the feed type of the given bookmark. The section is a button to choose a different section for the bookmark.
• Changing the section of a bookmark in the Edit Bookmark view while the Bookmarks view is displaying a Search listing works now.
• New bookmarks are now properly added to the beginning of the section chosen in the Edit Bookmark view.

Version 2.3

This Speak News app update includes three new features: Wikipedia page bookmarks, query bookmarks for cached stories containing a phrase, and a new natural language custom URL format.

Open the Speak News 2.3 release notes in Speak News for speaking > (iPhone or iPad)

Version 2.2.2

Bug fixes:


Version 2.2.1

Bug fixes.

Version 2.2

Improved interface controls and minor bug fix.

Version 2.1

Speak News gets some cool improvements and bug fixes!

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Version 2.0

Open “New Features in Speak News 2” in Speak News for speaking > (iPhone or iPad)

Major Improvements!

Ease of use improvements:

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Version 1.1.1

Version 1.1

Version 1.0.3

Version 1.0.2

We fixed some bugs, because we use this app a lot; we love making Speak News a great text to speech RSS news reader.

Version 1.0.1

Enhancements and bug fixes.

Version 1.0

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