Popular link digest service Read it Later just got a new web app that is rolling out in live preview to all users right now. The new web app looks absolutely fantastic, with a clean new theme and big, easy to browse thumbnails.
The new app features a revamped look and feel that is miles ahead of the bare app provided before. Clean, simple iconography and typesetting makes this a pleasure to use. Each tile gives you a source, thumbnail or excerpt and a title. If you prefer the traditional list view you get a title with the clever use of the source’s favicon to identify it on the left.
It isn’t just a skin deep overhaul though, as there are a bunch of new features to make your web reading experience more pleasurable. Read it Later has added bulk editing of articles, a brand new article view and a sidebar that shows topics based on tags that you can assign posts. You can also filter by types of content, which makes it easier to see all of the image links, video links or text links that you’ve saved in their own categories.
You can also choose to sort your library by date, title or site of origin, which is very cool if you’re looking for every story you’ve saved from one source.
The new web app looks to deliver a richer and easier to use Read it Later experience for those who don’t have access to the mobile apps for Android, iPhone or iPad. It’s a night and day improvement over the previous generation and a sign of some cool things to come from the team in the future. There is also a handy tool that RIL introduced back in January to help people import their Instapaper archives.
If you’d like to check out the new version of the Read It Later web app for yourself just visit the site, log in and click web app.