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Tuesday, June 29, 2010

Announcing Wordcycler

Earlier this year, Carlo Zottmann released a little program called Ephemera, which gave Mac users the ability to synchronize articles between Instapaper.com and their USB e-book reader. I heard nothing but great things about Ephemera, and I really wanted to use it myself. But I'm a PC, not a Mac, so I was out of luck.

But that’s nothing a bit of code couldn’t fix. So a few months of weekend hacking later, I'm happy to announce Wordcycler, which brings two-way Instapaper syncing goodness to Windows. wordcyclerSo what is Wordcycler?

Wordcycler lives in your tray. When you connect your reader via USB, Wordcycler fetches your unread Instapaper items, saves them on the device as single articles, and (if you want) ejects it. All automatically and in seconds.

When you finish reading an article, delete it from your reader, and it will be archived on Instapaper.com the next time you sync. And any articles that you read and archived on Instapaper.com in the meantime will be deleted from the reader as well.

Wordcycler can also download the pre-made all-in-one bundles available from Instapaper. Either way you choose to consume, Wordcycler is the fast, easy, Whispernet-charge-free way of experiencing Instapaper on your reading device.

If this kind of thing interests you, please check it out. I'd love to hear your feedback, bug reports, etc. I plan to keep adding features in the coming weeks (support for Instapaper's folders being the big no-brainer.)

I'm James Sulak, a software developer in Houston, Texas.

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