Ark View UWP brings you news sources and feeds

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From the developer of the terrific Photo Scan UWP comes this new News/RSS feed reader. I have to be honest and say that the UI had me all in a spin, it's too easy to get confused and be unable to get back to browsing and adding new feeds without closing the app down(!), but I suspect a little extra refinement would sort this out. Not that news readers are in short supply, even under Windows 10 Mobile, but add this to the pile, at least, and watch for updates.

From the Store description:

Ark View brings all the news from your favorite websites and lets you easily organize it under one place, so you don't have go to anywhere else.

  • No more zig zagging. All the content comes to you in one place, in a clean and easy-to-read format.
  • Because it is powered by RSS, Ark View is an open system: you can add any RSS feed and read it wherever you go.
  • Faster access to lots of different sources of news and information means that you can more easily keep up with important trends or topics you really care about.
  • From tech to business, design to marketing, media and beyond, Ark View helps you discover great feeds that you can organize in and read in one place.
  • It also comes with Twitter Integration so that you can view and interact with tweets directly within the app.
  • Ark View is also supports Multiple Themes and Fluent Design too so that you can enjoy the experience beautifully.

Showing all the hallmarks of a 'v1' project, Ark View has:

  • the UI bug mentioned (where the 'Add feed' control gets hijacked and you can't browse)
  • a broken initial refresh of feeds which goes on forever (just interrupt it)
  • no way of exporting or importing OPML or similar  config files

Banner ads block part of the display, but they're removed by the £1.70 in-app-purchase, so consider that the actual cost of Ark View UWP.

Here's the app in action:


One of the developer's trademarks, a really colourful and useful intro screen - for updates, the changelog will be shown here. Nicely done; (right) retrieving.... I left it doing this for an hour before figuring it was a bug and hitting the big '+' control anyway!


Although you can add your own pasted-in RSS address, there are some categories and suggestions here; (right) images are taken from feed items and the presentation is top notch.


Feed text is what it is - whatever the feed creator decides to put in (i.e. one para or the whole article or somewhere between!) - note the white space at the bottom, part of an ad banner; (right) the hamburger menu, note that you can also integrate specific Twitter feeds - I'll cover this more when I report on the next major update of Ark View, when more of the app 'works'!

You can grab Ark View here in the Store.

Source / Credit: Store