Instapaper is an App for clipping web pages while you are on the go. Unlike bookmarks (in a browser), Instapaper actually saves the content of the page (sometimes without ads and annoying flash content), so that you can read the page when you are offline (not connected to the Internet).
It’s important to note that Instapaper doesn’t store an exact replica of the page as it appears on the Web but a best-representation of it. This is often more convenient, making the pages load faster, look cleaner and makes them easier to read. Rest assured, though, that it does store important graphics and illustrations found on the page.
In practice, it is much more versatile than simply clipping Web pages in your browser, because there are many other apps that support Instapaper from within them. For example, you might be clicking on a link within a Twitter feed that takes you to a web page within the Twitter client app. If you like that page, you might find that the Twitter app has Instapaper support with a ‘Read Later’ menu action – in which case the page can be saved to the Instapaper service.
Of course, you can clip pages to your Instapaper account from any computer and any device – and have them all go into the same Instapaper account. This makes it very easy to share an account with other people – or just with yourself on multiple devices. You can have multiple accounts but it does make clipping from the iPad and iPhone a little more challenging. Some special coding is needed to differentiate which Web clip should be associated with which account.
You can view the web pages that you have clipped from any computer by logging into your Instapaper account in a Web browser. But the beauty of the Instapaper App is that you can do this from within other Apps without having to leave them. Even with multitasking on the iPhone, this is very convenient. On the iPad, it’s critical.
When you load the Instapaper App on the iPhone or iPad, you will need to synchronise it with the Instapaper server to get your latest pages. From that point on, they are stored on your iPhone/iPad device – so you no longer need to be connected to the Internet in order to save them.
Instapaper offers some rudimentary web page management in the form of folders. You can, of course, delete (or archive) Web pages to move them out of your Instapaper pages queue.
iPad forum on Nomadz – contains additional code snippets, tips and techniques on using Instapaper and other related apps.
Instapaper Website – home page for the product. Also, here is their product blog.
Macworld Review – of the Instataper app. 4 1/2 Stars.
Instapaper on Twitter – follow the product on Twitter.