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With the hundreds of submissions flooding community news site Reddit every hour, there are very few options that help you manage all that information better than a standard web browser.
Well, at least two Reddit users want to change that with the creation of Reditr, a Tweetdeck-like desktop app that arranges the user-submitted news posts into a wall of information.
Tweetdeck works by arranging a Twitter user’s various streams of information in vertical columns that sit side-by-side. And Reditr does pretty much the same thing for Reddit content. The first main column you’ll see when pulling up the desktop app is a column for all the popular submissions from subreddits (aka the different categories of news on Reddit) you’re subscribed to. You can even choose how you’d like those submissions shorted (Hot, Top, New, Controversial) by clicking a button at the top of the column.
By default, each individual subreddit you’re subscribed to is displayed in its own column, which you can access through a set of numbers at the top of the screen. (See screenshots below.) You can change the position of the subreddit columns, delete columns you don’t want, and create new ones. Each column also allows you to find certain submissions using a filter and to set custom rules for when you log onto the app.
Clicking on a submission brings up its own page that displays content in its own custom reader, with comments listed below the reader itself. Part of me wishes it had a built-in browser function, as I usually only toggle on a reader-mode if the site’s advertising or load time prevents me from actually viewing the content.
Reditr has lots of customization features, including the ability to set hot keys, set the width of each column, change the background color, and more. It’s also a fully functional Reddit client that allows you to vote on submission and comments, check and reply to messages, save content, and more.
Overall, is a pretty ambitious project, and one that could come in handy for people who routinely consume all the popular submissions on a lazy afternoon.
As for the Reditr project itself, it was created by Dimitry Vinogradov and David Zorychta back in April. The desktop app, which is currently supported through donations, is available for OS X, Windows, and Ubuntu Linux. I’ve emailed the developers for more information, and will update the post with anything new.
Check out a gallery of screenshots below showing the Reditr app in action.