Instapaper 4 For iPhone & iPad Introduces New UI, Full Search & More

Instapaper 4.0 brings a major update to the popular offline reading app for iPhone and iPad. There are tons of new features and significant enhancements including an all new UI with a restyled navigation view on iPhone and a grid view on the iPad edition. It is now possible to perform to search the full content of user’s entire Instapaper archive with options to select multiple articles to delete, archive or move in a single operation. Other changes include support for hardware brightness control in iOS 5 and draggable scrollbars for quickly navigating through documents.

Here are the release notes via iTunes:

What’s New in Version 4.0

– Completely redesigned iPad list interface as a grid with sidebar
– Redesigned iPhone interface with a black-and-white theme
– Multi-select articles in list to archive, delete, or move in bulk
– Search Subscription: the $1/month Subscription from the Instapaper website is now available in the app via In-App Purchase. It’s called Search Subscription, and it adds server-side searching of the *full contents* of every article you’ve ever saved. This replaces the old downloaded-articles-only search in the app.
– Archive and Delete now peacefully coexist everywhere
– App Directory (in Settings) lists apps that integrate with Instapaper
– Hardware brightness control in iOS 5 (brightness now also available on iPhone)
– Draggable scrollbar for quickly jumping through documents
– Article authors, published dates, and site titles are now displayed when available (availability will increase over time)
– “Friends” section can now browse all recent links posted in your Facebook news feed, Twitter timeline, and Tumblr Dashboard
– “Editors” is now fully intergrated and sourced exclusively from Give Me Something To Read
– New settings to customize number of Liked/Archive articles stored on device
– Wikipedia lookups added to newly redesigned “Define” popups
– Footnotes are converted to inline “…” buttons that display in popovers
– [iPhone] Option to hide the status bar while reading (hidden by default)
– [iPhone] Redesigned font (?A) panel to be like iPad’s
– [iPhone] Redesigned Twitter, Tumblr, Facebook, Pinboard, Evernote share forms
– YouTube URLs now open in the system’s YouTube app
– New option to use Apple’s dictionary under iOS 5
– Minor improvements to the in-article styling
– Smoother tilt scrolling that works well in all orientations
– New icon
– Added Tweetbot and The Hit List to Share panel
– When updating, the entire table no longer reloads after each article downloads. It now just reloads once after the main update request, showing all (even un-downloaded) articles, and they enable themselves as they get downloaded.

Instapaper 4 is available in the App Store for US $4.99 and can be downloaded via the following link.