Feedly introduces Pro upgrade with ability to search, secured browsing (HTTPS), and Evernote support


Today feedly was updated to its latest version (v17) and along with it came the option to upgrade to feedly Pro. For $5 a month, Pro users will get a number of features that won’t make their way to the current free version of feedly — at least for now anyway.

The first four features that come with feedly Pro are:

  • Article search (Search within your feedly feeds)
  • HTTPS (Add a layer of security to your feedly browsing)
  • Evernote (One-click save to any of your Evernote notebooks)
  • Premium Support (Get bumped to the front of the support line)

This is the first batch of features Pro users will be getting, with the next batch to be decided by the Pro users themselves through a vote. Introducing a Pro version also doesn’t mean that development and improvements to the free version will stop, and feedly says that new features will continue to be added.

Feedly Pro doesn’t actually come out until sometime this fall, but the company is offering a limited offer to help “kick-start the program.” When feedly pro becomes available to everyone, it will cost $5 per month or $45 per year — but right now, you can pay $99 to get a lifetime membership and access to feedly Pro right now. This offer is limited to the first 5,000 users that sign up for it.

With that said, whether dropping a hundred bucks on feedly Pro right now is worth it depends on you. I’d argue the first batch of features aren’t exactly¬†must-haves, but there is the potential for savings in the long run since you won’t require a subscription. HTTPS will eventually be made available on all feedly accounts, since the only barrier them doing that are the costs. Whether or not the premium features that will be added in the future will be something you’d actually use is also up in the air.

If anything, right now it’s also a great way to show support for the developers that have done a pretty good job after Google Reader’s demise.

You can sign up for feedly Pro at the link below:

feedly Pro homepage

[via feedly]

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  • Enrique Manalang

    [@Karl J. Gephart] I actually don’t care about any of the features that they put out. But I paid for the lifetime membership cause I care about RSS and feedly is by far the best reader I’ve tried after Google’s.

    If they do end up features that I wanna use then that’d be great (I have A LOT of suggestions), but if I can pay them now for the work they’ve done and to contribute to them continuing what they’ve been doing? That’s money well-spent in my opinion.

  • Karl J. Gephart

    I like and use Feedly, but I agree with you, the premium features are hardly must-haves. They’d have to add a feature like my suggestion to them about keyword filtering (to hide and emphasize posts) before I would go as high as $2/month. With $0.99 apps everywhere, come on, $5/month?! LOL!

  • unicorn02

    Currently I am using feedly. But their announcement had me do some researching.
    Enter Inoreader.com!
    Look and feel like the good old google reader, plus https, plus search in your feeds, plus plus… for free! The only thing that is yet missing are apps for android/ios, but this is already in the making. If the apps are available, I will switch immediately!