Now supports blocking certain specific floating social sharing bars, go-to-top buttons, open-in-app buttons, and chat icons on any website that uses these somewhat-common signatures.
Added several new site-specific rules for hiding obstructions on websites suggested by users, including The Onion, Cracked, Vanity Fair, Hearst magazine sites (including Car & Driver, Popular Science, Elle, Road & Track, Country Living, and more), Instructables, The Week, and many others including a number of additional non-US sites.
Fixed a bug where turning off blocking for individual websites would often fail to prevent content blocking on those sites.
Ratings and Reviews
Revising my review upward
A few weeks ago I had reviewed Unobstruct unfavorably - but I’m now much happier with it, and am revising my review upwards. This is for two reasons:
(1) The developer provided feedback explaining why Unobstruct doesn’t work fully automatically: it’s an IOS restriction for which there’s no workaround.
(2) I’ve now seen several situations where Unobstruct worked but the Kill Sticky bookmarklet (which I had praised in my earlier review) didn’t. So I’m now convinced that Unobstruct is providing good value.
Developer Response ,
The bookmarklet can't be performed automatically, unfortunately, due to how it is implemented and limitations of Apple's Content Blocker mechanism. Instead, Unobstruct is coded to block specific bars on specific sites that can be hidden "safely" (without breaking the navigation of the page) and hides those. That list is being expanded upon as new updates are released (for example, 1.1 added 70 websites) and requests for others are accepted from users. Also, Unobstruct adds an icon to the Safari share sheet, in the Actions row, that you can enable via the More item. This is implemented in a very similar way to the kill sticky bookmarklet, but you have to trigger it manually on whatever pages you want to use it on (but if you put it as one of the first 4 actions by dragging it in More, it is more convenient to trigger than a bookmarklet). Also, as of 1.1 this action removes sticky elements on some pages that the "kill sticky" bookmarklet misses.
This makes mobile sites enjoyable again. Reading articles is infinitely better with this app, which I end up using every day now. I only wish I could have Unobstruct run on *every* page automatically, because it seems like every site has floating bars at the top and/or bottom nowadays.
The only think I wish it did was send some kind of a notification to the site owners every time it's used.
I wish the people who create these obstructive bars knew how much people hate them.
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Requires iOS 10.0 or later. Compatible with iPhone 5s, iPhone 6, iPhone 6 Plus, iPhone 6S, iPhone 6S Plus, iPhone SE, iPhone 7, iPhone 7 Plus, iPhone 8, iPhone 8 Plus, iPhone X, iPhone XS, iPhone XS Max, iPhone XR, iPhone 11, iPhone 11 Pro, iPhone 11 Pro Max, iPad Air, iPad Air Wi-Fi + Cellular, iPad mini 2, iPad mini 2 Wi-Fi + Cellular, iPad Air 2, iPad Air 2 Wi-Fi + Cellular, iPad mini 3, iPad mini 3 Wi-Fi + Cellular, iPad mini 4, iPad mini 4 Wi-Fi + Cellular, 12.9-inch iPad Pro, 12.9-inch iPad Pro Wi-Fi + Cellular, iPad Pro (9.7‑inch), iPad Pro (9.7-inch) Wi‑Fi + Cellular, iPad (5th generation), iPad (5th generation) Wi‑Fi + Cellular, iPad Pro (12.9‑inch) (2nd generation), iPad Pro (12.9‑inch) (2nd generation) Wi‑Fi + Cellular, iPad Pro (10.5‑inch), iPad Pro (10.5-inch) Wi‑Fi + Cellular, iPad (6th generation), iPad Wi-Fi + Cellular (6th generation), iPad Pro (11-inch), iPad Pro (11-inch) Wi-Fi + Cellular, iPad Pro (12.9-inch), iPad Pro (12.9-inch) Wi‑Fi + Cellular, iPad mini (5th generation), iPad mini (5th generation) Wi-Fi + Cellular, iPad Air (3rd generation), iPad Air (3rd generation) Wi-Fi + Cellular, iPad (7th generation), iPad (7th generation) Wi-Fi + Cellular, and iPod touch.
- Age Rating
- Rated 4+
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