The Civil War Today
By A&E Television Networks Mobile
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150 years after the start of the American Civil War, HISTORY presents The Civil War Today, an award-winning app created exclusively for the iPad. For less than one penny per day you can experience the war as it unfolded, one day at a time, with daily updates that let you live the events in “real-time” over the course of four years.
***Member of the iTunes App Store Essentials Hall of Fame***
***iTunes App of the Week selection***
The Civil War Today leverages the iPad multi-touch interface to enable app users to feel and explore thousands of original documents, photos, maps, diary entries, quotes, and newspaper broadsheets like never before.
The Civil War Today includes:
• Daily Civil War updates from April 12, 2011 through April 26, 2015. The app content updates ONE DAY AT A TIME, precisely mirroring the events of 150 years ago
• “In the Headlines” featuring newspapers from every day of the war.
• Running tallies of the North and South casualty counts.
• “A Day in the Life” with personal letters and diary entries from 15 individuals including Abraham Lincoln, Horatio Nelson Taft, and Mary Boykin Miller Chesnut.
• Photo of the day and photo galleries.
• Quote of the day.
• Articles and video on featured topics.
• Authentic period maps from key battlegrounds.
• Daily North-South quiz.
• Detailed background scenes that put you in the time and place of the Civil War. (Northern city, Southern plantation, Western frontier town, military camp).
• Twitter integration to send a telegram via morse code.
• GameCenter integration to earn Civil War era appropriate achievements - and display them in a virtual medals case.
• Airplay integration for viewing of app video via Apple TV.
• Advanced multi-finger gesture functionality and custom toolbar for deep navigation.
Witness the Civil War play out 150 years later, one day at a time, in this first-of-its-kind app. HISTORY Made Every Day.
What's New in Version 1.2.3
This release includes minor bug fixes. As always, please contact us at email@example.com with any feedback or questions.
DREADFUL to use - but we love the idea and content !!
Don't get us wrong - there is SO much that is absolutely wonderful about this incredible app - BUT, ever since it's release and in subsequent updates, the H Channel hasn't been able to accomplish a fix for a number of major flaws. Simply put, it crashes at an alarming rate - when trying to download data rich content and memory rich material (ie: the higher resolution downloads of the newspaper scans for the daily content). Even on it's primary splash / opening page - the app crashes... This isn't a function of the users' wifi or connected interface - these are bugs in the application that have never been resolved for those of us (and family members) using this since close to launch. It's a shame, but perhaps this will be resolved in an upcoming 'legacy' version....?
So wonderful, but so frustrating to USE everyday!!! Our kids have totally turned off this application, but we'll stick with it as we're truly interested in the history and content.
Keep with it, though... Through the frustrating interface, this is a wonderful project with content, images, and sources not often found in the ubiquitous 'popular' history format!
This used to be a awesome program
This program once had great potential. For the first year and a half I have had no issues with this program. On the occasions that I had a question for the developers I received a timely response. Not any more. One of the biggest selling points for me was the inclusion of diary entries from various people on both sides of the conflict. I have been fascinated to read about the war from the perspective of a high placed clerk in the Confederate War Department. The complete devotion and blind loyalty of some average Confederates is fascinating. It is odd to see someone have such faith in the Southern cause and be so utterly convinced of a CSA victory even as the country is falling apart around them.
A majority of the diary eateries have been stuck on January 31, 1864. I have sent 3 inquiries to the feedback department. On two occasions the only contact I have had was a email informing me that my issue had been resolved and that my ticket was being closed. In the past fee months I have noticed that the content has become less consistent. I agree with a previous reviewer that it appears as if the original developer is no longer involved with the upkeep of this program. More is the pity. I will gladly adjust my review accordingly when the issue is addressed.
Good app, could have been great
Update: Crashing and failure to load content (images in particular) are as bad as ever. And now some content is stuck on Jan. 31, 1864. This app is clearly no longer being curated by its producers. I suspect some server somewhere was loaded with content three years ago and nobody has checked it since. Emails to support go unanswered. I would advise anyone who has not yet bought it to avoid it.
Lowering original rating of three stars down to one.
Original review: As others have noted, there is much repetition with the supplementary material. Quiz questions are repeated, and a few border on irrelevant or silly. I enjoy the images and maps but they often crash my iPad, which is new and sports 64 gigs. Most annoying feature: I got this some time back and have been trying to catch up. The app almost always open to the "current" date (minus 150 years) so I have to scroll back through a year+ worth of entries to find my location. It also often jumps up to the current date when I'm reading many months back. This app needs a better bookmarking system AND a "go to date" function. If there already is one, I sure haven't found it yet!
- Category: Entertainment
- Updated: Apr 18, 2013
- Version: 1.2.3
- Size: 30.2 MB
- Language: English
- Seller: A&E Television Networks Mobile
- © 2012: A&E Television Networks, LLC.
Compatibility: Requires iOS 5.1 or later. Compatible with iPad.