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SMH Newspaper

By Fairfax Media Publications Pty Limited

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The SMH Newspaper app brings you an exact digital replica of The Sydney Morning Herald and The Sun-Herald newspapers – exactly as they are printed each day. The app includes everything in the newspaper, including all magazines and sections such as The Guide, Good Weekend, Good Living, Spectrum, Metro, Drive and Sunday Life.

- All users - first issue FREE when you download
- Home-delivery Herald subscribers get FREE access to the app as part of their newspaper subscription (for customers with home-delivery at least three days a week)

Features include:
-          Read the full content of the Herald newspaper – exactly as it’s printed
-          Search for articles by keywords
-          Share articles by email, Facebook and Twitter
-          14 days of archives
-          Optional automatic download
-          Read articles in the newspaper layout, or in a text box
-          Manage your downloaded editions in a dedicated library

If you already use The Sydney Morning Herald Digital Edition on your desktop computer, you can access The SMH Newspaper app using this Digital Edition login.

New subscription packages will be available with the next update.

Your ideas and feedback will help guide future development. Please send your comments to

What's New in Version 1.3.1

- Bug fixes.
- Minor improvements.

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Customer Reviews

Better than the paper, but needs tweaking

The scrolling and panning algorithm needs tweaking to be more like other Apple apps. It too readily locks you into vertical or horizontal only movement; 360 degree scrolling requires a very precise 45 angle at the beginning of the gesture. The page also has too much momentum during inertial scrolling.

The article view is a good feature but the window should be larger with more font options - the default sans serif is fugly. Also get rid of the massive Facebook and Twitter buttons; these options belong in the more discrete "sharing" menu Apple designed for this purpose. So that those of us who don't want to jettison all sense of privacy don't have to be constantly reminded of the archaic dinosaurs we, apparently, are. Also how hard can it be to run an automatic script to tidy up punctuation? I regularly see “quote ’ ’ instead of “quote”—like bad pass through an optical scanner. C'mon guys you have the digital file; that just makes my punctuation enthusiast blood boil.

Can't tap to view definitions or select text in the page layout view. Fail. It's almost like those horrors days when half the Internet was adobe flash. *shudders*

Also why is this NOT integrated with apple's native newsstand (which would be perfect) when the "other " SMH version is (which isn't)?!

Actually if you could produce a version that combines all the content of this app with the much better layout of the other app I would use that instead.

Very slow downloads

This crapapp is getting really annoying. Almost enough to scrap my subscription.

I have shown below my six month old review and nothing has changed for the better. Only for the worse!

Now once or twice a week I have remove the app and download and install again and then download the paper again.

Review from 10/13 ===============
I am overseas and I love the reading the SMH on my ipad!

I just don't understand why it takes sooooo long to download each edition? And you can only download one edition at a time!

I also download another two newspapers who each use a different system . When both newspapers are of a similar size at say 70mb it takes 4 times longer to download the SMH as it does to download other paper???

When SMH crashes or you leave the newspaper as you do, you have to start at page 1 and find your page again! The other app re-opens at the last page visited. Much more sensible.

Come on SMH developers. Get the download moving.

Great, except that it's a broadsheet

I'm not sure what the other reviewers are on about. The app works great without crashing, downloads in about 1-2 minutes on an average ADSL connection and there's a handy link to the different sections so you don't have to page through the entire thing.

The only real criticism (and it's a big one) is that it's still a broadsheet, which means that it can't be read by most people without expanding. With a tabloid you can see and read the whole page in portrait mode and in landscape it's very comfortable.

It's time to ditch the broadsheet format. It's a bit like wine corks a few years ago. The aficionados said that the screw top would destroy the whole experience. Well, it hasn't. And neither will a tabloid format spoil the newspaper experience. But it will make it a whole lot more readable.

SMH Newspaper
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  • Free
  • Category: News
  • Updated: 01 December 2011
  • Version: 1.3.1
  • Size: 8.1 MB
  • Language: English
  • Seller: Fairfax Media Publications Pty Ltd

Compatibility: Requires iOS 4.2 or later. Compatible with iPad.

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