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As of the September 23, 2013 issue, we've made some changes to our digital edition. It now features a text-resize button at the top of each story, which gives you a choice of three type sizes, and you can access multimedia extras and sharing at any point while you read. You'll also see a new look for our Goings On About Town section.
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What's New in Version 4.2.5
Bug fixes and improvements
Messy coders at work - beware!
Content is of course New Yorker content so no complaints there, but...
Many, many flaws with the reading experience.
First of all highly distracting and unnecessary triplet of 'share' icons appearing at the bottom left of every article - the eye is distractingly drawn to them on the otherwise all white page. Bizarrely they only disappear if you scroll upwards - but since we read downwards, they are permanent during the reading experience itself.
Rotate your iPad and you are irritatingly sent back to the beginning of the article - the same applies if you move between articles.
Also many times unintentionally sent back to the beginning of the article owing to some accidental deft touch of the touchscreen. So easy to solve.
You would think a paid user would also not have to suffer the ads, which are especially pointless ads when considering I subscribe from Europe, so the ads are all totally irrelevant to me.
The embedded links which take you from the app to online content also feel clumsy and nothing is smooth.
They need to do some hiring and firing and make this a better experience.
I will unsubscribe soon because of the above issues.
Could be fixed so easily
Two things: first, reading in this app is not a comfortable experience, especially on my iPad mini. This is not because the screen is too small, but because every millimetre of every page is touch responsive, meaning there’s no comfortable way of holding your iPad without flipping to another page by accidentally placing some part of your hand on the screen. This could be fixed if only part of the page were designed to flip you to the next page. Second, I wasn’t aware that buying a subscription only lets you download issues from the date of your subscription onwards. What I was looking forward to most was being able to read old short stories and poems on my iPad by downloading the existing back catalogue. Instead, they only give you access to scanned pdf versions of the archive, and those don’t come off well on the iPad, at all. I cancelled my trial subscription after two weeks.
Used to be much better
Agree with review by Antelami - previously was an uncluttered, effective and enjoyable reading experience. Now there's a permanent banner at the top reminding you which section you're reading and a similarly immovable text size change icon. Additionally the sharing icons are intrusive and distracting. I welcome some changes such as the ability to search, copy and paste text in all articles now. Yet seamless scrolling doesn't work for lengthier articles - it's sluggish and ineffective, as is the delay between switching articles. The general app experience has unfortunately been worsened. Such a shame, because the quality of writing is still top-notch (unlike this review!).
- Category: News
- Updated: 09 October 2013
- Version: 4.2.5
- Size: 9.6 MB
- Language: English
- Developer: CondeNet
- © 2012 Condé Nast
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