By Aircraft Owners and Pilots Association
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Delivers AOPA's monthly magazines to members of the Aircraft Owners and Pilots Association. AOPA Pilot and Flight Training are available to AOPA digital subscribers.
What's New in Version 220.127.116.119
Among other enhancements this significant update to AOPA Mags features full iOS 8 compatibility; a new, intuitive user interface; and last page viewed, in which the app remembers the last page viewed in each issue.
Doesn't work on iPad air 2
I installed this on a brand-new iPad air 2 that is a week old and completely up-to-date on maintenance as of December 2015. I do have A digital subscription. I called AOPA and their support was no help whatsoever. Another company develops and maintains the app and there is no way to get in touch with them. AOPA said they would forward my issue on to the developers but cannot promise that this issue will be addressed at all. They declined my request to be put in touch with the developers directly.
I'm updating this a few days later and I've increased my rating. The problem I was having was because I was using my default password is the same as my AOPA password. The problem is the AOPA a site allows special characters and the app does not in the password. I changed my AOPA password to not have special characters and everything was fine.
Works, but not quickly or intelligently
If you have patience, a fast network connection, a fast device, and not much ambition, this app may meet your expectations. Otherwise, not so much.
The start-up Catalog and Issues page can take a few minutes to load, even on a 250Mb/s network connection, and you can't do anything while it's loading, even if you're only interested in looking at one magazine. If you're on a mobile network with a data cap, watch out - it'll burn a lot of megabytes loading stuff.
If you have a slower device, you'll always see a blurry, unreadable version of every page which will eventually clear up after significant delay. Even on fast devices, it's 'blur first', just more quickly replaced by a crisper version - which gets fuzzy again if you zoom in on it (and won't clear up then.)
Although the app is all about looking at text and pictures, they cannot be selected - no text or image copy is possible, so forget about sending that interesting paragraph or photo in email to your friends.
To keep life interesting, the app will occasionally crash or refuse to run when iOS gets updated, or sometimes randomly when it isn't.
In short - this is not a web browser, a PDF previewer, or anything like that - it's a slow, poorly-implemented picture gallery view of the magazines.
Yes, it's an improvement over dead trees...
Developers need to be educated
The app is awesome when it decides to download the magazines and deserves a five star rating for content alone, but there are some glaring faults that are major detractors causing the app to be average at best. Too often (every time I try) I will download a magazine and then try to update a back issue and when I do, all magazines, past and present cease working. So, I log off and back on and settle forwarding whatever was previously downloaded. In a world where there are hundreds (thousands?) of magazines and they mostly work flawlessly, I don't see what the issue is. Perhaps AOPA isn't willing to put the money into an app that represents the same quality and precision that is required of the pilots they represent; or, perhaps the developers of the app are pulling the wool over their eyes and simply need to be replaced.
- Category: Travel
- Updated: Aug 12, 2015
- Version: 18.104.22.1689
- Size: 51.0 MB
- Language: English
- Seller: Aircraft Owners and Pilots Association (AOPA)
- © 2011-2015, Aircraft Owners and Pilots Association
Compatibility: Requires iOS 6.0 or later. Compatible with iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch.