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Performance and general bug fixes.
Ratings and Reviews
I use this app five or six days a week to read the Chronicle on the ferry. Generally it works well, and navigation works extremely well in the most recent versions of the app. The only real flaw is that the “download for off-line reading” fails from time to time. The consequence is that when the Internet is unavailable while the ferry is in the middle of the bay, the app sometimes says “content unavailable” even for the text. Clicking the red “Download” bar twice while the Internet connection is still available seems to make it worse. But overall it is quite a good app for reading the newspaper. The only other thing I would criticize is that it has no button that allows one to see exactly which stories are in the printed version of the day’s Chronicle, which people sometimes refer to in discussions with me. The online version contains stories that are older, but also not all the new stories that are in the printed version of the paper, as far as I can tell.
We appreciate the feedback and will continue to improve the app.
New an Improved
It better now than at it recent low point (see last paragraph)which it was like an object falling into a “black hole”. This version seems to work reliably well enough that I gone back to reading the Chronicle for local news. Who knows what the future holds?
You can read my original rating below.
The current version of the app works well, and has good functionality. Compared to the earlier versions it’s much, much better. In some ways I like it better than The NY Times app, which seems to have been driven towards mediocrity by over ambition and advertising screen real estate.
It has been a long haul for the chronicle hopefully the recent progress continues.
My original assessment continues:
The overall reading format is still clunky, but the apps reliability and usefulness has improved, ie. it doesn't crash as much. The NY Times continues to perform consistently better. Gradually, we'll arrive at a commonly shared format. This one is not quite there yet.
Update: The app has gone in the reverse direction. One might think, that being next to Silicon Valley and being ground zero for web app development around the world, that the Chronicle app might be a show piece, but that's not the case. Using it can be a brutal experience.
Update on prior review (about a month ago):
After months of not being able to get through even the first section without the page freezing or closing, I have been able to read the entire paper without problems. Neither updates of the app nor recommendations from tech support were helpful until I posted my last review. Finally, a useful fix. The suggestion was to delete and reload the app. The reloaded app works smoothly and, for the first time since June or July I am getting the news I’ve been paying for. The only remaining glitch is that a few stories about half-way down the “Front Page” are usually cropped at the top so that I don’t see the headline and the top of the photo. Relatively small annoyance that doesn’t really impede my reading.
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