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What’s New

Version 5.6.3

We got the feather duster out, squashed some bugs and added support for newer devices.

Ratings and Reviews

4.5 out of 5
16 Ratings

16 Ratings

Sparkind ,

Family sharing

Be aware, my wife bought a subscription to this mag, but despite having family sharing turned on, and it previously being accessible, the app no longer seems to support family sharing.
Very disappointing, I was enjoying the content.

Jaskell ,

Superficial overview of subjects.

Magazines skim the surface of topics without going into much depth.

Sheldor The Conqueror ,

We need to try it out

The problem with many magazine offerings on iOS (and all the other platforms), is that the interface can be tediously slow and the layout, dull and unimaginative. We really require these days to have a sample version to move through and test.

I think I would enjoy a good number of these issues but…
a. I have no idea what is included in each magazine
b. I feel reluctant to pay for a random issue, only to be disappointed by the same old scanned PDF offering all over again (it may be brilliant, but how do I know?).

So, please provide a sample few pages to view and include an index to the subjects covered in the various issues. Thanks.

Oh… and by the way, sure you can orient to landscape mode for a static preview (although it wasn't clearly mentioned), but that is no indication of the interactivity within the magazine itself. Also, the contents page is far too tiny to be legible.

I think this typifies the problem with the thinking surrounding mobile development. These are not magazines, they are something different. Delivering the same content, albeit digital, in the same format is not the answer. Magazines are tactile. It's about the glossy pages and scanning from one page to the next. It's not possible to do that on a tablet without panning, swiping and zooming. It's a lot of work for not much reward. You have all this extra power at your disposal, so use it. Make the page dance.

Nuff said.


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