Interactive news with an iPad view
News Limited’s newspaper iPad apps put more than the headlines within easy reach, writes Jennifer Dudley-Nicholson
FOR hundreds of years, informed citizens have turned to the printed page to stay up to date with local, national and worldwide news.
Fifteen years ago, many of those newspapers also joined the internet revolution, publishing stories online and recruiting new readers to onscreen journalism.
Now newspapers are pitching a news hybrid to both audiences: in-depth news delivered on a portable reading device.
News Limited launched Apple iPad apps for the Melbourne Herald Sun and Sydney Daily Telegraph last Friday, joining the tablet trend only six months after it began.
Apps for Brisbane’s CourierMail and Adelaide Advertiser will join them next month.
News chairman and chief executive John Hartigan says the apps will deliver ‘‘ much more than a static replica of the printed products’’, because they will feature exclusive videos, photo galleries and easy sharing options.
‘‘ Content will be easily and intuitively accessed with arresting design and strong imagery,’’ Hartigan says.
But what do the new $7.99 apps really look like? How will you use them and what hidden tricks can you use to get the most out of them?
Switched On took the apps for a test drive and quizzed those close to the project to get the lowdown. THE newspaper iPad apps will deliver a wide range of stories from the printed newspaper, including articles from the news, business, sport, opinion and weekly sections.
Each is delivered with photos and spread out in an easy-to-read format.
Select a story to read and it will appear at full length, letting you scroll down the page to see it all. Stories can be read in portrait or landscape mode.
Readers can also change the size of the story’s text by touching an icon at the top of the page, and news stories can be shared in an email or with Facebook friends by pressing nearby icons. After opening a story, readers can choose further stories from a More Articles tab on the left that reveals a full list of the section’s offerings.
Alternatively, in a littleknown extra, they can sweep a finger across the page to move from one article to the next, just as they would turn pages in a printed newspaper.
All stories from the iPad’s most recent edition will be downloaded when the app is launched, so you can read it later even if you’re offline. THE newspaper will no longer come out just once a day if you use its iPad app.
A new edition will be digitally delivered to readers each morning and updated content will be available throughout the day, with breaking news and content for specific readers such as commuters appearing as needed.
Readers can also ensure they are reading the latest content by pressing the Refresh icon on the Front Page.
New breaking stories are also available with one touch. An icon on the front page launches a pop-up window that lists 12 of the freshest stories, organised by the time the news broke. YOUR favourite newspaper sections, from Your Money to Hit and including the one you’re reading now, will all appear in the iPad app.
Stories in the iPad app are grouped into six drop-down menus, starting with the Front Page that features a selection of the best news stories.
Other sections include News, Opinion, Business, Life and Sport, and many offer several categories within their section.
Select the News section, for example, and you can choose to read its front page or peruse the best national or worldwide stories.
In the Life section you’ll find content from weekly features sections, including Switched On, Taste and Escape. LIKE the printed newspaper, this iPad app is packed with stories.
But, unlike paper, the tablet and its internet connection lets readers interact with the content and watch videos.
The app has a dedicated Multimedia section offering a video menu and an up-to-date picture gallery.
Exclusive iPad videos will feature from News Limited’s experts including TV reviewer Dianne Butler, cricket expert Robert Craddock, members of the Taste team, and Gadget Girl blogger, yours truly.
Users can also check out the latest news-breaking photographs in its Gallery section, sliding images across the screen and selecting them to view in full size.
Top picks: favourite sections are available in landscape or portrait views.