Can I read mag­a­zines on my Mac?

Mac Format - - APPLE TALK -

Hav­ing used Win­dows for many years I have at last seen the light and pur­chased a 21.5-inch iMac, which I’m de­lighted with. Can I get News­stand on it? Rob Jenk­ins

There’s no Mac equiv­a­lent of News­stand. It was ru­moured for Mav­er­icks but ul­ti­mately didn’t make it. This is prob­a­bly be­cause the app is ac­tu­ally just a spe­cial sort of folder for in­di­vid­ual mag­a­zines, each of which counts as an iOS app in its own right.

An OS X ver­sion of News­stand only makes sense if pub­lish­ers are will­ing to make OS X ver­sions of their mag­a­zine apps as well. Even on the iPad, News­stand isn’t ter­ri­bly popular, so a Mac ver­sion isn’t likely.

News­stand’s ri­val, Zinio, has a Mac app. How­ever, sub­scrip­tions can’t be mi­grated be­tween the two plat­forms, so you’d need to pay for a sep­a­rate Zinio sub­scrip­tion. Zinio pro­vides apps for OS X and iOS, but bear in mind that this lacks the in­ter­ac­tive fea­tures of MacFor­mat’s News­stand edi­tion.

For now at least, News­stand is only avail­able on iOS, but MacFor­mat is avail­able on Zinio too!

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