Thursday, April 21, 2011

First news apps developed for the BlackBerry PlayBook begin to enter RIM's BlackBerry App World

The marketing people at WoodWing passed along a press release and screenshots of what they claim to be the first daily newspaper to publish on RIM's BlackBerry PlayBook tablet platform. The newspaper, Kompas, offers readers the paper's weekly digital-only supplement Jendela, and the paper plans on offering its daily product for the PlayBook soon, as well.
“We aim to provide the best tablet media experience for our readers, regardless of the platform they are using,” said Rikard Bagun, Editor-in-Chief of Kompas in the WoodWing release. “We paid close attention to how we can digitally enhance our newspaper and brought that to the BlackBerry PlayBook tablet.”
“One of the main differences between the two tablet platforms is the different screen ratios of the devices – 16:9 for the PlayBook versus 4:3 for the iPad," said John Fong, CEO of Serious Technology, one of WoodWing´s Gold Authorized Solution Partners in Asia.

"With WoodWing´s multi-screen-enabled Tablet Publishing Solution, we can easily create the content for both platforms using a single master template to gain efficiency and achieve consistency.”

Have you visited the BlackBerry App World online store? Since I don't own a Blackberry there has really been no reason to pay much attention to the online store.
Like the Android Market, it will be important to see what is being released there by publishers, right? But I wasn't expecting this silly warning message when I got there (see at right).

"It looks like you are using an unsupported Operating System. BlackBerry App World was designed to support the following: Windows."

You're kidding, right? It's a frickin' website! What are the folks up in Canada smoking?