Monday, December 19, 2011

Rogers Publishing updates four magazine iPad apps to add Newsstand support; those who update their apps need to read the app description for instructions

'Tis the season for app updates as many media companies continue move their publications into Apple's Newsstand.

One of the latest to issue updates is Rogers Publishing Limited which issued updates for Maclean's Magazine,

The app updates come with a rather disturbing warning:

ATTENTION PRINT SUBSCRIBERS: you will need to go to Settings --> Delete Account ID, to reset your subscription then click the red Activate button and enter your account ID. This will unlock all of your issues.

By installing this update, you will temporarily delete all of your previously downloaded issues. Please see instructions below to restore your magazines.

If you are an Apple subscriber and you update your app, upgrade to iOS/Newsstand or delete and resintall (sic) your app, you will be able to sign in with your account ID and retrieve all previously purchased magazines. There is also a "Retrieve Magazines" button in your app settings panel that you can tap on to retrieve previously purchased magazines.
If you are unfamiliar with Maclean's you should know that it is a leading Canadian news weekly, founded over 100 years ago by Lt.-Col. John Bayne Maclean. The iPad edition is a good way to get acquainted with the publication, though you should ignore the app description pricing: it says print subscription pricing is higher than single issue pricing (it's not).