Tuesday, May 1, 2012

Blogsy & GQ update their iPad apps: not all app updates relate to 'retina' support as developers continue to refine their user interfaces

We like to track the latest media updates here at TNM, and based on traffic numbers it turns out our readers like the information. For the past two months most media updates have centered around getting apps upgraded to support the higher resolution new iPad. But developers often have other issues to resolve, and some are just constantly improving their apps.

One of these apps is Blogsy, which has updated its app just over a week ago, but today issued a rather extensive update.

I have yet to use Blogsy for mobile publishing, but users have consistently given it good marks inside the App Store. But today the developer, Fomola, issued an update that fixes a whole slate of issues including one that would have seriously bothered me.

Blogsy's newest update promises to fix a problem in Blogger where the "p" tags get lost if you edit a post created in Blogsy through Blogger. It is a bug that really is the fault of Google which continues to do a lousy job of supporting the platform (for instance, the scheduler now appears broken thanks to a Google update of the interface).

The app costs $4.99, and for those who do a lot of mobile blogging, appears well worth the investment.

Condé Nast has issued a new update for its GQ app.

This app had previously been updated to add 'retina' support, now this update changes the library/store interface.

What caught my attention, though, was the cover of the latest issue – see at left. That's Derrick Rose of the Chicago Bulls that is featured. Well, Rose tore his ACL in the very first game of the playoffs and will be out for the rest of the season. That makes the story more than a little out-of-date already, one of those bad breaks for both Rose and the editors of GQ.

The small number of reviews inside the App Store are also complaining about issues revolving around issue size and slowness of downloads. For me, I've always felt that the actual size of the issues is not the real problem, but the download speed. If an issue of going to weigh in a half a gig it there servers better be fast. For publishers looking for a new vendor this is one of those things they would be wise to test by downloading issues from other publishing customers.