Thursday, January 10, 2013

Media App Updates: TRVL issues update as it refines its own publishing platform; NYT updates both its iPhone and iPad apps; bug fix updates for Next Issue and CNN

This afternoon several media app updates were released by Apple into the App Store, including the much anticipated update to TRVL, the independent travel photography magazine that is now using its own platform, PRSS, to create its app.

The app now features 87 free magazines, the newest one centers on Prague.

In order to make the move over to its own platform from off the Woodwing/Adobe solution, TRVL had to redesign all its existing magazines – at the time 80 different travel subjects.

"We could only test our app the minute we've actually gone live. We designed 80 magazines in the four days before we've gone live," Michel Elings told TNM back in November.

The update brings the app up to version 3.1. Here is what the publisher says in the app description about the update:
What's New in Version 3.1
★ Extremely fast
★ Runs smooth on all iPads
★ Newsstand works like a charm
★ Cover update
★ Filters (pull down in the store to reveal)
★ Easier way to make magazines available for offline reading
★ Photo books are easier to find

☂ Smooth animations
☂ Lot's of bug fixes
I don't know if those fancy symbols will work in your browser, but they really are from the app description!

The New York Times updated both its main mobile app, NYTimes, and its tablet edition, NYTimes for iPad, this afternoon.

In addition to bug fixes, the update adds search and live blog auto update support.

Next Issue Media today updated its iPad app, which here we will simply call Next Issue rather than its official long name.

The update "addresses issues reported in the latest release, including fixing a problem where some users experienced missing cover images. Also reduces crashes."

Also updating their iPad app to fix bugs was CNN. There app is called blandly CNN App for iPad.