Launched two days ago into the Newsstand was a promising independent magazine, SFCALR – which stands for Sci-Fi Concept Art. Ian Blaza is credited with being publisher, while James Whittington is credited as being the new digital magazine's editor.
The problem is seen right there in the App Store, though – Appeal Software, the maker of the app, is listed as the seller. That is always, always a bad sign – without exception. An Apple developer account is only $99 so there is no excuse for someone to let a company put their name in the App Store as seller. If they do, then that company should pay the publisher for the privilege, don't you think?
Upon opening the app one is confronted with the pretty damn splash page I've seen (see below). The fact that the app had to process its file, seemingly forever, was offset by the pretty splash page (at least somewhat). But then more troubles: the library page doesn't offer a subscription, which is odd for a digital magazine found inside the Newsstand. Also, the "Buy" button doesn't tell you what the price is for the one issue inside the app. It's only 99 cents (66p in he UK), so I ponied up in order to tell the story.
But then the app started to perform some sort of acid inspired zone out. I was reminded of the scene in The Patriot – that ridiculous Mel Gibson vehicle which plays endless on weekends on cable TV - where the South Carolina woman watches the British ship explode and gleefully proclaims "Oh, fireworks, how lovely." Then – poof – the app crashed again.
I suppose it is good, in the end, that Appeal Software has their name on this app. If I were one of the two gents that did all the work to create this digital magazine and was stuck with these results with my name on the app I'd be embarrassed. Hopefully, this digital magazine app did not cost the publisher much, if any investment. Because, if so, then – poof – it is gone.