January 31, 2014 Last Updated 5:19 pm

Media app updates: the NYT gets ready for Sochi Olympics; PressPad updates portfolio

The New York Times today issued updates to its mobile and tablet apps in preparation for the Winter Olympic games to begin in Sochi, Russia late next week.

Olympics-iPad-lgThe update adds a new section to the menu of content offerings, and allows readers to sign up for push notifications for news from the Olympic games. The update also pushes forward some of the graphics and interactive features to the front sections, while also tackling some bugs discovered in prior versions of the apps.

A series of Newsstand apps that are created using PDF-based solutions were also updated.

seo_cw_productPressPad pushed through dozens of updates for the magazine titles using its platform including JazzPRESS and Food Product Design. The updates introduce a new interface and fixes some bugs.

PressPad currently has 128 iPad apps under its own name in the Apple App Store, with most in the Newsstand.

Exact Editions issued an update for Gramphone Magazine, the preeminent classical music title. The update introduces issue stacks for easier browsing of issues for both the iPad and iPhone versions of the Newsstand app. The update also fixes those pesky bugs.

Future plc, whose platform FutureFolio allows for both replica and native tablet editions, update for iPad User Magazine. The update is part of a system wide upgrade so Future has been going through its portfolio of magazines recently updating the apps one by one.

The app for iPad User Magazine is interesting because the publisher has chosen (or been forced) to go replica, making the digital edition fairly unreadable on an iPad. I think you can see the irony in this decision. Mac User, until recently, also was producing a replica edition, but starting with the January issue is now producing a native, interactive digital edition.