July 7, 2014 Last Updated 12:31 pm

La Presse+, the innovative digital edition, gets a major update

iPad edition from Québec daily newspaper continues to get overwhelmingly positive marks from readers inside the Apple App Store

The media industry is obsessed with awards, such is the fragile emotional state of journalists and publishers. Because of this, I’ve often thought that TNM should offer awards for the best media apps (others have suggested this, as well). But I’d rather see publishers keep their money in their own pockets than give it those trying to stroke their egos.

LaPresse-issue-7-7-14But if TNM were to hand out an award for best newspaper tablet edition, based solely on the merits, there is no doubt that the app from the Québec daily newspaper La Presse would be in the running. Today that app, La Presse+, receive a major update to fix app anomalies.

I’m not sure any other Canadian media app has received as many reviews (over 10,000O) inside the Canadian App Store as La Presse+, and for good reason: it is designed specifically for the iPad and does not take short cuts with editorial decisions (the way the apps from Digital First Media do, for instance – by simply taking RSS feeds and inserting them into content holes, regardless whether the stories merit front page placement, or whether those stories lack quality artwork).

Eighty-five percent of all the reviews from readers are 5-star reviews, only 3 percent are 1-star. Of the critical reviews, few complain about the app itself but about the Apple Newsstand, or were early reviews that lamented the loss of the old app (the new, interactive app replaced the old on when launched April 3 of last year).

The latest update brings La Presse+ up to version 1.4.

What’s New in Version 1.4.0
– Nouvelle présentation graphique de la vitrine;
– Accès plus rapide au dernier écran consulté d’une édition;
– Téléchargement des éditions plus rapide;
– Amélioration de la navigation dans les nouvelles en direct;
– Correction du problème de déconnexion à Ma Presse.

What’s New in Version 1.4.0
– New graphical presentation of the showcase;
– Faster access to the last viewed edition;
– Download faster of issues;
– Improved navigation in live news;
– Fixed the problem of disconnecting from My Presse.

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