The Magazine updates its Newsstand app, moves to the TypeEngine platform
The Magazine, the digital magazine originally launched by Marco Arment in 2012, and now run by its editor Glenn Fleishman, has just updated its app, moving the app to the TypeEngine platform. The Magazine has always been a text oriented digital publication, with simple page layouts that work as well (or better) on smartphones as on the iPad.
The update brings the app up to version 2.0. In addition to the platform change, which admittedly is the reason for the update, the app gives and takes a few things away. For instance, the app now offers single-issue sales, but access to back issues are no longer included when you subscribe.
“What’s coming?” wrote Fleishman on Twitter. “Single-issue purchases, better navigation, better cover display, iOS 7 native, and tighter Web site integration.” (TNM reached out to the editor and will update this post if a response is received.)
The move obviously transfers the issue of app development from in-house to TypeEngine, something that might be a radical departure were it not that digital publications produced with the platform at least have a similar look to The Magazine (another platform that produces digital publications along these lines is 29th Street Publishing).
The app does not use standard digital magazine navigation as instead of scrolling within a story, then swiping to get to the next, the app requires a pulling motion to advance.