September 19, 2014 Last Updated 9:11 am

Scotland referendum forces newspapers to deal with early deadlines and late results; iOS 8 bug fix updates begin to appear

The Scotsman, which has replica edition tablet app, is able use its app to distribute an updated version to iPad owners

Newspapers across the UK and elsewhere dealt with the realities of deadlines: what to do when putting to bed an issue when an editor knows enormous news will soon break? The result was a series of odd front pages that told the story of Scotland going to the polls, but not what the results of the independence referendum was.

Newspaper-fronts-smNews that Scots had rejected calls for independence in the early morning hours in the UK, shortly after midnight in the US – far too late to make a front page with the news, as most newspapers have stopped producing “extras”.

Though the referendum lost 55 to 45 percent, a far higher percentage of newspapers endorsed the ‘No’ campaign, something that was certainly noticed by readers.

As with most elections, television and radio had a distinct advantage over print media – as did the Internet. Tablet editions were a mixed bad depending on whether a newspaper paper produced a second edition.

Scotsman-iPadThe Scotsman, for instance, went to bed with a rather neutral front page stating ‘The Nation speaks’ but later editions were able to convey the results.

Its tablet edition, which is a combination of a reformatted version of the website, and a replica of print edition, was able to insert a later edition into the app that was able to give readers more current news. (The early edition can be seen above, while the current tablet edition is at left.)

Newspaper editors and publishers may learn a lesson from this: that even if one produces a replica edition of their newspaper, creating an app that allows for another, updated version to be inserted can have tremendous benefits. That updated replica, of course, does not have to have a print counterpart. It could, in fact, be a replica of what might have been printed, but wasn’t because the costs could not justify it.

But even the updated Scotsman, it might be pointed out, is a hard to read digital newspaper on even a large sized iPad – something that might change should Apple actually go ahead with creating a larger sized version of its tablet.

The first updates to apps that have already seen their iOS 8 updates released appeared this morning. The CNN App for iPad, which was updated for iOS 8 on Wednesday, received another update to fix bugs last night. The iPhone app was previewed at the iPhone 6 event in September.

Most early reviews were positive, but some readers complained of problems on older devices.

Adobe issued a quick update for its Adobe Content Viewer, used to preview new digital editions that use Adobe DPS. It, too, was for bug fixes.

Adobe also updated its app for CMO Magazine stating that the update “(A)ddresses the issue with v31/32 viewers that adversely impacted users’ ability to access and download content when upgrading to iOS 8.” I doubt readers will have the slightest clue what that means, but it does give one a hint to what the problems some are discovering now that iOS 8 has been released.

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