January 28, 2015 Last Updated 3:28 pm

The Washington Post updates iPad app, introduces new UI, redesigned section fronts

The Washington Post updated its iPad Newsstand app today, introducing a new user interface. The new version of the app brings it up to version 3.0.0.

WaPo-v3-updateThe Washington Post originally launched its app for the iPad as a stand-alone app, only much later moving it into the Apple Newsstand – a decision it may have made reluctantly as apps once launched into the Newsstand can not go back.

The app, if you are unfamiliar with it, is a marriage between a native tablet news app, and one offering a replica of the print edition. The user taps on the print edition button at the top-right and the replica immediately begins to download.

The UI presents a more web-like approach to the native part of the app – with one long home page for each section (including the first page). But the use of a large photo at the top gives the digital edition a more magazine-like look, especially in landscape (the app works in both orientations).

Here is the app description for the update:

What’s New in Version 3.0.0
We’re delighted to roll out some changes to make our app easier to use and navigate. The app now features:

  • The same great content, including the Print Edition, in a new UI
  • A streamlined menu on the left for comics, columns and saved articles.
  • Redesigned section fronts where you can scroll to read more
  • Pull to refresh — Just drag down to get the latest news

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