April 8, 2015 Last Updated 12:35 pm

Oyster updates iOS unlimited book app; The NYT adds iPhone support to the NYT Cooking app

Digital publishing platforms Mag+ and Adobe updated their iOS previewer apps, with Adobe fixing a black bar issue that sometimes occurs in when in landscape mode

The eBook subscription service Oyster this morning issued version 2.0 of its iOS app. Both the version number, and the epic app description, are meant to convey that this is a major update, and it is as it allows for accessing books on an individual basis.

Oyster-2-updateLadies & Gentlemen, there’s something we’d like to tell you. Please have a seat. Are you sitting down? Good. We’ve been keeping this a secret and we’re finally ready to share it: Oyster 2.0 is here.

The other big change is simply that the service has added more book titles and new categories to bring the total to 43. Also updated was the app’s icon, as well as a few other cosmetic elements.

Two weeks ago Oyster announced that it had brought on Jeannie Mun to be the company’s first Chief Financial Officer. Mun joined Oyster from MediaMath. Oyster brought on Barry McCarthy, former CFO at Netflix, as an advisor.

“The business is growing quickly as we add new publishing partners, launch new features, and build a passionate base of readers,” said Eric Stromberg, CEO of Oyster. “Both Jeannie and Barry have deep experience scaling technology companies, and I’m excited to work closely with both of them as we enter the next phase of growth at Oyster.”

Mag+ and Adobe each updated their preview apps today, though the App Store is acting a bit weird and you may, or may not see the update in your system.

Both updates – to Mag+ Reviewer and Adobe Content Viewer – appear to be minor bug fix updates. In the case of Adobe, the update tackles what had been a persistent problem of a black bar appearing sometimes in landscape view – this version appears to have handled the issue.

The Adobe DPS was also updated to the same version earlier this week, v32.5.2, and the latest version adds article names to the article metadata in iOS:

The FolioDataService previously included Title, Description, Byline, and Kicker properties in the Reading API. With this release, the Name field is now available for iOS viewers. This allows publishers to obtain the Article Name and build navto: links dynamically.

NYTCooking-iPhoneThe New York Times has updated its fairly new NYT Cooking app, adding iPhone support to the app.

What’s New in Version 2.0.0
Introducing NYT Cooking for iPhone, including the most popular features of our iPad app and web site:

  • Browse The Times’s archive of recipes, with new recipes added each week
  • Search more than 17,000 recipes by diet, cuisine type, preparation method, meal type and more
  • Save your favorite recipes into your personal recipe box and access later for cooking via our iPhone and iPad apps as well as our web site.
  • Share your favorite recipes with friends and family via Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest and email
  • Plus: The app display won’t go to sleep while you’re cooking – we keep it awake for you as long as a recipe is onscreen.

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