July 23, 2015 Last Updated 12:04 pm

Barnes & Noble College updates Yuzu app for iPad; Microsoft updates Office apps for iOS

Textbook reading app adds new features demanded by those who have previously found the app lacking, according to iTunes user reviews

There is a eBook reading app for rented textbooks from Barnes & Noble called Yuku, who knew? Well, a few folks did, and they haven’t been happy with it since is original release last year. But today Barnes & Noble College updated the app and added in a boatload of features that will likely improve the situation.

Yuku-screenThe app is vitally important if the soon to be spun-off Education division is to succeed. That division, which includes College, needs to up its game to remain profitable (which it is).

Here is the app description for the update:

What’s New in Version 2.0.0
We have updated the Yuzu application and are excited to share its great new features. We hope these updates improve your reading experience.

New Features and Enhancements

  • Improved page turning performance.
  • Changes to your notes, highlights, and bookmarks are now automatically saved and synced to all your devices.
  • Courses and Terms view has been removed. You can access all of your content from the Library.
  • Added Help for features and gestures.
  • Improved History navigation that lists all recently visited pages.
  • The Search and Table of Contents options are available within the book.
  • The improved Notes view allows you to edit your notes and highlights.
  • A What’s New dialog to view the latest changes.
  • Notification when a rented book you’re viewing will expire within 24 hours.
  • Option to deauthorize, which deletes all the content from your device and removes the device from your Yuzu account.
  • Text Settings now allows you to override the default landscape view from two-page to one-page.
  • Book Information now shows how much space the book uses on your device.
  • Undo after deleting a note.
  • 64-bit and iOS 8 SDK compliance.


  • Pages using Roman numerals are shown within a Bookmark.
  • You’ll be informed when you’ve exceeded this book’s download limit set by the publisher.

Microsoft updated its Office apps for iOS devices, bringing the apps up to version 1.11. Although that version number looks like it might signify a minor update, there are actually a number of new features and fixes. Below you will see the app description for PowerPoint, but the updates are similar for Word and Excel except that Word contains new templates, and Excel a fea add-ins.

What’s New in Version 1.11
New in this update:

  • Bi-directional and complex script languages: now supports bi-directional text editing and complex script for Arabic, Hebrew, and Thai.
  • View protected documents: open and view documents that have access permissions applied to them.
  • Easier sharing: invite people to edit a document and grant them permissions, all from within the app.
  • Integration with Outlook: send a document as an attachment in Outlook. Or directly edit a document attached to or linked from an Outlook email message.

Other recent improvements are:

  • New storage options: open, edit, and save your work to iCloud and other online storage services. (requires iOS 8)
  • Change Slide layout: make your content pop by changing the layout of your slide.
    Insert from camera: insert pictures and videos from the camera right into your presentation.

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