August 5, 2015 Last Updated 1:46 pm

Tribune Interactive launches new LA Times entertainment app for its collection of special sections

The newspaper publisher has also issued updates for their news apps for the Chicago Tribune and the Los Angeles Times, adding offline reading, iPhone 6 landscape support

The interactive division of Tribune Publishing today updated its apps for the Chicago Tribune and Los Angles Times (see below). It also recently launched a new app for the entertainment section of the LA Times called LA Times Special – Entertainment.

LATimes-Ent-smIf you haven’t heard of the news app, join the club. A search of the LA Times website came up with nothing when I typed in the name of the app, and a Google search only came up with the links to the app. That’s too bad as the app is pretty good.

The purpose of the app is to house the various special sections the paper produces. Inside the app’s library you’ll find a Disneyland Anniversary issue, available for $4.99, a Leonard Nimoy Commemorative issue for $0.99, and two free publications. This is the kind of app you would have wanted a newspaper to produce back in 2011 when there was still genuine excitement over iPad publishing. In fact, the Tribune Company, before the spin off of the newspapers, had produced a number of tablet magazines for sports team coverage, though those efforts never made it into year two.

If you tap/click on the screenshot at right you’ll get a feeling for what the readers sees inside the new app effort.

Meanwhile, the company updated its newspaper apps for two of its newspapers – Chicago and Los Angeles – with the others likely to be updated sometime later this week:

What’s New in Version 3.4
Thanks to your feedback, we’ve made several improvements and fixes to the app.

  • Here’s what’s new:
  • Section-to-section swiping: easily browse through section fronts without leaving the page
  • Add sections of interest to you: Click on a related topic at the top of a story to add that as a new section
  • Offline reading: now you can download your news and read offline
  • Major performance and stability enhancements
  • iPhone 6/6+ landscape support
  • iPad landscape experience is now free scrolling with more text
  • Lots of other bug fixes and improvements

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