October 6, 2015 Last Updated 7:03 am

Meredith renames magazine title on its tenth anniversary, now ‘Rachael Ray Every Day’

Morning Brief: Adobe updates many of its iOS 9 apps including Adobe Digital Editions, and releases Adobe Capture CC, which combines Brush CC, Color CC, Hue CC and Shape CC

The Meredith title Every Day With Rachel Ray is celebrating its tenth year of publishing and with the November issue will be changing its name a bit. The magazine is now to be called Rachael Ray Every Day. Despite the name change it is still not every day, but will continue to publish ten times a year.

RRED-cover-Nov15-300“Our 10th anniversary is an ideal time to modernize the logo and infuse fresh energy into the magazine’s look,” said editor-in-chief Lauren Purcell. “We believe that our readers will find the new design features and content give them even more of Rachael’s fun, passionate approach to food, home, entertaining and travel.”

The magazine has raised its digital subscriptions to 3.2 percent of total circulation, and its Next Issue Media single copy digital circulation is at 18,452, according to the magazine’s last publisher’s statement. But like many titles, single copy print circulation has dipped a bit.

This is a reminder, as if it were necessary, that print sales – whether you are talking about magazines, books or newspapers – are influenced by what is going on with physical newsstands. While media reporters continue o riff on the idea that print is coming back, I am not seeing reports that Barnes & Noble and other bookstores are in an expansion mode to meet the supposed demand. Apparently print books and magazines will increase their sales through some sort of psychic phenomenon.

AdobeCapture-icon-150If you have downloaded Adobe’s suite of mobile apps, Brush, Color, Hue, and Shape you will notice that they have been updated.

But you’ll need to read the app description to discover that this will be the last time Adobe plans to update this app. Adobe has released a new app, Adobe Capture CC, which combines all these apps into one convenient app.

Adobe’s add-ons are to be used with Adobe Photoshop CC and Illustrator CC.

Adobe, in fact, has been busy updating its iOS apps following the release of iOS 9. In addition to the new Capture app, Adobe has updated Lightroom, Photoshop, Premiere Clip and others – each being a major update.

Another major update that should be mentioned is the one for Adobe Digital Editions:

What’s New in Version 4.5
Seamless fulfillment of books across devices: With this new feature, when a consumer fulfills a book on one device, the book will be automatically downloaded to all the other devices that belong to this consumer (activated using the same user ID).

The New York Times has updated NYT Cooking, taking advantage of iOS9’s new multi-tasking and split view features. The app also takes advantage of Apple’s Spotlight search. This brings the app up to version 2.6.0.

The app was originally released one year ago in September, and is probably the one app that has evolved the most of the NYT’s apps. The app now features far more capabilities that it did when first released. Sadly, not much has changed with the NYT’s main iPad app, a disappointment when first released, and still not much different from other newspaper iPad apps – which, to be honest, are patterned after the NYT’s app.

In fact, the NYT’s latest update seems to have broken the app for many. The latest version, version 3.9, has been getting hammered by users inside iTunes, with complaints of crashes.

Some of the complaints are that the icon has disappeared following the release of iOS 9, though I am quite sure this is not true and users have panicked once they saw the changes iOS 9 brought to the Newsstand.

But others are complaining that the app now crashes. My bet is that this happens because the app was not tested using an array of devices, a common mistake made by developers who usually have the latest hardware at their disposal. I can’t confirm this theory, of course, but that is my guess.

Finally, MLB.com At Bat was updated late last week for the playoffs. It’s a major update bring the app up to version 8.6.0.

MLB.com At Bat has made serious progress in the last year or so. My own experience has been that while the app has been OK, often with some shutdown issues, the Apple TV app has been terrible thanks to poor streaming of some games.

These problems seem to have been fixed and soon the new Apple TV will bring a better app, one similar to what one finds online.

This is all good as the company behind MLB.com At Bat, MLB Advanced Media, signed a 6 year, $100 million a year deal with the National Hockey League to manage its assets GameCenter Live, NHL Center Ice, NHL Network and NHL.com. They appear to be ready to handle the assignment, if their own apps are any guide.

Here is the update information for MLB.com At Bat, ready just in time for tonights Yankees-Astros Wild Card game:

What’s New in Version 8.6.0

  • Live Postseason coverage for every game through the 2015 World Series
  • Postseason.TV: Live companion coverage featuring up to 10 alternate camera angles for the NL Wild Card, NL Division Series and NL Championship Series (TBS broadcasts only)
  • MLB.TV Premium subscribers can watch every game of the World Series live with a one-time authentication for a participating video provider (FOX broadcasts only)
  • Updated for watchOS2
  • NEW: Built native for Apple Watch
  • NEW: Introducing MLB Complications for Apple Watch
  • General Improvements

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