January 16, 2017 Last Updated 8:38 am

Media app updates: Apple News plug-in updated; Scribd bug fix

The WordPress plug-in update adds an experimental setting to enable HTML format on body elements, as well as added settings for monospaced fonts

This should be a pretty low-key day for updates and other media news, being that it is the MLK Jr. Day holiday and all. One update, though, that came through over the weekend may be important to digital publishers, though.

There was an update for the Apple News plug-in for WordPress. It brings the plug-in up to version 1.2.1 – signifying a minor update – but, at least in my system, there are no details to be seen as to what is in the update. But they exist on the WordPress plug-in page online:


  • Added an experimental setting to enable HTML format on body elements.
  • Added settings for monospaced fonts, which applies to

Unfortunately, I am still getting plenty of error messages every time a story is published to Apple News. One reason, though, may simply be that I add a bunch of code, such as indents and such, to many TNM posts.

Apple News remains incredibly frustrating. Over the holidays I stopped publishing to TNM because of the irregular, and more often-than-not, low traffic the news app generates. When I started up again there was a day where traffic peaked. This is always caused by a single story that the Apple News team decides to promote. In this case, it was the story about Google dropping Apple Watch support for its own iOS News app. After that, traffic flatlined.

Scribd updated its iOS app to version 7.1.0.

“We are happy to report that we have fully resolved an issue which caused the app to freeze and crash in some instances,” the app description states.

Most of the other updates are also for minor bug fixes.

The Independent Daily Edition, from the UK newspaper that recently went digital-only in March of last year, brings their app up to version 4.4.0.

A month prior to the move to digital-only, the paper had updated this app to version 4.0 and moved it to the PugPig digital publishing platform.

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