May 16, 2017 Last Updated 1:05 pm

Macworld digital magazine app update ends PDF view by default

The result is a far more readable digital edition app for the magazine that was, from 1984, essential reading for those following Apple and its computer hardware developments

Among the media app updates today is one for Macworld Digital Magazine. Almost all updates these days are bug fix updates, and when you consider that so few new, readable digital editions are released into the App Store these days, you can understand why TNM rarely writes about digital edition apps these days (from mid-2010 to about mid-2013, that was the main focus of the website).

So, when this update came out the subtle difference in the app after the update is worth writing about.

With version 7.8, the app now has removed the PDF view as the default view on iPhones, and also removed horizontal view on iPhones, as well.

So, what does this mean? It means the damn thing is readable, by default.


If I’m the editor of Macworld I would give the developers a big hug — thanks for making my digital edition readable.

The editor won’t be the only one pleased with the update. Readers have been pretty brutal about the app for a while, with most of the complaints having to do with lost issues or the subscription mechanism. This won’t necessary improve those situations, but at least once readers have the app straightened out the issues will be readable.

Macworld, of course, used to be a must read for computer users. Launched in 1984, the year of the Mac’s launch. As much as many readers miss the print edition, shuttered in 2014, it was the end of the Macworld event — and more especially Apple’s decision to leave the show — that many miss. The January event was, for many years, the main new product introduction opportunity for Apple. It was where Steve Jobs first showed off the iPhone in 2007, for instance.

Other updates:

Ingage – Interactive Presentations: ScrollMotion’s presentation app has received a major update. Scrollmotion doesn’t signify its updates with nice round numbers, but the app description does show there are a number of new features and changes here.

What’s New in Version 1.0.10
• Web Preview – See what your story will look on a phone or desktop browser before you share it
• Revamped Sharing Panel – Sharing your story to Facebook and Twitter is now more intuitive and faster than ever
• Fullpage Scrollmotions – Take your Scrollmotions to the next level with our new fullscreen option
• 15+ bug fixes and performance improvements

Scribd: This one truly is a bug fix update, as signified by the version number: 7.5.1. The last update, released at the end of last week, updated the color palette and font, as well as fixed some bugs. This one does more of the same.

More bug fix updates: Amazon Music, Microsoft Office apps (Excel, Powerpoint and Word), and Google Chrome (for iOS).

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