Mac|Life iPad App Version 2 Is Now Live!

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Mac|Life iPad App Version 2 Is Now Live!

Ladies and gents, the moment you've been waiting for since our last app went live is finally here. In version two, you can tweet, Facebook Like, and send emails about the stories you're reading and the products we cover in the app, without opening up another mobile browser app. Also, be sure to leave us your feedback about what you do and don't like, what works for you and what doesn't, what’s missing or what could be better. And we’ve given you an array of ways to provide that feedback within the app itself. This is just a taste of what's to come from Mac|Life's apps, and we hope you’ll be a part of the evolution.

So, what are you waiting for? Download it and let us know what you think!

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jbardi

Unbelievable... Mac|Life has gone to the birds. I am not renewing my subscription to the magazine when it runs out because first of all, coverleaf is a piece of crap and I can not believe that is the route you have chosen for your digital magazine. I am now subscribed to Macworld which is delivered through Zinio, along with my 5 other magazine subscriptions, yet companies like Mac|Life are oblivious to what their readers want, and instead release this garbage companion crap for newbies that does not appeal to more than half of their readers. We want an e-version of our subscription on the iPad, not some stupid guide book because you refuse to drop coverleaf and go with Zinio.

Everyone else is there, so what makes you so special... apparently nothing, which is why I am not renewing my subscription.

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Tuck1989@gmail.com

Please create a digital edition of your print magazine, not a news reader like macworld or one off issues like your beta apps! . Wired is the best I've seen so far in terms of implementation, project is also well designed IMHO.

Generally I really like the technical aspects of your betas, but please improve your thumbnail viewer, the thumbnails don't have any kind of subtitles on them to tell me what each page is about, and I can't read text that small!

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iBod

iPad-centric app for iPad platform is fine by me. I only use an iPad, don't need a whole lot more, can't be the only one...for anything else apple I use the fab maclife site as a whole, TUAW iPad sub site, macrumors and apple.com. Would welcome the magazine as a digital download, having subscribed in the past, be it via Zinio, the app store or wherever, and if reduced in comparison to the printed version, but would like to think the iPad app will remain iPad focussed, offering something different to elsewhere and tailored to the opportunities the iPad platform brings. Thought the first app issue was great, buying the second version imminently....

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elsewise

I'm new to Mac|Life, but I downloaded the Essentials Guide for iPad app yesterday. It's probably crummy of me to compare apps, but I expected something like AppStart (which I loved). Given this site's reputation, I figured that your app would be even more thorough and with even more tips and tricks and a different point of view.

I was actually quite disappointed. I thought your app would be tailored for the iPad, but there was far too much iPhone content (maybe that was my misunderstanding?) and too little content period. I'd hoped that you'd use this site a little more by linking back to product reviews or other useful info. The only real find that interested me was the Google Voice stuff, which I was excited about, only to find that it, too, is useless to me because I'm in Canada.

The styling and functionality of the app was great, but for double the price of AppStart, I expected a lot more content.

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Va11b

I just want to say I like the update. I didn't realize it until I came here that the update was the essentials. I downloaded the essentials last Friday or so and I found it very beneficial. It helped me figure out a lot of things about the new os system I was wondering about. Honestly I get to the end of these I just want more. So good job keep it up. Maybe next time just title it differently or sendba push notification so that people know it's a new update and not a completely separate app. Can't wait for another version.

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pnon

Not in Thai store:(

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Paul Curthoys

Heh...yeah, that $19.95 only gets you the printed version. For now! :)

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hawaiicop

What the heck happened to my iPad app that I paid $19.95 for, yes, which included the printed version that I am not really interested in?

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Paul Curthoys

Yes, we're definitely listening :), and what your comments made me realize is that some more explanation is in order. This app is our second and final beta app. In Q1 2011, we'll be launching our full app, and that will offer many of the features you guys are asking about--hopefully all of them, in fact. But we're aiming to make our app much more than a glorified PDF reader for the magazine, and doing that requires a ramp-up of technology creation and testing of the features we intend to roll out. So no, this app isn't the regular issues of MacLife, and that's a decision we made because we're not yet ready to do it on a monthly basis. We absolutely know you guys want that, and I think when you see what we're up to, you'll agree it was worth the wait.

In the interim, we'd really love for you to check out this app and share your thoughts on what works, what doesn't, and what else you'd like to see. Its content is based on one of our special issues, which appear on newsstands as our iPhone Handbooks (as our first app was--that was also not based on content from our regularly monthly issue), and there's a lot of great stories in there. More importantly, if you liked our first app, you'll really dig all the improvements we've made--and hopefully you'll share your ideas for what else we can do better next time.

We'll definitely keep you posted on where we're going, and please keep asking questions and letting us know your thoughts. There's no point in making apps if they're not what you guys want from us :), so don't be shy! Thanks.

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akdj

I registered just to comment...as I would assume the folks that are responsible for this decision are listening:). I'm with several (or all) of those that have also left comments. I've not re-newed any of my subscriptions
For next year that have come up for a decision. As all if them at this point are available on Zinio. I'm really, really happy with that app....and the publications that have chosen to port over to Zinio. However, that said...some of the proprietary mag apps...as you have developed here...Wired did a decent job with their app...and there are a couple exceptions....that weren't done so well. Yours, it's cool...but it's NOT the magazine we've all chosen to subscribe to! I hope that makes sense, and I certainly don't want to come across as a dick. That hardly seems constructive. However....we all dig MacLife for a reason. Most of us, I would venture to say...are geeks, and power users of Apple products. How to guides, app guides, and the like...not necessary in my opinion. I would subscribe TODAY for the ACTUAL subscription...not something separate...and certainly not another free handbook on how to get the most out of my iOS device.

That said, I really...REALLY dig the layout, the legibility...redirect to site, the multi-media, etc. It's definitely the design I'm digging...just not the choice to veer from the content of the newsstand issue. You've got Zinio smoked when it comes to the "features" of your app...but I want the actual monthly magazine...not an accompaniment, companion read!

Once again...I really dig what you've been able to accomplish technically...but I'm not as excited as I would be if I could get my MacLife subscription...the same way I now get my MacWorld script, monthly, on Zinio!

Thanks For listening! (if you made it this far:))

Jer

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maclover1

I am sorry but I have to disagree. I can always learn new methods.

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jgreer3000

Well put!!

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jgreer3000

I actually like my print subscription. I like to have the magazine collection sitting out at work for people to read when they stop by. But I do agree with Loup, at least make the app semi-relevant to the magazine.

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martuca

I totally agree with Loup407. I'm not reviewing any print subscriptions with Magazines that refuse to offer in app subscriptions on the iPad. I hope these publications get a clue quickly. I'm hoping all magazine readers that have an iPad will take this stance.

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aleonell

are you still going to focus on the iPhone. or are all the apps are all going to be iPad exclusive ?

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Loup407

That's kind of disappointing. The "essentials Guide" isn't that interesting to me, was hoping for an e version of the magazine. Please make your iPad app semi-relevant, at least. I'm transitioning as many print subs as possible to e magazines, mostly through Zinio; I'll not subscribe to Mac|Life print version, when my sub expires; hopefully you can get a clue by then.

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Paul Curthoys

Yes, the Essentials Guide is our 2nd app--and you should definitely check it out. There's expert-level how-to's, a newbie guide, some sharp how-to videos, app reviews, and loads more. More importantly, it's the next step in the evolution of our content-delivery system for the iPad, and we'd love to get your ideas & feedback on how we should continue to grow and improve that as we move out of beta with our next app after this one. Thanks!

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Gil Lopez

Can't find it!, unless it is the Essentials Guide for $1.99, which is of no interest to me.

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