AMITIAE - Friday 13 January 2012
Updates to Apps: Fotopedia Wild Friends and Motor Sport
By Graham K. Rogers
Fotopedia Wild FriendsOne of a number of iPad apps from the house of Fotopedia, I downloaded Fotopedia Wild Friends in late December last year and reviewed it then. Like their other output from this developer I was impressed with the quality of the photographs that we have access to.
Since that time I have had notification that a number of free in-app downloads with more photos and stories were available for download. These are shown by a number indicator over the icon, in the same way that I am notified of new emails or other messages.
Once downloaded the updated items are shown with a "New" tag on the main page of the app. The most recent four of these were: rodents, France, Ospreys in action, and Continents meet.
Motor SportWhile I had been a reader of the print version of this publication for a number of years, distance and time had me looking forward to its availability as an app for the iPad. I think its content is perfect for the tablet medium.
The arrival was a teaser with the September edition available as a free sample. The first real issue was due on 31 December. When the app was updated in the first week of January I saw that it had been moved into Newsstand. The February cover was visible, but I could not purchase the issue, nor could I subscribe.
I reported the problem, so was not surprised to see this most recent update to Motor Sport (version 1.0.2) a few days after the last release. Three things are covered:
As part of the subscription payment, I was asked if my data could be shared. I accept this, but others may wish to decline.
When I have gone through the first purchased issue, I will examine the app again in terms of content.
Graham K. Rogers teaches at the Faculty of Engineering, Mahidol University in Thailand. He wrote in the Bangkok Post, Database supplement on IT subjects. For the last seven years of Database he wrote a column on Apple and Macs.
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