Reading magazines on iPad

AutomaticHaze

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One of my major reasons for getting my new iPad, was to read magazines. I downloaded the free copy of Mac life, and when I turn the page it takes it takes just a little while for the page to become an un-pixelated.. But long enough to be a annoyance. Is the the case for everyone? Or is Maclife just graphic heavy?

This is occurring on my new iPad, just wondering if anyone else has the same issue.
 

dmacintyre

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Jun 28, 2011
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It happens on some magazines and not others for me (like an eighth of a page resolves itself at a time). I'm guessing it's an issue with non-retina titles and how the iPad is up scaling them. I expect it to disappear as titles are optimized for retina.
 

AutomaticHaze

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Aug 4, 2008
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Texas
It happens on some magazines and not others for me (like an eighth of a page resolves itself at a time). I'm guessing it's an issue with non-retina titles and how the iPad is up scaling them. I expect it to disappear as titles are optimized for retina.
So this isn't normal.. Good. I'll just have to wait for them to be retina ready. It was driving crazy, and I was thinking surely this is not how all the magazines look on the iPad!
 

aleni

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i don't always read magazines on iPad, but when i do, i do it on the new resolutionary iPad.
 

Loopy65

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One of my major reasons for getting my new iPad, was to read magazines. I downloaded the free copy of Mac life, and when I turn the page it takes it takes just a little while for the page to become an un-pixelated.. But long enough to be a annoyance. Is the the case for everyone? Or is Maclife just graphic heavy?

This is occurring on my new iPad, just wondering if anyone else has the same issue.
Same issue here ... I'm trying to be patient lol ... It is annoying though!!
 

engelke2010

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I've been reading magazines using Zynga for quite a long time. It's never been this horrible. I have to wait way too long for each page to complete rendering. They are supposed to be waiting for Apple to approve the next update. I hope it comes soon. That app is completely unusable right now. YMMV.
 

matrix07

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I can only speaking from my experience that.. Reading Sound+Vision on my iPad 2 has no lag at all.
 

spiderman0616

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I read The Daily and Wired on my iPad regularly. The Daily is retina ready, Wired is not. Sometimes The Daily stutters a little bit when you turn a page, but not too bad. Wired usually works without a hitch.

I really think it depends on what publication you're reading.
 

MonkeySee....

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So this isn't normal.. Good. I'll just have to wait for them to be retina ready. It was driving crazy, and I was thinking surely this is not how all the magazines look on the iPad!
I found this after downloading MacWorld. I was a bit "oh" but i'm glad it may get resolved :)
 

PhoneI

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I read Mens Health, and Sport Illustrated on my iPad. Cant wait for the retina update.
 

MonkeySee....

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I found this after downloading MacWorld. I was a bit "oh" but i'm glad it may get resolved :)
It was actually MacFormat that is slow to render. I've tried another mag and that was fine but looking at it again the MacFormat looked like it was Retina ready if that makes sense.
 

Peanut207

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I recommended The Daily. Very nice layout and it looks great with the retina display. Only about $4 per week and you get a new issue everyday.

EDIT: The subscription is $4 per month, not week.
 
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tekchic

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I think it has to do with the magazine size (in megabytes). I have all my mags in GoodReader but have been forced to use iBooks until they update their app.

When I open a 30mb mag in iBooks, it seems fine, but I've opened full-glossy 150mb cycling or triathlon magazines in iBooks and I get that "chunky" 1/8th of a screen at a time smoothing. Seems to take 3 seconds or so to render the full page with text.

My guess is file size has something to do with it, as I don't notice it as much on the smaller file size mags.
 

MonkeySee....

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I think it has to do with the magazine size (in megabytes). I have all my mags in GoodReader but have been forced to use iBooks until they update their app.

When I open a 30mb mag in iBooks, it seems fine, but I've opened full-glossy 150mb cycling or triathlon magazines in iBooks and I get that "chunky" 1/8th of a screen at a time smoothing. Seems to take 3 seconds or so to render the full page with text.

My guess is file size has something to do with it, as I don't notice it as much on the smaller file size mags.
You may be right. The other mag I downloaded was a sample and it was only 19 pages.
 

clborden

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I recommended The Daily. Very nice layout and it looks great with the retina display. Only about $4 per week and you get a new issue everyday.
I'm assuming you mean $4 a month...but you're right. The Daily is a great publication that looks great with the retina display. I love it.
 

Peanut207

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I'm assuming you mean $4 a month...but you're right. The Daily is a great publication that looks great with the retina display. I love it.
Yes you're correct, my mistake. $4 a week wouldn't be very good now would it? Lol
 

mwerner

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iPad Magazine Design & Usability

Hello everyone,

As I can see most of you are iPad magazine readers, I was hoping you could take some time and fill out this survey on iPad magazine design and usability. I would really appreciate it. Thank you so much!

http://kwiksurveys.com?s=LMOKLJ_1c467581
 

Chupa Chupa

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All of my subs are on Zinio. Once a magazine is 100% downloaded flipping pages is actually easier than on a paper mag b/c there is no static electricity to keep them stuck together or annoying "tip in" cards you have to rip out. The only time I have page flip delays is if I'm reading a mag while it's still downloading.
 

jman240

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I'd definitely give Project a gander. It's really cool even though the issues are huge. There is usually a free sampler one to try though.

http://youtu.be/hKT-9pkqAdY

I also like Distro from Engadget. Its totally free. Every issue. They're short issues but still nice.
 

gameboy213

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All of my subs are on Zinio. Once a magazine is 100% downloaded flipping pages is actually easier than on a paper mag b/c there is no static electricity to keep them stuck together or annoying "tip in" cards you have to rip out. The only time I have page flip delays is if I'm reading a mag while it's still downloading.
I have to second this. Zinio is now retina ready and works really well. I have 6 subs there and read them constantly.
 

gameboy213

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I'd definitely give Project a gander. It's really cool even though the issues are huge. There is usually a free sampler one to try though.

http://youtu.be/hKT-9pkqAdY

I also like Distro from Engadget. Its totally free. Every issue. They're short issues but still nice.
I agree. Project is damn impressive.

Distro. Free and nice if you like Engadget.

I have a Daily sub and it is gorgeous. Light news but nice to peruse.