Who doesn’t like free? And who doesn’t like great iPad apps? When the two come together it’s good stuff. With that in mind, we’d like to share our Best Free iPad App of the Week here every weekend.
This week’s pick is Editions by AOL, an impressive new daily magazine for the iPad that is all about personalizing and customizing to suit your tastes. From little touches like showing you daily calendar events and local weather when you open an edition, to links to Facebook and Twitter the app is very connected right away (if you want it to be).
Here are some of ways you can customize and really make Editions yours:
— In the Delivery section of settings for the app you can set what time you want new editions delivered and whether push notifications for these are enabled.
— In the Profile area of the app’s settings you can add interests by using keywords – I added iPad and iPad 2 straight away.
— You can also add sources – by default it recognizes well-known, large sites as you type (e.g. TechCrunch). If you enter a site name it doesn’t recognize it pops up a message to let you know it was unable to find it and promises to add it soon. So if you happen to try the app out it would absolutely marvelous if you ask it to add iPad Insight as a source.
— The slickest method it offers for customizing your reading experience more as you use the app more is through tags on articles. You can tap on a tag (keyword) used in an article that you want to see more of, or tap an X for those you don’t want to see more of. You can also toggle the showing of article tags on an off with a single tap.
— And my favorite is that you can pick which types of news you want in your Editions (choose from 16 sections covering Top News, Sports, Business, Technology, Entertainment and lots more) and then set the order in which you want them shown in each issue. So, for instance, I’ve got Technology and Local News ahead of Top News in mine.
Navigation in the app is also very good. The bottom nav bar gives you quick one-tap access to Articles, Sections, your Profile area, Text Size adjustments, Settings, and more. And it’s easy to just swipe through the article and sections.
Here’s an App Store link for Editions by AOL.
If you’re after more great free iPad apps, be sure to check out our previous choices for Best Free iPad of the Week.