Flipboard is a social-infused news app for the iPad that is highly customizable to your personal tastes, and one of my favorite iPad apps. This week the developers have added a slick new element to their already impressive app.
Today we are very excited to introduce something new we’re testing out for your Flipboard. We call it Flipboard Pages – a fast, beautiful way to read stories that are shared with you.
We have eight renowned publishing partners participating in this new Flipboard Pages test. Now, when you tap on stories from ABC News, The Washington Post Magazine, All Things Digital, Bon Appetit, Lonely Planet, SB Nation, SF Chronicle / Gate and Uncrate you will have the option to select “Article View” instead of “Read on Web”. This will take you to the new Flipboard Pages experience with print-inspired layouts, typography and imagery.
I had a chance to try out the new Flipboard Pages last night and early this morning, and not surprisingly it is quite impressive.
The new layouts look great. They’re very clean and it’s a pleasure reading articles in these pages. My only complaint is that it’s not that easy to navigate back out of them, or to move from one article to the next within them. To move from one Pages article to another you have to close out of the current page and then swipe forward or back to move to another piece. It would of course be nicer to be able to do this without first closing original article you are looking at. This new feature has only just launched and is still in test mode though, so I don’t think this is a big deal.
For more details on Flipboard Pages, see the ‘Inside Flipboard’ section within the app or read about it on the Flipboard web site here: http://www.flipboard.com/press/the-beauty-of-print-the-power-of-the-web.
To check out the new Pages for yourself, just tap on ‘Add a Section’ on the Flipboard Contents page, scroll down to the section labeled ‘Partners on Flipboard Pages’, and choose any of the eight partners’ pages.
You can find the Flipboard app in the App Store now, and it’s a free app.
Thanks to Jann at Austin Details for the heads-up on Flipboard Pages.