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Review – The 9/11 Memorial: Past, Present, and Future for iPad

The 9/11 Memorial: Past, Present, and Future - iPad app

The 9/11 Memorial:  Past, Present, and Future is an iPad app that serves to commemorate the events of that historic and tragic day and offer a unique look at the history and the planned future for the 9/11 Memorial that opens next month.

The 9/11 Memorial will be dedicated on the 10th anniversary of the 9/11 attacks and will open to the public on the day after, September 12, 2011.

This app, just as the title suggests, offers a superb look at the past, present, and future of what seems destined to become an important national landmark in the US. It includes never-seen-before videos, photographs, interviews and text that document the Memorial. The app is an iPad exclusive – and the publisher, Steve Rosenbaum, calls it ‘history in your hands’. It will be released in the App Store on September 1st and will be free for 11 days – 9/1 to 9/11.

I was far away from the events of 9/11, here in Texas – but like so many others I watched the events unfold from early that morning and have vivid memories of the day. So when I was offered a chance to install a pre-release copy of this app it took me about 2 seconds to say yes. I’ve been reading and browsing the app for the last couple of weeks and as usual I’ve got some thoughts to share …

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9/11 Memorial App is an iPad Exclusive & Free for First 12 Days of September


The 9/11 Memorial: Past, Present, and Future is the title of an iPad app that will be coming to the App Store on September 1st. Just as the name suggests, it is a riveting look back at the history of the World Trade Center’s twin towers and at the plans for the memorial on the site where they once stood.

Although there are photos and video footage of the horrific events of 9/11, the focus of the app is really on the history of the towers (including some great background on how they were designed and built) and on the future of the memorial site.

It’s very interesting to see that this title is being released exclusively on the iPad. The reasons for that are outlined by the project’s creator, writer and director Steve Rosenbaum, in an article by The New York Observer:

Mr. Rosenbaum said he decided to make the material iPad-only because it was simply the best device on which to display it. “I wanted it to be more of an immersive experience,” he said. “The nature of the photographs are so powerful, so to render them in anything but full color seemed wrong to me. And I didn’t want it to be viewed on a phone. I wanted it to be big and glossy.”

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