Readers of Canada’s national newspaper, the Globe and Mail, can expect a more sophisticated interface, smoother swiping and all-around better experience with the upcoming update for their iOS app.
The company has released details and screenshots of what we can expect to see with version 2.2 . For starters, the “My Library” and “Table of Contents” views will drop the low-tech looking lists. The next version’s library will appear more similar to the iBooks bookshelf, while the table of contents will include a sliding thumbnail view at the bottom of the screen. Plus, it’ll remember the issue and page you were on the last time you closed the app.
You’ll also be able to share articles on your Facebook and Twitter accounts rather than just by email, or even print a story if you’ve got AirPrint set up.
But the most promising upgrade of all is the exclusion of the “Search” and “Top Stories” tabs, both of which currently take you out of the app and into their site on Safari. But, in true Canadian style, in case you enjoy being pulled from the app and into the browser to search the archives, they’ll even show you ways around it upon request. “If you are a frequent user of these two functions,” they write, “please do contact us and we will be glad to show you different ways to use these functions.”
The app has never been near the quality of the flash-based version of the Globe’s in-browser eReader, but this update seems like a good step in the right direction. It’s free on iTunes.