Tuesday, August 12, 2014

The Orion's new smartphone app

Editor-in-chief Ernesto Rivera has been busy this summer building The Orion's new app for iPhones and Android phones. The newspaper's managers last spring decided to dump the old iCampusTimes app, which featured a home page made of 12 tiles that served as a table of contents, and to switch to a platform support by GoodBarber, a company based in Corsica.

The change will save money and provide a clean new version of The Orion to readers.

Here are some comparisons of old and new.

The old app used tiles on its home page.
The most recent stories appear on the new app's home page.

The new app's menu is hidden on the left side of the home page.
Clicking a tile in the old app brought up a story list.
What a single story looks like on the new app.

The old app's home page gives visitors directions for downloading the new version.

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