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"iDemand an iPad App!"

HCN announces its first app for the iPad
Video - August 19, 2012 by High Country News
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Joe F Whelan
Joe F Whelan Subscriber
Aug 20, 2012 05:40 PM
Aren't you a little ashamed to be pandering to one of the largest corporations on the planet, one accused of labor abuses?
Tina Cannon Leahy
Tina Cannon Leahy Subscriber
Aug 21, 2012 03:10 PM
I love it. Thank you for your sense of humor, extraordinary reporting, and now your digital portability. I'm a big fan!
Andrew Pitner
Andrew Pitner Subscriber
Aug 22, 2012 07:10 AM
C'mon guys, when will you develop an android app?!?!?!?!?
Jay Canode
Jay Canode Subscriber
Aug 22, 2012 09:32 PM
Ipad? Never heard of it. Nice job on the video though guys!
Mike Maxwell
Mike Maxwell Subscriber
Aug 23, 2012 09:57 AM
Hey, thanks for the feedback, folks.

Andrew - what can we say? We'll work on it. ;-)

Joe - thanks for the gut-check. The short story is that: 1) In order to stay current with our readers, we must move into the mobile market; 2) We've had many requests from our readers for this app; 3) One of our subscribers subsidized a large percentage of the development costs, and without his generosity, we wouldn't have a mobile app on any platform.

Sure, some of us here have reservations about working with Apple (the app submission process alone leaves us feeling like we're dealing with the devil at times). But if we're talking about corporate ethics, it's not just Apple that should concern us. In order to keep up with the rest of the world, we must continue to work with Google, AT&T, Adobe, Microsoft, Dell, and many other large corporations. As I'm sure you're aware, not all of them are exactly squeaky clean.

For what it's worth, we do have internal debates about what is and what is not appropriate for HCN. It's a great part of the fabric of HCN's culture, and contributes to being able to get up and feel good about going to work in the morning.

Mike Maxwell
HCN Director of Operations
Thomas Blaney
Thomas Blaney
Aug 23, 2012 12:50 PM
Has anyone at HCN figured out that the iPad app video cannot be viewed on an iPad? It requires Flash, which is not supported on the iPad.
Mike Maxwell
Mike Maxwell Subscriber
Aug 23, 2012 01:32 PM
Hi Thomas - yes, we're aware of the iPad/Flash issue. Most of our marketing messages that reference the iPad app point to http://www.hcn.org/digital-info . On that page is a button - hopefully obvious enough - for iPad users to view the video. That button will link iPad users (or anyone) to YouTube, where the video is also available, and also viewable through the iPad.

But your comment reminds us that there isn't such a link on THIS page, so we'll include it here as well. Thanks!

Mike Maxwell
HCN Director of Operations
Craig Childs
Craig Childs Subscriber
Sep 01, 2012 08:52 AM
Thanks for the sense of humor, my boys are asking to see it again, and we don't even have an iPad.
Penny Govedich
Penny Govedich Subscriber
Sep 11, 2012 06:01 PM
I don't need an APP! I have a pdf viewer on my android devices - just give me a good old fashioned pdf version! Is it here somewhere and I have missed it?
Mike Maxwell
Mike Maxwell Subscriber
Sep 12, 2012 02:13 PM
Hey Penny - though we don't have a PDF version available, you should be able to view our Digital Edition on your Android device (since it probably supports Flash). The Digital Edition is a graphical version of the magazine, much like a PDF.

You can view our available digital editions here: http://www.hcn.org/digital-edition-listing-view . As long as you have a subscription activated on the website, you should see links to view any of the available editions. Note you may have to enter your login credentials to see the links.

Mike Maxwell
HCN Director of Operations
Penny Govedich
Penny Govedich Subscriber
Sep 12, 2012 03:25 PM
@Mike - thanks for the response but the Flash version on the site doesn't work well at all on my Android devices. The buttons for zooming (like to make it readable) and for downloading as a pdf are hidden by a link button to hcn.org sigh ..... will just have to continue to open them on my computer and download the pdf from there. You used to be able to download pdfs simply on the site. A case of "modernizing" the site and loosing a certain simplicity! Also, Flash isn't going to be supported on Android after v. 4.01 so there are going to be androids picketing your doorstep soon. OMG!!!!
Mike Maxwell
Mike Maxwell Subscriber
Sep 12, 2012 03:34 PM
Penny - OMG is right. It's tough to keep up, especially with our budget! For what it's worth we're working on a plan to "modernize" our website so we can support mobile devices better all around. This should preclude many of the complexities we're now juggling with varying platforms and device-specific capabilities. Stay tuned!
Patrick Donnelly-Shores
Patrick Donnelly-Shores
Sep 17, 2012 08:58 AM
Brilliant! The video, the app, the works! I'll pony up some extra dough for that. Heading to your donation page as we speak...

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