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Quick Specs

  • Version:
    1.3.2
  • Total Downloads:
    452
  • Date Added:
    Oct. 12, 2011
  • Price:
    Purchase; iTunes account required.; $4.99 to buy
  • File Size:
    6.05MB
  • Downloads Last Week:
    0
  • Platform:
    iOS

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Editors' take: In a nutshell, The Early Edition aggregates your favorites news sources and presents them in an attractive, familiar-looking newspaper format. It's what happens when high-tech meets old school.

The app comes with about a dozen news feeds already configured. The default All Feeds view generates your "newspaper" from all these sources, though you can tap any one of them to view just that source.

As with actual newspaper apps, tapping any story brings it to the fore. However, if the story includes a "read more" page break, you'll get only the first portion. You can tap through to read the entire article, but that takes you to an embedded browser view of the actual Web page, thus killing the newspaper "feel" of the experience.

That's a minor gripe. A bigger one is with The Early Edition's method for adding feeds: You have to enter each RSS link manually. There's no search option, and no way to import feeds from another reader. Plus, the app isn't smart enough to ferret out a site's feed if you enter just its URL (like, say, www.iphoneatlas.com). Consequently, adding feeds is a major pain. At best, you have to look them up in Safari, then copy and paste them into The Early Edition. But if you're dealing with a site that doesn't have a copyable RSS feed, you'll have to hit your PC, find the proper link, then type it in manually. Bleh.

Fortunately, all that's soon to change. The next release, The Early Edition 1.1, will let you import from both Google Reader and OPML sources. Also, the app will "discover" the proper feed when you enter a site's URL. Another upcoming feature: the option of organizing your feeds into groups.

Currently, The Early Edition offers the single best RSS-reading experience on the iPad to date. It's well worth the $4.99 price of admission.

 
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Full Specifications

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What's new in version 1.3.2
iOS 5 compatibility
General
Publisher Glasshouse Apps
Publisher web site http://www.glasshouseapps.com/
Release Date April 01, 2010
Date Added October 12, 2011
Version 1.3.2
Category
Category Browsers
Subcategory Newsreaders & RSS Readers
Operating Systems
Operating Systems iOS
Additional Requirements Compatible with iPad. iTunes account required.
Download Information
File Size 6.05MB
File Name External File
Popularity
Total Downloads 452
Downloads Last Week 0
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License Model Purchase
Limitations Not available
Price $4.99

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