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  • 1.0 stars

    "ZINIO 4 - Absolute crap!"

    June 19, 2011  |   By MarkBourne

    Version: Zinio Reader 4.0

    Pros

    If you wanna waste your time then go ahead and install it.

    Cons

    Bring back Zinio 3

    Summary

    Uninstall, reinstall, blank screen and no menu options except QUIT.
    Don't waste your time installing this useless piece of crap.

    What is Zinio doing about it?

    I don't even want to rate it 1 star! but there is no crap button.
    So many subscriptions I need to read but have to resort to my iPhone. Thank christ that works!

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  • 1.0 stars

    "Don't do it."

    June 12, 2011  |   By ThinBear

    Version: Zinio Reader 4.0

    Pros

    No pros that I could find.

    Cons

    Nothing but frustration.

    Summary

    I hate it and don't won't to ever see it again.

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  • 1.0 stars

    "Hate it! Reader 3.0 was MUCH better!"

    May 16, 2011  |   By obewaun

    Version: Zinio Reader 4.0

    Pros

    It's free.

    Cons

    Unresponsive, program freezes, can't click to zoom, can't click to revert back to original size.

    Summary

    I hate it! I've dropped my subscription so I don't have to use this POS program ever ever ever again. If I could revert back to 3.0 it would be an upgrade!

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  • 1.0 stars

    "Full of bugs and each iteration worse than the last."

    March 12, 2011  |   By nickpeter245

    Version: Zinio Reader 4.0

    Pros

    It is a great idea being able to read your favorite mags online.

    Cons

    Zino reader 3 worked well but Zinio reader 4 doesn't. It downloads sometimes. It is slow to load the magazine. Keeps trying to control your reading experience by sending you off to an advertisers site. Zinio support is almost non-existant.

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  • 2.0 stars

    "Decent visual media reader; Fatally locked to servers"

    March 5, 2011  |   By locus91

    Version: Zinio Reader 4.0

    Pros

    Easy to visually navigate the library.
    Lots of icons to aid navigation by those less interested in reading.
    Easy to navigate through media visually.
    Lots of DRM features for the publisher.

    Cons

    Reader application is locked to media servers.
    Mediocre keyboard integration and configurability.
    No textual search within media or library.
    Backward compatibility is limited.

    Summary

    This has been a popular magazine media display engine/reader for many of the current magazine publishers.
    It is especially good for media that uses an intense amount of graphics, though there are a few anomalies (e.g. one configures the "zoom" in a separate menu; it was dynamic in the previous version of the application).
    Its support for textual media appears to be more of an afterthought though. There is no textual search mechanism within the media/magazines/books or the library. Jumping to a new page depending upon its visual representation is quite limited in such situations. No mechanism to annotate the media, save annotations, etc.
    Finally, there is no "read offline" mode. Without access to the servers, the reader locks during startup, leaving you with no ability to read magazines/media -- not even the ones that you have previously downloaded. Situations like the extended "Site Maintenance" episodes in February/March 2011 demonstrate the futility of using the application without access to the servers or the Internet. Similar restrictions on your access also apply if you should ever decide to close your Zinio account.
    In summary, if you are interested in viewing media with a limited lifespan that you will likely not consult much in the future, especially media with lots of images, this is a very decent alternative. If you need to read/manipulate text media or refer/search documents from the past, look elsewhere to satisfy your requirements.

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  • 1.0 stars

    "Buggy Frustrating slow navigation"

    December 28, 2010  |   By clandise

    Version: Zinio Reader 4.0

    Pros

    Pretty pictures, very nice product...in theory

    Cons

    Buggy, buggy, buggy slow.
    Annoying to have them give an email alert to "click here" to download when they really mean is to see all their other magazines to get a sales tour. Ignore any advice given by Zinio, it is just a sales pitch.

    Summary

    I wish Macworld would switch to a different platform. One in 2 issues encounters a download problem of some sort. Crashes or authentication problem. Zinio always claims it is macworld's fault and it never has been once, always Zinio.
    Clunky navigation.

    Updated on Nov 1, 2012

    It has actually gotten worst if that's possible.

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  • 5.0 stars

    "Great magazine reader , Ipad and Iphone also."

    April 22, 2010  |   By gregspeck

    Version: Zinio Reader 4.0

    Pros

    Able to store back issues with minimum of space. Works on my IPhone and IPad also.

    Cons

    Siower page load on IPad, but great detail and clarity.

    Summary

    I have several years of back issues I can refer to, and no need to keep clutter around the house. Web links are great. Love the IPad edition. Have subscribed to several new magazines since that came out.

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  • 1.0 stars

    "Don't Bother"

    March 28, 2010  |   By mike_weger

    Version: Zinio Reader 4.0

    Summary

    This review was originally posted on VersionTracker.com.
    Zinio v4 is a waste of time. Lots of missing features. Yes it is a beta but basic features that were in v3 gone. You can't move from page to page with the arrow keys, No full screen button, the cover images stay the same size no matter how you resize your window. The new zoom feature make the text look to blurry .... Tried it out for a few hours and then went back to v3. Same your time and don't upgrade

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  • 4.0 stars

    "Slow, buggy, not Mac-like"

    March 27, 2010  |   By Hannibal Fortune

    Version: Zinio Reader 4.0

    Summary

    This review was originally posted on VersionTracker.com.
    Turning pages takes a couple of seconds, not very snappy. Can't seem to quit using Command-Q, even though that's listed in the menu. I have to use the close button on the window. I don't know where this reader keeps its files. Their FAQs say it's in the Zinio library in the home folder. I've searched my entire boot partition for "zinio" and the only result is the reader application. I've looked in Documents and all subfolders inside, Music, Desktop, Downloads, Pictures -- all folders inside my home folder, even Application Support. I can't find it or any .zno files. They've hidden these files very well. There's also no option to change the file path from the preferences, which is an Air popup rather than a standard prefs window called from the menu bar. It works okay, but needs a lot of refinement.

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