We're working on an E-Sylum SmartPhone app for the iPhone and Android phones. The app is based on our RSS feed, which delivers each issue as a set of clickable headlines. The RSS feed is usually updated by midmorning Monday following our Sunday night publication. Many thanks to John Nebel for writing the RSS feed code and maintaining the feed on his servers. I paid a company to plug our feed into one of their standard app configurations and publish it. Below are some mockups.
The Android version is still under development, but the Apple version is available now. Jon Radel tested it out. He writes:
It works and would serve for reading the current issue if I otherwise
didn't have access. It doesn't appear to buy me much over just reading the issue
using my Safari browser. I find the linear experience more to my liking than to
navigate into a story and then back out and then into the next story. (A
"next story" button *would* be nice.) While I don't read every word of
every E-Sylum, I almost always at least skim the whole thing.
I agree that the navigation could be improved. My goal would be to have an app that works more like The New York Times app I use every day, with an easy way to flick from story to story with a swipe of your finger. But the RSS template was something we could get up and running quickly and cheaply. As Jon says, it's a nice way to get access to The E-Sylum on the go. In fact, the next time we run into a problem with the Binhost email servers, app readers could be reading their issue before the email gets out.
Please do download the app and give it a try. Let us know what you think!
Wayne Homren, Editor
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