Exciting news! For the last several weeks, I’ve been working with the UK’s Women’s Weekly on their new I-pad app. I found out of WW through one of my followers on Twitter, @FreddieBJ.
On the whole, I liked this app but it was fiddly for me. But I realize Rome wasn’t built in a day! Not only have I been communicating with Freddie, but I’ve also been back and forth with the mag’s IT department. Anyway, here’s my review. (Disclaimer, I have not being compensated for this review but I was given access to the app at no charge.)
The first thing, one must have the newest version of iOS for this to work. I have the first gen I-pad and it didn’t work at all at first. I had to use the husbeast’s I-pad. The app pops up in your newsstand but after a week of testing, it also showed up as an icon on my home screen.
The app is very fresh and clean. It’s appealing to the eye and the issues laid out very nicely. I think anyone young, old or new to the app could navigate it very easily… but first you have to sign in. That’s where I hit a snag.
Registering was a bit wonky. It took about a week to get up and going because I had to contact IT because it just wouldn’t let me sign up or sign in. Thankfully, that got resolved and I was able to sign in.
After playing around the app once, I was never able to log in again. I could log into the website, but not the app. At first I thought it was me.
I figured I must have forgotten my password. I changed my password through the website and rebooted the i-pad.
Fiddlesticks. I contacted IT again and refilled my drink. I figured, it’s a new app. There are always bugs and who knows, maybe I was signing in when all the other testers were online. Sure enough, eventually I had success!
Yes, I will update! I can’t wait to play around! Do take note of the nice layout. I like that they highlight special issues. I clicked on the issue that said “awaiting update.” The rest still had the prices on it. I was under the assumption from Freddie that I had access to all the issues. It didn’t appear that I do, but I clicked on what needed to be updated.:
Bob. Saget. *sigh* This my friends, is what app testing is for. I emailed IT again, they are nice folks…or whatever the British equivalent of folks is. After a few tries, I couldn’t get the regular issues to open, so I moved on to the sample issue:
I won’t include screenshot of in-app stuff. That’s for you to explore after you read my review!
This will be an awesome app. There’s a nifty ruler tool and I do think it is laid out better than other knitting mag apps. I can tell you, it does NOT look like they just scanned the pages in unlike a certain American knitting mag..*cough*cough*
I actually wish this magazine was sold in the states. I feel like some American knitting mags “dumb” down for the novelty factor. This app was fun, informative and fresh. Because I’m nosy, I also scoped out their craft and other lifestyle brands. I’m impressed.
I wished my review was fully glowing but all apps have IT snafus. The IT department was prompt and very nice. Those Brits are so effing polite.
Major shout out and thanks to Freddie for this opportunity, I would help her test another app in a heart beat. I have total wonderlust for her career. She works at a magazine…about knitting/crochet…and gets to knit/crochet or research/talk/daydream about it during the work day. Totes Jealous.