iPad Magazine Fails: Text
Glamour Magazine is published by Condé Nast, and is one of the top ten newsstand apps in the UK. It’s also a ‘page reader’ magazine - as far as content goes you get the print edition transferred wholesale to iPad, with nothing extra.
One problem that the new retina display iPads have exposed is just how lazy publishers have been with their magazine apps. If you’re going to insist on during a ‘page reader’ app you should at least be using PDF as your source material. Why? Because using PDFs will usually result in your text being rendered as vectors, and making it clear, sharp, and readable no matter what the resolution or screen size.
Not so with Glamour: each issue is a series of images, images that may have displayed perfectly well on the original iPad but perform badly on the new retina displays. How badly? Here’s a un-altered selection of text from the Glamour iPad App:
Increasing the size of the images isn’t viable: to match the retina resolution you’d be looking at a drastic increase in each issue’s download size. More failures in tablet magazine production to follow!