NewspaperDirect, Inc. released updates to its PressReader app, which enables iPad and iPhone users to read more than 2,000 digital newspapers, based on the upgraded iOS 5 platform. The updates to the user interface are designed to take advantage of the improved speeds and the high resolution touch screens found on the iPhone 4S and iPad 2.
Among the updates is a SmartZoom feature, which automatically zooms in to the beginning of the story when a user double taps the screen. The feature also locks the view of newspaper articles while zoomed in. NewspaperDirect's content processing system and PDF-to-XML translator enable recognition of semantic structures within PDF documents, so the screen aligns with the beginning of the story and the article's columns.
New users of the free PressReader app receive seven free issues from its library. Most newspapers and magazines are available for 99 cents per issue, or can be downloaded with a subscription from PressDisplay.com.