Overall the news is pretty good. I find the reporting for the most part isn’t true journalism but the facts with a leftist twist. That may please many of the progressives that read the paper but not us middle of the road people. We have brains and can determine right and wrong. Another biggie of late is all the pop up ads you’ve added to digital news. They are fine if your offering free print but us paying customers should not being seeing ads. Continuing these ads will result in me dropping your subscription service.
I subscribed to a digital only offer and the app will not see that new subscription. The CSR told me I had to go through a third-party vendor with the app, which sounded like I had to pay for a second duplicate subscription (probably at full price) in order to use the app. Why isn’t the app seeing my valid subscription? Fix this and I’ll update the rating. Or at least give instructions on how to get the app to see the subscription. Thank you
I was a just charged for a subscription renewal for the digital times union and when I click in, there are no active subscriptions in my Apple subscriptions tab. This is ridiculous and now I have to go out of my way to contact them and figure out what went wrong
The times Union is good reporting local news statewide and national news has a very progressive, liberal bias. Your editorials are supportive of left wing positions. Your columnists are liberal and progressive. All events are viewed through a liberal left leaning prism. You can improve by being more centrist.
Good start for the Times Union on the iPad. Glad to have a chance to try out for 30 days for free. There is some room for improvement, though. Pros: $60 for a 1-year subscription is fairly reasonable, in my opinion. Can select daily editions of the newspaper as well as a "live" edition. Navigation within the app is generally intuitive, using swipes to advance to next page in section, to next section, to next page in article, and to next article. The "carousel" menu to select sections is a nice touch. Blog articles contain links to outside web pages using an in-app browser. Sections have an indicator for the number of pages. App works in both portrait and landscape modes. Cons: The app has a rather busy interface, with both top and bottom bars, a bottom banner, and a sidebar. (See the NYT app for a great design.) Each new page within an article needs to load, resulting in a delay as you page through an article. There's no indicator within an article for the number of pages. Seems to be no way to comment in blogs.
Good luck trying to actually read the news around all the pop up and slide-through ads. If I’m paying for news content, let me see the content without all the flashy distractions. I’ll cancel and grab local news from on-line channel news.
I’ve been reading the Portland Press Herald on line as well as the TU. Similar in size, demographics but the Portland paper is much easier to read and navigate. And seeing the graphics used in the print edition makes for a superior experience.
We never got a TU today but got a Record! On Sundays we get 2 of all store papers if we are lucky plus a Record! I think our paper person has ??dunno?? Get them ready! MY just have to go buy them if this isn’t corrected and Been a LONG TIME WITH THIS GUY!! As seniors and Granddaughter of s Kn-TU RETIRED GRANDPA IN 1966 this is Inexcuseable!!
I read the TU on my iPad very morning almost. I like having this app when I am traveling so I can keep up. There is the New York Times, but does it have comics? No! Does it have local news, events, notices, etc.? No! I also like that I can email an article, that I can copy and print. I like the ability to read page by page like the hard copy version and see the pictures and layout and even ads, or switch to a list with tiny content to go through quickly and be more picky. The one thing it doesn't yet have is the scads of ads that come out on Saturday/Sunday versions of the printed paper. It does now carry Parade which is a recent addition. Could the scads of ads be far behind? Downloading of a page on rare occasions seems to freeze but usually available on returning to that page. Getting back to the comics, even though one can zoom in, the zoom is limited. Would like to see further zooming ability. Hard to read the comics to the kids when one has to squint to see the words.
I like the app, with one exception. The obituaries do not display correctly. Clicking on a name will often bring a blank page. Sometimes going to another name and then back to the original will work. Other times...nothing! And this has been a consistent problem! Swiping through on the page will sometimes be ok, but then clicking on the display to show the full write-up often will yield a blank as well.
Always looked forward to reading app like the paper looked. You should make a section where you can download any edition to read. Take a lesson from the business reviews app. Took a vacation with no electronic devices and returned today looking to read the last 12 editions and I am not able or can’t figure out how to do it. If I could give it lower than a 1 star I would. Don’t change what has worked for years for people. Bring back the old app so you can call yourself a newspaper and us subscribers can read it and get the feel of a newspaper.
I really enjoy this app. While my wife enjoys reading the print copy of the Times Union, I have not picked up a paper copy in a long time. This app works great with my I-pad. It is ergonomic and intuitive. It provides an excellent overview of all the stories via the handy content sidebar, and allows easy jumping between stories. I especially enjoy the ability to see the whole batch of pictures that go with each story. In my opinion this is the future of newsprint media! Great Job!
I like the app, and prefer it to the print version, even if they use the same photo for every blogger who reviews concerts. The problem is that every time they update the app, my iPad 2 seems to run the app slower, and some days the updated edition doesn't load until I quit the app, remove it from memory, and start again. Maybe it's being optimized for newer iPads, but it sure isn't helping me.
Overall this is a very good app but I would like to see pics updated more frequently and older articles deleted. It's not unusual to see pics on the same pages for over a week. And older articles stay up for days even when there is a more current update. I would like to at least see dates on the articles. These would get all 5 stars from me.
TIMES UNION for iPad is a well-designed app that is intuitive, stable, and accessible from anywhere. I love having my hometown news even when traveling. The pictures of local events load quickly and it is easy to send stories via email to out-of-town friends and family. Love this app - well worth the price of a full subscription.
The old app was awkward and unattractive. Rarely have I seen such dramatic improvement in an app. I read the paper much more often now given how easy it is to read and how attractive the new format is! So much more readable and accessible. And I like knowing more about my local community than I had the fortitude to learn from the off-putting old app.
Now, the app won’t even open on the latest iPad 9.7. Previously— I have been sending the TU corrective suggestions for a couple of years, and the same problems continue to plague the iPad app. Spillover of type has been corrected and then failed again and again. Recently, a new goof has appeared -- click on business and get sports. Also, recently, there were entire sections missing. I have given up reporting these errors, because it's frustrating enough to have to deal with them and my reporting doesn't seem to matter enough to fix the problems permanently.
Though there was an initial problem with the app's taking up too much space (it was automatically downloading and saving all editions, and the "delete" function to which I was alerted didn't function all that well), updates have addressed all that. The visual quality and the utter convenience are in the same ballpark as the New York Times app!
This APP is a work in progress. For the most part it runs smoothly. But occasionally it gets hung up opening and I have to abandon it. My husband likes to download it so he can read it while he travels and often he can't do that because it takes too long. And, the games section still needs tweaking... It is really great in concept, and hopefully as they continue to create updates they will work out the "bugs."
Useful when it downloads correctly. Unfortunately download problems happen 2-3 times a month - a pain for those of us that don't have a lot of time. When it works, this is a good app for those that want to quickly scan the news and then get more in-depth information elsewhere.