Review: Sideways for iPad

Posted on 17. Jun, 2010 by in Tech News

The iPad is revolutionizing how we do so many things.  Whether it is surfing the internet, playing a video game, taking notes in class, or even reading a magazine.  Sideways is one of the companies help revolutionize magazines on the iPad.  Their magazine is built specifically for the iPad and iPad alone.

“Sideways leverages the unique capabilities of the iPad and rich media to deliver stories that combine text with high-quality visuals – video and photography – as well as audio,” said Jim Sweeney, editor-in-chief of Sideways and TapTilt. “It’s the first magazine designed specifically for the iPad, with features and columns that entertain readers and enhance their enjoyment of the device.  Each monthly issue will experiment with and evolve this new form.”

Sideways offers great visual presentation that we have come to expect in our physical magazines, but now we are able to interact with it.  There is nothing like being able to read a magazine, see a picture, touch it and it starts playing a video giving you more information about that subject or topic.  When I did my video overview of the Wired Magazine app I touched on this as well, there is nothing like interacting with the material that is in your hands.

I was able to cook a meal for my family after viewing and reading the Grilling with Michael Ruhlman section of Sideways, great fun way to learn something new!  A full list of the highlights from Sideways listed below:

The first-of-its-kind on-device iPad magazine includes regular sections such as:
• Music and Games – Weekly video reviews of the latest music releases and gaming apps.
• Travel – Monthly column on using apps to plan and enhance travel.
• Tips & Tricks – Quick videos on how to accomplish useful and interesting tasks on the iPad.
• iMazing – Unusual apps and strange things for which the iPad  has been used.
• What’s on Your iPad? – Guests contribute columns on the five apps they can’t live without.
• Brevity – Short works contributed by the online literary journal, Brevity.
• A View from the Couch – A collection of exceptional news photos from the past month.

The premiere Sideways issue also includes the following features:
• World Cup – The world’s greatest sporting event begins this month and Sideways delivers a package that includes a review of World Cup apps, a video explanation of why European fans sing and Americans don’t, an interactive map of venues and a primer to help the casual fan follow along.
• Training – While the iPad is a little too large to lug along on a ride or run, it can still help athletes train for marathons and triathlons. A review of the best training apps as well as a linked list of the top races this year.
• Summer of Music – An interactive map of the top music festivals and a linked list of the major tours.
• Grilling with Michael Ruhlman – The noted cookbook author and Food Network personality gives a video demonstration of proper grilling techniques and provides recipes.
• Book as app – A provocative essay about why the next great book might just be an app.

I recommend this application for iPad owners, it is well worth the $3.99 per monthly issue.  A new issue of Sideways will be available at the beginning of each month with music and game reviews updated weekly. The June issue is now available in the iTunes App Store for $3.99 (iTunes link).

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