Amsterdam, Netherlands – Indie developer Stefano Secondo today is pleased to introduce Vintazines 1.0 free for iPad, his books app that lets users read mint condition, full-color, high-resolution, scanned copies of vintage magazines from 1900 to 1970. Powered by Google Books, the app includes hundreds of back issues of Popular Mechanics and LIFE magazines. The covers of all available magazines are stored in the app and displayed on a scrolling, virtual bookshelf. Vintazines downloads and caches magazine pages in advance, as the user browses through them in portrait or landscape orientation, one page per screen.
As a magazine reader, Vintazines offers outstanding features, intuitive operation, and Retina-sharp readability. The app supports convenient pinch zoom gestures and swipe left/right to view previous/next pages. Its invisible caching in advance permits browsing through an entire magazine without any delay, or awareness that each page is being downloaded from Google Books as the reader moves from page to page.
* Vintazines 1.0 free for iPad
* Read mint condition, full-color, high-resolution, scanned copies of vintage magazines from 1900 to 1970
* Hundreds of back issues of Popular Mechanics and LIFE magazines
* Magazine covers are displayed chronologically on a scrolling bookshelf
* Advanced caching downloads pages in advance so they appear instantly
* Operates in portrait or landscape orientation
* Pinch zoom gestures, swipe pages forward and backward
First published in January of 1902 by Henry Haven Windsor, Popular Mechanics was an immediate success. According to Hearst Publications, “Windsor’s plan to deliver scientific and mechanical developments with straightforward language and helpful illustrations capitalized on a century hurtling with exponential speed toward stunning technical achievement. From its inception to its current iteration, the magazine has broken news of everything from the dirigible, wireless telegraph and cars to television, nukes and iPhones.” Vintazines provides instant, wireless access to every monthly issue from December 1904 to November 1969. The magazine’s current circulation is 1.2 million.
Articles, editorials, feature stories, news, and ads all document the history of twentieth century technology, and convey it within a palpable historical context. Readers can enjoy reliving the introduction of new technologies and products as it was experienced by members of the culture of the time. These classic magazines capture key moments in the development of our technology-dependent society, such as the introduction of the sound film, atom bomb, digital computer, color television, transistor radio, and stereo sound.
The most important photojournalism magazine of the twentieth century, LIFE magazine began publishing in November 1936. According to Time LIFE, “Most magazines are built around editors and writers, but LIFE has historically been built around photographers. Being a LIFE photographer is one of the most glamorous jobs in the profession, and it attracts the best in the world. To support the photographers, LIFE has always assembled a conglomeration of special talents and trained them to meet the magazine’s many special needs: reporters who work with photographers to line up a story, writers who can cram the necessary information into text blocks and short captions, picture editors, designers, art directors and department editors. All of them with one aim: pictures, pictures, pictures. But LIFE of course does more than present discrete photographic moments. The magazine was also a pioneer when it came to telling stories in still images. LIFE, in effect, created the photo-essay.”
Readers of vintage LIFE magazines can enjoy it as a historical document, for the artistry of its photography, and for the remarkable narratives in its pages. As a forerunner of television news programming and modern Internet new services, at the height of its popularity in the 1940’s LIFE sold more than 13.5 million copies a week. The American experience is captured in pictures in LIFE, and Vintazines includes every issue from November 1936 to December 1969.
“It’s one thing to read about World War II in a history book, but it’s something completely different to read about it as it was happening in vintage magazines,” commented independent developer Stefano Secondo. “There’s a treasure trove of insight, history, inspiration, and knowledge in these back issues of Popular Mechanics and LIFE, and Vintazines provides the ideal key.”
* Compatible with iPad
* Requires iOS 4.0 or later
* Internet connection required
* 21.5 MB
Pricing and Availability:
Vintazines 1.0 is free and available worldwide exclusively through the App Store in the Books category. Review copies are available on request.
Based in Amsterdam, Netherlands, indie developer Stefano Secondo develops apps for iOS. Copyright (C) 2012 Stefano Secondo. All Rights Reserved. Apple, the Apple logo, iPhone, and iPod are registered trademarks of Apple Inc. in the U.S. and/or other countries. Other trademarks and registered trademarks may be the property of their respective owners.