SOURCE: San Francisco Chronicle

San Francisco Chronicle

August 04, 2011 12:00 ET

The San Francisco Chronicle App for iPad® Announces New Features

The iPad News App Showcases the Award-Winning Journalism and High-Impact Photography From the Newspaper, Plus Includes an Afternoon Edition Every Weekday at 4:00 p.m.

SAN FRANCISCO, CA--(Marketwire - Aug 4, 2011) - The San Francisco Chronicle, the Bay Area's most-read source of local news and advertising information, has released an updated version of its application for iPad. Users can now experience even more great features from the newspaper, including more than 20 comics and an expanded Afternoon Edition that reports the day's events each weekday at 4:00 p.m.

The Afternoon Edition provides an update on all local, national and international news from the day, plus a recap of the day's financial news. Users can also get a preview of the night's sporting action, as well as plan their commutes home. The app also provides a listing of entertainment options for after work and photo galleries from events from the previous evening.

The iPad newspaper app is an extension of The Chronicle's award-winning, in-depth coverage that readers have come to expect from the Bay Area's leading news source. Stories, features and photos are optimized for the iPad to give users a richer, more visually dynamic presentation of the daily news.

"We are continually looking for new features to add to the San Francisco Chronicle App for iPad to give users an even better experience in reading the content that only The Chronicle can provide," said Ward Bushee, executive vice president and editor of The Chronicle. "Our afternoon edition is just the latest in a series of new features that will be added over the coming weeks."

The afternoon edition follows the addition of more than 20 comics, based on reader input on additional features that they'd like to see in the app. The Comics section was part of a second release of the app to the App Store on July 23, 2011.

With the iPad news app, newspaper and iPad subscribers have the benefit of being able to read exclusive content and columns from The Chronicle's staff of reporters and columnists before they are posted online. Their paid subscriptions give immediate access to these premium features every day of the week, including Sunday with its extensive features about food and wine, home and garden, travel, and style.

Other content features of the San Francisco Chronicle App for iPad include:

  • Chronicle articles and photos delivered instantly every day to the iPad with no need to download each day's edition

  • An entirely new way to discover the newspaper with carousel navigation that makes moving between sections and stories faster and easier than ever

  • Dazzling 360-degree photo panoramas of the Bay Area's best-known landmarks and big-name events and festivals

  • Up-to-the-second weather and traffic to assist readers in planning their days and commutes

  • A seven-day archive of The Chronicle so users can read previous stories or features that may have been missed

  • A complete section of blogs from The Chronicle's expert staff of columnists and reporters, plus insight and expertise from local celebrity bloggers, the celebrity scoop from The Daily Dish, the latest in pop culture from Hot Topics and breaking political news from Below the Beltway

The San Francisco Chronicle App for iPad is available free to subscribers. Other users can enjoy 14 days free. After the free, 14-day period, a monthly subscription is $5.99. Annual subscriptions are also available for $59.99, which is like getting two months for free. Download the San Francisco Chronicle App for iPad from the App Store or at www.sfgate.com/ipad.

About the San Francisco Chronicle/SFGate.com
The six-time Pulitzer Prize-winning San Francisco Chronicle is the Bay Area's leading news and information source and has been connecting the region with its award-winning journalism since its founding in 1865. Combined with its online home, SFGate.com, the San Francisco Chronicle reaches 1.8 million Bay Area adults each week.

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