SOURCE: San Francisco Chronicle

San Francisco Chronicle

September 16, 2011 17:00 ET

The San Francisco Chronicle App for iPad® Features the Best of Columnist Herb Caen

Special, iPad-Only Multimedia Presentations Highlight Caen's Cherished Stories and Closest Friends

SAN FRANCISCO, CA--(Marketwire - Sep 16, 2011) - Pulitzer-prize winning columnist Herb Caen's own brand of three-dot journalism has been transformed to the digital age with a series of special, multimedia presentations that highlight his cherished stories and some of his closest friends.

Caen's classic columns come to life in these unique video tributes to San Francisco and its colorful characters. Each of the Herb Caen Files is narrated by a well-known Caen confidante and takes the viewer on a compelling journey -- with vintage photos and contemporary film footage -- through the decades. From the shelves of Wilkes Bashford's grand clothing emporium to the stage of Beach Blanket Babylon and bleachers of AT&T Park, you can't help but feel Caen's passion for the city's landmarks and legends.

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, plus features that they can only get on iPad, such as the Caen multimedia presentations, panoramic photos and an expanded library of videos.

"Long before there were online journalists, Herb Caen was plugged directly into the spirit of San Francisco with a one-of-a-kind brand of journalism that resonates across the decades," said Ward Bushee, executive vice president and editor of The Chronicle. "We are pleased to be able to showcase his work and the city he loved through these exciting presentations that feature many Bay Area notables and those who knew Herb best."

The Caen presentations are the latest in a series of enhancements that have been added to the iPad app. These include expanded food and wine coverage, a section devoted to the San Francisco 49ers, the addition of an afternoon edition, more than 20 comics and reporter Peter Hartlaub's popular "Let's Go To The Morgue" feature.

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 home and garden, or travel and style.

The 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. Download the San Francisco Chronicle App for iPad from the App Store or at

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