The New York Times launched at update to its Times Reader application built using Adobe AIR, Flex and the new Adobe Text Layout Framework. Rob Larson, VP of Digital Productions at NYTimes.com, wrote an excellent blog post introducing the new version of the application last Friday. Unlike previous versions of the application, in addition to running on Windows, Times Reader 2.0 also runs Mac and Linux. Some of the key features of this application include:
- Automatic content updates throughout the day
- Access to articles whether you are online or offline
- Unique browsing interface for simple article navigation using just the cursor keys
- Access to the last seven days of news stories and the New York Times interactive crossword puzzle
- Dynamic layout that adjusts to the size of your screen and feels like a real newspaper
Existing home delivery subscribers get access to Times Reader 2.0 at no cost. If you are not a home delivery subscriber, access to the front page is free, but full access can be purchased for $3.45 per week.
Adobe teams had the opportunity to collaborate with the NYTimes.com on this project including the Adobe XD team. There is a behind-the-scenes video that includes interviews with a few of the people that helped work on the application.