NYT launches Times Reader 2.0, based on Adobe AIR

By RJ Jacquez. Follow him on Twitter @rjacquez

Today the news around the release of Times Reader 2.0 from the New York Times has dominated the Social Media world, including lots of conversations on Twitter.  Here’s a tweet I submitted earlier this morning:

to see what other fellow Twitterers are saying, check it out here: http://search.twitter.com/search?q=Times+Reader.

I had the good fortune of beta testing this application internally, and couldn’t wait to share my thoughts about it publicly, and why I think this is one of the best Adobe AIR application out there.

I don’t typically record a demo on a software application that is not in one of my two Adobe Suites, but I felt compelled to do so for three reasons, namely:

  1. I beta-tested the application internally and I became quite fond of it, so much that I’m now a paid subscriber, something I’ve never done with any other digital newspaper.
  2. Times Reader is based on Adobe AIR, which to me is the ultimate information delivery platform and many of my products have already integrated AIR in the latest versions.
  3. I work on the RoboHelp team and we too create an AIR-based Help format, which our customers are beginning to use more and more to build Help for their Rich Internet Applications. You can learn more about this output format through this post.

Here’s a short Connect Pro recording I did on how to navigate through Times Reader 2.0.

To download Times Reader and take it for a spin, click here.

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