Flipboard’s new content guide keeps the app a must-have

Jul 7, 2011
Tech

When I last reviewed Flipboard back in December, I flipped for its updated features. Now, the iPad app has rolled out another set of improvements, all of which make the service better and keep Flipboard firmly at the top of my must-have apps for iPad list. Previously, Flipboard users would have to add sources to […]

When I last reviewed Flipboard back in December, I flipped for its updated features. Now, the iPad app has rolled out another set of improvements, all of which make the service better and keep Flipboard firmly at the top of my must-have apps for iPad list.

Previously, Flipboard users would have to add sources to their favorite spaces in order to access content within the app. Although favorites remain — and are still a great option for tracking your favorite sources — the new Content Guide lets users read and search for any topic across all of Flipboard’s sources without favoriting. Adding sources to favorites was never a heavy commitment, since all of Flipboard’s content is free, but dropping this requirement just makes the app so much more user-friendly — a great thing when you already consider how smooth the GUI is. To access the Content Guide, tap the red ribbon found at the top of the screen and you’ll see tabs for your existing social networks along with category breakdowns of all of Flipboard’s sources. There’s also a search bar for you to find keywords or names. The Content Guide also offers access to favorite sources, which means you can favorite more items than will fit on the app’s main pages.

In addition to the Content Guide, Flipboard has also added integration for LinkedIn, and now marks popular stories with a banner. The app is faster, too, taking you fully into an article with one tap, rather than first displaying a thumbnail view of the article.

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I’m still waiting for Flipboard to offer support for multiple users, but overall I only have good things to say about this stellar app. The improvements the company has made show it’s listening to user wants, and I’m excited to see what Flipboard comes up with next.

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Kathryn Swartz

Kathryn Swartz is a freelance writer/editor who doesn't know how people lived pre iPhone. She attended the Missouri School of Journalism.

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