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Q&A about: Reading Interface

In this post, I’ll share with you some answers to questions PressDisplay.com users asked about our reading interface.  Feel free to suggest other questions for this post and we’ll do our best to answer them. Also, don’t forget to check out the help files on PressDisplay.com related to this area.

1. I’d like to print out the whole paper.  How do I do that?
 
In PressDisplay.com a subscriber can print a single article (using the print icon in the tool bar at the top of the text view window) or a full page (using the print icon in the bottom tool bar).  So the only way to print the whole paper is to print it a page at a time.

I realize this is rather inconvenient, but it is designed to protect our publishers.   If we supported full paper printing, a monthly subscriber paying less than $10 per month could print an unlimited number of copies of a paper and sell them on the street, with no revenue going to the publisher.   We need to discourage this behavior, while still providing some printing capabilities to our subscribers.  So we compromised by offering page and article printing.

However, we do have other services at NewspaperDirect for people who want to print full newspapers.  Just check out our Print On Demand service for more information.

2. When will you offer Safari support?

We are pleased to share with you that Safari support is just around the corner.  Look for an announcement in the coming weeks.

3. What is SmartNavigation?
Our proprietary software processes newspaper files as they arrive from the publishers and intelligently recognizes images and articles. These files are then presented to readers in an interactive format, allowing readers even greater functionality from their selected publication. Coupled with the existing digital tools, SmartNavigation provides readers with advanced digital tools such as:

  • Table of Contents
    A table of contents will appear on the upper right hand side of the page. By simply moving your cursor over “A1 Front Page” a complete list of articles, by section, will appear. For fast linking to a specific article simply select the article and you will be automatically be directed to that article.
  • Article Text View
    Each article is recognized as unique object within the newspaper. This means that by simply selecting the title of any given article a plain text view will appear. This makes copying-cutting-and-pasting articles very efficient.
  • Article Jumps
    If an article is divided onto more than one page, simple click on the “See Article Y, Page X” and you will be immediately brought to the remainder of the article.
  • Instant Translation
    When an article is in a text view, readers have the option to translate the text into one of several major foreign languages. Simply select the desired translation language from the drop down menu. NewspaperDirect’s translation feature provides a general interpretation of an article’s content, but does not represent an exact translation. Please note that NewspaperDirect is not liable for the accuracy of any translation as all text are automatically translated without manual verification of correctness.

4. What is Article Rank?
Article Rank is the most innovative way of assessing the interest of any given article by our reader. The more time readers spend reading a given article, the higher the Article Rank of the article. By ranking articles this way, PressDisplay displays the articles that readers believe are most interesting. The Article Rank fluctuates though out the day; thereby, reflecting reader habits.   

5. Are there any translation capabilities on this site, or is every newspaper only readable in its native language?
All newspapers are published in their original language. NewspaperDirect’s proprietary SmartNavigation allows supported titles (distinguished by )to be translated into one of several major foreign languages. Simply click on the article title for a text view. Within the text view a toolbar will appear along the top of the article under “Translate to.” Simply select the language in which you wish to read the current article. An automatic translation will appear. This translation is a general interpretation of an article’s content, but does not represent an exact translation. Please note that NewspaperDirect is not liable for the accuracy of any translation.

  1. David T
    May 17, 2007 at 10:19 am

    When reading papers with the Web interface, the text size gets “fuzzy” when expanded beyond a certain level of magnification. On downloaded issues, the type is quite clear at the same higher levels of magnification. Is there anything that can be done to improve the clarity of larger type when reading a paper online?

  2. Dan Morris
    August 1, 2007 at 12:38 pm

    It takes far too many clicks to go from initially starting the program to actually reading the paper (I download each day’s issue). With NewsStand (which I use for the York Times), it takes me two. With PressDisplay it’s maybe six. In addition, it’s more difficult to navigate the newspaper with PD. In full-screen mode, the tab at the bottom should have a drop down so you can choose the section you want to go to. As it is, I have to show the thumbnails which takes up a lot of space.

  3. May 7, 2008 at 4:22 pm

    First of all, this is a great service that work for everyone. Now, if our computer screens will start transforming into portrait view to accomodate the newspaper format or the other way around.

    Sometimes a special page like an advertisement or poster will spread over two pages or maybe the page is formatted in landscape. In order to view it correctly, I think it would be very helpful if PressDisplay can enable a rotation feature not only for viewing but also for printing.

    Also, with regards to the audio playback of the news, would it be possible to choose the voice instead of being stuck with the default voice that sounds too robotic to be understandable? I currently have a Text to speech program with the Scansoft/Nuance UK Daniel voice which sounds very natural and would like to be able to have the capability to listen to Daniel’s voice instead. I know that I can copy and paste the text in the article into my program and have it read by Daniel but obviously, that takes extra steps and time.

    Just thought I’d bring up some suggestions. Thanks.

  4. May 21, 2008 at 8:55 pm

    Hello May
    Thanks for your suggestions. I have forwarded them on to Product Mgt to see what can be done. I do know that alternate voices have been on the “wish list” for a while, so this could bump it up 🙂

    As for the rotation, that’s a new one and I think it’s a cool idea. Let me see if I can get it in the plans.

    Keep the ideas coming!
    Gayle

  5. Colm Dwyer
    September 8, 2008 at 2:25 pm

    Occasionally bottom couple of lines of text are cut off
    eg on Irish Times

  6. keith thomas
    March 6, 2009 at 9:56 am

    I may be wrong but I find some newspapers do not have the text view features enabling one to translate the article in his/her choice language. In my particular case I love the “Gazetta de la sport” from Italy but your system will not allow me to highlight any article titles to enable text view and obviously text view is the only way to enable your translation feature. Please let me know if I am doing something wrong here. thanks

  7. March 6, 2009 at 3:56 pm

    Hi Keith. You are doing nothing wrong. Some papers are processed to enable features we call “SmartNavigation” features and have a little arrow nex to them (can’t show that inside this comment window).

    These ones tend to be the newspapers that are read the most. However, recently, we have seen a big increase in readership in the Italian papers (probably due to World Soccer Daily ;)) and so I am happy to let you know that Gazetta del la Sport will soon be available with all the smart naviation features activated. And you will be able to read it in text view and even translate it.

    Always love feedback – that’s how we make the product better for our readers. Thanks!

    Gayle

  8. Kent Matthewson
    February 12, 2010 at 9:04 pm

    I am sorry to say that do not enjoy your product, and yet I am forced to use it if I wish to read my local paper online (the Vancouver Sun). The interface looks cool, but in practical use it is not suited to online reading – newspapers are not laid out in such a way as to fit comfortably on a screen, requiring tiresome clicking and dragging to follow the columns.

    Using the “Smart Navigation” is clearly the more sensible means of reading – yet the navigation menu is miniscule and finicky. Once a category is selected, one must very carefully drag the pointer to the right, trying not to move out of the extremely narrow ‘zone’ of the header to get to the articles within it. With a laptop’s touchpad, it’s particularly difficult. This table of contents is my biggest frustration with Pressreader.

    A menu that opens and stays open would be MUCH MUCH easier to use. (Accordian style would be even better – for example: http://roshanbh.com.np/2008/06/accordion-menu-using-jquery.html)

    I believe that Pressdisplay needs to seriously redesign it’s interface if it wishes to bring more people online.

    Another (more minor) peeve: Within the window, the text size is not sufficiently resizable, either – not if I want to read the morning paper while eating breakfast, and the screen is nearly 3 feet away.

    • February 12, 2010 at 9:16 pm

      Hi Kent
      Thank you very much for your comments and sharing your concerns. I really do want to hear what people really think, even when it’s not good. I am happy to say that we are in the process of developing a new user interface and I have passed along your comments to the designers, suggesting they consider them carefully in the new design.

      I hope the new version will be more to your liking. I wish I could give you a firm date on the release of it, but I don’t have the answer just yet. I do know, however, that they are very focused on it right now. And when our designers get focused, things happen!

      Thanks again,
      Gayle

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