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PressReader Now Optimized for Windows Vista

Some great news for Vista users…PressDisplay.com and PressReader are now optimized for Vista.  Check out our news release.  And look what Microsoft had to say…

“By adopting Windows Presentation Foundation (WPF) technology and integrating its advanced features — such as automatic text reflow, advanced graphics and search — into PressReader, NewspaperDirect was able to significantly improve the newspaper reading experience,” said Mika Krammer, director of Windows Client Mobility at Microsoft Corp. “With the launch of PressReader for Windows Vista, NewspaperDirect gives users the same authentic newspaper experience across multiple form factors, including Tablet PCs, Ultra-Mobile PCs and Windows Mobile-based devices. PressDisplay.com helps readers enjoy hundreds of publications from around the world anywhere, anytime and on any Windows-powered device.”

PressReader from NewspaperDirect on Vista

I’m not sure if you recall an article last summer about the New York Times using Microsoft’s newsreader for users to read the NYT paper offline, but more recently the Seattle Post-Intelligencer also announce the same thing. 

It was interesting that these two stories receive so much attention.  In fact, many of our publishers wondered why we weren’t making a lot more noise about our PressReader since with only 1 software download, people can save any of our 450+ publications to their computer or UMPC or tabletPC or smart mobile phone.  With the Microsoft newsreader, users have to download new software for every different newspaper. 

I downloaded the Seattle PI (that uses MS newsreader) this AM and it took 20 minutes.  I’m not sure I’d do that again.  I also had to log off my machine and login as an adminstrator to do the download because we have security restrictions on software downloads at work and most employees are not allowed to download software themselves (I happen to have the permission, but I still have to login as admin to do it).  For most other employees, they have to ask the IT dept to do it for them.  That’s okay with a single download of code, but if you had to download code for every newspaper you wanted to read offline, I think the IT dept might have a little trouble with that, especially at 20 minutes a pop!

So I thought I’d “make a little noise” about our PressReader to keep our publishers happy who want it promoted and let you know how it is different from the MS NewsReader.  Here’s a little comparision table….

PressReader versus NewsReader

 So if you want to download and save any number of newspapers from a choice of over 450, I think you should check out PressReader

But, if you’d rather spend 20 minutes downloading separate code for each paper available with the MS reader (I think there are 2, maybe 3 right now supported) and only get part of the paper, not the whole issue, then you should ask yourself….WHY!

  1. Anthony
    March 17, 2007 at 12:39 pm

    I downloaded the New York Times Reader program and have been using it during their beta test period. To be honest, it has been a buggy program from the start. You do not get the entire newspaper, something that aggrevated me. However, they are coming out of their beta period at the end of March and will be adding in those “missed” portions of their daily newspaper, namely the crossword and classified sections.

    Oh, they are charging $165 a year for the program and still do not have a Mac OS version yet.

    I have been using the PressDisplay reader for months now with my New York Post edition. One of the major weaknesses is that lack of a Mac OS reader, which I have been told via email is being worked on. I look forward to this rendition of PressReader so I can truly junk my Windows OS.

  2. March 19, 2007 at 4:49 pm

    Hi Anthony

    Thanks so much for your comment.

    Good news….I just heard from our CTO that the MAC OS version of PressReader will be ready in 4-6 weeks. I know a lot of people have been waiting for it.

    We’ll make a big announcement as soon as it released, so keep watching.


  3. March 26, 2007 at 6:23 am

    Please let me know as soon as the Mac OS version is ready!

  4. Nicolas Colarusso
    July 27, 2007 at 6:04 pm

    Were is the MAC OS X Version?

  5. July 30, 2007 at 4:07 pm

    There is a beta version of the MAC reader now on PressDisplay.com.
    Just click on the download/save icon when you are reading a paper and it will prompt you to download the reader to your system. OR you can clck on the “Get PressReader 5” menu item in the far left column of the PressDisplay.com home page. It will take you to a landing page which allows you to download our reader for the PC, MAC or smart mobile phones.

    Give it a try and let us know what you think.

  6. Nicolas Colarusso
    July 31, 2007 at 12:01 pm

    Thank you Gayle….Would you have an email address available so I can send comments concerning the MAC Beta?
    Thank you

  7. Mhetusare Jachi
    August 10, 2007 at 10:07 am

    I tried using Pressreader on macpro but cannot past the authorisation stage because I get an error which says “Alert. System error: Unable to parse XML package. OK”
    I have no clue what this means. I however have been the Windows Vista version on the same computer via Parallels Desktop. I use safari 3 beta, if it’s of any relevance.

  8. August 13, 2007 at 5:55 pm

    Our Beta Mac PressReader currently does not support a browser platform higher than the Safari 2.0.1.

    I suggest that if you would like to use PressReader on your Mac Pro that you use this version of the browser.

  9. yodasmr
    July 14, 2008 at 11:22 pm

    Hi, I am using leopard and safari version 3. Press display does not work on leopard, it is really frustrating. The beta version for press display has been out for a long time…when are mac’s users going to get a fully functional version that supports safari and the new mac osx software?

  10. Nicolas Colarusso
    July 27, 2008 at 12:31 pm

    When will we have a working version of Pressreader for MAC OS X (Leopard)? Current version does not allow us to subscribe for longer period then 1 day.
    Thank you

    January 16, 2010 at 2:58 pm

    is there a version of Press Reader for Mac as I have just switched allegiance!!

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