Tuesday, November 6, 2012

France Travel Magazine App

It’s new, innovative, colourful, very clever, informative and a whole lot of fun.  It is also designed to promote the best that France has to offer – I love it.  

‘It’ is the new free tablet app .fr France Travel Magazine that is launched today by the publishers of the French Entrée magazine.  When I heard they were looking for bloggers to give it a try, how could I refuse?  I will admit to being a bit of a novice navigator on our iPad, as Ade rarely lets me get a look in, but that didn’t stop me enjoying it and I only got ‘lost’ once or twice.  It is so much more than a digital magazine; it is exciting and engaging as every feature has hidden surprises that are a just a ‘slide’ or ‘touch’ away. The quality of the photographs is stunning; the article content is interesting and informative and there is a good mix of articles covering historic villages, regional guides, food, museums and more.  Although I will say that I found the text difficult to read on the 48 hours in Aix-en-Provence article as I couldn’t stop the images continually scrolling as I was trying to read, but they were beautiful photos so I could almost forgive them.  The only other issue we had was our broadband speed struggled to download the magazine, but that is one of the downsides of living the rural French dream.

No longer are reading text and looking at placed images enough now we have seen slick and arty page loading, full screen pictures, slideshows, video and audio clips, direct links to related websites and each page instantly shareable via email and social media.  This has to be the way forward for digital magazines and I can’t help feeling I may need my own iPad soon.

The app is free and available to download now from iTunes, see here:
For more information see the French Entrée site here.

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