AppWatch: A look at what publishers are launching in mobile apps
At no charge, WineRatings+ grants access to the vintage charts, educational videos and daily newsfeed. For $2.99 per month, users can access the entire wine ratings database. The app promotes a range of Wine Spectator products and enables users to subscribe to the magazine directly from the app.
Matthews told Publishing Executive there are no current plans to release an Android version of the app, although he points out that members of WineSpectator.com are able to access a mobile version of the site (with all the same content as the WineRatings+ app) from their Android smartphones.
According to a press release, overall, the app is "designed for casual wine drinkers as well as connoisseurs… [and] helps wine lovers make better choices, discover great values, learn about wine in general and stay updated on what's new in wine."
- Kara Robart
Application: Metropolis New City App
Produced by: Artefacto
Platform: iOS and Android
Description & Features: What better way for architects to visualize their designs than with augmented reality? Metropolis magazine, a resource for professionals in all areas of design and architecture, recently embraced AR to bring a design to life on the cover of their Brave New City issue. By downloading the Metropolis New City App to their tablet or smartphone, Metropolis readers can view the "city of the future," featured on the cover, in three dimensions.
"You can move your device closer in to get a real close look at the 3-D model image," said Kimberly Taylor, Director of Marketing at Metropolis magazine. "This, however, is just a teaser into what this technology ... can do for the architecture and design industry."
The Metropolis New City app was built by Artefacto, and features the same technology Artefacto used to create Urbasee, a groundbreaking 3-D visualization tool for architects, developers and designers. With the Urbasee app, "architects can design, review, experiment, share, communicate, persuade and make the non-existent exist," according to a recent press release.