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Briefly: NYT Now for iPhone, Fotor 2 for Mac now out

updated 08:33 pm EDT, Wed April 2, 2014

Newspaper hoping to lure readers with lower-cost subscription

A new e-reader app made its debut on Wednesday, with The New York Times releasing its newest app, NYT Now (free), intended to act as a less-expensive entry way to attract new readers. As previously reported, the iPhone- and iPod touch-only app is meant to be a scaled-down version of the regular NYT app, the latter of which is available for iPad as well.

The new app will allow users to read articles free, up to a maximum of 10 per month. It also provides free headlines and short summaries, and offers unlimited access for a monthly $8 subscription. Unlike the full NYT app, the Now program will also include third-party content as well as NYT exclusive content. A full monthly subscription on the regular NYT app costs $45.

MacNN had a chance to check out the app at the recent Macworld Expo and found it to be a good introduction to the NYT for users that had not been familiar with the paper, or those who didn't desire the full app and its greater cost. The free summaries and headlines keep users up-to-date, while the articles feature the substance and in-depth reporting and features the paper is well known for.

Fotor 2 photo editor arrives for Mac

A free photo filter app and editor for the Mac, Fotor, has hit version 2.0 (just updated to 2.0.1 to correct a minor issue). In addition to standard improvement tools like the ability to adjust white balance, exposure and sharpness (among others), the program can also crop and rotate pictures, and add filters and special effects to give shots a particular look. New in version 2.0 is a batch function that allows a set of manipulations to be performed on multiple photos, along with new Highlights, Shadows and Curves functions and many ore filters, frames, borders, patterns and special effects.

In addition, the program can now preserve EXIF information when sharing the image to Flickr, added more Freestyle Collage backgrounds, and has revamped its user interface for easier operation. The usual bug fixes, increased stability and minor improvements are also included. The program requires OS X 10.7 or later (an earlier version is available for users who haven't yet upgraded) from the developer directly or through the Mac App Store.

by MacNN Staff





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