Star-Telegram debuts live news iPad app

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The Star-Telegram has a new iPad app that will take full advantage of the tablet to display our journalism in a way I think will quickly become my preferred platform to consume all the content we generate on a daily basis.

We have several ways for you to enjoy everything we produce, of course. You can do it in print, as readers have done for more than 100 years. You can go to our main website, star-telegram.com, or our specialized content sites like dfw.com for entertainment or dfwvarsity.com for high school athletics.

You can read our e-edition, which looks just like the pages in the paper, on your computer or your tablet using a special app. You can use our smartphone app to stay up to date while on the go. And you can read our monthly sports magazine, DFW OT, exclusively on the iPad.

Now you can look at the daily journalism we produce on a dedicated iPad app. Unlike star-telegram.com, which features breaking news and changes constantly, our iPad app will provide readers with a more leisurely experience featuring the best long-form storytelling, in-depth journalism and stunning photography we produce on a device that really enhances the user experience.

For instance, reporter Gaile Robinson's terrific story on the opening of the Bernini exhibit at the Kimbell last Sunday was a made-for-the-tablet kind of presentation. If you haven't seen the multimedia assets produced by graphic artists Mark Hoffer, Taylor Cammack and Steve Wilson and photographers Rodger Mallison, Max Faulkner and Paul Moseley, you should take a look because it's dazzling.

We have 360-degree views of the sculptures, an interactive map showing where each piece came from and detailed explanations of their histories. In addition to the local news, sports, business, opinions and features we produce, our iPad app will highlight the best national and international long-form journalism and in-depth analysis of the biggest issues of the day in a section we call "The Daily Magazine."

And pictures and video on the iPad look gorgeous, so galleries will be a major feature of the app. The iPad app will be included in your Star-Telegram digital subscription, like our mobile apps and unlimited access to our websites. If you subscribe to the paper, the digital access add-on is $1.99 a month. Or you can buy digital access without subscribing to the print product. A trial subscription is 99 cents for a month; an annual subscription is $69.95.

It's worth that much for the iPad app alone, but you'll also have access to all our digital products. You can go to the Apple App Store, download our new iPad app and try it for free for a limited time. The app will eventually become part of our all-access and digital subscriptions packages, which give readers several ways to access local news and information.

You need to have at least an iPad 2, however, because the app requires iOS6.

Beginning Monday, you also can try our mobile app for smartphones for free without any limitations on the number of pages you view.

One question I'm often asked is: I have an Android device. What about that?

You can get the smartphone app and the e-edition on your Android device (find the links at star-telegram.com/mobile). Our parent company is looking into an Android version of the iPad app, but I don't know yet when that might be available.

Michael Currie is our tablet editor, so please send questions/suggestions to him at mcurrie@star-telegram.com.

Jim Witt is executive editor of the Star-Telegram

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