Testing and Feedback Needed for Interactive Tablet Apps PDF Print E-mail
Written by Danie Probst   
Saturday, 14 January 2012

The Church's Media Services team released the LDS Ensign and The Coat apps for iPad and Android tablets in December to experiment with a new platform for digital content, and now they’re looking for feedback on the LDS Ensign app in addition to future help on similar testing.

The Ensign app is an interactive digital magazine, but it is much more than just a PDF of the Ensign that you can read on your tablet. The LDS Ensign app provides audio and video features that enhance your experience with the Ensign. You can read, watch, or listen to each talk, and there are biographies of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles at the end of the issue.

LDS Ensign Tablet app

A tutorial at the beginning will tell you everything you need to know about using the app, so it should be pretty easy to download and use right away.

To download the LDS Ensign app, open your tablet's application store and search for “LDS Ensign.” Download and install the LDS Ensign magazine app. (In the list of results, it's the one from The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.) The app icon appears as follows: LDS Ensign app icon

Note that downloading the magazine requires an Internet connection, but once you’ve downloaded it, you can use the app entirely offline.

You can also download the app of The Coat—a true story from Heber J. Grant’s childhood—and see the same technology at work in an interactive, animated storybook. 

The Coat tablet app LDS

The Coat has a number of animations, such as zooms, shifts of perspectives, and even snow angels, each triggered by finger swipes across the screen. To download the coat, search your tablet’s application store for “The Coat" and look for this app icon: The Coat tablet app icon

The technology for the Ensign and The Coat could be used in the future for other applications, so the Media Services team wants to know what you think of both the platform and—more specifically—the LDS Ensign iPad app. At this point, the apps are only for large-screen devices, like tablets. They are available on iTunes and the Android Market.

How to Get Involved

To give feedback on the LDS Ensign app, take the short survey that’s located in the Table of Contents in the app.

If you are interested in future testing on similar apps for 7” tablets—such as Amazon Kindle Fire, Barnes & Noble Nook Tablet, and other 7-inch Android tablets—then join the Interactive Books and Magazines project to be notified of these opportunities when they arise.

To join the Interactive Books & Magazines project:

  1. Go to LDSTech.org and sign in with your LDS Account user name and password. You will be brought directly to the Projects page. If you are not directed to that page, click Projects in the top navigation bar.
  2. Under available projects, search for Interactive Books and Magazines.
  3. Click Interactive Books and Magazines.
  4. Scroll to the bottom of the page and click the Join button. (If you see a Leave button, it means you’ve already joined this project.

You’ll be redirected to your Projects page, and Interactive Books and Magazines will appear under My Projects.

You can also go to the Interactive Books and Magazines Forum to check up on the progress of the new project or visit the Interactive Books and Magazines wiki page for more information.

 

Comments  

 
# Richard Esplin 2012-01-14 17:19
I love the new applications. The only "problem" is the lack of immediate gratification. After I have downloaded the app, I still need to download the content. That was a long wait for my kids who were excited to read The Coat. A note in the Android Market would be helpful.

Thank you for providing these great gospel tools!
 
 
# Richard Pyne 2012-01-14 21:27
It is disappointing that it is restricted to 7 inch tablets. A truly useful application would be independent of screen size.
 
 
# Chester 2012-01-15 12:15
Quoting Richard Pyne:
It is disappointing that it is restricted to 7 inch tablets. A truly useful application would be independent of screen size.


These apps are publicly available on iTunes (iPad) and Android Market (Android Tablets). 7 inch tables such as the Nook and Kindle Fire are restricted to the vendor's app store and they are unable to download apps on the Google Android Market. If you're an owner of the Nook or Kindle Fire, sign up for future testing. If you own an iPad or Android Tablet with access to the Android Market, sign up to provide feedback.
 
 
# Burnis Leland Skinner 2012-01-17 12:58
I enjoy the Ensign App very much, however it would be very nice to have the capability to underline and highlight parts of the ensign messages.
 
 
# Scott Dillenbeck 2012-01-19 14:41
I may not really qualify as a good tester, I have Ice Cream Sandwich loaded onto my HP Touchpad and I tried to download the Ensign last night and it would time out on downloading. To be clear I could download the app just fine, its the actual content I couldn't download. I had no issues downloading The Coat though. Also didn't see any option to fill out a survey. But like I said, I'm not using an official android tablet.
 
 
# Tom Johnson 2012-01-19 14:53
Scott, this is good feedback. Can you post the comment in the interactive books and magazines forum here: https://tech.lds.org/forum/forumdisplay.php?129-Interactive-Books-amp-Magazines. Otherwise I don't think the project manager will see it. Thanks,

Tom
 
 
# Dan Jones 2012-02-04 18:57
Quoting Scott Dillenbeck:
I may not really qualify as a good tester, I have Ice Cream Sandwich loaded onto my HP Touchpad and I tried to download the Ensign last night and it would time out on downloading. To be clear I could download the app just fine, its the actual content I couldn't download. I had no issues downloading The Coat though. Also didn't see any option to fill out a survey. But like I said, I'm not using an official android tablet.

I had the exact same problems on my Kindle Fire, which is an actual Android tablet, albeit, not a Google approved one. I had to root it to get the Market on it so I could install the app at all.
 
 
# Dianna Bosshardt 2012-01-25 11:23
I downloaded the Ensign iPad app as soon as it was available a while back. It is awesome! I thought the survey said I would be getting a follow-up survey. Maybe it hasn't been long enough for that to be generated or do I have to volunteer it myself?

My only complaint is that there isn't more content available yet, but I realize it is in a quasi beta phase. I cannot wait for all the Ensigns to be available through this app.
 
 
# Mike Ball 2012-01-30 10:08
What a terrific app! We use the iPad almost every day at home to teach our young children the gospel. Right now we read the Friend on it, but that is only a PDF. I am now excited for the Church to make a similar app for the Friend!

On a related note. I LOVE that the church is making all their new videos available in HTML5. I did notice on the Children's Friend section of lds.org there are a bunch of videos, but they're all in Flash. That is unfortunate.

On the bright side, the newly updated Book of Mormon Stories videos are great and work fantastic on the iPad.

Thanks for all the great apps and content! It really is an embarrassment of riches.
 
 
# Tom Johnson 2012-01-30 22:10
Mike, thanks for the feedback on this app. Can you post this same comment in the Books and Magazines forum here: https://tech.lds.org/forum/forumdisplay.php?129-Interactive-Books-amp-Magazines. Otherwise I'm afraid the project lead may not see it. Thanks again for exploring the app. It's great to hear about the positive experience.
 
 
# Don Nesbitt 2012-02-03 09:59
I enjoy the Ensign App, only I wish it had the ability to highlight words and phrases.
 
 
# Scott Gibson 2012-02-04 17:35
Exelent good app very easy to use please give more
 
 
# Stephen Waite 2012-02-04 17:43
Is there ANY chance of an iPhone version appearing soon? Not that it's bad, but I have to go through the church website every month to download the new Ensign issue when an app that would update with the new issue would be SO better and less time consuming.
Thank you.
 
 
# Francisco Batanero 2012-02-05 05:55
I subscribed to Ensign through the podcast section of iTunes (i have an iMac) and now every month I just find the PDF version sitting in my iPad (together with an audio version). Sweet!
 
 
# Dan Jones 2012-02-04 18:54
After I installed the Ensign app , it never successfully downloaded the Ensign. The download would stall from the beginning, or it would give me a connection error, even though I was connected.

Also, there was no survey in the Table of Contents.

I'm using a rooted Kindle Fire.
 
 
# Kevin McKee 2012-02-04 23:26
I really enjoy this app and the features. My one complaint would be the file size of the magazines. I understand why they're big, but if there could be more optimization done for the file size that would be great.
 
 
# Thierry BEZIER 2012-02-05 01:15
trhe ensign app under android is limited to the november issue??
 
 
# MattCot 2012-02-05 06:51
Love the Ensign app need to update with new issues
 
 
# Jeffrey Kastin 2012-02-05 12:21
Highlighting and bookmarks would be helpful.
 
 
# Rick Fowles 2012-02-05 13:21
Is this intended to replace the content in the Gospel Library?
 
 
# Mike Ratcliffe 2012-02-05 17:31
416MB seems like a lot of space for a single issue.
 
 
# C. Barber 2012-02-05 21:27
I haven't been able to actually test this app out fully because of the large file. Internet in Am. Samoa only goes up to about .2-.3 MB at home, I can't download much at that rate, it'll always end up timing out.
 
 
# brentr 2012-02-05 19:24
Would love to see the app iPhone compatible. I know first inclination is the iPhone screen is too small, but I read magazines all the time on my iPhone via zinio.com.
 
 
# dw 2012-02-06 00:17
I installed the Ensign app on my wife's iPad 2 but when I saw how big the single issue was I thought that that was nuts and cancelled it and immediately deleted the App. --Back to opening the magazine PDFs from lds.org into iBooks.

Why not have interactive content streamed or haven option to download within the interact magazine? Why the need to download everything? Why not give those options within the Apps preferences?

It seems to me that we're going straight from crawling to running. How about a better way to get existing (magazine) content delivered into our devices easier, and as soon as it is available?
 
 
# MarlinR 2012-02-06 10:58
I like it; however we should be turning pages within a talk sliding right to left and not up or down. It is more natural going right or left when reading a book. Changing articles should be sliding up or down.
 
 
# Nic H. 2012-02-06 12:40
I have downloaded the app on my ICS tablet. When I tap "Download" it sits on "Waiting" and never proceeds. If I tap "Pause" or "Cancel" it says "Cannot connect to server at this time Please try again later."
 
 
# Andrew Denton Exon 2012-02-07 13:49
This is so cool! I was wondering when the church would announce an app like this.

Right now I love the ease of manueverability and the ability to pick the talk for each session, especially how it has the picture of each person who gave the talk.

My only critique, which I am sure this is already been discussed, would be allowing users the ability to highlight, write thoughts, etc...
 
 
# Richard Quinones Sr. 2012-02-09 18:16
just added it on my Samsung . It works really well,, fast loading and not freezing up the phone. More info for me on the road. thank you
 
 
# Alex Joel Arancibia Pincay 2012-02-11 11:17
could anyone post an apk file? I cant download from android Market
 
 
# Sanza 2012-02-17 06:45
Please, Please, more for the HP Touchpad users. We are a family with multiple WebOS devices, and would love to see more options for these devices.
 
 
# jp4fuel 2012-06-04 13:38
I get an error "this folio contains one or more PDF stacks which are not yet supported in Entitlement Viewer for Android". What can I do to fix that?
 
 
# Christopher Anthony 2012-06-14 09:20
What adobe product is being used to create the Magazine app for the iPad? (Twitter @Chris122380)
 
 
# Josh Nath 2012-10-10 16:33
I am using a rooted gtablet and after downloading/installing the app, I started to work on the story. It was so slow, I finally gave up.

It would be nice to be able to have it bundled with the app or download in the backround. As far as the ensign, it would be nice to have an option to select what you want to download, instead of waiting for the last one to finish.
 

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