Great Mag Bad App 1/5
Love the magazine but this app only works in portrait mode so you can't use the iPad stand and the story selection screen has no pictures or useful description of the articles and organizing them by read time is not useful, why not by category; business, politics, technology?
I prefer using the web site, thanks.
Photos within articles 2/5
I still find it irritating that I have to click on photo to read caption and see other photos. I am not sure why it cannot be imbedded in article.
new version is terrible - now updated to 'better' 3/5
Kudos to vanity fair for fixing the download and library issues. The readability is still compromised by the lack of an article-ordered table of contents (organizing by length of article is both silly and detracts from the experience). Editors and designers invest a lot of energy in creating the right balance and flow of articles in a magazine and this totally dishonors that. And in an attempt to share content with phone sized screens, the large fonts and limited white space on an iPad make it the reading experience unpleasant. So while I appreciate the responsiveness to all of the feedback on downloading, they still have a way to go to re-earn the 5 stars I gave them a year ago.
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I have waited over 40 mins for the current issue to download, and it's still not done. I lost 3 yrs of downloaded copies with the 'upgrade'. I will never be able to restore them all at this rate. If the downloaded version looks anything like the web version that I can (sort of) browse while trying to download, I won't want to read it on my iPad anyway.
It's totally lost the magazine feel, as well as the ability to leave and come back to the same place and it now has ridiculous 'adds' like clustering articles by how long they think it takes me to read them vs following the flow of the magazine. The font is too large and there's no white space at the margins.
I switched to the iPad version a couple of years ago and have been donating my paper copies, but if this isn't addressed, I'll delete the app and go back to the paper version. It's that bad.
Please don't ruin the New Yorker reading experience by making similar changes to that app as well. Having to abandon the iPad version of that weekly will be even more painful.
No Zoom function on articles 1/5
Terrible. Used to be able to zoom in on the text in the previous version of the app. Now can only zoom in on the images/ads. Please please fix the app to enable zooming again on the text!
Terrible version has been updated. Thank you for the prompt response. 5/5
No improvement here. Basically it's DOA.
"Improved" upgrade is total failure 5/5
Thank you for listening to us and returning the app to the way it use to be!
Whoever came up with this new version should look for a new career. Please bring back the last version. Lost all my previously save editions, when going back to article, have to scrolled back from front. Update is total failure.
After all the bad reviews, Vanity Fair, go fix it!
Thank you for bringing back the older, better app and making Vanity Fair Digital great again. I can once again enjoy my monthly routine of reading VF cover-to-cover, as I have been for the past 15 years.
The new version is awful. It downloads at the speed of sloths and only displays on about 2/3 the available screen width. Did Trump design this or pay Russia to hack you? Bring back our old, reliable Vanity Fair App, please!
'Reformat' of prior review 5/5
Thank you, thank you, thank you, VF, for returning the app to the original format. My one-star review (below) is now a five-star review. Annie Leibovitz's photos are gorgeous again!
I was so sad to discover that the update to this app took away the gorgeous full-screen clarity that I loved so much. I used to show off my iPad Pro by pulling up a Vanity Fair digital cover to ooh and ahh over (and sold a couple subscriptions to the magazine in the process). No more. I lost all my downloaded magazines, and the new downloads are fuzzy and cropped. Truly the worst upgrade to an app I've ever experienced. What a shame for such a great mag. I hope this isn't indicative of financial problems at VF!
Credit where credit is due 4/5
I was one of those who squawked when the last update came out so its only right to amend the rating and say "Thanks for listening!" I'll change it to a five star rating when you stop whining about the president. You're starting to sound like a petulant toddler.
Glad to see the old format 4/5
Sometimes things are best left alone. Thanks for going back! I'm glad I didn't take my iPad with me on my trip. While it would have been nice to read VF on the plane, I would have been frustrated by the revised app. So I only recently saw the new version of the app. Instantly hated it. I couldn't remember which issue I was reading. Tapping on a section at a time was ridiculous. The download speed was slow. It takes some time to download the entire magazine, but the revised app was not an improvement. That was my very brief experience with the revised app.
Back to Better 5/5
So glad you've gone back to the library format by which we can see at a glance what we have and have not downloaded.
Thanks for going back to the future 4/5
It good to know VF recognized their mistakes and rolled back to tried and true.
Next issue will prove whether its works as well as it originally did.
It's back! 5/5
Thank you Vanity Fair for bringing back the previous format! I did not like the new format because it was distracting. I was gonna delete the app, but you bringing back what many of us enjoyed, I think I'll keep it!
5.0 was much better 2/5
This update, 5.1, is regression.
By JJ bbghtf
A great app ruined. This is by far the worst iteration Vanity Fair has ever come up with. Please go back. It was great. This is completely unusable. Hard to read and layout is complicated. Hard to download anything. The New Yorker got it right. Vanity Fair?... not so much.
ver 5 update is horrible 1/5
Having the previous version 2.0.44 for so long and being a solid app that worked well on my iPad Pro 9.7, this ver 5 is horrid. First, it won't let me download any issues, keeps telling me "No Interner Connection" which is not true, as it lets me login to authenticate my subscription status. Plus, every other app connects to the internet without issue, even after 2 restsarts and testing on both wifi and LTE.
All of my downloaded Vanity Fair issues were deleted with the update. The layout and UI is useless. Good thing I had a backup of the ver 2.0 of the app. I installed that and am back and happy reading VF issues again. Revert to the previous version.
Let me join the chorus 1/5
By Scott Ritcher
The new version lacks all intuitiveness, user-friendliness and most of all, it lacks all my saved back issues and bookmarks. What the hell?
It is nearly impossible for people like me who subscribed through the app (aka via iTunes) to figure out how to log in and get all the old content back. Then once you do figure it out, all previous issues only fill about 80% of the screen.
I want my bookmarks back. I want to use the entire screen of my iPad. I want to start reading where I left off. These are basic app functions which should not be problems for Condé Nast in 2017.
Why is this the new version? 1/5
By Twinkie II
I loved reading Vanity Fair before this! This new version got rid of my old downloaded copies and makes it difficult to read. Please allow subscribers to download the old version for iPad. I was so disappointed on my recent trip that I couldn't read My downloaded Vanity Fair on my iPad.
The latest version of the app is terrible. If I'm out of the app for more than an hour, I lose my place and am taken back to the cover page when I reopen the app. And, unlike prior versions, I can't easily scroll through the magazine to find where I left off. The whole interface isn't particularly user-friendly, either. Based on the number of negative reviews, can VF please do something already?!
The new version is worst magazine app I have seen. Even the table of contents was created for a child. When/if you find an article and have to leave it when you return you are not back where you were. And it is painfully slow. I am cancelling my subscription.
This warrants 2 reviews 1/5
NOBODY LIKES THIS FORMAT!
Listen to your readers. NO-one reads on an iPhone. Swallow your pride, put your tail between your legs and get your format and readership back. It'll only hurt for a sec and you can put it past you. Considered it a FAILED experiment. (I'll keep cutting down trees and keep the physical issue thank you very much). If that goes, so does my subscription. It was good while it lasted.
Reading VF is (was) an experience. Now it's just a rag and a drag.
VERY Disgruntled in LA
Awful new app 1/5
Hard to believe that Conde rolled out the same junk app that they did for GQ. I guess they want to get all of their mags on the same terrible platform.
SLOW downloads, flaky reliability, poor layout. A downgrade in every way from the prior app.
Bad update 1/5
Every other review is a one-star review and I am adding mine to it. Everyone hates it and a frequent complaint is the letterbox on either side of the iPad. It seems to be formatted for an iPhone. Who reads a magazine on their iPhone?!?
THIS UPDATE NEEDS TO BE FIXED!!!
I have subscribed to this magazine for 40 years and I have used the digital app since it came out. Please explain what hell you are doing with this new app. No place holder, impossible navigation, loss of library. You must be kidding! Please bring back the old app or I'm done.
Poor UX 1/5
The new iPad app is a significant downgrade from the prior experience. Did you actually user-test with people outside of the company before releasing? You've taken away much of the great functionality and implemented features that do not make sense...(e.g. if you have a single image for an article why are you requiring me to expand it to see the caption...it was much better when it was displayed on the article directly previously). I'm considering going back to the paper magazine.
Designed by a lobotomized person? 1/5
Who designed this? Was this done by a disgruntled employee? Given the horrible liberal slant, it is only because of the rare non-political article that seems interesting that I keep my subscription. However if THIS is what constitutes progress, count me out. Is there a zero star choice, or a negative option?
By Michael 1800
How could they take such a good app and screw it up so badly? Luckily I have not given up the printed edition, so I will read that until they get this app straightened out. It's the worst!
TERRIBLE new layout. I can't believe how you spoiled a great looking magazine on the ipad: has anyone in the design team actually used it? Used to love how it looked, the black bars and artificially cropped pages look awful. Please go back to the previous look.
A Disgrace 1/5
Huge black bars on the left and right, shrinking the magazine. I can't download issues before my subscription started. That makes no sense. I can for all issues of any magazine I have a subscription for on my iPad, including other Condé Nast mags like GQ. Great way to lose a customer when my sub runs out this year.
This update is awful 1/5
Times out when downloading back issues.
NOW IT'S JUST ANOTHER TERRIBLE APP! 1/5
This used to be such a great app until this latest update. My God, what were you thinking?? Nothing works. My library is gone. The layout is idiotic. You can't access your VF account details from it. It only restores purchases through iTunes ... well, guess what ... my subscription isn't through iTunes; it was directly with Conde Naste, and it doesn't recognize that anymore!
Unnecessary update detracts from the user experience 1/5
The layout is awful. Gone is the ability to easily see what content has been downloaded, and that's if you can even download content.
Stupidly, I updated the app without first checking the other reviews. Consequently, I was unable to read any of my issues while I was on vacation for a week. Please bring back the former layout!
Horrible, horrible, horrible! 1/5
By DI'S CHOICE
This is the worst! Loved the older version. I agree with every previous review! Nothing to like about this updated version. Why Vanity Fair, why?
Don't update!!! 1/5
This update removed all of my saved magazines while I was on a trip and found once on the airplane I had nothing available. I am now re-downloading the issues that were lost, but it is taking FOREVER to download each issue- about 5-7 minutes per. I'm sorry I updated.
Who's reading this magazine on their iPad? Not the folks who updated this app 1/5
This "upgrade" of the magazine app is a travesty for readers. Obviously not designed by someone who reads the actual magazine. Cropping the pages to partial page size, taking away the keeping of your place while mid-read of an article or edition are just a few of the ridiculous "upgrades". I can't always finish an article, now I have to remember which months edition I'm on and then search for the article and then finally find my page. Seriously??? Bring back the previous version of this app. You are making me completely regret my "paperless" subscription to this magazine that I've loved for 30 years.
Went from a great user interface to the worst ever 1/5
Navigation is impossible! I had to close the issue each time I wanted to see the table of contents. What about someone who like to read from front to back? If you're a subscriber you don't need someone to explain that the features take longer to read than the more fluffy stuff. I'm lucky the August paper issue is on its way. I can't read this.
Please revert to the previous version 1/5
The narrow scrolling view is awful (that's not a paging, magazine feel read at all), it's incredibly slow, the layout and design are totally different to the print version, and can I say again, the narrow view that doesn't fit properly? Ugh. PLEASE listen to your readers and roll back to the previous version. This one is terrible.
Takes forever to download. The whole thing can be best described as digawonky.
Awful awful update 1/5
I cannot imagine why they would take a perfectly good design and mess it up so terribly! It's hard to use. I've lost my downloads! There's no easy table of contents. I don't know how to manage my downloads. I usually recycle the magazine because I read it on my iPad. Now, I'll sinned to read the paper version to keep my sanity. How could you do this to Vanity Fair? I will likely cancel my subscription unless the old version of the app is returned to us.
OMG...what have you done? 1/5
This has gone from the best iPad magazine experience to just awful. No one reads this on an iPhone....really. I NEVER have even opened it on my various iPhones - and I have had a subscription since day one. Please let me use all of my iPad screen again. And this new interface is clunky at best. And I want all my old issues back without reloading them again. Sheesh.....
(Addendum) oh, and could you have made this app even slower to download the content and start reading? One article at a time?
And who in their right minds looks at a magazine and organizes content by "short reads, medium reads and long reads" with "helpful" estimates of "less than 5 minutes", "5 to 10 minutes" etc except someone who doesn't actually like to read and has the commitment to your product and the attention span of Donald Trump? This isn't a YouTube video.
This just gets worse as I "learn" more about it. Cancellation is on the horizon.
You need to fire whoever designed this and thought this was a good idea.
By JBR Birch
New version is unreadable on iPad Pro 12 inch
By Steamboat Dad
I had this subscription for 5+ years on my iPad. I would love to meet the exec who okayed this change because I have a bridge in Brooklyn to sell her/him. It's. That. Bad.
What the hell just happened?!?!?! 1/5
Lost all my existing downloaded issues..... re downloaded the, to find some slim version of a magazine page. What a horrible layout and horrible reading experience.... fix this quick or I am cancelling......
What happened? 1/5
This update is a huge downgrade. Slow, impossible to navigate, no thumbnails, images cropped or missing, table of contents unreadable. Wow. Hard to believe anyone tested this or any halfway literate iPad app user would find this acceptable. I am going back to Zinio rather than getting this separate magazine app--at least they let you see the magazine with a decent experience.
Deleted all my saved issues 1/5
I had the past few months of issues saved so I could read them at my leisure without carrying around all the print issues. They're gone and I can't download them again.
Dreadful update 1/5
Impossible to navigate. App is way too heavy for its own good and takes forever to download. Depressing.
*Horrible* layout on iPad 1/5
The new "unified experience" is a complete aesthetic and usability failure on the iPad. Vertical letterboxing (?!?) and aggessive image cropping destroy the magazine's cover and photo layouts. The former version's easy page index, accessible anywhere while browsing an issue, is gone. Also gone is the former version's at-a-glance library view indicating which issues you've downloaded. Now, there's no quick way to know which issues are local, which are in the cloud.
Why make your magazine uglier, harder to read, harder to access? It's as if Vanity Fair believes none of its Apple subscribers actually use the iPad. Or nobody actually tested the app on an iPad?
Anyhoo, forget this junky app--if you're an iPad reader, you're much better off getting the magazine through Zinio or Texture apps, both of which give you each issue's whole, actual photo layouts and also offer a great iPhone experience.
Hate new version 1/5
Why can't I download the whole issue anymore? I don't like having to download each article. I liked reading it like a magazine. I don't get the print copy anymore because I like to download the issues to read when traveling. Change it back!!
Terrible new format 1/5
Preferred previous format which was like paging through a real magazine.