A lesson we once learnt in bomb defusal school was that it’s unwise to treat everything the exact same way. We took this to heart, and applied it to the marginally lower-stakes area of edition management.
Many of our beloved clients aren’t simply producing one kind of product on a set schedule. There are often supplements, or perhaps a special issue here and there. These can contain content quite different to that of your usual edition, and users may well want to find and interact with them differently.
This is the very reason we built our filtering functionality in a way that can adapt easily to the way you publish.
Filters are accessed via the horizontally-swipeable bar just below the app’s header. This bar can extend to fit in as many filters as you deem suitable, it just keeps swiping.
We have a couple of default filters we recommend, and the rest will be tailored to your content during the onboarding process. These aren’t set in stone and can be changed without having to release the app.
All Issues: Pretty obvious, this one. This filter, which is usually the default filter upon opening the app, will show every issue that’s in your content feed. These will be listed chronologically, with the newest issues at the top of the list.
Downloaded: Also rather obvious, this lists all of the issues that are currently saved to the user’s device. This is useful when reading offline, as well as for checking that the content you want has already been downloaded before going offline for some time, perhaps on a flight to an exotic destination, perhaps to visit your grandma in the Hebrides, who knows.
Special Editions: There’s no universally-agreed definition of what should be a special edition or what shouldn’t, but our clients commonly use the concept to identify issues around important events, retrospectives or annual reviews and lists. In all of these use cases the issues are more likely to retain their relevance longer than other content, thus it makes sense to concentrate them in one easy-to-find location.
Supplements: These delightful add-ons can be hugely popular and, much like special issues, are often referred back to for months or even years to come. Put them in their own filter so users can easily find that low-carb recipe come New Year’s Day.