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A bird flew over my house today and pooped out a USB-drive with the NY Times Times Reader application on it. (I wonder how many times I need to say times in New York Times Times Reader.) Of course I installed it as soon as possible and checked out what all the fuss has been about. The NY Times Reader is an Windows Presentation Foundation powered application built on top of the .NET 3.0 Framework. It shows very practical uses and demonstrates the powers of WPF for both developers and users very well. If this is any sign of what applications in the Vista generation will look like, then it’s going to be a very beautiful future.
Here is a five minute screencast video overview of the New York Times Reader on Windows Vista. Note: This video does not accurately reflect the performance of Windows Vista or the NYTimes Reader due to technical limitations of the screen recording software.
Some of the most interesting technologies:
- Scalable and free-flowing column-based layout
- Scalable images and advertisements
- Searching through the “topic explorer”
- High readability with anti-aliased fonts
Some of the things that bugged me was:
- First boot, very slow to sync content.
- “Get into it” interface. Does not offer assistance upon first use. Have to discover functionality by yourself.
Of course, taking into account this is still an incubation project and yet to be released beta, there is a lot of potential for improvements. This is an awesome application that I suggest every Windows user (XP & Vista) user to try when its available. For someone like me who shamelessly prefers style over content, I’m definitely switching from Google News to this!