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For many people, starting their day with The New York Times is as much a ritual as having that first cup coffee in the morning. For those who love the look and feel of the print edition but want the immediacy and interactivity of the web site, the Times Reader application, powered by Adobe AIR, is a wonderful option. The Times Reader application is a free download from The New York Times web site. If you're not the subscriber, you have access to the main headlines and a few other articles, but if you are a subscriber, you can read the entire paper. One of the main problems with using The New York Times web site is while it's true it has a lot of information, it can seem cluttered because it has a lot of previous day's information.
If you only want today's information, you can get distracted by reading an article from last week. The Times Reader application, you're only able to see one day at a time. Right now, I'm looking at Tuesday, October 12, but if I wanted to, I could go and choose up to the past week. We will stay on today. If I want to read any articles, I can just mouse over and click, and I can change the size of the font. I can make it medium, small, or even back to large again. If I re-size the page, the entire article will re-flow.
I'm going to bring it back. It also supports slideshows. Let's check out another section. I'm going to look at News In Pictures. Let's take a look at some more photos. Mm, that looks pretty good. One of my favorite parts of the paper is the crossword puzzle. Let's try a part of the puzzle. Nine across. If I click on this, it selects that field for me. _____ Wagner, player on an ultrarare baseball card. I know this one, Honus Wagner.
Let's see if I'm right. Check > Current Word. All right, I am right! By using Adobe AIR, The Times is able to create a Desktop application that marries the readability of the print world with the timeliness--no pun intended-- and interactivity of the digital era.
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