I’ve had an iPad plugged into the wall for over a year now, and I have to admit I’m not that drawn to it. I’m so plugged in to my laptop, where I can create web pages and graphics, as opposed to the tablet, which is designed mainly to consume media.
That might start to change. I’ve been frustrated that I can’t get Ambientes delivered to my house in the states. The design magazine wows me every issue, and was one of the many magazines I crammed into my luggage during my last return trip from Mérida. I can tell you that a few glossy magazines can really make your bags a lot heavier.
Now, Ambientes is offered as an app. It’s delivered immediately for only $2. (Yucatan Today, are you taking notes?) Now, before, the magazine offered its pages in a PDF reader for free, but it’s only fair to pay this nominal amount to get it in a much more advanced format. Until now, I’ve rarely paid for an iPad version of a magazine. You swipe sideways to get from feature to feature, and swipe up and down to explore an individual feature. Certain images in a layout can be clicked for alternate pics, and since art directors are often in the unfortunate position of discarding good images that just don’t fit into a spread, this feature is pretty valuable.
The current issue features Casa Lecanda on Calle 47, a brilliant hotel renovation by Arqto. Roger Gonzalez Escalante. The text is in Spanish, but those few months of Rosetta Stone and Fluenz have actually helped my reading comprehension, if not my ability to form sentences in a conversation. The photos are bright and crisp in iPad’s high-resolution reader. And you can buy past issues and have your collection all in one digital spot, taking up no shelf space and gathering no mold or dust. Talk about brilliant.