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IKEA Catalog Gets Its Own Free iPad App

IKEA iPad app

If those old paper IKEA catalogs are starting to pile up, you might want to give the IKEA Catalog for iPad app (free) a try. This app is not to be confused with the previous IKEA app that worked on both the iPhone and iPad—this one is designed specifically for the iPad.

The app has some cool features like being able to swipe down on those infamous IKEA interior-decoration photos to view individual items listed one-by-one along with their prices.

But there are some negatives too. Like most iPad magazines, the file size for each catalog is huge. The recent 2011 catalog is 480 MB in size. Expect to wait a while to download the catalog. Another problem is that the images sometimes take a few seconds to render, so you can’t quickly flip through the catalog at lightning speed. This problem is somewhat alleviated by the fact you can bring up a thumbnail gallery at the bottom of the app to scan through the catalog pages.

The IKEA Catalog for iPad is a free download from the iTunes App Store.

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  1. Catalogs are a perfect use of the tablet format — especially if the app is enabled with e-commerce functionality that allows you to order items at the touch of a button — but (along with their magazine counterparts) something must be done about the download time. Perhaps magazines and catalogs could be downloaded automatically during times when tablets are on but not actually being used, like during the early-morning hours. Speed of access is definitely a major concern for publishers of all traditional print formats looking to move their titles to tablets and e-readers, and IMO is a significant hurdle that will need to be overcome before truly widespread adoption of digital magazines and catalogs takes place.

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