This week, Yahoo launched its own magazine style app, Livestand, exclusively for the iPad. Similar to well established and popular apps like Flipboard, Zite, and Pulse, Livestand offers full access to the type of featured content you’re no doubt familiar with on the website. Though Livestand comes a little late in the game, it does contain a few unique features that might appeal to ardent iPad users.
The biggest difference with Livestand is that family members, for instance, using the same iPad can each have their own personal account and collection of news and feature feeds in the same app. It’s just like signing into your personal Yahoo account on the same computer.
Like a paper and magazine newsstand, Livestand’s “digital shelves” are brimming with content based on all types of topics, including arts and culture, business and finance, entertainment, news and politics, photography, sports, travel, and much more. All media content – photos, videos, graphics, and even ads – are completely optimized for the iPad.
All articles are presented Reader-style, stripped of surrounding ads and other obtrusive content. You tap headlines and image previews and flip through pages to navigate content, while also bookmarking articles and adding topics of interest to your “personal mix.”
Livestand integrates with email and Facebook, and linked articles can be opened in an external web browser. However, Livestand can only be viewed in landscape orientation, which some iPad users may find a little disconcerting. Article downloads are also a tad slow.
Livestand is a free download and requires iOS 4.3 or later. However, Livestand seems to be currently unavailable in certain countries, including parts of Europe.