I’ve been a regular reader of PC Pilot for many years. It is the only flight simulator magazine available at my local newsstands. Since the magazine is imported from the UK it is quite expensive off the shelf, so I decided to give the iPad edition a try.
To access the iPad edition of PC Pilot you need to install a free PC Pilot app from the Appstore. No surprises there. Once the app is installed you launch it to buy individual magazines or a subscription. The iPad edition is priced fairly and saves me almost 2/3 of the retail price. Of course, you’ll get no CD-ROM, but that isn’t a deal breaker for me. There is rarely any exclusive content on it that can’t be downloaded from the Internet anyway.
Inside the app an eight page preview and index is available for each issue. Sadly the oldest issue available is the july/august 2010 edition. It would be nice to have the entire back catalogue available. Once a magazine is purchased it is moved to a library. To read the magazine you access it inside the library after downloading it.
Reading the magazine is just like reading a PDF-file. A magazine index and page thumbnails are available for easy navigation. In addition you can save bookmarks, a feature I found quite useless since there is no way to change how the saved bookmarks are organized.
PC Pilot has done nothing to adjust the magazine to the iPad. Basically you are reading a PDF copy of the original magazine. This is a huge disappointment. It means that you’ll have to zoom in on each page to read the small text comfortably. None of the benefits of a PDF-file, like being able to copy it to a PC and print it, is available either.
All in all PC Pilot for the iPad is a disappointment. In its current form I’d rather download a PDF-file and store it in my PDF-library. A lower price is sadly the only selling point of this app.
PC Pilot web site: http://www.pcpilot.net/