From the Editor: New smartphone apps include one for Farm Forum

The American News launched two new mobile apps readers will like.

Farm Forum and Access Aberdeen are available for iPhones and Androids. Both apps were released last week into the Apple App Store and Google Play. Both apps are free.

• The Farm Forum app is cool because it gives you updated digest versions of all the things readers love in their Friday Green Sheet.

The app classifieds section is updated every day. Deep, current weather data (including wind speeds, crop moisture index, field-drying forecasts, live animated radar and more) is available anytime. Commodity and market prices are fresh.

It’s a really slick app that fills in some of the gap between issues of the Farm Forum.

• Access Aberdeen mimics the American News’ free city guide of the same name. It will be especially attractive to visitors — those who are here for state tournaments or hunting — but there is still plenty of information locals can use to navigate their days.

Categories include events, weather and a quick glance at the latest news. But what really sets the app apart are the categories for consumers, including deals, food listings, shopping, housing, auto, child care and more. Then there are the really specific categories, such as libraries, museums, pets, golf, funerals and more.

It’s like a fast phone directory in your pocket.

Each listing has a button to call that business or get directions.

One function I think will get some use is the directory of city, county and federal officials. Now, anytime an idea crosses your mind, you can get in contact with your representative and fast.

Both of these are great looking and packed with information. Our digital team worked very hard to build slick, easy-to-use apps.

Farm Forum and Access Aberdeen join our growing menu of smartphone apps — Aberdeen News, Aberdeen Sports and Brown County Events — and our Aberdeen News e-edition iPad app.

Last day to bid

The Bid 4 It online auction ends at 8 p.m. today.

Residents can find deals from local restaurants, spas, home improvement companies … the list goes on.

But to get those deals, you have to bid and keep an eye on the action.

Go to today to get started.

The next Bid 4 It auction will be July 21-29.

Feedback to changes

We have heard good things about our recent changes to the Viewpoints page. A few readers have told me they like the way the page is organized.

I like having more options on the page, such as running photos with our columns and having better display for our Public Voice letters to the editor. Keep those coming.

Some readers have told me they don’t like the new horoscopes. We made that change because the previous vendor for our horoscopes raised their rates beyond the norm. We had to change horoscopes.

The larger crossword puzzle on the comics page, a byproduct of moving Doonesbury to that page, has had positive and negative feedback. For now, we will leave the crossword as is.

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