Thursday, June 03, 2010

The Future of Magazines is the CD-ROM


The only real differentiation between the Wired application and a multimedia CD-ROM is the delivery mechanism: you download it via the App Store versus buying a CD-ROM at the now defunct Egg Head store at your local strip mall. And I really mean that comparison. For all of the interactivity that was touted in the Flash prototype, what we’ve really ended up with is a glorified slide show. Instead of the “Next” and “Previous” buttons you might have been used to on those old CD-ROMs of yore, you instead swipe left and right to change pages (well *cough* images of pages).


Gary said...

Egg Head!

That's a most excellent reference.



PS: Wasn't there an Elephant Brand floppy disk too?

Tom Hoffman said...

Um... there was a floppy disk brand that had a cool elephant logo. I might have even had an elephant logo sticker on my Trapper Keeper. Can't remember the name of the company though...

Tom Hoffman said...

No, you're right, the name was Elephant: