December 12, 2013 Sections
Winnipeg Free Press - PRINT EDITION
The first time I tried to surf the Interweb as part of a newsroom training course in the early 1990s I didn't know my URL from my browser. Suffice to say, it didn't go so well.
The first time, I was handed my Free Press BlackBerry, I was more than all thumbs and it took some time before I managed to send that first email.
And the first time I tried to use Blippar on my BlackBerry to test-run augmented reality in our newspaper, I ended up scanning my foot.
I offer these insights into my initial "epic fails" at new technology to say to those of you who had some difficulty accessing the new reality of your Free Press, just hang in there. I know lots of our readers had no problem unlocking the pictures and videos embedded in their paper and they were quick to email or tweet that they loved the experience.
But for those of you who might have ended up staring at a blank screen, or even scanning their foot, here are a few trouble-shooting suggestions once you've gone to blippar.com, the Apple App Store or Google Play and accessed the free app:
I hope this helps you join others who have been able to access the new reality in the Free Press, the first major daily newspaper in Canada to make use of this interactive technology.
And since I want to hear from our readers about this new feature, please get on the guest list for the party we are throwing Monday, Sept. 9 at our News Café. Blipp the party invite above for the details on how to RSVP.
Paul Samyn is the editor of the Free Press.
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Republished from the Winnipeg Free Press print edition September 5, 2013 A2
Updated on Thursday, September 5, 2013 at 7:37 AM CDT:
adds photo, adds video