ALMOST two decades after The Manila Times’ became one of the very first newspapers to have an online edition (www.manilatimes.net), the oldest newspaper in the Philippines is heralding another modern addition with its first-ever digital version now up at digital.manilatimes.net.
In celebration of its 117th anniversary, The Manila Times Digital is made for the changing times, the company’s president and executive editor, Dante Ang 2nd, said. “The Manila Times has to prepare for the future and whether we like it or not, the future is digital.”
He added, “The digital edition is the exact replica of the printed paper including the layout, the photos, even the ads. It is available to readers worldwide—say New York, Paris and elsewhere where there is an Internet connection—the same day it is available in Manila.”
Upon arriving at the homepage, a reader is immediately greeted by the day’s Front Page with the important banner story as well as supporting and secondary news. Just like in the printed version, The Manila Times’ top columnists are also on page 1.
To turn to the next page, just hover the mouse or your finger to the right or left of the paper to reveal an arrow. Click this and the goes to the next page. Another interesting feature is the twisting top leaf that mimics how a person would flip a real newspaper.
There is also a toolbar on top that allows a reader to go from the first page to last. Other buttons include the Library carrying digital editions of previous days; the Thumbnail that reveals small versions of the paper at the bottom of the page; the Auto Flip option; the page number; and the zoom.
“It is browser-based so it can be accessed on desktop or mobile devices without the need to download an app,” noted Ang.
It is also packed with the daily sections of The Manila Times including News, Opinion, Regions, World, Business, Sports, Life & Times and even Classified Ads. Special sections like the Fast Times, Page from the Past and The Sunday Times Magazine are also included.
To share the news all over the World Wide Web, there are social media buttons at the right side of page including Facebook, Twitter, Google Plus, Pinterest, Tumblr and Mail.
“As you know, broadsheets in the Philippines already have a presence online through websites and social media sphere including Facebook, and Twitter, among others. What we are doing with The Manila Times Digital is a continuation of that,” ended Ang.
The Manila Times Digital is developed by a Singaporean company that made the digital edition of Singapore Strait Times. For the anniversary month of The Manila Times in October, it is up for free at digital.manilatimes.net.