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If you are one of the 20,000 or so monthly users of The Miami Herald’s iPad app, you noticed a change this week.

Our tablet application has a new look and new features that improve how you can enjoy the Miami Herald stories, photos and videos that most interest you.

Here’s a quick list of the iPad app upgrades:

•  It’s faster. Content loads more quickly.

•  It’s easier to customize. You can choose which types of news appear on your home screen so you see the topics of greatest interest when you open the app.

It features richer content. We’ve added new sections for in-depth stories — both from Miami Herald staff and the 30 other newsrooms across McClatchy, including our Washington and foreign bureaus.

•  Sports scores update automatically.

• You can print stories directly from the app with a Bluetooth connection.

• You can access the digital edition of The Miami Herald — a clickable pdf version of the morning newspaper with all the sections and advertisements — right from the iPad app homepage.

Of course, the app retains many of the features from when we first launched The Herald on the iPad in May 2011. You can make the type bigger. You can easily share any story through Twitter and Facebook. You can download content to read later, when you may not have a wireless or data connection — or when you simply have more time.

Some features have been tweaked, because while version 1.0 was well received, we learned a lot from how you used the app — which features you liked, didn’t use, or what the app lacked.

“With the latest app update, we were able to respond to many of our readers’ requests,’’ said Alex Fuentes, general manager of Miami Herald Interactive.

Right off, it just looks better. “The sections are easier to navigate. The presentation is optimized for retina display,’’ Fuentes said.

If you don’t have our tablet app — or any of our other apps — you can download them from the Apple app store or from Google Play for free. All of our apps are included with a Miami Herald+ digital subscription, along with home delivery of the newspaper.

In addition to our tablet app and digital edition, we offer iPhone and Android for news and sports apps on the Miami Heat, the Miami Dolphins, the Miami Marlins, and the Florida Panthers, as well as apps for the University of Miami, University of Florida, Florida International University and Florida State.

In Spanish, we have an El Nuevo Herald news app for iPhone and Android, and very soon we’ll launch an El Nuevo Herald app for the iPad.

And, with all the apps, there will be periodic upgrades and additions, Fuentes said.

“We will continue to improve the app as we continue to learn how our readers interact with our content on tablets."

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