'The 9/11 Memorial: Past, Present and Future' App to be iPad Exclusive

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Documentary film producer and web developer Steve Rosenbaum's "The 9/11 Memorial: Past, Present and Future" app is an interactive look at the history of the World Trade Center. It chronicles the original development of the towers, the 9/11 attacks, and the lengthy rebuilding process of the memorial and museum.

The New York Observer reports the app will have 400 still photographs and hours of video clips. Rosenbaum says the app lays out the experience in bold chunks: "here's the story before, when the World Trade Center was being built, and then after it was built, and the day of the attacks, and what's happened since."

Aside from the moving content, Rosenbaum picked the iPad for the project because he felt it was the best overall device to display it.

“I wanted it to be more of an immersive experience,” he said. “The nature of the photographs are so powerful, so to render them in anything but full color seemed wrong to me. And I didn’t want it to be viewed on a phone. I wanted it to be big and glossy.”

Apple apparently liked the idea... he submitted his app last week expecting it to take several weeks to get through the company’s notoriously opaque vetting system. “It got approved in a day and a half.”

He’s hoping for some significant promotion in the app store, since apps that aren’t featured can easily be overlooked, but he noted that there are no guarantees. “I’ve asked around, and apparently they have a bunch of people that have a meeting every week on Thursday or Friday, and they pitch. But it’s a closed system. They may choose it and they may not.”

The 9/11 Memorial: Past, Present and Future will be available free on the App Store from September 1 through September 12, and be $9.99 thereafter.

Hat tip to Daring Fireball

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120 months ago
Where does the money go he makes from it?
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120 months ago

Where does the money go he makes from it?


Into his bank account, I would hope.
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120 months ago
$9.95? Is that even an allowed price on the AppStore? I though it could only be $9.99
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120 months ago

I agree, however people for some reason will disagree.


I guess they're still playing the "too soon" card, *TEN YEARS* later.
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119 months ago
I just know I'm going to regret this, but...

What's disgusting is that 9/11 first responders have been banned from Ground Zero ceremonies on 9/11/11, because they are questioning the official government/media myth that Muslims did the attacks, which isn't supported by the evidence.

The "evidence" used by conspiracy theorists is hogwash. Jet fuel can't melt steel? No, but then it doesn't need to. Steel gradually losses strength as heat is applied. It just has to lose enough that it can no longer support the [immense] weight above it. No skyscraper has ever collapsed as a result of fire? No, but then most of them weren't also hit by jetliners traveling several hundred miles an hour. Sure a plane hit the Empire State Building, but that was a prop-driven B-25. And the ESB itself has a completely different support structure.
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120 months ago

What are you babbling about, its free till sep 12:rolleyes:


And then after, it's not free. Was there a point you were trying to make?

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Yeah during that previous time, NOW the truth is being realized.


You know, I used to be into the 911 Truth thing until I saw a very compelling bit of evidence. You may not be aware of this, but the morning the towers collapsed THESE TWO HUGE AIRLINERS CRASHED INTO BOTH OF THEM.
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