The Billings Gazette has released its iPhone app, called simply “Billings Gazette.” It’s a free app available in the iTunes Store.
The app has four sections displayed by default in tabs across the top of the screen: news, opinion, sports and entertainment. More news is accessible via the “more” menu in the black bar at the bottom of the screen.
It look as though you can edit the arrangement of buttons in the black bar, just like you can with the New York Times app. That will certainly make getting to deeper sections easier.
You can also save articles for offline reading, and it appears as though you can do some searching, tweeting and Facebooking from within the app.
The settings page for tweeting and posting to Facebook is a bit confusing, though. It looks as if you have to be a member of the Gazette’s website to use those features. Sadly, it looks as though you have to go to the website to sign up. Maybe this opens in an in-app browser; I don’t know. I’ll explore that tonight when I’m home on the Wi-Fi.
Oddly, I didn’t see any options for sharing articles, just the download button. It’s possible that those buttons appear once you are signed in. Again, I’ll explore that further tonight and get back to you.