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The Washington Post iPad app video: It's a Ben Bradlee world

By Melissa Bell
Bob Woodward seeks iPad guidance from Ben Bradlee.

Welcome, to The Washington Post, 2010. A place where we all have perfect elocution as we politely disagree, where Bob Woodward still clanks away on his old Watergate-era typewriter and where Spaghetti Western music plays every time Ben Bradlee enters a room.

It really happens that way, folks.

To introduce the brand new Washington Post iPad app, the newsroom went Hollywood for its first time since "All the President's Men," and a roster of Post stars made an appearance.

Try to catch a glimpse of Ron Charles's bacon hair, Robert Redford, and the scene-stealing yours truly. (Hint: I'm hidden behind a newspaper. Okay, fine, you can't see me at all, but the way I hold that newspaper, you can tell I really care.)

Actually, there's no denying the real star (aside from the iPad app): Ben Bradlee. You have to watch all the way to the end to see his true brilliance. Jason Robards had competition.

Here's a tribute to the past and the future glory of this wacky work world I live in.

Oh, and, yes, the iPad application is a nifty, new social way to engage in the news. Word on the street:

Some really nice features., esp. social sharing in @washingtonpost for #iPad #Appleless than a minute ago via TweetDeck

digging the new #WashingtonPost iPad app, out today! Free thru 2/11, then 99¢ monthly for subscribers, $4 for others than a minute ago via web

Quick take on @washingtonpost iPad app: User friendly and innovative. Glad it wont be free forever!less than a minute ago via Twitter for iPad

Agreed. RT @zseward: @washingtonpost's new iPad app has more social integration than any single-source news app I've seen. Nicely done.less than a minute ago via TweetDeck

And just a nice shout-out in general:

As far as newspapers go, @washingtonpost is doing a great job of staying hip (@roncharles) and relevant ( than a minute ago via web

By Melissa Bell  | November 9, 2010; 8:28 AM ET
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Will the iPad app enable Flash 9 (or similar) and access to WP online video and other content?

I was most disappointed NOT to be able to access WP election coverage on my iPad because the election map and all state race results required Adobe Flash 9, and the iPad does not support it.

Posted by: gjhinnova | November 9, 2010 12:16 PM | Report abuse

@gjhinnova, I'm sorry to say the app supports only some of the videos on WP, but there should be a fix within a few months and then all the video coverage will be accessible. Thanks!

Posted by: Melissa Bell | November 9, 2010 1:49 PM | Report abuse

This us great news. I'm happy to pay for the app. I just canceled my physical subscription and was hoping that they would release this soon.

Posted by: Trip2 | November 9, 2010 3:07 PM | Report abuse

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