Good morning, and happy holidays.
Your friends here at The Post-Crescent hope you're enjoying the season, and that you're almost ready to get back into the daily business of making 2013 a great year.
We also hope that whoever sent presents your way this Christmas gave you things that can be used in a productive way.
A tablet computer, maybe. Or a new smartphone.
We're pretty sure a lot of you took ownership of a new iPad or Android tablet. Or maybe you had an early model, and got an upgrade.
There's evidence to support our suspicion. An analytics company named Flurry reports that a record number of those devices - tablets and smartphones - were activated on Christmas Day 2012. Something around 17.4 million, more than 330 percent higher than the activations on Christmas Day 2011.
We're hoping you'll put that device to good use and sample the best coverage of the Fox Cities on The P-C's tablet-optimized site - tablet.postcrescent.com.
On our tablet site, you can still read the stories and see the photos (more than our print edition can hold) of our daily coverage of the Fox Cities and Wisconsin.
We employ more journalists than any other news outlet in the area, and your subscription will give you all of their daily work to keep you up-to-date in news, sports, business, food, gardening, features and family-focused coverage that is vital to our corner of the world.
But you'll also have access to content that elegantly fits the tablet format. Here are a few ways:
? Today, for example, you can swipe through P-C photojournalist Dan Powers' best work of 2012. Dan's work is the third of a four-part series that you won't want to miss.
(Did you know Dan Powers has a photo in the Pro Football Hall of Fame? And that he's photographed Olympic Games and Super Bowls for USA Today? Yes, he's that good. And he works for you.)
? You can enjoy our top multimedia offerings of 2012 on the tablet site, too. We've created a file with all the links to them.
? Under the "Galleries" tab is "Planning a kid-friendly New Year's Eve," which offers five tips for making New Year's Eve a blast for kids.
? Another exclusive piece of local content that plays especially well on the tablet is our "ViewFinder" feature. The current work is Sharon Cekada's feature on Neenah's Ryan Thomas, probably the best chess player most of us will ever run up against, but he tells us, "The more I play, the more I realize how good I'm not."
But award-winning photojournalism isn't the only thing that plays well on tablets. Investigative reporting works there, too.
? This Thursday, we'll launch the first of the exclusive databases in the "What We Pay" reporting project from the Gannett Wisconsin Media Investigative Team.
"What We Pay" is a five-week series that explores the salaries paid to public employees throughout Wisconsin. The databases will help you discern how governmental units throughout the state are compensating the people who police our streets, plow our roads, teach our kids, collect our taxes and administer our various bureaucracies.
Our Investigative Team worked for months on the report. You simply won't find the content anywhere else.
And that's just the beginning. Our digital content, especially on our tablet site, will grow and improve throughout 2013. We have been the Fox Cities' most reliable and most read source of news and information since 1853, and that's a responsibility we take seriously.
We won't lose touch with you this year, either.
So, how do you get at this digital content? If you're a full-access subscriber to The Post-Crescent, use the tablet.postcrescent.com site for unlimited access to our coverage. If you have an iPhone or Android device, you can find free smartphone apps at the iTunes store or Google Play store.
If you have another mobile device, you can find our coverage at m.postcrescent.com.
And obviously, if you're in love with a new laptop or your tried-and-true desktop (like me), you're in luck by heading to www.postcrescent.com.
If you're hoping to use your device to keep updated on your hometown, we'll see you online.
- Dan Flannery: 920-993-1000, ext. 237,
on Twitter @dflannery