I was one of the beta testers for the Kelby Online Training site so I have watched it grow from something that was good to something great over the past couple of years. So when my buddy Scott called me and told me that the iPhone/iPad app had finally been submitted to Apple for review, I was truly excited. When it finally hit the app store and I downloaded it, I was not disappointed. In fact, it held a surprise for me that was unexpected but what I believe is one of its best features.
First, let me give you a little tour of the app if you have not yet seen it in action. When you first open the app you will be prompted to put in your username and password.
Once you are logged in, you can start searching for the class that you want to watch. You can browse classes by Newly Added, Photography, Creative, or check out all courses by tapping one of the browser buttons.
Once you find the class in the list, just tap on it and it opens in the play window on the right-hand side.
Once the video starts, you can skip through the chapters and scrub though the videos. The display works in both the horizontal and vertical format and the app smoothly rearranges things to fit perfectly on your screen while keeping the video looking sharp.
Where the app really shines in when you take it to full-screen mode, especially on the iPad. The picture quality is great!.
So remember when I said there was one feature that just blew me away, well it has to do with the reason that you need to download iOS 4.3.3. And that’s because 4.3.3 allows your device to use AirPlay. That means that you can send the video from your device to your TV via an Apple TV.
I was truly amazed when I fired this up and watched a training video through the AppleTV. The video was smooth and seeing it on the big screen was a fantastic experience.
Here’s why I love this feature. When I watch a training video on photoshop or editing, I like to follow along on my computer, especially when the class offers work files. The problem is that it was hard to watch the Kelby Training videos on my laptop and follow along with the class. Now I can simply watch the video on my iPad or send it to my TV via the AppleTV and happily follow along on my computer. I love this feature and I’m so glad that the developer included it in the app. It’s most definitely one of my favorite features and one that you should check out if you have an AppleTV.
Of course, if you don’t have a Kelby Training membership than none of this really matters to you but I can honestly say that you are missing out on some of the best training on the planet. If you are a member and have an i-device, follow this link to get your hands on this fantastic app.
DON’T FORGET -
Tonight is the NAPP infomercial. It’s kind of like a membership drive to show off all the great things that a NAPP membership brings. I have been a member for about 8 years and it only gets better with time. So tune in tonight and watch the free webinar from 8 to 10 PM. Follow this link to get yourself registered.