Roadshow is an iPad 2 app that was just released on the app store that we thought you video watchers might find helpful. With this iPad app you can collect web videos for offline viewing which is a great idea. Unfortunately, Apple would not allow YouTube videos to be saved in the development of this iPad 2 app because it violated the terms of service. I’m a frequent TED Talks video watcher so this works really good for HTML5 based video but not flash video. Vimeo, MSNBC are some others sites that work well using this video app for the iPad.
How to save videos.
Roadshow has a built-in web browser that you can use to land on your favorite websites. When you find a compatible video, you’ll see it show up in a horizontal scrolling icon list above the browser. To download and save the video for offline viewing on your iPad, tap the action button on a video icon and a bar shows you download progress. You can also touch with one finger on a video in the found video shelf to see its full title. Roadshow puts the captured video onto a “collection” shelf where all video clips are stored. To watch your offline saved video, you simply tap on it and then tap the play button. The video goes to full-screen mode and when your done you can delete the video using the trash can icon. Sharing videos with friends is easy. Simply tap a button to send a link to friends via Twitter or email. Fetch Softworks (my favorite Mac FTP client maker) showed some innovation in the design of this app which is something to build on. This will only get better with time and as Flash starts to be replaced with HTML5. Roadshow is a top iPad app that is intuitive, easy-to-use, and a great way to watch offline video on your iPad. It is available on the app store for free and to remove the ads for $4.99 in-app purchase. Video instructions below.