Microsoft’s approach is not perfect (it only works in widescreen format and leaves little space for the second app) but it’s definitely a big step forward from what we can do today with the iPad.
Fortunately, while we wait for Apple to pull some new tricks out of the hat, the developers of CineXPlayer have come up with the brilliant idea of adding a browser to their versatile video player application to do just what I suggested above: watch a video and surf the web at the same time on the iPad . The best part? Not only does it work, it does it very well.
CineXPlayer 2.8 is not only able to make the most of the screen when we hold the iPad upright by splitting it in two with the video up and the browser down, but we can even slide our finger from one window to another to quickly search IMDb for all the information about the movie we’re watching and its actors.
The only problem I can see with this version is that, although it adds a lot of new features to a player that is already very well featured (support for subtitles and AC3 Dolby Digital, playback via Wi-Fi , streaming from Dropbox, video download …), it still lags behind AVPlayerHD in my opinion in terms of its main function: video playback. It’s absurd that at this point in time it still doesn’t support mkv, especially when it’s been promised since last year and this is a subject where its main competitor simply dazzles. Maybe for version 3.0?
- Developer: NXP Software
- Language: English
- Requirements: iPad compatible. Requires iOS 4.0 or later.
- Price: 2.99 euros
- Download it from the App Store