Reflection App (renamed Reflector) 10/3/12

reflection appI’ve seen this tool used in two presentations and each time I was captivated. The presenter opened up Reflection app on the computer, which was connected to the projector, then turned AirPlay on the mobile device. Instantly the iPad and iPhone 4S appeared on the computer screen. The presenter continued to control the mobile device and walk around since there was no cable required.

This same ‘mirroring’ can be done with an Apple TV and iPad/iPhone. So, why bring up another option. An Apple TV is $99 while the Reflection app is only $15. (Even better yet, Reflection app has volume pricing for schools. A 5 Seat license is $50. When buying more than 20, contact for bulk pricing) There is a trial version of Reflection app but it’s extremely limited. You can only use it for 10 minutes. Don’t download the trial unless you are ready to test it out right away.

 There are other ways to get your iPad home screen projected to the classroom. Every one of them has a price tag attached so Reflection app is the most affordable out of the bunch. Other options include:

VGA Adaptor VGA cable adaptor $30 (You are ‘tethered’ to your projector using the adaptor and a VGA cable.)
HDMI Adaptor HDMI cable adaptor $30 (You are ‘tethered’ to your projector using the adaptor and a HDMI cable.)
Apple TV

Apple TV $99 (This requires both devices to be on the same wireless and lets you walk around freely.)

I understand if I lost most of you already, because I typically review free apps. Only one other time have I reviewed an app that you had to purchase and it was $5.00. If you are still interested, read on.

Reflection app is not found at the App Store. It is an application that can be purchased directly from Squirrels LLC:

Reflection ExampleSome districts are experiencing issues with their wireless settings and the Apple TV. It is possible that the Reflection app will encounter these same issues, so I recommend having your tech team test the 10 minute trial before you buy.

Reflection app will display multiple devices on one computer. I tested this with my iPhone and iPad and they displayed well when I used apps. When I went to play video the connection was lost with two devices because the video went full screen. Playing videos is definitely not the Reflection app’s strong suit. Video jerked and hitched. Sending video from my iPad to a projector isn’t my main goal. I want to project the educational apps I have on the iPad. If I really need to show video, I’ll just use my computer.

To the left you can see Reflection app in full screen displaying my iPhone (running the calculator) and my iPad (getting ready to run Top-IT). Full screen mode blacks out the rest of the monitor so your desktop icons don't compete for visual attention.

Here are a few noteworthy items I thought you’d like to know:

  • You can connect the original iPad using the Reflection app, but the same rule applies as when connected with an adaptor. You can only project out photos and videos.
  • Reflection app can record your screen if you are running Windows 7 or higher. It won’t record Windows Vista or Windows XP.  This is something the other connections don’t offer.
  • The iPad/iPhone audio is sent to the computer along with the picture. You can use the speakers already connected to the computer in your classroom.
  • Reflection app is downloaded from the company website and they are having issues with auto generating license codes with some browsers.  If you don’t receive your license code after a few minutes, you can send a request for your code. (I received mine in 30 minutes via e-mail).
  • Their tech support is very good, responding within 24 hours. You can read through their Twitter feed to read common questions, issues and learn more about Reflection App. @ReflectionApp

If you have interest in the Reflection app you can find out more by reading their Support & FAQ page. Choose if you have a Mac or PC .

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