The first version of Hudl’s iOS app was published in late 2011. Back then, you could only watch video in the app. Really, just look at how young and innocent we were.
Since then, a lot of new features have made their way into the app. Coaches regularly use Mobile Capture, Tag a Game, and Exchanges, and athletes love to create and watch highlights right from their iPhones.
But earlier this year, Hudl’s Mobile team took a step back to look at the current state of the app, how coaches and athletes have been using it, and how it could be improved.
The end result is version 4.0 of Hudl for iOS, now available in the App Store.
The first thing you’ll notice is a whole different look and feel. Even the login screen has been given a fresh coat of paint. After you log in, you’ll notice our latest addition to the app - the new home screen. What’s displayed on this screen will change based on your team’s schedule. From practice to game day, you’ll see the most common tasks for each situation. The Activity Feed is there with a new look of its own, as well as a few other enhancements coming soon.
Navigation around the app has changed on both the iPad and iPhone. On iPad, there is now a navigation sidebar that stays visible no matter where you are in the app. This will let you easily switch teams and features without having to backtrack through different menus.
The Video menu and player - which used to be known as the Library - received a major makeover. Finding the right video is now easier because we focus on your current season instead of showing you every playlist from years past. If you’re interested in an older game, you can use the new Season Navigator to go back. Finally, the non-fullscreen video players are enlarged for watching video and keeping an eye on your breakdown data at the same time.
We’ve also removed the Downloaded Videos section – but not the ability to download playlists. If you want to make a playlist available offline, simply swipe or long tap that playlist in the Video menu. You’ll be able to tell at a glance which playlists are or aren’t available offline.
One last important point: This version of the app (and future versions) is only compatible with iOS 7 and above. If you have a device on iOS 6 that you can’t update, you can still download an older version of the app, but it won’t have access to any of these new features.
If you have any issues or can help sort out initial kinks, please tap Get Help in the app and we’ll make sure to get things fixed. You can provide comments and feedback about the new design from there, as well. We’re really excited about this latest and greatest version of the Hudl app, and we’d love to hear what you think, so don’t hold back.