Product Reviews

Training on the Go

Transcender's TransTrainer provides a worthy alternative to busy professionals.

In the world of telecommuting, the virtual office and the mobile office, more professionals are constantly on the go. Typical classroom training has become impractical for many, so where does the consummate technical professional turn for training? Read a book? Think again. Perhaps it's time to take a look at computer-based training, otherwise known as CBT.

Transcender's TransTrainer is an ideal solution for mobile professionals interested in updating their technical prowess and putting more acronyms after their names. For a reasonable price, you can get yourself an "instructor in a box." Well, not really a box, but a CD-ROM. Of course, you can download one if you choose (and if you can afford a 13.5MB download process). Transcender is known for its "test prep" guides. With this offering, Transcender moves into the training industry, complementing its other products such as TranscenderCert (exam testing simulation) and TranscenderFlash (a flash-card system).

Once you get past rebooting your PC (wasn't rebooting was a thing of the past with the release of Windows 2000/XP?), TransTrainer provides hours of easy-to-use operation. In evaluating TransTrainer for Microsoft Operating System Technology (which prepares you for CompTIA's A+ Operating System Technologies exam), I found it to be very appealing. The screen was simple, and the layout concise.

The screen is spit into two panes: On the left, there's an outline, and the right side is the viewing pane. At the top are three navigational tabs: Contents (default), Index and Search. Finding a specific topic was simple. On the bottom of the outline pane, which doubles as a navigational portal to any topic the exam covers, there are three buttons. The first button takes you to a Notes area for personalizing a topic. The Reference button came in handy while locating additional information on the Internet. Finally, a full glossary is included for those not-so-simple terms.

On the menu bar, you can view supplemental material. While on a particularly long flight, I found the continuous Play All feature useful as it kept me from constantly having to click on the Play button to move onto the next topic. The video and audio were clear and easy to understand. Just make sure you have a fast CD-ROM drive and plenty of RAM.

I enjoyed this CD so much, I purchased TransTrainer's product for Microsoft Windows 2000 Network Management CD as an aid to an instructor-led class. If you're a busy professional or simply a neophyte, this CBT by Transcender is for you. Not only will you save money, but also time (and time is money, right?). All you road warriors need look no further for a solid training solution.

About the Author

Michael Rodgers, MCSE+I, MCSA, MCT, A+, is a professor at Dyersburg State. He has seven years' experience as a technical trainer and consultant for Piranha Technologies, a network and security managed solution provider.

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Sun, Jul 25, 2004 Sridhar Hydrabad

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Sun, Feb 29, 2004 Thomas New Mexico

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Sun, Jan 4, 2004 Yeneneh Ethiopia

I loved it.

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Mon, Aug 18, 2003 lachit rajkonwar guwahati

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Tue, Aug 5, 2003 Ricardo Brasil

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Mon, Jul 28, 2003 Anonymous Anonymous

to vague

Tue, Jul 22, 2003 Bill Alabama

Find some objectivity if you want me to view your rag as anything beyond vendor propaganda. I downloaded the demo and found it to be very low-level. Maybe for paper-MCSEs or career changers, but forget it for IT professionals....

Mon, Jul 21, 2003 Samir Anonymous

I used Transtrainer for 70-306 exam and it's an excellent resource for this exam. It really simplified the explanation of the complicated object oriented concepts.

Tue, Jul 8, 2003 Adrees.Malik U.A.E


Tue, Jul 1, 2003 Jeffrey Arlington, VA

Definitely worth to buy Training on the Go. That helped me to pass two certifications from this incredible training session! Now, I am working on MCSA: Security - three more exams to get one!

Mon, Jun 30, 2003 Jeff NC

where were u when i was getting certified

Sat, Jun 28, 2003 Anonymous Anonymous

fair. It can be much better ...

Wed, May 28, 2003 Lee Boise

Read a bit like a TransTrainer press release. I'd like to see a compare and contrast with other products. I'm also leary of reviews that don't list drawbacks. Makes me think TransTrainer is an advertiser. Did I mention I'm deeply cynical?

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Mon, Jan 6, 2003 Anonymous Dallas, TX

Thanks, I'll try it. Does Mr. Rodgers have any other reviews? I look forward to more from Mr. Rodgers.

Mon, Jan 6, 2003 Anonymous Anonymous

Very insightful! Finding the time to acuire training and stay current is perhaps the greatest challenge an IT professional faces!

Thu, Dec 26, 2002 Anonymous Anonymous

great article

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