123Macmini.com
 Home  News  Do more with your Apple Remote

Search Web
Search Web

Mac Mini Information
  Tech Specs
  Pictures 
  Reviews
  News
  Buyer's Guide
  Accessories
  Videos

User Community
  Forums
  Log In
  Register
  Newsletter

Mac Links & Feeds
  Directory
  Essential Links
  RSS Feeds

MacMini_125x125

NewerTech miniStack V2

iPod Accessories From Handhelditems.com

iLife06

Our Info
  Contact Us
  Terms of Use



 News

Do more with your Apple Remote
Monday, July 24, 2006 - 12:13 AM EST
Posted By: Charles

A few weeks ago, we brought you news about Remote Buddy. It's a neat little application that allows you to control almost anything on your Mac mini with the Apple Remote. The response to an application offering this kind of functionality was pretty enthusiastic, so I wanted to let you know about three other applications in the same category. They are iRed Lite, Mira and Sofa Control. You can learn more about each one of these applications down below. So if you're looking to get more out of your Apple Remote, I suggest you download them and give them a try.

Remote Buddy
"Remote Buddy provides you with a one stop interface that allows you to control almost anything on your Mac just with the remote control. Besides tools that allow you to emulate keyboard and mouse, eject CDs, terminate applications and much more, Remote Buddy also can control applications directly.

It does this through specialized plugins, so called Behaviors. Already included with Remote Buddy are Behaviours for iTunes, Keynote 3, PowerPoint, Photo Booth, QuickTime Player, EyeTV 2, DVD Player, VLC Media Player, Real Player, Adobe Reader, Acrobat Pro, CoverFlow, Quinn, GarageBand, NetNewsWire, MPlayer OSX, Expose and many more.

For your convenience, Remote Buddy has a set of intelligent algorithms that can automatically choose the best fitting behavior for the currently running applications. Plus a table of the active mapping and the behaviors menu is always just a press of the Menu button away."

Download Details:
  Developer: IOSPIRIT
  License: Demo
  Price: $12.70
  System Requirements: Mac OS X 10.4 or later

Sofa Control
"Apple ships a Remote Control with any new Mac. The pre-installed functionality is limited to control just a couple of applications. Sofa Control breaks this limit. With Sofa Control you are able to control any application on your Mac and trigger the actions you like. Sofa Control gives the control back to you.

Sofa Control uses AppleScript to control any application installed on your Mac. It's full extendible and adoptable by the end user with their own scripts. Sofa Control provides specially designed "sofa suitable" user interface elements to choose files and to bring up menus. A special application switcher makes it easy to switch between applications.

Sofa Control ships with support for a number of applications like Eye TV, Preview, iTunes, Adobe Reader, Keynote, VLC, Quicktime Player, Powerpoint, NetNewsWire, and more. A download area for new and updated scripts is provided on the product's website."

Download Details:
  Developer: CASE Apps
  License: Demo
  Price: $9.99
  System Requirements: Mac OS X 10.4 or later

iRed Lite
"iRed Lite (iRL) was made for all Macs equipped with an Apple Remote, but may be used by keyboard or mouse as well. It allows you to control the basic functions of applications like iTunes, iPhoto, PowerPoint or Keynote from remote. Examples for these apps as well as for others are provided with the iRL package. iRL does not interfere with Front Row, but supplements it.

A visual feedback of iRL is always only a click away: press Menu on your Apple Remote and you'll get an full screen or a resizable on-screen menu to show you what kind of action an Apple Remote button will cause. Switching between applications or control scenarios is also done in a snap: hold Menu for a second and you can switch between "layers" of controls. Optional audio feedback lets you operate iRL even without sight.

iRL is highly customizable with a built-in Editor, which features a simple mode as well as an expert mode and it is only at its beginning: Themes for on-screen menus as well as an online repository for actions and layers are in the making.

iRL is currently in beta and will soon reach version 1.0, with a target price of $12."

Download Details:
  Developer: FileWell
  License: Beta
  Price: Free
  System Requirements: Mac OS X 10.4 or later

Mira
"Mira is designed exclusively for the Apple Remote, taking it beyond Front Row with personal control over any application. Shipping with built-in support for over 20 applications, new ones can be given their own specific actions in a few seconds with virtually no learning curve and no additional software or plugins to download or install.

Mira automatically detects which application is running and matches it with the correct personal settings. If you know how to use your favorite applications with a mouse and keyboard, you can make them work with the Apple Remote. Some special features include a custimizable large-format menu allowing you to launch your favorite applications, control over the Mac OS Application Switcher, Multi Actions that support Short and Long presses of each button, transparent AppleScript launching, system volume control with bezel feedback and the ability to control non-active (background) applications."

Download Details:
  Developer: Twisted Melon
  License: Demo
  Price: $16.00
  System Requirements: Mac OS X 10.4 or later



Post a Comment:
  Discuss
  More News
123Macmini.com Widget
123Macmini Widget 1.2






123Macmini.com has not been authorized, sponsored, or approved by Apple Computer, Inc.
All logos and trademarks in this site are property of their respective owners.
Copyright © 2006 123Macmini.com. All Rights Reserved.