Just in time for holidays, IOSPIRIT GmbH releases the first release candidate of Remote Buddy, which allows the Wii remote to be used with Bluetooth-enabled Macs.
If you have found a Wii under the christmas tree, you can now remote control your Mac as well! Among the other new features in this release is the ability to browse local and shared iTunes libraries and select and play individual tracks, albums and playlists. And we have something for movie fans, too: they can now select and launch VIDEO_TS folders directly from within Remote Buddy in either DVD Player or VLC. Thanks to Spotlight, Remote Buddy finds the respective folders itself and without any configuration. Another new feature is "Custom actions" - which is the ability to create and manage your own, executable actions directly within mapping tables. With ease! Furthermore, a brand-new, multi-threaded driver architecture does now guarantee exact timing and higher performance under the hood.
A complete and detailed list of changes is available at http://www.iospirit.com/remotebuddy/releasenotes/ .
Using Release Candidate 1, users can fully control any Mac using an Apple Remote, Keyspan Express, Keyspan DMR, Keyspan RF Remote for Front Row, Griffin AirClick USB, Wii Remote, a number of Bluetooth enabled mobile phones or a keyboard. At Mac Expo in Paris, Remote Buddy has received the MacGeneration Award 2006 in the category "Best use of Apple Technologies" for its innovative use of the latest technologies. To date, Mac users have downloaded Remote Buddy more than 75000 times.
IOSPIRIT GmbH wishes everybody a merry and relaxed christmas time and a happy new year.
- About Remote Buddy
Remote Buddy is a software, that takes the usability of remote controls beyond a handful of applications to a level where the entire system can be controled. Applications and system functions are directly supported by so called Behaviours. They are automatically selected depending on the current status of the system and map their functions to the buttons of the remote accordingly.
A press on the menu button opens the Remote Buddy menu. The menu allows the manual selection of another behaviour as well as the virtual mouse and keyboard, browsing the filesystem, opening recently opened documents, adjusting volume and ratings, quitting and starting applications, the display of information on recorded programs, TV channels, cover art and the current mapping of the remote control's buttons. The menu structure is freely configurable and can be varied in an unlimited number of profiles, between which the user can choose depending on the current usage scenario and its special requirements.
The mapping of the buttons is freely configurable on a global and per Behaviour basis. Using the included Behaviour Construction Kit, support for additional applications can usually be added in a couple of minutes and existing Behaviours be extended with self-defined actions. Special care has been taken in the design of the Behaviour Construction Kit, so it is easily usable, including for those without any programming knowledge. Developers, that want to integrate direct support for Remote Buddy into their applications, can download the free Remote Buddy SDK, which contains a number of Xcode example projects.
You can find a compact overview with demo videos and many screenshots at the Remote Buddy website at: http://www.iospirit.com/remotebuddy/ .
Remote Buddy 1.0 RC1 is immediately available for MacOS® X 10.4 ("Tiger") and higher as a Universal Binary at an introductory price of 9,99 € (approximately 13.10 US dollars). The price will presumably be raised to 19,99 € (approximately 26.20 US dollars) later. The prices are final prices and already include 16% VAT for customers inside the EU. On the hardware side, a Mac with keyboard or a remote control supported by Remote Buddy is mandatory. A list of supported hardware is available at http://www.iospirit.com/remotebuddy/supportedremotecontrols/. Remote Buddy does not include any of the controlled applications. They have to be purchased and/or installed seperately. A trial version can be downloaded at http://www.iospirit.com/remotebuddy/ . There are no functional limitations during the 60 day trial period. Remote Buddy is localized in English and German.
- About IOSPIRIT GmbH
The IOSPIRIT GmbH has been founded in 2004 by Felix Schwarz with the aim of developing high-quality software for the Mac® - low-priced, so everybody can enjoy it.
A special focus during development lies on the latest technologies in MacOS® X, their innovative use, own innovations and industry novelties - far away from outworn paths.
At the same time the IOSPIRIT GmbH is its own distributor. The platform used therefore is an internal development - tailored to the needs of the market - and therefore allows efficient and fast processing of incoming orders and queries.
The IOSPIRIT GmbH is based in Nuremberg, Germany.
For more information, please contact:
IOSPIRIT GmbH, Felix Schwarz, CEO
+49 911 3677423
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