announce the immediate availability of the latest version of its
award-winning solution for remote controls under Mac OS X. Using
Remote Buddy Preview 9b, users can fully control any Mac using an
Apple Remote, Keyspan Express, Keyspan DMR, Keyspan RF Remote for
Front Row, Griffin AirClick USB, 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 40.000 times.

* New features since Preview 8

The latest version of Remote Buddy is what many of the owners of the
popular Keyspan remote controls have been waiting for for a long
time. Owners of the Keyspan Express and Keyspan DMR (Digial Media
Remote) can now benefit of all the advantages of Remote Buddy as
well. It now brings its own set of drivers for this hardware, fully
replacing Keyspan’s software and enabling it to support both
Keyspan’s own remote control and the Apple Remote with the IR

Among the other novelties is the ability to control all screen
settings directly via a supported remote control, improved support
for G3 Macs as well as support for 18 additional applications and
multiplayer games (including Awaken, Delicious Library, DVDpedia,
FlexTime, Flock, Google Earth, iCab, NeoOffice Impress, NeoOffice
Writer, OmniWeb, Opera, Shiira, Virtue, OmniOutliner, Stapler,
MacSwear, GLTron, Frozen Bubble).

A complete and detailed list of changes is available at
http://www.iospirit.com/remotebuddy/releasenotes/ .

* 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/ .

* Availability

Remote Buddy 1.0 Preview 9b is immediately available for Mac OS X
10.4 (“Tiger”) and higher as a Universal Binary at an introductory
price of 9,99 EUR (approximately 12.70 US dollars). The price will
presumably be raised to 19,99 EUR (approximately 25.40 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.


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
Mac OS 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.