Wii have a Remote Buddy christmas surprise for you
DECEMBER 25, 2006 – NUREMBERG, GERMANY
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
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:
Remote Buddy 1.0 RC1 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 13.10 US dollars). The price will
presumably be raised to 19,99 EUR (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
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
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.
The IOSPIRIT GmbH is based in Nuremberg, Germany.