Remote Buddy 1.7 with completely reworked user interface, iPhone and iPod
OCTOBER 9, 2007 – NUREMBERG, GERMANY
IOSPIRIT GmbH is excited to announce the release of version 1.7 of Remote
Buddy today. Remote Buddy gives its users full control over their Mac via
their remote control. With over 95 directly supported applications and
system functions, real virtual mouse and keyboard, built-in presentation
tools, extensive configuration abilities as well as broad hardware support
(incl. Apple Remote, iPhone, iPod Touch and Wii Remote), Remote Buddy is
targeting a broad and diverse audience.
New in version 1.7 are a completely redesigned configuration interface as
well as a strongly extended version of Remote Buddy’s integrated AJAX
Remote. The AJAX Remote allows the usage of iPhone and iPod Touch as an
interactive highend remote control with focus on mediacenters and
Using AJAX Remote, almost all aspects of iTunes can now be conveniently
controlled via the touchscreen. Albums, artists and particular songs can be
tracked down (no pun intended) with the integrated live search or located
via the built-in music library browser. From there, they can be played back
directly or enqueued in the current playlist. Support for switching between
speakers connected through AirPort Express as well as changing the repeat
and shuffle modes, volume and track position has also been added. Playback
controls and the ability to change the rating of a song are also provided.
Presenters are supported by the AJAX Remote’s Presenter Trackpad. With the
touch of their finger, users switch between the live view of their
displays, reposition the mousepointer or toggle the Mousespot
functionality, that softly highlights the current position of the mouse
Also new is the the AJAX Remote’s camera module, that provides users with a
live view of their iSight and also allows taking snapshots with it.
Another huge area of change in Version 1.7 is the completely redesigned
configuration interface. It has experienced further simplification,
grouping by tasks and a new Leopard-style look – the forthcoming Mac OS X
release that this version is now also compatible to.
A video showing the AJAX Remote in action as well as an extensive
collection of screenshots are immediately available at Remote Buddy’s
product page at http://www.iospirit.com/remotebuddy/ .
A complete and detailed list of changes is available at
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
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:
The full version of Remote Buddy 1.7 is immediately available for Mac OS X
10.4 (“Tiger”) and higher as a Universal Binary for only 19.99 Euro
(approximately 28 US dollars). The prices are final prices and already
include 19% 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
There are no functional limitations during the 30 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
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.