updated 09:05 am EDT, Tue April 11, 2006
Griffin offers Proxi beta
Griffin Technology launched its new Proxi software that allows users to create your their Mac OS X shortcuts. "It simplifies complicated tasks for you as an intermediary among various parts of your system, or even your network." The company says that Proxi offers a single, versatile interface within which users can configure all Griffin devices, define custom hot keys, monitor Mail, iChat, and RSS feeds, execute repeating tasks, and more. Proxi gives owners of AirClick, PowerMate and Radio Shark powerful new features to enhance and customize their hardware, including the ability to program applications for use with AirClick, use multiple PowerMates in a single application, and fine tune its Radio Shark FM radio device. The beta software is available now for free for Mac OS X 10.4 or later.
"Proxi is built with beginners in mind but with enough meat for hardcore hackers," the company said. "What makes Proxi so powerful is the concept of Triggers and Tasks."
A Trigger is a Proxi component that sets in motion a task or series of tasks. A Task is a Proxi component that performs an action when triggered. A set of linked Triggers and Tasks, together, compose a Proxi "Blueprint": a complete set of instructions that tells Proxi how to perform a task. Proxi includes a library of useful Blueprints to help users get started. It includes triggers for AirClick, PowerMate, monitoring a folder for additions/deletions, assignment of hot keys, and monitoring iChat for buddies' status, iTunes changes, Mail and RSS feeds, Skye, and more.
Proxi features an integrated Blueprint Browser, which it says is always being updated with cool, new Blueprints," and users can share BluePrints onlie via the company's Proxi Support board. Griffin is also offering an incentive: if they are chosen, the company is offering "cool gear."