updated 08:35 am EDT, Fri July 14, 2006
Remote Buddy preview 4
IOSpirit has released a forth preview version of Remote Buddy, allowing users to create custom applications to control their Mac with the Apple Remote (AR). Featuring a new Behavior Construction Kit, the software allows users to create custom actions without any programming knowledge. Remote Buddy supports the Keyspan RF Remote for Front Row in addition to the Apple Remote (included with all new Front Row-enabled Macs). The software supports Adobe Acrobat Pro, CoverFlow, Quinn, GarageBand, NetNewsWire, MPlayer, Front Row, and Exposť by default. The update also features 2-button emulation on the Apple remote, Global remote mapping, EyeTV support, screen saver deactivation options, and several bug fixes. Remote Buddy Preview 4 requires Mac OS X 10.4.6 or later, and is priced at $15.
Remote Buddy is designed to help bring both old and new Macs into the realm of media centers by offering control of applications, filesystems, mice, and keyboards. Support for both EyeTV and iTunes allow users to fully control the viewing and listening experience via complete EyeTV and Front Row integration.
The software also features a virtual keyboard and mouse that provide support for six buttons. Users can construct behavior as simple or as complicated as desired, and Remote Buddy includes software development kits (SDKs) for XCode as well as Cocoa. Minimal programming knowledge is required to achieve complex tasks, according to IOSpirit, and the application offers the ability to install pre-made behaviors created by other users.