updated 06:30 pm EDT, Fri September 17, 2010
Turns iOS devices into "virtual Magic Trackpads"
Regular Rate and Rhythm Software have updated their flagship product Rowmote Pro to v3.2, adding support for true multi-touch gestures -- allowing iOS devices such as iPhones, iPod Touches and iPads to control both Apple and third-party apps on a Mac or a pre-2010 Apple TV, in a manner similar to a Magic Trackpad.
The software, which requires iOS 3.2 or greater for full gesture support, emulates the interface of Apple's own hardware remote control, creating a consistent interface but with support for numerous third-party applications with program-specific controls. The free "Rowmote Helper" software must be running on the target Mac or the pre-2010 Apple TV. Users can have multiple target devices and switch between them from the app.
Among the programs supported by Rowmote Pro are Front Row, Airfoil Video, Adobe Lightroom 2, Amarra, Boxee, DVD Player, eyeTV, Firefox, Hulu Desktop, iPhoto, iStopMotion, iTunes, Keynote ’08 and ‘09, kJams Pro, Last.fm, Logic Pro, Movist, mPlayer, OpenOffice Impress, PandoraBoy, PandoraJam, PandoraOne Desktop, Plex, Powerpoint 2004 and 2008, Quicktime, Safari, Skim, Songbird, Spotify, The Tube, VLC, and XBMC -- making its focus the easy management of media apps and presentations.
Rowmote (standard) for iOS devices has also been updated, but lacks the keyboard and mouse support of the Pro version (an in-app upgrade is available). The Rowmote iOS app is available from the App Store for $1, with Rowmote Pro costing $5.