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10.4: Use the Apple Remote with other applications System 10.4
Tiger only hintWhile messing around with my new MacBook Pro, it suddenly occurred to me that the remote included with my computer might be used to control more than just Front Row. Since it seemed just the sort of thing Apple would think of, I started firing up apps and clicking to see what would happen here's what I found:

First of all, the volume adjustment works the same just about everywhere, although it should be noted that it adjusts the system volume and not application's volume.
  • Keynote: next and previous buttons can be used to control slides.
  • iTunes: everything works as anticipated.
  • iPhoto: next and previous go up and down in the source list. Hit play/pause to start a slide show using that source. While in a slide show, next and previous can be used to skip or back up.
  • DVD Player: everything works as anticipated.
  • QuickTime Player: works as anticipated - the next and previous buttons actually give you near frame-by-frame control of QuickTime movies.
There may be others, of course, but those are the ones I found. Now if they'd only expose this through some AppleScript events, so that other applications could take advantage of it. Then it could become really useful.
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Preview, too?
Authored by: rhowell on Feb 28, '06 07:39:13AM

Can anybody test whether the remote works in Preview's View->Slideshow for multipage PDF documents? This is still a popular method of giving presentations in the science community.

If it does work, does the controller bezel appear when one clicks the remote, as it does when using the keyboard? This is currently a big turn-off.



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Preview, too?
Authored by: holo on Feb 28, '06 08:22:01AM

I just tried it with a preview image slideshow and it didnt work for me.



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10.4: Use the Apple Remote with other applications
Authored by: umijin on Feb 28, '06 07:39:19AM

Unfortunately it doesn't do a very good job of controlling apps within FrontRow - or more accurately FrontRow does a poor job.

What Front Row and the Remote needs are preferences or pref panels that allow us to customize them.



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10.4: Use the Apple Remote with other applications
Authored by: fds on Feb 28, '06 08:50:55AM

The Apple Remote's buttons are processed by a process called "rcd" which then simply runs AppleScripts to control a set of hardcoded applications. That is, QT Player, iPhoto, etc. does not support the Apple Remote. It's the other way around -- the "rcd" process supports QT Player, iPhoto, etc.

You can try
strings /System/Library/CoreServices/rcd.app/Contents/MacOS/rcd | less
on the Terminal to browse through the AppleScripts embedded in rcd.

It appears the list is: iPhoto, QuickTime Player, iTunes, DVD Player, Keynote. Oh, hey, you got it all already. :)



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10.4: Use the Apple Remote with other applications
Authored by: rgray on Feb 28, '06 09:53:42AM

Can one take from this the implication that the Remote could be given expanded (or at least different) functionality??



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10.4: Use the Apple Remote with other applications
Authored by: b00le on Feb 28, '06 10:03:26AM

Yes - could it control VLC, for example?



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10.4: Use the Apple Remote with other applications
Authored by: fds on Feb 28, '06 10:38:07AM

The implication from this is unfortunately that it seems only Apple can add support for new applications.



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10.4: Use the Apple Remote with other applications
Authored by: displaced on Feb 28, '06 06:08:56PM
I think we can expect to see some Cool Stuff happening with the Apple Remote soon. This page suggests a fair amount of progress has been made in figuring out how to programmatically interface with the remote.

Once some enterprising developers out there have put together a tried & tested framework to allow apps to use the remote, we should see some utilities which will allow us to attach appliescripts to buttons (amongst other interesting uses!)

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10.4: Use the Apple Remote with other applications
Authored by: WBF1 on Mar 13, '06 02:16:06PM

I tried to run a powerpoint presentation, but nothing happens. is there a way to implement this or did I just not do the right thing. I run Office 2004.
Thanks



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10.4: Use the Apple Remote with other applications
Authored by: blixa on Feb 28, '06 09:11:52AM

Unfortunately, the volume up/down on the remote changes the _system_ volume level, not iTunes's (whether or not iTunes is in the foreground). So, it has no effect on the volume if you're streaming music to an Airport Express base station. Otherwise, good find!



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10.4: Use the Apple Remote with other applications
Authored by: PCheese on Feb 28, '06 10:37:59AM

Actually, it does control the volume level in iTunes' and other applications' somewhat (I tested DVD Player).

When the system volume is increased to its maximum level, the volume up button increases the application volume. This only works for increasing the volume.

However, I haven't been able to get Keynote 3 to work with the remote on my iMac.



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10.4: Use the Apple Remote with other applications
Authored by: kopmanis on Sep 29, '06 10:51:13AM
For about US$13, you can get Remote Buddy that will enable you to use your Apple Remote with just about anything. Very slick.

http://www.iospirit.com

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