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10.4: Control Front Row via a Bluetooth phone Apps
Tiger only hintHere is a script to use with Salling Clicker, which will let you control Apple's Front Row with your Bluetooth mobile phone (it should work with most Bluetooth phones -- see above Salling link for compatibility details).

This script could be handy if you can't be bothered finding the Apple remote control for Front Row, or if it has been chewed up by the dog. In order to control Front Row from your Mobile Phone you need a few things first:
  1. Download, install and pay for Salling Clicker. Now install Salling Clicker in your mobile phone by going into System Preferences -> Salling Clicker, and clicking on Set Up Device.
  2. Install the Front Row script found on this page of my blog macosxhints direct download mirror).
  3. Open up Salling Clicker in System Preferences. You'll see Clicker Items and Scripts menus. Just drag the file above, FrontRowLite.cgz, into the menu box named Clicker Items. In Salling Clicker 2, this puts it with all the other standard clicker items, like iTunes, in your phone's Accessories menu. With Salling Clicker 3, you will find Clicker is now a small Java application that you have permanently installed on your phone in Applications. This is much better as you don't have to press Connect on your computer first. You just press Connect on the phone, and so as long as your phone is connected to Address Book, you've always got Salling Clicker ready to go.
  4. Download and install Xkeys.
  5. Open up Xkeys and choose your keyboard type, select the option when the F8 key is pressed, then select 'launch the file/application,' and select Front Row. Close out of Xkeys. Now when you press F8, Front Row should launch.
Now when you connect to your Bluetooth Mac with your phone, you can control iTunes, DVD Player, etc., as well as Front Row -- the * key on your mobile phone now launches and quits Front Row! I've tried this on my mate's iMac G5, and it works fine. Let me know how it works on your machine, as I don't have Front Row on my G4.
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10.4: Control Front Row via a Bluetooth phone
Authored by: cybergoober on May 17, '06 07:51:33AM

FWIW - You don't need to do the XKeys step if you installed Front Row using Front Row Enabler. There should be a Front Row shortcut entry in System Preferences -> Keyboard & Mouse -> Keyboard Shortcuts. You can change the Front Row shortcut there (by default it is command-escape).



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10.4: Control Front Row via a Bluetooth phone
Authored by: trevbucky on May 28, '06 08:32:25AM

Cool as, I didnt realise that... nice one mate...



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10.4: Control Front Row via a Bluetooth phone
Authored by: Dragon76 on May 17, '06 08:54:15AM
There's a much better and easier to use Front Row extension for Salling Clicker which requires no VooDoo that this guy is wanting you to get involved in. http://www.snarb.tk/

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10.4: Control Front Row via a Bluetooth phone
Authored by: trevbucky on May 25, '06 09:28:04PM

yeah mate I havent tried this one, I just found a simple script on the net while messing around at my mates place with his G5 iMac ( as he lost his remote) & modified it so that you can launch FR from your phone with the * key. it worked so I thought I'd share it with ya... now back to the human sacrifice... oooga oooga boooga...boom shaka booga....



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10.4: Control Front Row via a Bluetooth phone
Authored by: ZZamboni on May 17, '06 12:43:08PM
You could also use Romeo, which is free. The Romeo Plugins package includes one for Front Row.

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10.4: Control Front Row via a Bluetooth phone
Authored by: trevbucky on Jun 09, '06 08:19:00PM

yeah you could could use romeo, but only if you have a very old Sony erriccson phone or one old nokia model. With Salling clicker just about all new bluetooth phones are supported.



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10.4: Control Front Row via a Bluetooth phone
Authored by: PeterDie on May 17, '06 03:44:23PM

Or, you can roll your own for the SE K700 phone and others:

http://www.macosxhints.com/article.php?story=20050916042735177

tells you how to find an application to customize a .hid file that, after uploading to your phone, can remotecontrol Front Row.

Sweet!



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10.4: Control Front Row via a Bluetooth phone
Authored by: trevbucky on May 30, '06 02:12:41AM

yes you could use Romeo, but it only supports a few old Sony Ericsson phones
& 2 old Nokia phones.



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10.4: Control Front Row via a Bluetooth phone
Authored by: tknospdr on May 18, '06 04:07:54PM

It sure would be nice if someone could make a script for us folks that don't have any real keys on our phones. I love Salling Clicker and have used it with my old Nokia 3650 for as long as FR has been around. I recently bought a new T-Mobile MDA and it only has an onscreen keypad that you can't access while in Salling Clicker. All I've got are two soft keys and a touch-screen available.



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10.4: Control Front Row via a Bluetooth phone
Authored by: trevbucky on Feb 27, '07 05:16:39AM

Well I'm sure old Mr salling will be franticly working on a plugin for the upcoming Apple iPhone... thats for sure. As for older touch PDA's, it's doubtfull.



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10.4: Control Front Row via a Bluetooth phone
Authored by: liuyixin on Aug 12, '06 09:45:30AM

How can I get the file? I don't understand.
If it is possible ,please send one for me:liuyixin1982@gmail.com
Thanks!



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10.4: Control Front Row via a Bluetooth phone
Authored by: trevbucky on Feb 23, '07 07:32:50PM

You have to have Salling Clicker installed first on your Mac. Then just drag the file (that is found on the link to my Cool Stuff blog) to the left hand side window in the salling clicker preference pane in System Preferences.



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