IOSPIRIT GmbH is excited to announce the release of version 1.1 of Remote Buddy, its software for completely controlling Macs via remotes. The new version introduces a beta version of its all new AJAX Remote, which turns the iPhone™ into an amazing, interactive remote control that redefines the "remote control" term.

Here's a quick overview over the most important news of this release:

  • AJAX Remote: based on a brand-new, built-in webserver engine, offering quick and easy access to eight modules allowing remote control of a Mac® system through a web browser. Optimized for the iPhone™ screen size. The modules:

    • Remote control (control Remote Buddy just like with a real remote)

    • Trackpad (includes presenter tools, a mini remote desktop, multiscreen support, mousespot and navigation in presentations)

    • Keyboard

    • Menu (browse Remote Buddy's highly dynamic menu - including its embedded UI elements!)

    • Music (browse local and shared iTunes® music libraries)

    • Now playing (interactive "now playing" display showing cover artwork and track details, allowing you to change ratings, play/pause and skip tracks)

    • Movies (VIDEO_TS launcher with cover display)

    • EyeTV (view your recordings in EyeTV, zap between channels, adjust volume)

  • Simplified menu: all supported applications and many frequently used actions are now organized in the top menu level by default, providing faster access to Remote Buddy's functions. The previous, more hierarchic menu structure is still available and can be returned to in Remote Buddy's preferences.
  • Improved support for the Bluetooth®-based Sony® BD Remote Control

A special focusing on the new AJAX Remote can be found at http://www.iospirit.com/remotebuddy/ajaxremote/ .

Two demo videos are available on the Remote Buddy website, giving you a first overview of what is possible with this product. A complete and detailed list of changes is available at http://www.iospirit.com/remotebuddy/releasenotes/ .

Using Remote Buddy, users can fully control any Mac® using an Apple® Remote, Apple® iPhone™, Safari™, Keyspan™ Express, Keyspan™ DMR, Keyspan™ RF Remote for Front Row, Griffin AirClick USB, Sony® BD Remote Control, Wii™ Remote, SiK™ Rex™, a number of Bluetooth® enabled mobile phones or a keyboard. At Mac® Expo in Paris, Remote Buddy has received the MacGeneration Award 2006 in the category "Best use of Apple® Technologies" for its innovative use of the latest technologies.

  • About Remote Buddy

    Remote Buddy is a software, that takes the usability of remote controls beyond a handful of applications to a level where the entire system can be controled. Applications and system functions are directly supported by so called Behaviours. They are automatically selected depending on the current status of the system and map their functions to the buttons of the remote accordingly.

    A press on the menu button opens the Remote Buddy menu. The menu allows the manual selection of another behaviour as well as the virtual mouse and keyboard, browsing the filesystem, opening recently opened documents, adjusting volume and ratings, quitting and starting applications, the display of information on recorded programs, TV channels, cover art and the current mapping of the remote control's buttons. The menu structure is freely configurable and can be varied in an unlimited number of profiles, between which the user can choose depending on the current usage scenario and its special requirements.

    The mapping of the buttons is freely configurable on a global and per Behaviour basis. Using the included Behaviour Construction Kit, support for additional applications can usually be added in a couple of minutes and existing Behaviours be extended with self-defined actions. Special care has been taken in the design of the Behaviour Construction Kit, so it is easily usable, including for those without any programming knowledge. Developers, that want to integrate direct support for Remote Buddy into their applications, can download the free Remote Buddy SDK, which contains a number of Xcode example projects.

    You can find a compact overview with demo videos and many screenshots at the Remote Buddy website at: http://www.iospirit.com/remotebuddy/ .

  • Availability

    The full version of Remote Buddy 1.1 is immediately available for Mac OS® X 10.4 ("Tiger") and higher as a Universal Binary for only 19.99 Euro (approximately 27.50 US dollars). The prices are final prices and already include 19% VAT for customers inside the EU. On the hardware side, a Mac® with keyboard or a remote control supported by Remote Buddy is mandatory. A list of supported hardware is available at http://www.iospirit.com/remotebuddy/supportedremotecontrols/. Remote Buddy does not include any of the controlled applications. They have to be purchased and/or installed seperately. A trial version can be downloaded at http://www.iospirit.com/remotebuddy/ . There are no functional limitations during the 30 day trial period. Remote Buddy is localized in English and German.

  • About IOSPIRIT GmbH

    The IOSPIRIT GmbH has been founded in 2004 by Felix Schwarz with the aim of developing high-quality software for the Mac® - low-priced, so everybody can enjoy it.

    A special focus during development lies on the latest technologies in MacOS® X, their innovative use, own innovations and industry novelties - far away from outworn paths.

    At the same time the IOSPIRIT GmbH is its own distributor. The platform used therefore is an internal development - tailored to the needs of the market - and therefore allows efficient and fast processing of incoming orders and queries.

    The IOSPIRIT GmbH is based in Nuremberg, Germany.

    For more information, please contact:

    IOSPIRIT GmbH, Felix Schwarz, CEO
    Phone: +49 911 3677423
    Email: Contact

    A presskit with screenshots and logos is available here: ;p> http://www.iospirit.com/presskit/

  • Legal notice

    IOSPIRIT GmbH and Remote Buddy are neither affiliated with nor endorsed or sponsored by Apple®, Nintendo®, Keyspan™, Sony®, Griffin or any other, previously named company.

    Apple, Aqua, Carbon, Cocoa, iBook, iMac, iPod, iTunes, iLife, PowerMac, Mac, Mac OS, Macintosh, Velocity Engine, ColorSync, QuickTime, Keynote, Exposé, GarageBand, Xcode, Quartz, Power Mac, PowerBook, MacBook, Keychain, iCal, Cocoa, Carbon, Bonjour, AirPort, AirPort Extreme are trademarks of Apple Computer, Inc., registered in the U.S. and other countries. eMac, Finder, iPhoto, iPhone, Safari, SuperDrive, Aperture, Cover Flow, Spotlight, Objective-C, AirPort Express, Apple TV, Tiger and Panther are trademarks of Apple Computer, Inc. Wii™ is a trademark of Nintendo Co., Ltd. Nintendo® is a registered trademark of Nintendo of America Inc. KEYSPAN is a trademark of InnoSys Inc. Joost is a trademark of Baaima N.V. PowerPC™ and the PowerPC logo™ are trademarks of the International Business Machines Corporation. Adobe, Reader, the Adobe logo, Lightroom and Acrobat are either registered trademarks or trademarks of Adobe Systems Incorporated in the United States and/or other countries. Sony is a trademark or registered trademark of Sony Corporation. All other products, services, companies and publications are trademarks or registered trademarks of their respective owners.

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