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Remote for iTunes

I can never quite figure out the best way to name this app. Sometimes I call it Remote, Sometimes iTunes Remote.

Anyway – it’s a remote control for iTunes.

It works with the iTunes helper app that we wrote for PC and Mac software and it gives you full control of iTunes.

You can browse and search playlists, search by album, artist or genre. You can see album art and change the volume, track, etc.

Give it a try here, or you can try the free light version here.

Remote 0.1.9 uploaded

Hi Folks,

I just updated 0.1.9 with a few new features

1) You can tap on album art to show the art fullscreen

2) You can scroll the art to skip to the next or previous track.

I also updated the Mac Helper to handle some string display issues (album and artist).

The free version is uploaded now, and the paid version will follow as soon as Palm approves it.

Enjoy!

Rob

Updates in 0.1.5

Hi,

1.5 adds a few fairly small changes – and a new way for me to communicate.

You have seen the news page as you are in it! I’m hoping this will make it easier for me to let you know about changes – but also to encourage you to let me know about things you’d like to see.

The other main changes I have made are mostly behind the scenes. Now I (finally!) have an actual device to play with, I have been able to experiment with what happens when the screen turns off, the wifi is unavailable or the card is inactive. I now set VLC to update far less frequently in these kind of situations so that it is less power-hungry.

The related change that you’ll notice is an overlay when the connection is lost to make it clear that you are not getting current data!

Finally – If you like VLC Remote – please leave a review at the store 😉

Enjoy!

Getting better?

I got a bunch of fairly negative feedback for the first release of Remote (and some positive comments too!)

The criticism was mostly well deserved. Unfortunately I didn’t have an actual device until after the first version was finished – so I failed to spot a bunch of problems where the device quickly ran out of memory.

I hope this version addresses a bunch of people’s suggestions and complaints.

Here are the main changes

1) Updated windows helper which

  • Handles opening and closing of iTunes better so that it doesn’t lose the connection.
  • Is more stable
  • Allows new features
  • (to update the helper, just launch it and click on the ‘check for updates’ button)

2) Ability to browse genres, albums, artists as well as playlists

3) Ability to search by album, artist, genre and track name

4) Much less memory-hungry

5) And a bunch of smaller tweaks…

I hope this works much better for people.

I’m afraid there are probably still bugs to be found –  So I have two requests:

If you do encounter a problem, please email me at rob@hobbyistsoftware.com

I can’ t see reviews on the app store at the moment, so It’s tough for me to get feedback that way. I particularly want to hear from you if you get any crashes with the helpers or the app. That will let me figure out what is wrong and (hopefully) fix it

If you like the new version – please post a review at the store 😉

enjoy,

Rob

Why the news?

Thanks for reading this far.

I was looking for a way to communicate with users of my apps – and this seemed to be a good approach. My hope is that it is simple enough to be unintrusive, but also obvious enough for you to read if you are interested.

I’m used to working in a community where there is a lot more direct communication between users and developers – but that is tough to manage through the app store. Hence the ‘in app news’

My intent is to use this channel to let people know about updates, new features and other apps that I’m working on. I’ll be adding tips and requests for beta testers too.

If you have any comments or suggestions, then please come and join the discussion at my PreCentral forum or let me know at rob@hobbyistsoftware.com

Thanks for using my apps!

Tip: Stop VLC asking to fix files

this isn’t actually a VLC Remote feature, but it is annoying when you are trying to play things remotely and VLC keeps asking whether to fix files.

You can control the behaviour in VLC at

  • Preferences (switch to All preferences in the bottom left)
  • Input / Codecs
  • Demuxers
  • AVI
  • Force Index Creation

Tip: Access external drives

(requires paid version of VLC Remote)

Unfortunately, VLC doesn’t recognise aliases or shortcuts (it just tries to play them), so these won’t help you.

There is a dedicated drive button in the browse page that will take you to your full drive list. If you are using Windows and don’t see your external drive, then you may need to make sure that your external drive is mapped to a drive letter.

You can even set your external drive as your default directory to make browsing faster in future. Just tap on the heart/folder icon when you are in the drive you want and that will become your default folder for when you next launch this remote.