I have a Mac Mini plugged into my 32inch TV in the lounge..
I use it to watch digital video content such as Movies and TV Shows, using the amazing free Boxee software. A great new app for the iPhone has appeared that makes using a lounge PC/Mac setup even easier!
It’s called HippoSoft. This is a remote control app that uses wifi to control ANY Mac/PC in your house!
There are Remote templates (or Profiles) for lots of Mac and PC programs. So in my case I have selected the Boxee template.
The first view is basically a trackpad. So you can whizz around with your mouse, (the left and right click are fitted in neatly to the top of the screen), and adjust the volume. But this app really comes into its own when you select either ArrowPad or PlayPad (shown below).
As you can see from the screenshots, the software offers far more choice than the 6 buttons on the Mac Mini remote , and even what’s available on Boxee’s own iPhone remote App. What I particularly like is the ability to play/pause, rewind and fast forward with one click. What’s even better, is that by clicking the Keyboard button, you are able to enter text using the iPhone’s on screen keyboard. Progressing to the settings option offers a choice of tracking speed, wallpaper, hotkeys etc.
Versatility should be this App’s middle name, because as a mac user there are profiles for just using OS X, where you can create macros to suit your own setup, as well as Chrome, DVD Player, Firefox, Fron Row, Gmail, Hulu, iTunes, Keynote, Plex, safari, and XBMC, PLUS for those Windows users out there, specific profiles for Windows (XP, Vista, and 7), Media Center, Powerpoint, and Internet Explorer.
Getting the app to work means installing a very small free client program on every Mac or PC you wish to control, but this takes less than a minute to set up.
Easy peasy, Lemon Squeezy!
A lovely app that really makes controlling a lounge based a pleasure rather than a chore. I’m also pretty sure that I haven’t even scratched the surface of what’s possible with Hippo Remote! It costs £2.99.