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Rowmote: Remote Control for Mac

You love the remote control which came with your Mac - so simple yet elegant, with easy control of Front Row, iTunes, Quicktime, DVD Player, Keynote, and more. Or, your Mac didn't come with a remote control or doesn't even have an infrared port. The Apple Remote would cost $20; a third party infrared receiver would be even more. You carry your iPhone or iPod Touch wherever you go... so why should you carry a second device just to control your computer? Furthermore, why should you need line-of-sight to do so? Enter Rowmote! Rowmote is just like your Mac’s remote control but over the wireless network. Additionally, by tapping the Apps button, you get bonus abilities, switching between controlled programs, toggling the iTunes Visualizer, and more. FEATURES Control your Mac over a wireless network. Functions just like the hardware Apple Remote Control in: Front Row Airfoil Video Boxee DVD Player iPhoto iTunes Keynote '08 and '09 Microsoft Powerpoint 2008 Quicktime Plex Skim Spotify VLC eyeTV (Work in progress: Currently can change channels and adjust volume) Apps Remote allows switching to controllable applications, toggling iTunes visualizer and coverflow, and toggling fullscreen mode in many applications (remote features worth the price of admission alone). The order is customisable, and you can turn on or off display of any controllable app. Click-and-hold works just like on the physical remote in applications; for example, holding the right button fast-forwards, while a single click is 'next'. This is a feature no other iPhone remote control I know of does properly! Stay Connected option allows Rowmote to be ready for action instantaneously after your device has automatically locked, and Prevent Device Sleep option lets you stop your device from automatically locking at all. Automatically enables Front Row in Mac OS X 10.4, even if your computer doesn't have an infrared port.

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