This tutorial will show you how to add lock screen widgets to your own custom remotes. Please note that at the time this tutorial was published, lock screen widgets were only available for the Vectir Android remote control app.
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To get up and running with Vectir Lock Screen widget widgets you will first need version 4.1 or later of the Vectir PC Remote Control software and version 4.1 or later of the Vectir Android Remote Control app.
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Vectir 4.1 featuring Lock Screen Widgets has just been released! Lock screen widgets provide remote control from the lock screen on your phone or tablet. Currently this is only available for Android (app version 4.1) but might be added for iOS later in the year.
The latest version of the Vectir Android remote control app also fixes the prevent sleep feature. The existing method of preventing device sleep relied on a depreciated method. This should now be working again from the ‘Prevent Sleep’ feature under Settings. When this setting is enabled the screen on your phone or tablet will remain on while one of the Vectir remote control screens is open.
PC version 4.1 has also been updated with a new signing certificate since the last one had expired. This identifies Incendo Technology as a verified publisher to Windows.
Vectir PC remote Control For Android is now available in Google Play.
Head over to the Vectir PC Remote Control download page for the latest version of the PC remote control server.
Lock Screen Widget Tutorial
How To Add Lock Screen Widgets To Custom Remotes
Vectir PC Remote control for iOS has just passed Apple’s certification process and is now available in the app store! Either search for “Vectir Remote” or follow the Vectir PC Remote Control store link.
Vectir PC Remote Control for iOS is compatible with iPhone, iPad or iPod touch devices running iOS 8.0 or later. Also make sure you are running version 4.0 or later of the Vectir PC software.
Thank you to everyone who participated in the iOS beta test program.
Vectir PC Remote control beta for iOS is now available! iOS users can sign up on the Vectir iOS beta testing page. You will then be added to the Apple TestFlight program and gain access to the beta. The latest Vectir iOS beta release (3.9.1) includes all features except for remote desktop and extended keyboard. These will be available in the final beta release.
Vectir 3.8.3 for PC and smartphone platforms is now available. This version includes a number of updates for Windows 10 including a keyboard controller update and virtual keyboard/mouse driver update. On some Windows 10 installations the option for installing the virtual keyboard/mouse driver was disabled. This has been fixed in the 3.8.3 installer.
The remote desktop feature has also been updated to reduce network traffic when the desktop image is static. This update requires the latest version of the Vectir mobile app for Android, Windows Phone and Kindle (3.8.3).
Memory problems that became apparent designing remote profiles for the 1440×2560 resolution have also been resolved with the latest PC version.
Version 3.8.3 of the Vectir Windows Phone app also fixes remote profile rendering problems that were present on Nokia Lumia devices with the soft keyboard enabled.
Mobile version 3.8.3 also includes an update to make the file browser remember the last directory when closed. This can be helpful when navigating down to a directory to choose music to play.
Summary of updates in Vectir 3.8.3:
- Remote desktop network bandwidth reduced (requires client 3.8.3)
- Keyboard controller updated for changes in Windows 10
- Virtual keyboard/mouse driver updated for changes in Windows 10
- Windows 10 related bug fixes
- Remote profile designer memory usage reduced
- Remote profile designer bug fixes
- ‘Open with application’ file browser command added to Windows plugin
- Network protocol updates ready for iOS client (still a few weeks away)
- Minor bug fixes
All focus now shifts back to iOS app development. Apologies to everybody waiting for the iOS version – it will be ready asap!
Vectir 3.8 is now available. This version includes seven new language translations (Arabic, German, French, Turkish, Italian, Russian and Vietnamese). The Spanish and Portuguese translations have also been updated. Thank you to everybody who helped with the translations! More of the program has also been updated to make it more translatable including the default remote profiles.
A new remote profile group for the 1440×2560 resolution and above has also been included in Vectir 3.8. The remote profile memory use has also been reduced.
A number of minor bug fixes and updates including fixing remote desktop support for XP users has also been included in the latest release.
Summary of updates in Vectir 3.8:
- 7 new language translations added (Arabic, German, French, Turkish, Italian, Russian and Vietnamese)
- Existing translations updated (Portuguese, Spanish)
- Remote profiles updated to use less memory
- Remote desktop fixed on Windows XP
- Minor bug fixes
Good news for all of the Vectir users who have been waiting for a Plex remote profile. You will now find one in the Vectir remote store. Click the remote store icon in the Vectir PC software, scroll down to Plex and install. Note that this remote profile was developed for Plex Home Theater (HTPC) software, not Plex web player (although many of the commands work for both).
A dedicated page for each Vectir remote control profile will now be maintained under www.vectir.com/remotes/. Here is the Plex Remote Control Profile page.
A Netflix remote control for Vectir is now available in the Vectir remote store. Click on the ‘Remote Store’ icon in the Vectir PC software, scroll down to Netflix and select install. The Netflix remote profile includes commands for Play/Pause, Fast forward, Rewind, Netflix volume, Master volume, Full screen and Back. Navigation commands along with remote mouse and keyboard are also included for searching and navigation through Netflix content.
Android users should also make sure they are running the latest version of the Vectir PC Remote Control app for full compatibility with all of the commands. This includes controlling Netflix volume with the Android phone or tablet volume buttons. The Netflix remote control is also fully compatible with Vectir PC Remote Control for Windows Phone and other platforms.
Vectir 3.7.6 featuring support for a new virtual Windows keyboard has been released. The new virtual keyboard is included with the latest Vectir app for Android and Windows Phone 8. Both Vectir PC server and mobile app version 3.7.6 should be installed for compatibility with this feature. All important Windows keys are now accessible as the same time as the devices virtual keyboard. The new keys include Ctrl, Shift, Alt, Win, Tab, Esc, Home, End, Page up, Page down, Ins, Plus, Minus, Arrow and function keys. It is now also possible to correctly simulate alt + tab key presses remotely.
Also included in the latest Vectir server is a new sub-remote mode. The two sub-remote modes are link and reload. Link mode will operate just like the existing version where sub-remotes can be linked down to n levels. Back navigation will navigate back through the remotes. The new reload mode will replace the existing remote in back navigation. Back navigation from a sub-remote loaded with in reload mode will go back to the main remote profile list or the homescreen.
The Spotify plugin has also received some updates including changes to make the starred tracks playlist available again.
Summary of updates in Vectir 3.7.6:
- Support for extended keyboard in latest mobile app
- New sub-remote mode added
- Spotify updates and bug fixes
- Minor bug fixes