How To Add Lock Screen Widgets To Custom Remotes

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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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Lock Screen Widget Tutorial

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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 3.8.3 is Released

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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!

Netflix Remote Control Now Available

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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 is Released With Support For Extended Virtual Keyboard

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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

Vectir 3.7.4 is Released Featuring Support For Simultaneous Commands

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Vectir server 3.7.4 featuring support for simultaneous commands has been released. The main benefit of simultaneous commands is the remote generation of Windows combination key presses (i.e. press Ctrl+C on a remote keyboard). This version also includes new features on the keyboard command dialog and fixes a few non-responsive keys on Windows 8 and higher. Compatibility with simultaneous commands is currently only available in the latest version of the Android app (v3.7.5). This update will be available on Windows Phone 8 soon.

Here is a summary of updates in Vectir server 3.7.4:

  • Simultaneous commands now supported
  • Keyboard command dialog updated with new settings
  • Mouse remote control enhancements
  • Mouse right click on disconnect bug fixed
  • Minor bug fixes

Vectir 3.7.3 is Released Featuring Remote Desktop and Keyboard Updates

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Vectir v3.7.3 is now available for PC, Windows Phone and Android. This release for Windows Phone adds the new remote desktop mouse mode. See this post for a description of how this feature works. Vectir 3.7.3 for Android adds remote desktop auto pan when moving the cursor beyond the visible area of the screen. This feature is also included in the Windows Phone release. Bluetooth updates are included in the latest release of the Vectir Android and Windows Phone apps. For Windows Phone this includes a fix for the problem on Nokia Lumia phones where Bluetooth could not re-connect after navigating away and back to the app.

Vectir v3.7.3 for PC includes a number of keyboard controller updates. Key held conditions are now correctly simulated when a remote key is held down. As a result, the “Enable key repeat” parameter is now obsolete and has been removed. A bug fix for some combination key presses that were not working correctly is also included. Also included in Vectir v3.7.3 for PC is a few updates to improve remote desktop performance. Users should also make sure they have the latest Windows Phone and Android clients installed to enable the remote desktop updates.

Summary of updates in Vectir 3.7.3

  • Keyboard key held condition now simulated correctly
  • Enable key repeat parameter now obsolete
  • Key generation bug fixes
  • Remote desktop updates
  • Minor bug fixes

Vectir 3.7.1 is Released Featuring Remote Desktop Mouse Mode

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Vectir 3.7.1 with support for a new remote desktop mouse mode is now available. From Vectir Remote Control client version 3.7.2 there will be two remote desktop modes. The first mode “Touchscreen” will operate exactly as the remote desktop has worked up until now. The new “Mouse” mode lets the user drag the mouse pointer to the desired location and then tap to click. Panning the screen in the mouse mode is achieved by dragging three fingers. Pinch to zoom is common to both mouse modes. In the new mouse mode a custom mouse cursor is rendered locally in the Vectir client app. There are two new remote desktop settings for choosing the mouse cursor size and color. A new setting has also been added for remote desktop long press functionality. The two options are ‘drag item’ and ‘right click’.

The Spotify plugin in Vectir 3.7.1 has also been updated to fix problems with the latest version of Spotify. Album, artist and playlist search and play is now working again along with remote volume, shuffle and repeat commands.

For compatibility with the latest remote desktop mouse mode users should install Vectir client version 3.7.2 or later. This is available now for Android and should be available by the end of the week for Windows Phone. In-app purchases for Vectir full version licenses is also now possible with the latest Vectir Remote control Android app.

How to Add Device Events

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Vectir 3.6 introduces a new device events feature. This tutorial shows how to setup device events and use them in your custom remotes. It should be noted that device events are currently only supported for Android devices but will be added for other platforms in the future if framework updates make this possible. Device events are currently available for volume buttons and phone calls but will be expanded to support device sensors such as accelerometer in a future release.

This example in this tutorial will show you how to mute the iTunes volume when a phone call is received.

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Vectir 3.6 is Released Featuring Remote Device Events

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Vectir 3.6 complete with remote device events is now available. This version makes it possible to execute commands on the Vectir server when triggered by remote device events such as phone calls and volume button presses. More event types such as accelerometer will be added in the future. This feature is currently only available with Android devices (and possibly BlackBerry 10) as it is currently not possible to detect these device events on Windows Phone 8. The next blog post will explain how you can add remote device events to your custom remotes.

Android users who would like to take advantage of the new remote device events feature should make sure they are running version PC server version 3.6 and Android client version 3.6. Also make sure you have the latest remote profiles imported if you would like your Android phone/tablets volume buttons to control your media player volume or master volume. Or if you haven’t added any custom remotes or customized the default remotes, you can delete your remote profile group from the configuration panel in the Vectir PC software and connect from your Android device again. This will import the latest remote profiles complete with remote volume button commands.

Vectir 3.6 also includes some updates to the remote profile designer. The button control now has text wrapping enabled and copy and paste support has been added for remote controls (excluding dialogs).

Summary of updates in Vectir 3.6

  • Remote device events added (only compatible with Android devices)
  • Media player, system, mouse and desktop remote profiles have been updated with volume button events
  • Copy and paste support added to remote profile designer
  • Text wrapping in remote button controls
  • Spotify initialization bug fixed
  • Minor bug fixes