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 PC Remote Control for iOS is Available!

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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.

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 3.6 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

Vectir 3.5.1 is Released Featuring Remote Desktop Updates

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Vectir Remote Control 3.5.1 featuring remote desktop updates is now available. This version is focused on improving remote desktop performance in the Vectir Android, BlackBerry 10 and Windows Phone 8 apps. Desktop navigation and zoom commands are now sent over the UDP channel if available for improved performance. Version 3.5.1 of the Vectir Remote Control app now includes settings for maximum FPS (Frames Per Second) and zoom sensitivity. Vectir remote desktop in earlier versions was fixed at 10 FPS. The new FPS setting sets the maximum FPS with a range of 4-24 for remote desktop but does not necessarily mean your desktop will be streamed at this rate. If you are using Vectir with Bluetooth remote control or your network is slow the actual FPS may be slower than the max FPS setting. Remember that a higher FPS may result in higher power consumption. The zoom sensitivity setting was necessary due to the rapid zoom rate realized by sending desktop commands over the UDP channel. New remote desktop commands for two finger scrolling, Zoom 100% monitor 1, Zoom 100% monitor 2 and Send ESC have also been added.

The full version of Vectir Remote Control has also been updated to convert to free version functionality when the trial period has finished. The free version has also been updated to enable more features when used with version 3.5.1 of the Vectir Remote Control client app.

Version 3.5.1 of the Vectir client app should now be available in the Android and Windows Phone app stores. It will be available in the BlackBerry app world as soon as it has passed certification.

Summary of updates in Vectir 3.5.1:

  • Remote desktop performance updates
  • New remote desktop client commands
  • WiFi server updates
  • Full version now converts to free version at end of trial period
  • More functionality in free version (client version 3.5.1 or later)

Vectir 3.3.2 is Released Complete with Full VLC Remote Control

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Vectir 3.3.2 is now available and features a dedicated VLC plugin for full VLC remote control. If you are upgrading from a previous version of Vectir you will need to download and import the new VLC remote profile. The latest Vectir mobile software (v3.3.2) is also required for full compatibility with the new VLC remote control features. The Android app is already published and the Windows Phone 8 and BlackBerry 10 apps will be available as soon as they have passed certification.

Here is a summary of the updates in Vectir 3.3.2:

  • Full VLC remote control support added (VLC plugin included in build)
  • Improved task switcher application detection
  • USB-UIRT IR recording dialog now writable to allow manual command entry

Vectir 3.2.1 Is Released

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Vectir PC version 3.2.1 has been released today. This version is a minor update featuring a number of bug fixes and updates. Many of the updates are focused on changes required for Windows 8 and 8.1. Here is a summary of the changes in this release:

  • Fixed Windows 8.1 compatibility issues
  • Fixed WiFi hostname network selection problem
  • Fixed mouse cursor visibility issue on Windows 8 touch screen devices
  • Fixed Bluetooth port startup issue
  • Fixed Edit menu dialog problem where filebrowser base directory was hidden
  • Fixed iTunes bugs related to non media files in albums
  • Added setting for dismissing screensaver on remote command
  • Added automatic error reporting option
  • Minor bug fixes

You can either download the latest release from the Vectir downloads page or wait until the auto update feature in the Vectir PC software detects the update.

Vectir WP8 Remote Control App 3.1.0 Is Released

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Vectir WP8 Remote Control App 3.1.0 has passed certification and is now available in Windows Phone store. If you have a previous version installed, the Windows phone store app should now show an update. Alternatively you can search for Vectir remote from the app store on your Windows phone or download the xap from the Vectir remote control Windows phone store page.

Vectir version 3.1.0 for WP8 includes a number of minor bug fixes and updates for compatibility with Vectir server version 3.2.

BlackBerry 10 Remote Control App Available

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The Vectir BlackBerry 10 Remote Control App is now available as a stable release. Either search for Vectir remote control from the Blackberry app world on your phone or download from the Vectir Remote Control Blackberry App World page. Vectir for BlackBerry 10 has all of the features available in the Android app but limited to WiFi connectivity. Remote profile layouts are available at a suitable resolution for both the Z10 and Q10 devices. If you are installing Vectir for the first time, run the device setup wizard (Tools menu in PC software) and when your BB10 device first connects, remote profiles at the correct resolution will load. Alternatively you can download and import remote profiles at the correct resolution from www.vectir.com/download/remote-profiles. The 720×720 remote profile group is included for the the Q10 device. For the Z10 device either the 480×800 or 1024×600 remote profile groups will be suitable.

Vectir 3.2 is Released

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Vectir PC version 3.2 is now available. This version includes a number of updates focused on improving remote media library management. Media library search is now available for iTunes, WMP and Winamp. Voice search is also available if using the Vectir Android remote control app. Many new context menu commands have been added for improved control over how music is played or managed. These updates require the latest remote profiles and Vectir Android or Windows Phone 8 remote control apps. Vectir for Android version 3.1 will be uploaded and available soon. The latest WP8 remote control app will be available in a couple of weeks after it has passed certification.

Summary of updates in Vectir 3.2:

  • Added media library search for iTunes, Winamp and WMP
  • Add various context menu commands for improved iTunes, Winamp and WMP media control
  • Added Winamp remote play queue management
  • Added new datasinks for iTunes, Winamp and WMP track position
  • Updated remote profiles to support menu search
  • Added new command parameter to close menu after command execution
  • Added support for remote desktop images up to 120k
  • Fixed bug that could cause WiFi server to lockup
  • Minor bug fixes