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!

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 3.5.2 is Released Featuring Spotify Remote Control

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Vectir 3.5.2 is now available complete with full Spotify Remote Control. A dedicated Spotify plugin is included with this release that makes it possible to remotely control all of the main Spotify player features. Supported Spotify remote control commands include Play/Pause, Next track, Previous track, Volume and Seek track position. Menu features include Track search, Artist search, Album search, Playlist browsing for user playlists, Starred tracks, Top lists, Genres and Moods.

Existing users will need to import the correct Spotify remote profile for your device. Users installing Vectir 3.5.2 for the first time will have the Spotify remote control profile pre-loaded ready to go.

Vectir server version 3.5.2 also includes a few bug fixes and minor updates. Here is a summary of all changes in this release:

  • Full Spotify remote control support added (Spotify plugin included in build)
  • Remote desktop initial zoom setting fixed
  • Remote profile design surface re-rendered when full screen remote setting enabled in Android app
  • Fixed problems when running Vectir under multiple Windows accounts
  • Menu configuration changes detected and reflected in Vectir mobile app
  • Minor bug fixes

You can either download and install Vectir 3.5.2 from the PC software download page or wait for the auto-update feature in the Vectir PC software to discover the new release.

No changes were required in the Vectir mobile app for this release. A new version of the mobile app for Android and Windows Phone 8 will be available soon featuring phone events.

Vectir Bluetooth Remote Control available for Windows Phone 8

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A new version of the Vectir Windows Phone 8 app (v3.4.1) has been released with Bluetooth remote control support. This release also includes a number of UI updates and bug fixes. The server management screen has been updated to handle Bluetooth servers and the server search screen now includes a Bluetooth search option. Bluetooth remote control has been fully tested with the new server and remote shortcuts features. Create a live tile shortcut to your Bluetooth servers and remotes for quick access.

Install Vectir Remote Control 3.4.1 for Windows Phone 8 from the app store on your phone or install manually from the Vectir Remote Control Windows Phone 8 store page.

Vectir 3.4 is Released

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Vectir 3.4 is now available. This version is centered around performance related upgrades and improved support for multiple devices. There is a new remote profile group type in the Vectir PC software that ensures remote profiles are only made visible to devices with compatible screen resolutions. When creating a new remote profile group users are now able to choose a display resolution that suits their phone or tablet. Vectir will attempt to upgrade your existing remote profile groups with the new display resolution property. If the upgrade was successful your groups will have a new icon with a phone over a folder. You can also download the upgraded groups from the remote profiles page.

A new remote metadata feature has also been added to help make more information about your remotes available to Vectir client devices. In the remote profile designer there is now a Metadata button that will launch a dialog where you can enter version, description and author information. There is also a new remote profile ID property added to each remote profile. This removes the existing limitation of unique remote profile names. The remote ID also assists with the new remote shortcut features in the Android and Windows Phone 8 apps.

The WiFi server will now listen on all available networks when configured with the hostname connection mode. Previous versions made a best guess as to which is the correct network to listen on but occasionally would get it wrong. This problem should now be resolved. The IP address connection option is still available and lets you choose which network to listen on while ignoring all others.

For full compatibility with Vectir PC software 3.4, Android, Windows Phone 8 and BlackBerry 10 users should install version 3.4 of the Vectir client software. This version has been published in the Google Play store and will be available in the Windows Phone and BlackBerry 10 stores as soon as certification is complete.

Summary of updates in Vectir 3.4:

  • Remote profile display resolution groups
  • Remote profile metadata
  • Unique remote profile name limitation removed and remote profile IDs added
  • Remote profile designer updates
  • Updates to allow remote and server shortcuts in Android and Windows Phone apps
  • WiFi server hostname connection mode now listens on all available networks
  • Minor bug fixes

Vectir 3.3 is Released

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Vectir 3.3 is now available! Thank you to everyone who participated in the beta testing and provided such useful feedback. Vectir 3.3 provides many updates and all remote profiles have been rebuilt with a new gun metal theme. Here is a summary of the updates in Vectir 3.3:

  • Support for new font size in pixels setting in remote profile designer and menu designer
  • Support for state triggered images in remote profile designer
  • New resize mode setting for picture box control
  • Improved remote profile designer support for devices with large screen sizes
  • New UDP port added to WiFi server for fast commands
  • Support for new mouse commands from Vectir mobile client
  • File paths remembered and restored for remote designer and import/export dialogs
  • Reduced CPU usage when mobile device not connected
  • Environment variables now supported in command line and keyboard commands
  • PowerPoint bug fixes and slide timer issues resolved
  • All remote profiles rebuilt with a new gun metal theme
  • New remote profile groups added at 720×1280 and 1080×1920 resolutions
  • Changes have been made for loading remote profiles from within remote profiles but this feature won’t be enabled until the next release
  • Free version remote profile limit lifted from 5 to 10

For full compatibility with the latest changes, Android, Windows Phone 8 and BlackBerry 10 users should install version 3.3 of the Vectir mobile client app. This should be available now for Android users, for Windows Phone 8 users as soon as it has passed acceptance testing and for BlackBerry 10 users next week after some final changes have been tested.

If you are updating from an earlier version, make sure you have downloaded and imported the latest remote profiles. You can also import them by deleting all existing remote profiles groups from the configuration panel in the Vectir PC software and connecting from your mobile device. Remote profiles at the correct resolution for your device will automatically load. Make sure you export your own custom remote profiles first.

If you notice that the font sizes have changed in your remote profiles, this is related to a new font size in pixels setting. The existing three font size settings have been converted to a font size in pixels setting. You can adjust this through the remote profile designer in the Vectir PC software. Right click on your remote and select Edit then select the controls for which you would like to adjust the font size and change the font size in pixels setting under properties. You can also now adjust the font size in pixels for the remote profile menus. Right click on your menus under Your Remote > Menus, select Edit then adjust the font size in pixels setting.

Have fun trying out the new updates and features in version 3.3. If you have any questions for find any issues with this version please contact Vectir Support.

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.

Vectir Windows Phone 8 Remote Control App 3.0.1 Is Released

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Vectir Windows Phone 8 Remote Control App 3.0.1 has passed certification and is available in Windows Phone store. The Windows Phone store app on your phone should now show an update. If not, either 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.

There are no major updates in this release – just a few minor bug fixes and updates. If the back button is pressed while loading a remote, the app no longer crashes. The timeout issue when loading a remote should also now be fixed. There is also an update for menu text size to follow the text size in the menu design loaded from the server.