I'm dying here for buttons, and really don't want to pay $.20 per button from dreamstime.com... I been trying to scrape what I can, but I am just not finding a center control button group I like - what you would find on the center of a remote with the directional arrows. I've made one, but it just looks sloppy, as I am a programmer, not a graphics designer, so my photoshop skills are somewhat lacking.
Thanks to Sarah, I have figured out how to make custom button layouts, I just need the buttons. If someone has a stash of buttons, perhaps you can upload them here? or at least post links?
This got me started, and since, I just can't stop. As it stands, I no longer use the standard buttons, and have designs to further enhance the interface. Just don't forget to show off your layout in this post when you have it ready.
Be aware that you will need access to a web server to store your images. I suggest installing a local web server, something very basic on a local computer. There are many different programs available for both Mac and Windows, as well as some very inexpensive appliances that can accomplish this for you. But know that a local server will give you greater reliability and performance.
Very nice! I really like the colorful directional keys. I'm sure the contrast makes it easy to press while maintaining your majority focus on the screen across the room.
Is there any chance Layouts can get its own sub-forum, with this thread, and the other one with the getting started walk-through you made stickied? It might be a little work, but moving all the custom layout posts, and other posts dedicated to helping new users create layouts would really go a long way.
I'll see if I can make that happen. We're a bit limited by our forum provider so from what I've looked at thus far I don't think it's possible for me to create a subforum within the customer forum, unless I could do it with their API (to create a section like "discussions" or "ideas"). Otherwise it will need to be a separate forum. I'll take a look at this this week.
Just a note for Pro users. We plan to add a feature where you can put your custom images on a thumb drive, plug it into one of the USB ports on the Pro, and it will host the images for you. No official release date for the feature yet, but we're working on it. Should help to simplify things for some folks.
Is there any program available to upgrade to the pro from the standard? I am only now finding out about features that may not ever be available on the standard, and hate that I shelled out $200 for something I may have to toss out if I ever decide to move to the pro model.
We do not currently have an upgrade program in place for the Pro if you are a current Wi-Fi dock customer. We did this in April for customers who had recently ordered Wi-Fi docks, I believe, but it was only a promotion for that month.
Every feature that we develop that can possibly work on the Wi-Fi is included for it. The only features that are Pro-specific are simply due to hardware restrictions like the fact that the Wi-Fi doesn't have any USB, serial, relay, or sensor ports. As an example, when we complete full 2-way, IP-based control, it will be released for both the Pro and the Wi-Fi.
Also on the topic of custom images for non-Pro users... We are looking into the possibility of hosting a bunch of graphics on our own servers that people can use to simplify things. This wouldn't be something where folks could just upload any images they like. We would basically offer as much variety as we can and use suggestions from forum topics like this one to decide which images to host. It's a tricky subject with copyrights, but we're looking into how we can do it.
Still, I would like the ability to control HVAC and lighting at the very least. So far, this doesn't sound like I will be able to do it without the Pro. =(
As far as image hosting, I have that covered, as I am sure many do. Personally, I have a simple setup using a WD Worldbook II with an added apache server. However, I do like both ideas - hosting images for customers to use, as well as the flash drive hosted images. They both sound like they will make setup of the perfect interface easier for your customers.
The ability to control HVAC and lighting will certainly be available in the Wi-Fi. Some folks are actually doing a little of it now with IR. When IP control is released, there are many thermostats and lighting systems that support 2-way communication via IP. So far, every device for which I've written an RS-232 driver (thermostats, lighting controllers, TVs, A/V receivers, etc.) is also compatible with IP control. You just won't be able to use devices that only support RS-232, but many modern devices include both. For many reasons, IP control is preferable over RS-232 (wireless, no physical port limitations, etc.).
Our plan is to have IP control available by the end of the year. No specific release number or date at this point.
The list you are looking for is difficult to create because we cannot claim that something is fully compatible with the RedEye unless we actually have whatever the device is. The list we can make right now is fairly short (talking RS-232 control) but is growing as we develop relationships with more companies, and they send us samples of their products. That said, if a device supports IP control, then it should be compatible with the Redeye when our IP control functionality is complete. As far as the RedEye is concerned, much like with RS-232, you're just sending bits of data back-and-forth. What the RedEye sends and how it parses and responds to input is fully customizable. Just like we're now writing and sharing RS-232 drivers, we will be writing IP drivers, but we're only writing them for devices we actually have on-site and can thoroughly test. Of course, unlike many of our competitors, users also have the ability to write drivers for anything they like if they are so inclined. It's fairly straight-forward, and looking at some of what we've written is a good place to start.
Looks good Covale. I took the same approach with the Roku directional pad I've been working on. I'm hoping that Thinkflood will give us a single finger gesture control pad for directional commands sometime in the future.