Remote Control for PowerPoint 1.0 !

By Admin at April 10, 2010 17:36 Tags: ,

After an intense (and long) process of certification of my remote control application on the Windows Phone MarketPlace, the app has been accepted !

You can find the app on the MarketPlace, and it is simply called "Remote Control" for PowerPoint. The application has been published in the US English market for now, and if you're not in the US, just choose the US English in the "World View" at the bottom.

The published app is only a sort of test run for me, and only has the capability to control PowerPoint. I'll be adding more controllable applications in the future, depending on the market reception of the app.

As I previous said in this blog, here are the new features and enhancement of this new version :

  • Improved performance
  • Support for High DPI and VGA devices
  • Windows 7 support
  • 64 Bits compatibility
  • Support for Wifi, which is more marketing abuse, and is actually TCP support
  • Support for touch screen devices, those who do not have enough hardware keys

The US English market is the only available market, for now. Other markets are still waiting to be approved, and will be :

  • Canada, UK, India, Australia for English
  • France and Canada for the French localized version

The french part certification is somewhat obscure for me, and I expecting certification surprises...

I'll also add Portugese and Spanish version in a near future.

If you were waiting for this new version, visit http://jaylee.org/rc and please let me know what you think !

Some news about Remote Control for Windows Mobile

By jay at November 08, 2009 20:38 Tags:

The long standing last release 0.9.0 has been out for a while now, more than a year and a half. It’s been downloaded a lot, over 150.000 times.

I’m not sure about the actual usage, but judging by the steady flow of comments and suggestions I’m receiving, I’m guessing quite a few people are using it.

Since the middle of october, Microsoft has pushed out its Marketplace for Windows Mobile, I have decided that I will be giving a try to this method of publication. The software will not be free this time, but it will be at a price that will not break the bank. I’ll leave the current free application available, but I will not update it anymore. I’m sure that this new paid version will disapoint some of the current users, but that’s a “price” to pay and I’m willing to take that risk.

I’m hoping that the marketplace will broaden the audience, and the app will be available at first in french, english, spanish and portuguese.

About the new features and enhancement of this new version :

  • Wifi support for all the users that do not have a bluetooth hardware
  • Improved performance
  • Support for High DPI and VGA devices
  • Windows 7 support, obviously
  • 64 Bits compatibility

I’m also planning on improving the “touch” support, since the app was originally designed for devices that had many hardware keys, back in 2003. Most recent devices hardly have any hardware keys, and for good reasons.

Anyway, thanks to all the regular users of Remote Control for Windows Mobile !

Bluetooth Remote Control 0.9.0, Round 2

By Jerome at April 01, 2008 18:39 Tags: ,

Two small errors have slipped into the configuration file of version 0.9.0, preventing it from controlling Windows Media Center. Since it is a rather small update, as this is only the application definition file that is modified, I did not increase the version number.

So, if you downloaded the 0.9.0 version before this post was published and if you use Windows Media Center, you may want to download it again.

Bluetooth Remote Control for Windows Mobile 0.9.0

By Jay at March 30, 2008 21:27 Tags:

Yet another release of Bluetooth Remote Control for Windows Mobile.

This time, I've added two features that were requested for a long time, which are the ability to control application that I did not include out of the box, and the ability to use the device as a simple mouse and keyboard device.

About the first part, there is now a configuration file that allows the addition of new applications by defining each and every command that can be used on the mobile side, and their corresponding action. I intentionally did not comment the file, this is not meant to be modified by a standard user, but rather by an experienced user or developer that wants to control a custom application. The configuration file will hopefully be really simple to understand for a developer. So, if you understand how this file works, just feel free to add a new application, or update an existing if it does not fit your needs.

Now about the part with the keyboard and mouse. I added a new "application" which actually is not, which is basically a pass-through for mouse and keyboard actions. You'll be able to move your mouse and type in any key you want in the focused window. On my TyTN II, the key mapping is a bit funky when using the function key, but I'll try to fix that for a future release.

Both features are fairly stable, but I suspect minor issues to come up as users are using it. Feel free to comment !

Download version 0.9.0 at http://www.jaylee.org/remotecontrol.

Here is the change log :

  • Fixed warning message when ActiveSync is not detected to install the mobile side program.
  • Added application definition file.
  • Added screen control application.
  • Fixed Widcomm PC side support when transmitting large chunks of data.

Using a real USB bluetooth device in Virtual PC 2007

By Jay at March 25, 2008 20:03 Tags: , ,

This is one of the biggest missing features of VPC 2007, the lack of USB passthrough support. The lack of a proper snapshot feature is annoying too, even though it is possible to move Undo Disks to simulate snapshots. But I still prefer VPC 2007 over VMWare, mainly because I find the latter to be too intrusive and unstable...

Anyway, I was looking for any update to VPC 2007 for the support of USB devices, in one form or another, maybe with a beta VPC 2008 or 2009. This is still not happening but, I came across this software, Usb over Network, which does exactly what I need to do.

This software is particularly easy to install, and it works right after being installed. I'm able to "export" my integrated USB Bluetooth dongle to the VPC, and it works like a charm ! I'm able to run both bluetooth stacks in controlled environments, without crippling my main OS with multiple stacks.

A really nice software, not free, but really useful if you're depending on USB hardware and you want to test it in a virtual environment.

Windows Server 2008 and Microsoft Bluetooth Stack trouble

By Jerome at March 24, 2008 13:49 Tags: ,

There's been a lot of Buzz lately about a "Windows Workstation 2008", which actually does not quite exist, but that should. It is actually installing Windows Server 2008 and making it a workstation platform, by enabling every workstation component that is disabled by default.

From my point of view, Vista is definitely interesting, though it has too many services that are enabled by default and that do not make sense in every situation. For a computer savvy user, all this stuff is not really interesting, and Windows Server 2008 with its "do not enable unused components" policy, is quite interesting.

I decided to give it a shot by installing it as my main (and only) laptop OS, and quite frankly, I'm pleasantly surprised ! I do get the same user experience that I did have with Windows Vista with Aero, the nifty new features like the new start menu, and I seem to get a performance improvement over Vista. (Performance improvement is only a feeling; I don't have any numbers to show, though some did).

Everything works as expected, except for the bluetooth part, for which I do not seem to be the only one having problem with. The microsoft stack does not seem to install completely, as there are three "unknown devices" left : BTH\MS_RFCOMM, BTH\MS_BTHBRB and BTH\MS_BTHPAN. All three of them are core components of the bluetooth stack, and are obiously needed to get bluetooth related software working properly. The interesting part is that there are actually all the driver and metadata files required to install these devices, but for some reason, Win2008 does not want to use them. The driver files seem to be identical to the files Vista SP1, so this is one bit of a mystery to me. Added to that, this installation issue seems to be related to the KB940199 where the infcache.1 file could not be found. Screwing with that file did not help either...

So as a backup plan, I decided to fall back on the Widcomm/Broadcom Stack with this guide, which seems to work fine, at least for the part I'm interested in, Bluetooth Remote Control . I still don't understand the licensing policy on this software... You need the hardware to get that software to work, why bother having an licensing scheme over this, haven't you already paid for it buying the hardware ?

Anyway, if you're a tech savvy user, give Windows Server 2008 a try as your workstation OS, you might be surprised :)

Now, I'm going back to adding new features to Bluetooth Remote Control !

Some news on Bluetooth Remote Control for Windows Mobile

By Jerome at January 15, 2008 01:00 Tags:

Some news around my little software utility...

I don't have plans for a major release yet, but maybe I'll make an other small release to add some really minor enhancements.

Stay tuned :) And thanks for using Bluetooth Remote Control for Windows Mobile !

Bluetooth Remote Control 0.8.5

By Jerome at December 25, 2007 17:56 Tags:

This is a minor release to fix a bug that slipped into the previous release. A blocker bug that prevented the software to run for new users... This is now fixed !

See here to download the fixed build.

Bluetooth Remote Control 0.8.4

By Jerome at December 09, 2007 20:06 Tags:

This is my first Canadian based release :) This is also a minor release that addresses a few issues and adds some cheap features that have an important added value.

Download here.

I've changed some minor things like :

  • Adding panning control to Winamp and the Windows Mixer
  • Adding the ability to start the server minimized to tray
  • Adding a Start with Windows option at install time and on the server side menu
  • Adding the ability to keep the Backlight on for the Mobile Side when connected
  • Adding new bindings for the Windows Media Center (Channel Up/Down, Zoom, The Green Button)
  • Building using Windows Broadcom SDK 6.1.0.1501 and Windows CE SDK 1.7.1.5201
  • Fixing mobile side crash when tapping on the screen in some situations
  • Adding a more explicit message when the Bluetooth Stack is not supported on the Mobile Side.

I'm also considering a migration to Visual Studio 2008 and .NET 3.5, but this means that I'll have to drop the support for WM 2003 based devices. VS2008 does not allow the compilation of .NET CF 1.0 projects, which bugs me a bit. So this release might be the last to support WM2003 devices. I don't have much of choice either... .NET 3.5 muses are quite appealing !

Have fun !

Bluetooth Remote Control 0.8.3 - Broadcom Bluetooth Support for Windows Mobile

By Jerome at September 10, 2007 11:26 Tags:

This time, I've added the support for the Broadcom (formerly Widcomm) stack on the Windows Mobile side.

This should add support for the Motorola Q9, which uses this particular stack.

On the stability and compatibility side, I've only tested on a version of the widcomm stack for the HTC Wizard, but only on WM6 and I don't know if it actually works on other devices :)

If it works for you, please let me know !

Download Bluetooth Remote Control 0.8.3 now !

If you ever want to install the Broadcom stack on WM6 for the HTC Wizard and you get a "Not enough driver memory", try changing the "StackMode" value from "0" to "1" in HKLM/Widcomm/BTConfig/General. It worked out for me :)

About me

My name is Jerome Laban, I am a Software Architect, C# MVP and .NET enthustiast from Montréal, QC. You will find my blog on this site, where I'm adding my thoughts on current events, or the things I'm working on, such as the Remote Control for Windows Phone.