A brand-new Plex Remote upgrade, “PlayMote” now arrives on iPhone!
Ever looking for where the control button is and wondering where to click in the darkness? Now with PlayMote, you don’t even need a single look at the iphone screen any more! All you need is just swiping your finger on the screen, and woo~la, all the work is done! Remote control has never been so easy! Besides Plex, VLC, XBMC and BOXEE are now also fully supported in PlayMote. Even control your Satellite Dreambox with PlayMote, by using Plex/XBMC/Boxee, adding media source with tuxbox:// protocol. Remote fun is just a few swipes away!
PlayMote is the ultimate one-stop remote controller for your favorite media center.
PlayMote 2.2 Upgrades:
- VLC latest 1.1.5 support
- Compatible build with iOS 4.2
- Retina display support
PlayMote 2.1 Upgrades:
- Compatible build with iOS 4.0
- Support independent Plex,XBMC,Boxee configuration, enabling fast switch between Plex/XBMC/Boxee
PlayMote 2.0 Upgrades:
- Gesture Control: swipe/circle/tap recognition for instant control as easy as possible
- XBMC and Boxee Support: menu browse, OSD menu control, In-Play control
- Web Interface Authentication Support: accepting Plex/XBMC/Boxee authentication for username and password
- Elegant and intuitive user interface design: fast and easy iPhone application experience
Features for controlling Plex/VLC/XBMC/Boxee remotely:
- Latest Plex 0.9.0.21 & 0.8.5, XBMC 9.11, Boxee 0.9.21 support
- Latest VLC 1.1.5 support ( http-control interface must be enabled in VLC. Due to the VLC limitation, all playing items must be added to playlist on computer before remote controlling)
- Menu Navigation and Operation Support for video/music/photo playing
- Context Menu Support for setting up media library and folders
- OSD Menu Support for configuring subtitles and channels settings during replay
- On-Screen-Keyboard Support for text entry without physical keyboard
- Instant Play Control for forward skip/fast skip
- Global Volume Control
- Dreambox user: In Plex/XBMC/Boxee, use tuxbox:// protocol to add dreambox media source
Gesture Control Interface Guide:
Button Control Interface Guide:
- On-Screen-Keyboard Notes:
- When prompting On-Screen-Keyboard to input text, the virtual keyboard can be used by PlayMote by touching OSK Button once, then use the highlighted navigation control or swipe gestures on the highlighted pad to operate the On-Screen-Keyboard.
- When finishing On-Screen-Keyboard input, please switch off the OSK button. Using OSK controls outside the Plex text input dialog might in some rare cases cause Plex accidentally halt or exit, which is due to a underlying Plex mechanism conflict with XMBC system. Remember to switch off OSK button is the simplest and easiest solution.
- For XBMC/Boxee, normal button/gesture is fine and can be used in OSK dialogs, don’t bother to switch OSK button on.
- Q: Does PlayMote support latest VLC 1.1.5?
- A: Yes, you could use PlayMote for playing control, playlist navigation, full screen control of VLC. Firstly, http-control interface must be enabled in VLC and let it accept inbound connections in all firewalls (default port is 8080). While VLC doesn’t have built-in media library, you have to setup the playlist first, add all items to be played in your computer, before remote controlling with PlayMote.
- Q: Does PlayMote support latest Plex9/Nine?
- A: Yes, of course, you can control Plex/Nine with PlayMote. But as Plex/Nine changes its underlying media server system, it seems that you can only manage your media library on the Mac side, leaving the Plex player itself without interface to operate this. And if you use Plex to connect to Dreambox, Plex/Nine might also not work, due to the same supporting media server change. Staying 0.8.5 would be a choice if you feel these features are important.
- Q: Why PlayMote prompts “Fail to Connect” Error Message?
- A: It means the Media Center cannot be reached from your iPhone. Try following steps to solve it:
- Make sure that Web Server is Enabled in Plex/XBMC/Boxee Preference->Network->Service
- If you use Plex9/Nine, there’s no customizable network setting now, use the default port 3000
- Allow Plex/XBMC/Boxee to accept incoming connections in the system firewall
- Re-configure PlayMote for server ip address, port (username/password if applicable)
- Check if the Web Server is accessible by entering the url http://IP:PORT in your iPhone’s Safari
- Q: Why Plex/XBMC/Boxee gets no response from PlayMote when I start playing video?
- A: It can take quite long time to load and play big video files (esp. new added network files), just wait a few seconds to let the media center index files and open playing. If it takes too long, restart the media center and retry.
- Q: Can I use OSK enabled buttons to control Plex outside Plex’s On-Screen-Keyboard dialog?
- A: Mostly, but in some rare cases it might cause Plex suspend responding or even exit. So just turn off the OSK button when you finish text input. For XBMC/Boxee, you can use normal buttons/gestures to control the media center, switching OSK button is not necessary.
- Q: When launching Plex.app in my mac, it always prompts incoming connection permission dialog, even though Plex was already added in my firewall settings. How to get away with it?
- A: That means some files in the Plex.app bundle were modified or added, so the default security is broken. Try to run “codesign -v -v /Applications/Plex.app” in terminal, find the reported culprit files and fix them. If you are using the hardware decoding Plex binary, re-sign the app bundle will be the solution: Create a new code-sign certificate in Key Chain, and run ”codesign -s YourCreatedCertificateName -f /Applications/Plex.app” in Terminal. Then the warning message after launching will be gone.
Now Try out PlayMote and Have Fun!
If having any questions and suggestions, you are welcome to leave your comments below.20 comments