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Jonathon Watkins
09-23-2005, 07:00 AM
<div class='os_post_top_link'><a href='http://www.novii.tv/nrdeluxeppc' target='_blank'>http://www.novii.tv/nrdeluxeppc</a><br /><br /></div><i>"NoviiMedia. . . have unveiled a new version of their award-winning remote control software NoviiRemote Deluxe. The application. . . supports nearly unlimited options for customizing. At a cost of just $34.99, a PDA owner will get a high-end color touch screen remote. A traditional remote control with these features costs from $600 to $1000. Now with the new Deluxe version, an enormous array of new features is available."</i> <br /><br /><img src="http://www.pocketpcthoughts.com/images/web/2003/nrdppc_animsml.gif" /><br /><br />On of the big selling points of this new release of NoviiRemote is that you can pretty much design your own remote control, or simply use one of the pre-designed skins. The software comes with over a hundred infrared codes for TVs, cable and satellite boxes etc and you can download another 500 codes if required. This release supports the 'newest Pocket PCs' and looks like a good solution. It costs US $34.99 and is available <a href="http://www.novii.tv/nrdeluxeppc">here</a>. Do you guys generally use your Pocket PCs as universal controls and if so, what remote software do you tend to use?

henri_smeets
09-23-2005, 03:18 PM
Seems to be a great app, now if they only made it viewable without sunglasses, I mean 'Come on' What's with those overly saturated colors!

stevelam
09-23-2005, 04:20 PM
Seems to be a great app, now if they only made it viewable without sunglasses, I mean 'Come on' What's with those overly saturated colors!

:lol:

I use Nevo as it came with my h2210.

asims
09-23-2005, 05:33 PM
Seems to be a great app, now if they only made it viewable without sunglasses, I mean 'Come on' What's with those overly saturated colors!

From the screenshots on the website, it looks like you can change the colors to your liking.

asims
09-23-2005, 05:49 PM
I use Nevo as it came with my h2210.

Nevo came on my h2215 and I really like it (my 13 year old son thinks it really cool). But I have a dvd/vcr combo player and Nevo doesn't seem to have any codes for that kind of combination. Any ideas on how to create a one- or two-screen layout so I could switch from dvd control to vcr control without having to exit first?

rmasinag
09-23-2005, 07:43 PM
Nevo was one of those seldomly used program on my 2210 until the cable remote broke at my house. My parents doesn't seem keen on replacing it right away, so while they endure the frustration of changing channels by getting excercise, I still havet yet to do the same thing when I'm watching :D

smashie2000
09-23-2005, 08:46 PM
I must admit that I never used it until I moved a couple of months ago. Now I use it all the time.

sofene
09-23-2005, 08:47 PM
The only I missed when my h3970 broke was Nevo. I was yet to come across any equipment with infra-red remote that it couldn't control or learn within seconds. It was the envy of most of my friends. Now if only the makers would offer it publicly for other pocket pcs. None of of these wishy-washy so called remote control applications has come anywhere near Nevo.

ctitanic
09-24-2005, 01:49 AM
What a coincidence! I was looking for a remote control program for my x51v today and I tested this program. I'm very impressed with this one. It works very well and it looks wonderful in a VGA. The only thing that I did not like is that it has only about 500 precoded devices, for the rest you have to use the usual learn process. Very customizable.

Duncan
09-24-2005, 02:49 AM
As a teacher RC software for my Loox has been a godsend. TV and video remotes for the machines in our classrooms are like urban myths - everyone can remember seeing them at some point in the past but no-one can verify their existence...!

Me - I just turn my Loox on and never have to worry.

Menneisyys
09-24-2005, 06:35 AM
The only I missed when my h3970 broke was Nevo. I was yet to come across any equipment with infra-red remote that it couldn't control or learn within seconds. It was the envy of most of my friends. Now if only the makers would offer it publicly for other pocket pcs. None of of these wishy-washy so called remote control applications has come anywhere near Nevo.

Well, Nevo-wise, I thought the same - before testing the alternatives. As it has turned out, some of the alternatives aren't at all worse. Some of them (especially the ones that are Philips Pronto-enabled - the Nevo online database is nothing compared to the online Pronto databases; the same stands for defining and drawing (!) custom GUI's) are better. You may want to read this thread (http://pocketpcmag.com/forum/topic.asp?TOPIC_ID=17874) on all these stuff.

BTW, I'll also review the new NoviiRemote ASAP.

sofene
09-25-2005, 10:50 PM
Well, Nevo-wise, I thought the same - before testing the alternatives. As it has turned out, some of the alternatives aren't at all worse. Some of them (especially the ones that are Philips Pronto-enabled - the Nevo online database is nothing compared to the online Pronto databases; the same stands for defining and drawing (!) custom GUI's) are better. You may want to read this thread (http://pocketpcmag.com/forum/topic.asp?TOPIC_ID=17874) on all these stuff.

BTW, I'll also review the new NoviiRemote ASAP.Thank you for the very comprehensive roundup. I had read it when I was looking for an alternative to buying another ipaq just for Nevo. Unfortunately I came away with the impression that the alternatives were not there yet. Here is your comment on one of the best:
PdaWin TV remote controller 5.5

An outstanding app in that it's the only one reviewed program to read (about half of the tested, but it's still way better than the results of the competition) CCF files. It can also be operated with voice control, unlike all the other reviewed apps. It's also the only application that supports the iPAQ 2210 in CIR mode (other apps only use its IrDA mode with very limited range).Accordind to your review, it was the only one that actually read ccf files and only about half. I actually downlaoded all the remote control apps that had trial versions and was not very impressed with their stored database, really scanty in most and at best not up to 10% of my Nevo database. I have not seen or dealt with ccf files so I have no idea how big the database is. But if there are no apps to reliably read/use them, then they wouldn't be too useful, would they?

All said, I am still waiting for a good Nevo substitute. Having tasted Nevo, I am really looking for something that can equal or exceed its capabilities. maybe I will take a second look.

Menneisyys
09-26-2005, 07:45 AM
Well, Nevo-wise, I thought the same - before testing the alternatives. As it has turned out, some of the alternatives aren't at all worse. Some of them (especially the ones that are Philips Pronto-enabled - the Nevo online database is nothing compared to the online Pronto databases; the same stands for defining and drawing (!) custom GUI's) are better. You may want to read this thread (http://pocketpcmag.com/forum/topic.asp?TOPIC_ID=17874) on all these stuff.

BTW, I'll also review the new NoviiRemote ASAP.Thank you for the very comprehensive roundup. I had read it when I was looking for an alternative to buying another ipaq just for Nevo. Unfortunately I came away with the impression that the alternatives were not there yet. Here is your comment on one of the best:
PdaWin TV remote controller 5.5

An outstanding app in that it's the only one reviewed program to read (about half of the tested, but it's still way better than the results of the competition) CCF files. It can also be operated with voice control, unlike all the other reviewed apps. It's also the only application that supports the iPAQ 2210 in CIR mode (other apps only use its IrDA mode with very limited range).Accordind to your review, it was the only one that actually read ccf files and only about half. I actually downlaoded all the remote control apps that had trial versions and was not very impressed with their stored database, really scanty in most and at best not up to 10% of my Nevo database. I have not seen or dealt with ccf files so I have no idea how big the database is. But if there are no apps to reliably read/use them, then they wouldn't be too useful, would they?

All said, I am still waiting for a good Nevo substitute. Having tasted Nevo, I am really looking for something that can equal or exceed its capabilities. maybe I will take a second look.

Well, it depends on whether you need the direct (without any manual code import) import capabilities of the online databases or not. If you need, Nevo may indeed be better; its online database is, however, definitely less wide than that of Philips Pronto.

On the other hand, some of the other remote controller apps have an enrirely redrawable, definable user interface (and also toggling support), which Nevo lacks. (Nevo only supports button placement on a plain "dull" background - no extraordinary, hand-drawn buttons etc.)

I'm just working on a generic tutorial on CCF's and the advantages of custom-drawn GUI's - will keep this thread posted.

Jonathon Watkins
09-26-2005, 01:26 PM
. . . TV and video remotes for the machines in our classrooms are like urban myths. . .
Me - I just turn my Loox on and never have to worry.

A good solution. :-) Equally, you never would have to worry about losing the remote. Now losing your PPC, There's something to worry about. ;-)

bbarker
09-26-2005, 11:27 PM
Well, it depends on whether you need the direct (without any manual code import) import capabilities of the online databases or not.

I don't really know what that means. I'm new to remote apps. I do want broad support of devices.

If you need, Nevo may indeed be better; its online database is, however, definitely less wide than that of Philips Pronto.

Is Philips Pronto a standard or a Web site, or what? Does it support only Philips devices?

On the other hand, some of the other remote controller apps have an enrirely redrawable, definable user interface (and also toggling support), which Nevo lacks. (Nevo only supports button placement on a plain "dull" background - no extraordinary, hand-drawn buttons etc.)

All I need is an app that makes it simple and easy to get started and use, without having to learn a lot about codes or standards or whatever. I don't care about customizing the UI if its only purpose is aesthetics. Is there a functional reason customization is an advantage?

Based on what I have said, is there an app that's suited to my needs?

I'm glad there are such knowledgable people as you here to help.

Jonathon Watkins
09-28-2005, 10:33 AM
I'm just working on a generic tutorial on CCF's and the advantages of custom-drawn GUI's - will keep this thread posted.

Sounds good. Thanks for that. :)

Menneisyys
09-28-2005, 11:05 AM
Well, it depends on whether you need the direct (without any manual code import) import capabilities of the online databases or not.

I don't really know what that means. I'm new to remote apps. I do want broad support of devices.


The existing, freely accessible Pronto(Pro) (http://www.remotecentral.com/cgi-bin/files/rcfiles.cgi?area=pronto) database (about 6300 CCF files incidentally, CCF files are Pronto(Pro) files; they refer to the same thing) is much larger than that of myNevo (http://nevo.mynevo.com/mynevo/download/). I've done quite much comparison between these databases (mostly by searching for files of my gadgets) and have almost always found the Pronto(Pro) database better.

This is no wonder because Pronto(Pro) files are developed by the entire world (it's the de facto standard of high-end remote controllers), unlike Nevo, which is 1, WinCE-only 2, without user contribution. Nothing can be better than a user community of thousands of people, all uploading their handmade/hand-drawn CCF files :)

There is another difference between the two formats. Nevo doesn't support "real" skins with arbitrarily sized/shaped buttons/controls and any background skin; Pronto does. They're just incomparable in this respect. In Pronto, you can fully reproduce the shape/button layout of your remote controller, with added icons/anything. In Nevo, this is impossible. Some of the, Pronto(pro)-compliant remote apps, therefore, give a much better experience than Nevo in this respect - Pronto(Pro) GUI's are much more natural than those of Nevo. (In other respects, they may be far more restricted. For example, neither of them support the multiuser/multiroom/any number of the same-class devices configuration of Nevo; also, their main screen is, in my opinion, far uglier than that of Nevo.)

(Incidentally, I've also checked how many files the Pronto NG archive (http://www.remotecentral.com/cgi-bin/files/rcfiles.cgi?area=prontong) contains. NG is the New Generation of the Philips Pronto series and (still) not supported by any Pocket PC client or Tonto (http://giantlaser.com/tonto/), the best CCF editor/converter. Its PCF files can't be converted into "old" CCF files either. Fortunately, it's "only" 1000 files, as opposed to the 7000 files of the PPC-compatible Pronto(Pro). That is, we don't lose much by not (yet?) having Pronto NG compatibility on the Pocket PC.)

Is Philips Pronto a standard or a Web site, or what? Does it support only Philips devices?


See above: it's the de facto standard of remote controllers, with a really large user community, not just from the Windows Mobile world.

On the other hand, some of the other remote controller apps have an enrirely redrawable, definable user interface (and also toggling support), which Nevo lacks. (Nevo only supports button placement on a plain "dull" background - no extraordinary, hand-drawn buttons etc.)

All I need is an app that makes it simple and easy to get started and use, without having to learn a lot about codes or standards or whatever. I don't care about customizing the UI if its only purpose is aesthetics. Is there a functional reason customization is an advantage?


If you want easiness and (compared to Pronto) middle-sized online databases, Nevo is a very good choice. If you want hand-drawn skins with an enormously sized online database, Pronto (and Pronto-compliant Pocket PC remote apps again, Nevo isn't one of them) is the way to go.


Based on what I have said, is there an app that's suited to my needs?


If you don't have much time to evaluate remote controller apps and fine-tuning your interfaces, stick with Nevo. It's, despite its shortcomings, very good.

Unfortunately, fine-tuning is still needed none of the current Pocket PC remote controller apps are 100% CCF-compatible. PdaWin TV remote controller 5.5 is able to read about the half of the CCF files. Total Remote may require manual code teaching with existing skins. NetRemote IR is much better in this respect, but you may still run into problems with it (see for example the 'grayscale screen in a color file' problem.)

But, if you have plenty of time at hand, give a try to the, preferably Pronto-compliant alternatives. It's not very easy to choose from them because they all have problems and advantages over the competition. I recommend NetRemote IR, Total Remote or, to a lesser degree, PdaWin TV remote controller 5.5, if you want real CCF support.


I'm glad there are such knowledgable people as you here to help.

Thanks :)

BTW, I'll really post a generic overview of CCF files and using Pronto(Pro) files on the Pocket PC some day. This stuff has turned out to be much more complicated (because of the many different device types and the many test PDA's I need to run the tests on) than I have previously thought. Please be patient :)

bbarker
09-28-2005, 11:23 PM
Thank you for your very careful and helpful reply. It is sounding, though, like this whole arena is too complex for a very casual user such as myself. I seldom watch TV but was hoping for an application to handle the occasions when I do. It sounds like I'm better off just walking up to the TV set and VCR. (Our only remote that still works is the DVD player's.)

Thanks again for your help.