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andy
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NEW: VncSix 1.2 Released: Keymaps, more

Mon Apr 17, 2006 12:47 am

I have just released VncSix 1.2 for the 2.0.34+ firmware. Download
it or find more information here:

http://frequal.com/roku/VncSix/index.html

VncSix is a VNC Viewer for the PhotoBridge. It lets you see another
computer's display on your HDTV. That computer can be running a web
browser, MythTV, or any other application you want to see and control
on your HDTV.

In this version there are two keymaps available. The default keymap
is for web browsing. The other keymap is for MythTV or any other
situation where the remote buttons should act as arrow keys. The
keymap can be specified on the command line like so:

./VncSix -m "MythTV" 10.1.1.8:1
./VncSix -m "Web" 10.1.1.8:1

Also, storepasswd had been improved with a "-l" option to list the
stored servers and a "-r" option to remove a server from the list.

The web browsing shortcuts are unchanged. These buttons on the remote
are available with the listed keys being sent to the server:

* Zoom Out: Send Page Down
* Zoom In: Send Page Up
* Menu: Bring up an on-screen keyboard. Press again to dismiss
* Rewind ("Previous"): Send Alt-Left Arrow (Back Button in Firefox)
* Fast-Forward ("Next"): Toggle to the next keymap
* Play/Pause: Send Alt-F4 (Close Window in most window managers)
* Info: Click the right mouse button
* Rotate: Click the middle mouse button

Remember to enter your passwords using storepasswd to get the
on-screen server selection spinner.
Andy Oliver
LiveSpy: Watch Live Webcams:http://frequal.com/LiveSpy/roku/index.html
VncSix: Web Surfing+:http://frequal.com/roku/VncSix/index.html
SongInfo:http://frequal.com/roku/SongInfo/index.html
 
brad
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Mon Apr 17, 2006 6:56 pm

Hey Andy-

The key mapping works great. Thanks for that.

So now I've started messing with firefox and VNC, pretty slick to have in on the livingroom TV.

Quick question- have you figured out how to have a bluetooth keyboard/mouse work in VNC?

Thanks again for a great app...

-brad
 
andy
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Tue Apr 18, 2006 10:10 pm

brad wrote:
The key mapping works great. Thanks for that.

Fantastic! I'm glad to hear it. The code allows easy addition of other keymaps now too in case other people have particular applications they'd like to control easily from the remote.

brad wrote:
=So now I've started messing with firefox and VNC, pretty slick to have in on the livingroom TV.

Quick question- have you figured out how to have a bluetooth keyboard/mouse work in VNC?

It is really convenient to share a web browser on the TV. I make a simple homepage with links to all of the places I like to visit frequently (news, weather, Roku Forums, etc.) Then it's easy to visit them in Firefox/VncSix.

I haven't tried any wireless keyboard/mouse setup. Conceivably you could connect a radio frequency keyboard/mouse to the computer running the VNC server. Then you could type and see the result on your PhotoBridge with VncSix. If anyone tries this please post about it.

Another option is to try to get a wireless keyboard working directly with the PhotoBridge somehow, but that faces a number of hurdles, including lack of drivers and uncertain Cascade API support.
Andy Oliver

LiveSpy: Watch Live Webcams:http://frequal.com/LiveSpy/roku/index.html

VncSix: Web Surfing+:http://frequal.com/roku/VncSix/index.html

SongInfo:http://frequal.com/roku/SongInfo/index.html
 
brad
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VNC + Bluetooth keyboard

Fri May 12, 2006 7:35 am

I though I would just post my progress here.

I've now got a bluetooth keyboard working with my PB (actually with the PC) I ended up with a Bluelogic Keyboard/trackball combo.

My backend is a linux box so the the set-up was a little more complicated than need be. Other than some bogus keystrokes (it's a problem with the liinux bluetooth stack I suspect) it's working great.

I just needed to get VNC running on the root windows of my X server which was much easier in the end. The vnc.so file was the trick and a few additions to the xorg.conf.

(unrelated to the PB, i also extended the bluetooth USB dongle into the kitchen with 2 active USB cables and installed VMWare and run XP full screen - I did this so I could use anydvd later)

I'd appreciate suggestion on another keyboard/mouse combo if anybody else has gone down this road.

bt

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