Until recently, all Apple computers came with a small white remote control in the box, which many people quickly put away in a drawer and forgot about it forever. Apple intended it to be used with iTunes and Front Row, but the idea was not popular enough to keep the product, because now most current models do not include it.
But even those who benefit from using a remote control on their Mac can only use it for functions related to music and movies. What if there was another way to use it?
Turns out there is, and it's called Remote Buddy. It is a program that allows you to program and control the functions of your Apple remote control, and make it interact with your Mac. You can even use your iPhone as a remote control.
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After installing Remote Buddy on the system in the usual way, the next step is to start it. The program can be installed both in the Dock and in the menu bar, and you can customize these options as you like best.
Next you have to select the hardware in the Preferences section, where there are some options. You can select the old white Apple remote control, the new silver one that comes with the AppleTV, the iPhone, hotkeys assigned to the keyboard, or another Bluetooth remote control of your choice. That means you can program a controller for Nintendo Wii, Sony PS3, or a host of other models.
Now you just have to select the assignment button in the preferences, and now you can choose what you want the remote to do in each application. Choose the one you want from the pre-loaded list, and then a map of each button for each command. For example, you can use the remote control with Adobe Acrobat to increase and decrease the magnification, advance pages, or even make it full screen. There are a multitude of options available, the limit is only what you want to set.
Remote Buddy has a suggested retail price of 19,90 Euros. You can get more information and buy if you want Remote Buddy for Mac from HERE.