Archive for November, 2012
Hi folks! HippoRemote Pro 3.4 has been approved by Apple and is now available in the App Store. I intended to get this update out sooner, but during final testing a few new issues were reported. Though it would delay the update by a couple weeks, I felt the issues were important enough that they needed to be addressed promptly. Thank you all for your patience!
The banner feature for this update is support for iPhone 5’s taller screen. Though it may not seem like a lot, that little extra bit of screen real estate really does make a difference. For example, the splitscreen trackpad + keyboard no longer feels cramped. And the fullscreen keyboard can finally show you what you’re typing even when you’ve switched to the arrow or function keys.
With each new update to iOS, Apple adds new features, tweaks existing features, and removes some older features. This is the reality of progress. In order to do newer, better things, older things have to be discarded. This is true for apps too. HippoRemote Pro 3.4 now requires iOS 4.3 or newer. Dropping support for older versions of iOS, I could modernize key portions of HippoRemote, resulting in a smoother, more responsive and more performant experience.
The trackpad, in particular, received some significant improvements. First, the tracking of small finger movements has been greatly enhanced. Previously, small, slow finger movements could result in a jerky mouse pointer. This should be all but eliminated now.
Additionally, tap-to-click is now more responsive. There used to be a small delay between when you finished your tap and when the click would register on your computer. The update greatly reduces the delay, improving the fluidity of trackpad use.
A number of folks have requested an option to assign a connection a friendlier name than the IP address. This doesn’t apply to Mac users, because HippoRemote can detect the name of your Mac. But for folks controlling multiple PCs, a list of IP addresses is pretty impenetrable. HippoRemote Pro 3.4 finally lets you give each connection a nicer name. Looking back, I don’t know why it’s taken me so long to add this option. Thanks to those of you who patiently outwaited by obtuseness.
Another popular request is support for using the app when your device is upside down. A number of you who email me have various dongles attached to your iPhones dock connectors or the headphone jacks. Rather than forcing you to keep flipping your devices around while switching apps, HippoRemote Pro will now work up the upside-down orientation. You will need to enable the Auto-Rotate setting in the app, though.
That covers the more notable changes in the app. If you enjoy using HippoRemote, I’d really appreciate it if you would leave a five star review in iTunes. I’d love it even more if you would tell others about the app via Facebook, Twitter or the good old-fashioned way.
If you don’t like something, or just want to give me some suggestions, you can get in touch with me via email. My email address is on HippoRemote’s support page (http://hipporemote.com/support). Twitter (@HippoRemote) is also an option, but I find it’s pretty hard to talk about features in 140 characters or less.
Enjoy and happy HippoRemoting!
ADDITIONAL BUG FIXES:
Fixed connection errors when using a blank password.
Fixed unresponsive macro button.
Fixed bug that could cause Dropbox syncing to stall.
Fixed bug in profile editor that prevented editing of a deleted button.