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HippoRemote Pro 3.3

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Hi again! Wanted to let you all know that HippoRemote Pro 3.3 is now available in the App Store. It’s only been a month since the last update, but I managed to squeeze a number of useful enhancements into this release. Read on for more details.


As most of you probably know, Apple released OS X Lion last month. It’s a big update and a number of features were significantly modified. Screen Sharing in particular received a major update with the addition of multi-user sharing. While incredibly convenient, multi-user sharing unfortunately broke compatibility with HippoRemote.

I’m happy to say that the 3.3 update restores Screen Sharing support and makes it even better! Instead of fiddling with VNC settings, you can now connect to your Mac using your user account and password. The entire setup process has been simplified to one step — Check the box next to Screen Sharing in your Mac’s System Preferences.


If you use HippoRemote to control multiple computers, your favorites list is probably includes a bunch of apps that aren’t installed on the current machine. If you have both Macs and PCs, the situation is likely even worse.

In 3.3, your favorites are now stored per connection. So no more jumbled profiles. Just a nice clean list for each computer you control.


For those of you running HippoRemote on your iPads in 2x mode, the trackpad has probably been a bear to use because the sensitivity is out of whack. I’ve added a setting called “2x Adjustment” that should properly tune the sensitivity and make the trackpad usable again. I tried to make this setting automatic, but unfortunately apps can’t detect when they are running in 2x mode, so you’ll have to manually enable this.


A number of users have reported that their right mouse button has stopped working. As it turns out, in a recent software update for Snow Leopard users, Apple flipped the middle and right mouse buttons for Screen Sharing. I don’t know if this was an accident or a permanent change, but if your right mouse button is unresponsive, there’s now a “Swap Buttons” setting that should restore the proper behavior.


That covers the big ticket items. As always, each update to HippoRemote also includes a bundle of small tweaks, edits, and fixes. The more complete list of changes is below.

If you like HippoRemote and the changes and updates, 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!



* Improved support for connecting via Screen Sharing on Macs. In particular, connecting to OS X Lion via Screen Sharing is now fully supported.

* Your list of favorite profiles is now stored per connection. No more jumbled favorites for those of you controlling multiple computers!

* Launch on Connect setting is now enabled by default. HippoRemote will automatically launch the app corresponding to the current profile when a connection is completed. (HippoConnect/HippoVNC only)

* Added “Reverse Swiping” setting for easily reversing swiping directions on gesturepads.

* Added “2x Adjustment” setting when running on an iPad. This scales the trackpad sensitivity to make mouse movements more natural when running in 2x mode.

* Added “Swap Buttons” setting for swapping middle and right mouse buttons. Snow Leopard users experiencing issues with right clicking should enable this setting.

* Added support for auto-discovery of MAC addresses, easing setup of Wake-on-LAN.

* Added new gesture shortcut – swipe horizontally across Profile button to clear the current profile.

* Added WebDAV support for uploading/editing profiles on the device.


* Fixed connection errors on IPv6 networks.

* Fixed broken Reverse Scrolling option.

* Fixed visual glitches when panning between keyboards.

* Fixed memory issue in Boxee/Plex/XBMC gesturepads when handling very large images.

* Fixed bug prevented custom actions for 3-finger gestures.

August 21st, 2011 at 2:29 pm

28 Responses to 'HippoRemote Pro 3.3'

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  1. I love HippoRemote.
    But please create an ANDROID version. I switced from iphone to android, and this is the only app I am missing.
    Thank you.

    Hippo User

    10 Sep 11 at 3:14 am

  2. I second the request for an Android version. Bought this app for the iPhone, would gladly buy it again if there was a droid version.


    7 Oct 11 at 4:39 pm

  3. I really wish you would make a Android version as well, Hipporemote is the only reason still use my old touch.

    While there are remote apps for android none are as customizable or use vnc for the server.


    11 Oct 11 at 6:19 pm

  4. Me 4. Ditto all the above!


    28 Oct 11 at 1:01 am

  5. Please give us the option to choose favourites the old way as i use multiple computers but have to start a new connection each time and consequently the favourites are always empty and I have to search through installed to get one I want which is time consuming and unwieldy in the classroom environment I work in.


    Hippo fan

    16 Nov 11 at 6:19 pm

  6. Yes.. Please, please make the Android version.
    I know, apps on Android do not make a lot of money.
    But, think about this: the current landscape of remote apps on Android is SHIT.

    If HippoRemote make an Android version, it would be the KING of REMOTES for the platform. You will essentially RULE the market. You can charge $6.99 and it still will sell. Not to mention if you go $0.99 and add AdMob to the apps, think of the financial implications.

    One more thing: multi-tasking on Android (at least on Gingerbread) SUCKS BALLS. For example, when I’m watching VLC, I’d have to use a “VLC remote” and a “Windows keyboard/mouse remote”, two different apps. And while switching between those apps, the app that are in the background would literally closes it self and restart the connection whenever I switch to the app. The ability to control EVERYTHING from one app would be a GODSEND. Please, please please do not let other wannabe developers beat you to the punch. I want a HippoRemote on my Android.

    Please make a blog post regarding this matter, whether you’re considering to make an Android app or not, just to give some hope, or closure to your fans on the other side of the realm.


    20 Jan 12 at 2:07 am

  7. Notice all comments thus far are from …’Android’ users(thus far), minus one!

    Android! Android! So happy to see the MANY others!


    20 Jan 12 at 10:27 pm


    Sent from my iPhone.


    21 Feb 12 at 6:54 pm

  9. !!! ANDROID !!!
    Just to top it of 😉

    Luke Skywalker

    13 Mar 12 at 9:58 am

  10. Another IOS user requesting an Android version as well. I’ll gladly pony up again so my ICS Kindle Fire can be complete.

    Android User

    27 May 12 at 5:43 pm

  11. Vote again for Android. Will pay. Looooove hipporemote, it was the best ‘wow’ factor i had on my jailbroken & heavily modded iPhone.


    4 Jun 12 at 5:57 am

  12. One more for an android version. I’m trying to find a remote app to run on both Android & iOS. It would be awesome.


    1 Aug 12 at 10:54 pm

  13. Yes, please, an Android version. Unified Remote tries, but pales in comparison. I love I can still use my old iPhone as a remote, but an Android version as well would be awesome.


    14 Aug 12 at 10:05 am

  14. The only reason why i wont move to droid is cos this app is missing. Come on make us a droid version so i can get out of this sickening prison that is the crappy apple iphone4!!!!


    25 Sep 12 at 6:24 am

  15. Yep….Android please — this works great on my wife’s iPhone, would love it for my ‘droid.


    8 Oct 12 at 10:42 am

  16. Another request for android version. There is absolutely nothing that compares to it on android. This app is the only reason I haven’t sold my old iPhone.


    29 Nov 12 at 9:53 am

  17. Same here sticking to iPhone mainly for hipporemote, which is the best to operate my htpc xbmc Mac mini setup


    21 Dec 12 at 2:24 am

  18. Android please!!!!

    larry joyhnson

    25 Jan 13 at 10:47 am

  19. Just switched from an iPhone 4S to a Galaxy Note 2. The only app really missing is my Hipporemote. It just works! Will gladly pay for the app again like everyone here has stated.

    Miguel Arce

    20 Feb 13 at 12:19 pm

  20. Android app Please!!!??


    18 Mar 13 at 7:33 am

  21. Me too. I have an iPad 1 that has one purpose only – HippoRemote! Would love to bin it since I moved to Android a year ago and still haven’t found anything that comes close to HippoRemote on this platform.


    31 Mar 13 at 8:54 pm

  22. Please make an Android version!!


    11 Sep 13 at 8:49 pm



    15 Sep 13 at 11:32 am

  24. yes, please give us an ANDROID app!

    i keep buying cheap 3gs only for this app


    20 Oct 13 at 1:04 am

  25. Launch on Connect doesn’t do anything. It always launches the app when I switch to the profile, even when that setting is off


    31 Oct 13 at 5:06 pm

  26. Android please!


    29 Nov 13 at 8:50 pm

  27. Android please!

    Steve Hodgkinson

    11 Sep 14 at 12:23 pm

  28. Android version deffinately please!!! Hippo remote was the ONLY app i ever purchaced for my iphone and kept it through all 4 of them now that im switching to android all the remote apps suck in comparison the only thing that would make hipporemote better would be if when they made an android version they add support for ir blasters so hipporemote will reach its full potential!!!


    3 Aug 15 at 1:02 am

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