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    Oct. 17, 2010
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5 stars

"I second that"

February 24, 2008  |  By glevethan

2008-02-24 23:25:13  |  By glevethan

 |  Version: Signal 1.1


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I have started to look at different solutions for controlling my music players with my iPhone and have played around with iPeng (which controls the Squeezebox) and Remote Buddy. Signal is by far the best of the batch - the speed at which it works is by far considerably better than the other two alternatives mentioned above.

I hope that the developer will continue to enhance its performance (the alphabetic jump feature was crucial). A preference pane now needs to be implemented where users can make various adjustments (such as how many entries are displayed at one time) Is it possible to display, for example, ALL of the listings of an alphabetical category at once instead of having to reload again for the next batch ie if there are 100 artists with letter A than all 100 could be shown at the same time).

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5 stars

"Highly recommended"

January 29, 2008  |  By kai.steinbach

2008-01-29 00:00:00  |  By kai.steinbach

 |  Version: Signal 1.0.4


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Just about 1 month ago I moved from using Mindola's PatioTunes to Alloysoft's Signal for controlling my 5 room AirTunes setup remotely with an iPhone via Wifi. I was surprised that Signal works so much better. It's so quick, it looks so beautiful, it has features that I was requesting from PatioTunes about 18 months ago - song rating -, so for me this was the software I have been waiting for.

Similar to PatioTunes, Signal works by running its own little http server on your mac, and any http client (browser) connected to that server can remote control iTunes functionality, such as ping a new song, album or playlist to play, etc. Typically any PDA or smartphone with wifi access connects to your local wifi network when you are at home - hence if you have one, you are ready to go. Using Apple AirTunes the music of iTunes can stream into various rooms completely in sync, and hence replace a Sonos system which during my comparison was at least twice as expensive for 5 rooms - and a Mac mini as the living room's media center can do so much more than just music.

Using Signal from the iPhone looks best and works really fast. You can tell that the web interface is made for the device. I don't have an iPod Touch, but I guess it is the same experience. So how does it look like on other devices with other browsers? Well, any request will bring up a virtual iPhone in your browser and then work just the same. Hence the remote control from any laptop works great, too. Good stuff! I also tested the access from a Nokia N800 Internet Tablet - which by default also goes to the virtual iPhone screen - and would require a bit of scrolling up and down. But then, even better, just by changing the URL from http://macmini:3569/iphone/phone.html to http://macmini:3569/iphone/ I was able to get the normal iPhone content full screen on the N800 - which works great, too.

If you are a 10.4 Tiger user, make sure to set up the Signal TCP port 3569 in the firewall. The installation does not mention that, but it's a topic on the FAQ page:

Last thing to mention: you can try out Signal with no strings attached. Full functionality, just every 3rd item in the interface is not available. After putting in the key, full content becomes available immediately. No affiliation, just a happy user.

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Full Specifications

What's new in version 1.3.2
  • Support for additional Windows Mobile screen sizes

  • Yes, finally! WVGA, WQVGA, HVGA, and square screen devices are now properly supported. In fact, Signal should handle screens of any height so if a device manufacturer decides to add yet another resolution to the mix the app should work with it right away.

    There is one downside to this support: existing skins are no longer compatible and the skin switching feature has been removed as a result. It was rarely used and would have required a major overhaul to support variable screen sizes and the generated graphics now used by the app in places. After giving it a lot of thought I decided this effort was better spent on other parts of the app.
  • BlackBerry 6 compatibility

  • Starting with version 6 of their OS RIM's BlackBerry Browser is powered by WebKit, the same browser engine used by Android and the iPhone. I had a chance to do some testing with a Torch 9800 and with just a couple minor tweaks Signal's web interface is now working on it. Just enter the web access URL into the BlackBerry Browser and you'll be able to use it to control your favorite media player.
Publisher Alloysoft
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Release Date October 17, 2010
Date Added October 17, 2010
Version 1.3.2
Category MP3 & Audio Software
Subcategory Audio Plugins
Operating Systems
Operating Systems Mac OS X 10.4 Intel/PPC, Mac OS X 10.5 Intel/PPC
Additional Requirements None
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File Size 3.03MB
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Total Downloads 186
Downloads Last Week 1
License Model Free to try
Limitations Not available
Price $24.95

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