Showing posts with label SideShow. Show all posts
Showing posts with label SideShow. Show all posts

Friday, September 05, 2008

Step by step guide to using your Windows Mobile device as a very cool PowerPoint Remote Controller/Terminal

Conversations with the Communications Sector - Control PowerPoint Slide Shows with Windows Mobile

“Windows Vista includes a technology called Windows SideShow® that allows the PC to drive a variety of secondary display devices as well as receive commands from secondary devices.  Here is a link to end-user information on Windows SideShow.  Here is a link to developer info on Windows SideShow.

Given that the majority of Laptops and Windows Mobile Phones have Bluetooth capabilities, it just makes sense that Windows Mobile should be a Windows SideShow®–compatible device, especially in remote-control applications such as controlling Windows Media Player or a PowerPoint presentation.  The Windows SideShow for Windows Mobile Developer Preview makes this happen.  Here is the three step process to set things up:

  1. Setup a Bluetooth Connection between your Windows Mobile device and Vista
  2. Download and install Windows SideShow for Windows Mobile Dev Preview
  3. Configure Windows SideShow

To change slides, navigate right on your mobile phone's hard navigation button.  To go back, select Back or navigate left on your mobile phone's hard navigation button.  You can also see your slide notes to help keep you on message:

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To switch presentations, click the Menu with the right soft key and select End Presentation and the screen with the available presentations appears.

I hope that you find the Office PowerPoint Remote gadget as useful as I do.  Be sure to check out the other available gadgets online.

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I previously blogged about this here, Windows Vista + SideShow + Windows Mobile = PowerPoint Remote Controller, but the above guide is more complete and starts earlier in the process, with pairing your device through configuration and usage.

This shows how the Windows Mobile device, through the power of SideShow, is much more powerful than just some sort of uber forward/next controller thing.

 

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Wednesday, July 09, 2008

SideShow for Media Center – SideShow Gadgets (Beta) that interact with Media Center

Windows SideShow Team Blog - Windows Media Center Gadgets for Windows SideShow Beta!

“We’re excited to announce the Beta release of the Media Center Gadgets for Windows SideShow! Click the following link to join our open Microsoft Connect program for the Media Center Gadget Beta:
http://connect.microsoft.com/InvitationUse.aspx?ProgramID=2380&SiteID=312&InvitationID=GPB-79MM-RFJ2 (This link can be used only once. Login to Microsoft Connect after joining to access this program.)

You can use these gadgets from any SideShow device. If you have a Windows Mobile device, you can download and install our developer preview.

4 gadgets are included with this beta that allow you to:

  • Browse the TV Guide and schedule recordings. Browse Recorded TV by thumbnail.
  • Browse your music library and control music playback.
  • Browse Picture and Video libraries.
  • View "now playing" information and control Media Center with playback controls

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What was I just saying about cool SideShow stuff coming? ;)

So since this works with any SideShow device, and there’s SideShow for Windows Mobile, and if it was WiFi, then you could view this stuff from anywhere in the house (or am I having a brain cramp)?

Hum…need to find some time to play with this (and maybe, finally, get a new cell? I don’t see why, my Motorola peanut is only 6-7+ years old… :p  )

 

Related Past Post XRef:
Windows Vista + SideShow + Windows Mobile = PowerPoint Remote Controller
Windows SideShow Managed API and Runtime Released - A Managed SideShow...[Insert joke here]
Universal Driver for Windows SideShow Updated to v1.5 - Transports now include USB, Bluetooth and TCP/IP...

Friday, July 04, 2008

Windows Vista + SideShow + Windows Mobile = PowerPoint Remote Controller

On10 - Control PowerPoint With Your Phone

“Got a Vista laptop and a Windows Mobile Smartphone? If so, then you already have a way to control PowerPoint with your phone – all you need is some SideShow software. To get started, you must first pair your phone with your laptop via Bluetooth (if you haven’t already done so), then download SideShow for Mobile. SideShow for Mobile is an application for Windows Mobile smartphones (versions 5 and 6) and PocketPCs that let you use your phone as a Bluetooth SideShow device. The final step is to download the Office PowerPoint Remote gadget. With this gadget installed, you can control PowerPoint with your phone - no remote required! You can move forward and back, jump to a specific slide in the presentation, preview the next slide, and view the slide speaker notes on your device. It will even work right from the Today screen so you can just use the hardware buttons on the phone to control the presentation. Nice” [Description leached in full]

I think we’re going to be seeing more and more SideShow stuff coming. I feel that the tooling, features and reach (i.e. Vista install base) is getting to the point where we’re going to start seeing some cool stuff…

(via ActiveWin - Control PowerPoint With Your Phone)

Update #1: 7/5/2008 @ 9:30 AM PDT:
Sorry for the brain fart on the title. It should have read (and does now) "PowerPoint Remote Control" and NOT "PowerShell Remote Control"

Doh!

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Windows SideShow Managed API and Runtime Released - A Managed SideShow...[Insert joke here]
Universal Driver for Windows SideShow Updated to v1.5 - Transports now include USB, Bluetooth and TCP/IP...

Tuesday, May 27, 2008

Windows SideShow Managed API and Runtime Released - A Managed SideShow...[Insert joke here]

Microsoft Downloads - Windows SideShow Managed API 1.0 SDK

"The Windows SideShow Managed API 1.0 SDK installs the runtime and development components that are required to build and run gadgets for Windows SideShow using the .NET Framework 2.0. This download facilitates gadget development and enables developers to build compelling applications to support Windows SideShow-compatible devices.

The SDK includes Windows SideShow project templates integrated with Visual Studio

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Microsoft Downloads - Windows SideShow Managed Runtime 1.0

"The Windows SideShow Managed Runtime 1.0 installs the runtime components that are required to run gadgets for Windows SideShow using the Microsoft .NET Framework 2.0.

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I don't have the mental cycles to get into another project... WELL, okay, just one more.

Downloading the API now.  ;)

 

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Universal Driver for Windows SideShow Updated to v1.5 - Transports now include USB, Bluetooth and TCP/IP...

Wednesday, May 21, 2008

Universal Driver for Windows SideShow Updated to v1.5 - Transports now include USB, Bluetooth and TCP/IP...

Windows SideShow Team Blog - Announcing the Universal Driver for Windows SideShow 1.5!

"Last week, we quietly released to Windows Update a new version of the Universal Driver for Windows SideShow! This new release includes support for additional transports, bringing the complete list to:

  • USB
  • Bluetooth
  • TCP/IP
  • TCP/IP with SSL

In addition to powering devices built using the Windows SideShow Device SDK for .NET Micro Framework v1.4 (and later), and perhaps the most exciting part of this release, is the protocol documentation which explains how you (yes, you) can implement your very own Windows SideShow-compatible device without having to write any PC code at all. That's right, no more writing a PC driver when you build a SideShow-compatible device; we've done that work for you. And did I mention it's free? Yes, that's right: there's no royalty, license, or any other legal documents you need to sign in order to get access to, and use, the documentation and driver for your device.

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I hate you Microsoft. After seeing this my mental gears are a-turning and a-churning (you can smell the burning... really... ;)

It's the TCP/IP transport that started it. If I understand the protocol doc's correctly (having spent an entire five minutes reading them), I should be able to use TCP/IP socket communications from a device (on the same network, yada, yada) to display SideShow information?

So I could create a utility that I can run on a PC to display the SideShow information from another PC? Say a small window on a living room PC to display SideShow info from the work PC in the home office?

Hum....