|The main window contains the Macro
display window, which shows a tree view of the currently defined
macros. Macros can be defined as Global macros (displayed at the top
of the window), as Group macros, or as Member macros (displayed under
the group macro). These three types of macros will be described in
Above the Macro display window is the menu bar with the File and Help menus. These are described below.
Below the Macro display window is the Start button. The Start button is used to activate the remote control functions. When activated the button caption changes to Stop. Pushing the Stop button halts the remote control functions.
||The File menu contains the following
||The Help menu contains the following
||The Popup menu is accessed by
right-clicking in the Macro display area of the main screed. This
menu contains the following commands for working with Macros:
||The Settings command brings up the
Settings dialog box. Use this dialog box to select the COM port to be
used by RF Remote. This can be an actual COM port, or a virtual COM
port such as the one created by the USB/serial driver used by the
Rubow Systems USB RF remote control system. The baud rate must match
the baud rate used by the remote control receiver. The Rubow Systems
USB RF remote control system uses 2400 baud.
The Show parameter sets the location on the screen where the name of the macro will be displayed (in a pop up window) whenever a macro is executed. This may be set to None (to disable the Show feature), Top-Left, Top-Center, Top-Right, Middle-Left, Middle-Center, Middle-Right, Bottom-Left, Bottom-Center or Bottom-Right.
If the Show feature is enabled, the Font Size determines the size of the font used in the pop up window that shows the name of the macro being executed. The pop up window will be made as large (or as small) as necessary to show the macro name in the selected font size. This is useful as a confirmation that the button was recognized. A large font lets you see it from across the room.
Font color is used to select the color of text in the pop up Show window.
The Auto Start check box enables the Auto Start feature, which causes RF Remote to be immediately activated (as if you had pushed the Start button on the main screen) as soon as the application is launched.
The Auto Minimize check button enables the Auto Minimize feature, which causes RF Remote to be minimized each time it is activated (either by the Start button on the main screen, or by the Auto Start feature). Auto Minimize gets RF Remote off the screen and out of the way of the application(s) you are controlling. By enabling both Auto Start and Auto Minimize, RF remote will become activated and minimized as soon as it is launched.
||To define macros, use the Add
Global Macro, Add Group, or Add Member Macro commands from the popup
menu. This brings up the Add Macro dialog box.
Enter a name for the macro, which may be anything up to 32 characters. If the name is too long, it may not fit in the window that pops up showing the macro that is being executed. The name is the only thing you need to enter for Group macros. Global and Member macros require additional information.
Loop mode is used to determine how the commands assigned to this macro are executed. If Loop mode is not set, the entire list of commands will be executed each time the macro is executed. If Loop mode is set, then only one command is executed each time the macro is executed. The first time the macro is executed the first command will be executed. The second time the macro is executed the second command will be executed, etc. After the last command is executed, execution resumes with the first command again.
Window determines which application will receive any KEY or MOUSE CLICK commands. To select the application, it must be running (and not minimized) when you define the macro. Click the Browse... button to see a list of currently running applications, and select it from the list. You may also type the complete pathname to the executable file for the application. If Window is left blank, any KEY or MOUSE CLICK commands will go to the currently active foreground window.
The Commands area of the window is used to define commands assigned to the macro. The drop down list selects the type of command to add. Commands may be KEY (to simulate a keystroke), MOUSE CLICK (to simulate mouse clicks), VOLUME (to change the system volume control), MACRO (to execute another macro) or LAUNCH FILE. (to launch any application or file, just like double-clicking it in Windows Explorer). Commands are described in detail below.
The Delete button deletes the currently selected command.
The Up and Down buttons will move the currently selected command up or down in the list of commands, to rearrange the order of commands.
||To define a KEY command, select KEY from
the dropdown list and click Add. In the Add Keystroke dialog box,
select the desired key from the dropdown list. All keys are listed,
including function keys, arrow keys, ENTER, SPACE, numeric keypad
keys, and special keys like HOME and END. Note that these are keys,
and not characters. Any key can be combined with any combination of
Alt, Ctrl and Shift by checking the boxes. Note that to generate a
upper case letter, you must check Shift. To generate an asterisk, use
key 8 with Shift. To generate a colon use key ";" with shift. You can
also use standard Windows keyboard shortcuts, such as Alt-F4 to
terminate an application.
||To define a MOUSE CLICK command, select
MOUSE CLICK from the dropdown list and click Add. You may select a
Left, Middle or Right mouse click. To set the location of the mouse
click, click and drag the "+" icon with the mouse to the desired
location. As soon as you click the icon, the window you selected for
receiving commands will become active. Drag the icon to the desired
location and release it. No action will take place in the selected
window, and you will be returned to the Command Mouse Click window
with the location set. Click OK to save the MOUSE CLICK command.
||To define a VOLUME command, select VOLUME
from the drop down list and click Add. You may select a volume Up,
volume Down or volume Set command. Use the slider to determine how
much to change the volume, or where to set it. For example, if the
slider is at 25% of full scale and you select a volume Up command,
the system volume control will move up 25% of full scale when the
command executes. Four steps would move the volume from 0 to 100%. If
the slider is at 10% of full scale and you select a volume Down
command, the system volume control will move down 10% each time the
command executes. If the slider is at 50% and you select a volume Set
command, the system volume will be set to 50% when the command
Note that moving the system volume control up 25% is NOT a 25% increase in volume.
||To define a MACRO command, select
MACRO from the drop down list and click Add. You may select any macro
from the list to execute as a command. The list of macros will
include all Global macros, all Group macros, but only the Member
macros that are in the same group as the macro you are defining.
Executing a Group macro has the effect of activating that group of macros. The same button on the remote may be assigned (by Learning) to as many different macros as you want, as long as the macros are in different groups. By activating the desired group you can change the function of one or more buttons on the remote. This allows you to have many more functions than there are buttons on the remote. A convenient way to select the active group is to use a single button assigned to a Global macro. This Global macro can be set to Loop mode, and execute a series of MACRO commands to activate the desired Group macros is sequence. Pressing the button on the remote cycles through all the groups is sequence.
||To define a LAUNCH FILE command,
select LAUNCH FILE from the drop down list and click Add. A standard
File Open dialog box lets you select the file you want to launch.
This is the same a doubel-clicking the file in Windows Explorer.
Launching an EXE file starts the application. Launching a document
file will open the file with the associated application.
|The Learn window
will show you which macro is being learned. Simply press the button
you want to use for this macro, and the received data will be shown
in hexadecimal in the Learn window. Click OK to accept this data. The
red question mark (indicating an unlearned macro) should disappear
from the icon for the macro which has been learned. Note that if you
know the data generated by the button, you may simply type it (in
hexadecimal) instead of pushing the button.
Hint: If you "Learn" a macro and click OK without pushing any button on the remote (or without entering any data), you will REMOVE the learned button from the macro. The red question mark will appear, indicating the macro has not been learned.