Media Center Gadgets for SideShow Released

Posted in M@H by Ruslan Ulanov on the October 23rd, 2008

green buttonThe Windows SideShow Team has announced that the final version of the Windows Media Center Gadgets for Windows SideShow is now available for download on Windows Live Gallery!

Windows Media Center Gadgets for Windows SideShow includes four gadgets—TV, Music, Pictures and Video, and Now Playing—that you can use to control most Media Center functions from a SideShow-compatible device.

I wrote about these cool gadgets a while back. And now you can get the official release. Yeay! If you are a lucky owner of SideShow-ready device and you have Media Center, it’s a must have download.

Download locations:
Install the 32-bit version
Install the 64-bit version

Oh, I wish my iPhone 3G was SideShow-compatible. May be, some one, some day, will come up with a bridge between SideShow and native iPhone API. For now I resort to using Tight VNC server on my Vista Media Center and Mocha VNC Lite on iPhone’s side. This approach actually works pretty well. The only problem is that when Media Center goes full-screen, the VNC client on iPhone goes black – it doesn’t support this video mode. Though, I found a simple workaround for it. I run Media Center application in Windowed mode, just resized to cover all screen.

I tried a few other solutions for remote access and control of Media Center, including those from Niveus, Orb, and others. So far I didn’t fall in love with any of them. Though Orb was pretty good, especially its first version, which was not overloaded with bulky and quirky GUI.

If you know of any good remote control solutions for Tablet PC or iPhone, I would really like to hear from you. Leave a comment below.

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