[mythtv-users] reprise: improve frontend usability: working with a slick remote

Bert Van Kets mythtv-users at vankets.com
Wed Mar 28 13:43:56 UTC 2007

Steve Hodge wrote:
> On 3/28/07, *come se fosse antani* <antani at gmail.com 
> <mailto:antani at gmail.com>> wrote:
>     My "dream" is to use a very slick and little remote (like wiimote, for
>     example) to control a rather complex app like mythfrontend; instead of
>     using e.g. 7 buttons for "stream movements" (like stop, play, pause,
>     rew, fwd, ffw, rrw) why not ONE "movement button" and then an osd on
>     screen to use together with the usual up,down,right,left?
> Aren't you just talking about trading "number of buttons" for "number 
> of button presses"? The resulting remote may well look better, but I 
> suspect the improvement in usability will be less than you expect (if 
> there is any).
> Steve
you are absolutely right!. There is a list of commands that need to be 
performed, no matter what remote you are using. A minimalistic remote 
will add the necessity to put commands several levels deep (multiple 
buttons pressed) whereas with a full blown remote you are quickly at the 
commend you need.
Personally I prefer the latter because it allows me to quickly do what I 
want instead of having to go through a tall vertical menu tree.


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