App Review: Rowmote by Evan Schoenberg [updated]
Need a remote control for your Macbook or iMac? Keep losing the little white remote that came with your iMac? or maybe you just want everything on one device, like your iPod or iPhone… either way, if you use or wish to use the little white Apple Remote to control Front Row or another app then Rowmote is for you. For $0.99 you can’t beat the price and it comes very close to being as functional, useful and as seemless as the Remote app from Apple does. Rowmote doesn’t include the visual feedback that Apple’s Remote app does, rather it assumes that you are using it to control Front Row, DVD Player, iTunes, Keynote or Quicktime – much like you would use the white Apple remote for. However, for controling these apps it does a great job and provides the same functionality that you would get from the IR remote itself. The one drawback is the small “Rowmote Helper app” that you must install on the host computer (Mac OS X only). However, once it’s installed it runs in the background and provides the access that the Rowmote app needs to control your computer.
Upon startup the Rowmote app immediately recognized my Macbook on the network and after selecting it I had absolutely no issues in using the app to control the various applications on the PC. We did find one bug: when controlling iTunes the Rowmote would not select the next song, rather it would just jump to the beginning of the current song regardless if you pressed << or >>. Other than that small issue everything else worked as expected and I can now put that tiny Apple remote into a drawer and forget about it.
[Update: After informing the developer of the problem above we were provided with an updated "helper app" which has resolved the problem. We're told that a new version of both will be available shortly.]