The Button Detail screen allows you to customize the look and function of an activity button.
In the Name section, you can change the name and description of the button. The button name is displayed in the activity layout if the Show Label option is set to On or if the Text Only icon is chosen in the Appearance section.
In the Type section, you can specify how the button functions when tapped. There are four button types:
- Normal buttons execute a single action one time when tapped.
- Macro buttons execute more than one action when tapped. Macro buttons are particularly useful for creating buttons that jump to favorite television channels.
- Toggle buttons execute a single action at one time, but cycle through a series of actions when pressed repeatedly. For example, perhaps you want a single button to switch between Play and Pause on successive taps, because combining these actions into one button will save space in your activity layout. You can create a toggle button with two actions — one for Play and one for Pause — so that each time you tap the button, you alternate between the two. Toggle buttons are similar to toggle commands, but more powerful. For example, toggle buttons can work with discrete commands, or even commands that target different devices.
- Repeating buttons function as do Normal buttons when tapped and released. However, if you tap and hold a repeating button, the button’s action is repeated rapidly until you release the button. This type of button is useful for things such as volume and channel functions that “ramp” when you hold them down.
- The Script button type is available if you have the Advanced Options preference turned on. More information on scripting and advanced configuration is available in the RedEye Advanced Programming Manual.
In the Appearance section, you can change how a button looks. Tap on the Icon row to choose an icon to display. The list of available button icons includes all of the command icon choices, in addition to the logos of many popular television networks.
Tap on the Size row to change the icon size. Large icons are the same size as application icons on the iPhone’s home screen, and are the ideal size for reliable tapping without taking up too much screen real estate.
Toggling Show Label? To ON will show button names underneath the buttons in the activity layout. Turning this OFF will ensure that only the button icon is visible.
The Shortcut Gesture indicates which multi-touch or accelerometer gesture shortcut (if any) is assigned to the button. One of the problems with touch screen remote controls is that you must look down at the screen to know what button you are pressing. Sometimes — particularly when paging through information on a television or other display — it is inconvenient to have to divert your eyes. Shortcut gestures solve this problem by allowing you to assign shortcuts to as many as twenty-three different buttons within each activity layout. To execute these shortcuts, you do not need to look down at the screen — simply make the appropriate gesture, and the RedEye application will respond as if you had tapped the corresponding button.
A shortcut may be assigned to only one button at a time, so if you select a shortcut that is currently assigned to another button, the previously assigned button will no longer have that shortcut.
**Please note that we do not recommend using accelerometer motion gestures with the RedEye mini. Because the mini needs to be pointed at the device you are controlling, flicking or shaking the phone around will make it harder for your mini to control your equipment.
The Shortcut Key indicates which keyboard key is assigned to the button. Although the shortcut key has no function on iOS devices, it can be quite useful when operating your RedEye unit from a controller that has a keyboard (such as a PC).
As with gestures, shortcut key may be assigned to only one button at a time, so if you select a shortcut that is currently assigned to another button, the previously assigned button will no longer have that shortcut.
The name and format of the last section on the page changes depending on the Button Type, but in all cases this is the place to assign the button’s functionality in the form of one or more actions. Tap on an action row to change the action.
Macro and Toggle buttons each make use of more than one action. As a result, when you have selected one of these button types, you can tap on the Add New Macro Action or Add New Toggle Value row to add a new action.
You can reorder or delete actions by tapping on Edit in the top right corner of the page. To delete, tap on the red circle and then confirm by tapping on the red Delete button that appears.