Launch 3rd party MCE add-ins? Or send Keyboard Shortcuts to MCE PC?

Jul 1, 2012 at 12:59 PM

Hello

I am using the TCPIP VMC Controller on my Windows 7 Media Center PC's in conjunction with mControl Home Automation software. 

I would like to create a macro in mControl server so that when the door bell is pressed mControl server via VMC Controller opens the 3rd party MCE add-in for mControl and goes to my IP camera at the front door. 

Question 1:

Can VMC Controller launch 3rd party MCE add-ins like mControl or any another add-in like My Movies - TunerFree MCE etc.

I tried using the GOTO command and Extensibility URL but can't figure out how to launch MCML add-ins? HTML media center add-ins launch OK however. 

Question 2: If it is not possible to directly launch 3rd party MCE add-ins with VMC Controller, instead can VMC Controller send keyboard commands to the Windows 7 client PC ?

For example Ctrl+Alt+7 would launch the mControl MCML add-in in Media Center, as I am using AutoHotKey to launch 3rd party MCE add-ins when certain keyboard shortcuts are detected, I use this with my Logitech Harmony remote control currently to add custom buttons on the remote control to launch My Movies for example.

Sample AutoHotKey command to launch the mControl MCML add-in in Media Center:

^!7::
IfWinExist Untitled - mControl
	WinActivate
else
	Run %windir%\ehome\ehshell.exe /entrypoint:{aebf238a-a1c5-4354-ba23-e693cb9f219e}\{3de6904a-d9c7-4ef9-b77d-c1216b39161e}
return

I have two forums posts about this issue:

The Green Button Forums:

http://www.thegreenbutton.tv/forums/viewtopic.php?f=5&t=2215

mControl Forums:

http://www.embeddedautomation.com/forum/showthread.php?t=1614

Can anyone give me any advise or anwsers?

Regards

CW-KID

Windows Entertainment & Connected Home MVP

Jul 1, 2012 at 1:03 PM
Edited Jul 1, 2012 at 1:08 PM

It seems others have asked the same question and never got a reply

http://vmccontroller.codeplex.com/discussions/200066
http://vmccontroller.codeplex.com/discussions/73654
http://vmccontroller.codeplex.com/discussions/47517

http://vmccontroller.codeplex.com/discussions/251533

Is VMC Controller still being developed? Is it now a dead project?

Many thanks.

Coordinator
Jul 2, 2012 at 7:53 PM
It's pretty much a dead project. I was the second developer who took it over and I no longer even have access to a Media Center PC.

In answer to your question - I don't know. I tried to do this way back and looking at the API documentation it should have worked with the GOTO command (this just wraps the API), but I could never figure out how to specify the page completely and I never got it to work.

Sorry and good luck, Tony


On Sun, Jul 1, 2012 at 5:04 AM, cwkid <notifications@codeplex.com> wrote:

From: cwkid

It seems others have asked the same question and never got a reply

http://vmccontroller.codeplex.com/discussions/200066
http://vmccontroller.codeplex.com/discussions/73654
http://vmccontroller.codeplex.com/discussions/47517

Is VMC Controller still being developed? Is it now a dead project?

Many thanks.

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