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SofaControl lets you control your applications with the Apple remote control.

Out of the box Sofa Control supports more than 40 popular applications like VLC, Safari, PowerPoint, Democracy, NetNewsWire, Yojimbo and many more.

A specialized Front Row inspired user interface enables the user to access application specific menus or select movies and documents. The virtual mouse makes it possible to access rarely used functions and the keyboard can be simulated to control confirmation dialogs as well. System level functionality like a sleep timer, changing the system volume and display settings are available in a more...

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Version 2.9.7:
  • AppStore version


  • Mac OS X 10.6.6 or later
  • Apple Remote or Keyspan RF Remote

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NotUsed Member IconComment+159

ermmm.. no demo and $19.99 to find out if it fits my needs??

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Version 2.9.7
expand Member IconReview+3

Just upgraded to 2.9.5 for Lion. Now I can do my aerobics and watch my documentaries again! So far so good and fully functional in the new OS. This is a great application that allows real access to your mac via the remote controller.

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Version 2.9.5
LizBo Member IconComment+108

Versions 2.9.5 - 2.8.6 do not work with 10.7 and cannot find the remote.

How do we update for Lion OS without using the app store?

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Version 2.9.5
Mlaurencg4 Member IconReview+6

This application is quite buggy! Initially caused total lockup of iMac 3.06 (OS 10.6.4).

Not very intuitive - slow performance.

I'll pass on this one.

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Version 2.9.5
Jeff-H. Member IconComment+188

Really looking forward to future releases that will support the Manta TR1 remote receiver.

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Version 2.9
Jeff-H. Member IconComment+188

"requirements" of this app should ABSOLUTELY say that the Apple Remote is the ONLY remote that this app supports.

There are a few others. I have the ATI Remote Wonder. I was very ready to buy this when I realized this only AFTER installing the app.

Talk about excluding!!!

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Version 2.2

Don't blame the developer for your own lack of attention. From the app's icon to the developer's home page, to the easy availability on the home page of the product manual, it's totally obvious that this is for the Apple Remote. You should assume that it WON'T work with other remotes, not that it WILL.



1. The app supports the original Apple remote as well as the Keyspan RF remote.

2. The requirements clearly stated on the developer's download page.


Mea culpa


It does not work with the Keyspan sensor here.

Where did you see that it does?

scatterbraine Member IconComment+4

Sofa Control always deactivates my global iTunes control, and I can't turn off Safari control.

How can I set Sofa Control up, so that the only thing I use is the menu (cause i wanna be able to turn off my computer with the remote). I don't want Sofa Control to interfere with anything else, just want to use the menu!

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Version 2.1.1
Emet1 Member IconReview+26

Sofa Control 2.0b
With this app, I have broken my own record for the shortest time from install to payment. It took less than 10 minutes (only because I read through the tutorial) before I paypaled (it's a word!) the $10.

Why I love this app:
1. It allows me to trigger the visualizer in iTunes AND change playlists while the visualizer is running. This is the one feature that will blow my friends' minds.

2. The detail. It is absolutely beautiful, with the kind of style you'd expect from a Mac app. It builds on the best of Front Row, but ramps it up with it's own unique elements. I love the pixellating fade out of the interface. Mies van der Rohe was right.

3. It's not a one-trick pony. It has a huge feature set and is scriptable (if I knew applescript, which I don't but that's why I pay people like this to do it for me).

4. The best apps combine and balance style and substance. (It's not what you say, folks, it's how you say it). It's hard to make a tutorial sexy, but this developer did it.

5. It's freakin' cheap! $10-for all the features you could possibly want (and some you may never use).

This app is the chocolate sprinkles on the ice cream sundae that is my MacBook Pro.

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Version 2.0b2

I just read your impressions on MacUpdate (a few years late).
However, would like your present impressions as you seem to have a good handle on this App. Await your reply (hopefully not a few years in the future)!


Since this review, I bought a mac mini for a dedicated HTPC and transferred SC to that computer.

I use it primarily for video (Front Row), music (iTunes) & sleep/shutdown with my trusty little white apple remote (still haven't had to change the battery).

Still amazed by the simplicity and elegance of this app. I haven't used it for apps that require more sophisticated interactions (Firefox, NetNewsWire) but for media playback with Apple's built in apps, I use it every day. It just seems like part of the OS.


An update: I bought a Logitech Harmony 700 remote. After setting it up to control my mac mini/tv combination, I was astonished when I pressed the "menu" button and Sofa Control (version 2.9.5) app selector popped right up! So, you don't necessarily need to use just the little apple remote-it just makes this app even more amazing (or maybe Logitech is amazing). Even though the price went up, I'd still pay for this app.

Anthony Sigalas Member IconReview+4
Anthony Sigalas

Sofa Control 2.0b offers unique new features over the previous version like Virtual Mouse, newly designed global menus, double pressing that offers new functionaity and a new more user friendly script maker to create your unique scripts. The ability to browse through files and open them on your disk drives gives sofa a clear edge over the rest of the Apple remote apps. Furthermore the developer is friendly, open to suggestions (he has incorporated everything I asked for) and quick to reply and solve any problems.
This beta also has a new script called Sofa Safari that enables you to browse with one apple remote click through sites that are reporting MWSF 2007 live keynote from Steve Jobs. So instant live coverage of 2007 keynote from your Sofa :)

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Version 2.0b1
/usr/bin/Paul Member IconReview+5

I've tried both Sofa Control and Remote Buddy, and they both have their advantages. Sofa Control is very flexible, but slow, the interface needs some polishing and only allows one remote. Remote Buddy is extremely fast, has a great looking interface, allows multiple remotes, but lacks very much in functionality. Just as a quick comparison, when you want to quit an application:

In Sofa control, you just select menu and then quit. Very easy and intuitive.

In Remote Buddy you have to navigate way back to the root of the menus, select System, then select the app you wish to quit, then select quit. Very tedious.

In Contrast with another comparison:

Remote Buddy allows you take control of the system allowing you to sleep or shut down.

Sofa Control does not have this built-in, however Sofa Control is so flexible because of it's marriage with Apple Script that this could very easily be configured.

All in all, I wish these developers could work together OR at least copy some of the ideas from one another to make their app better. Thanks to both developers for creating such useful apps.

If I had to choose to use only one of these apps, it would probably be Sofa Control because of it's power of flexibility.

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Version 1.0
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Current Version (2.x)


Downloads 33,486
Version Downloads 2,058
License Shareware
Date 20 Mar 2012
Platform OS X / PPC 32 / Intel 32
Price $19.99