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Remote Buddy
Remote Buddy
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Remote Buddy free download for Mac

Remote Buddy

Version 2.2.1

Control Mac apps via a number of remotes.

3.8
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$24.99
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Remote Buddy overview

Remote Buddy allows you to remotely control anything on your Mac with your Siri Remote, iPhone, iPad, Apple TV, Apple Remote and many more remotes.

Features include:
  • Control Apps: controls 100+ Mac apps with more than 1.000 tailor-made, app-specific actions.
  • Control Web Video Playback: play / pause, change volume, mute, jump +/- 10 seconds in and change playback speed of most web videos in Safari and Chrome (including Netflix, Prime Video, Twitch, Twitter, tv.apple.com, Vimeo, YouTube, Facebook, Amazon Drive, Dropbox, Microsoft OneDrive, ownCloud, Nextcloud).
  • Configurable Menu: a single, configurable on-screen menu allows switching and quitting apps, change the system volume, run actions, browse the filesystem or local Music libraries, put the Mac to sleep and much more!
  • Virtual Keyboard and Mouse: allows using supported remotes and devices as mouse and keyboard.
  • Mouse Pointer Spotlight Effect: highlights the current mouse position with a spotlight effect. Useful for highlighting in presentations.
  • Screen Sharing: mirrors the screens of the Mac onto iPhone, iPad or Apple TV using the companion apps (details below). Our unique screen sharing technology delivers up to 60 fps with high image quality, transports input with low latency and connects quickly.
  • Send IR commands: records and replays infrared (IR) codes, allowing to control many devices like TVs or amplifiers through Remote Buddy. Requires a compatible IR transmitter such as Flirc USB.
  • Siri Remote support: allows using the Siri Remote as remote, mouse, keyboard and presentation spotlight.
  • iOS and tvOS companion apps: Remote Buddy Mobile (iOS) and Remote Buddy Display (tvOS) turn iPhones, iPads and Apple TVs into powerful, smart remotes for the Mac. The connection to the Mac is secured with strong, certificate-based TLS encryption.
  • Flirc Integration: integration with the Flirc USB IR transceiver at the firmware level, allowing specialized features like waking up Macs with Apple Remote or recording and replaying IR commands.
  • Remote Control drivers: includes drivers for more than 30 Bluetooth, IR and RF remotes - including many popular remotes from Amazon, Logitech Harmony and Satechi.

What’s new in version 2.2.1

Updated on Aug 23 2022

  • NEW: Add support for Amazon Alexa Voice Remote (3rd generation) and Amazon Alexa Voice Remote Lite (2nd generation)

Information

License

Shareware

Size

21 MB

Downloads

122578

App requirements

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What customer like

Performance
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Customization

What needs improvements

Bug fixing

Remote Buddy qualities

Value
5.0
Ease of use
5.0
Features
5.0
Reliability
5.0
Customer support
5.0
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radiovish
radiovish
May 28 2021
2.0.19
2.0
May 28 2021
2.0
Version: 2.0.19
Finaly, I can control my kids via your iPhone or iPod Touch using Remote Buddy's AJAX Remote. Thanks or this app.
Docjk
Docjk
Dec 9 2012
1.22.1
3.5
Dec 9 2012
3.5
Version: 1.22.1
I got the Remote Buddy Express and use it together with Ajax Remote app on iPhone 4S. Running iMac 27" late 2009 with latest OSX. This really is an elegant way to remotely control your Mac. I especially like the feature of showing the desktop of the connected computer on my phone. I miss the option for horizontal view, making the desktop survey/camera picture even bigger. And sound transfer would be awesome. But when playing on iPhone with the options for controlling e. g. music/iTunes + camera (which works great, also here sound?!) the program is not responding any more when choosing movies or EyeTV. I could understand that this is something not supported/implemented, but that the app is completely shot down is taking some of the air out of this otherwise promising project. Not sure if it is the Remote Buddy Express part or the Ajax app that is the problem.
oklair1
oklair1
Oct 26 2011
1.19.1
4.0
Oct 26 2011
4.0
Version: 1.19.1
My Wiimote cursor stops to work after the update... Is it a coincidence, or my Wiimote is defective?
niewiesznic-1
niewiesznic-1
Sep 28 2011
1.18.2
5.0
Sep 28 2011
5.0
Version: 1.18.2
SIMPLY THE BEST ! This is the app I use EVERYDAY! I strongly recommend it to everyone !!! It can use iPhone as a remote for your mac ! :)
Alsenmyr
Alsenmyr
May 4 2010
1.16.2
5.0
May 4 2010
5.0
Version: 1.16.2
This is, without any doubt, the best remote utility program on the mac. The way this neat little utility brings functionality to my Apple remote almost astonishing. It's very intuitive to use with a clear and intuitive interface and best of all, simulation of mouse and keyboard. A lot of presets actions for the most common programs and have full capability do add your own. This procedure might be the trickiest part of Remote Buddy, but it is doable and after a while you get the hang of it.
md828
md828
Apr 17 2010
1.16.2
2.0
Apr 17 2010
2.0
Version: 1.16.2
I wrote a review 2 years ago and expressed my praise and hopes that an iphone version of the iphone AJAX remote would come soon. The AJAX remote is a joke, and no one does any serious iphone app in AJAX. Why does the iPhone AJAX remote keep being advertised like it's the best thing since sliced bread? Anyway, the developer didn't make promises but he said an iphone native version was in the works. I've sent feedback several times on forums, and there seemed to be progress. But after 2 years, my question and frustration is: where is it? I've also been very unhappy with some quirks in functionality that make it a pain to use. For example, when using Plex, or XBMC or Boxee, why can't Remote Buddy auto-detect them and automatically enable the right mapping? In other words, if I launch XBMC with my mouse, auto-detect it and enable the right mapping. At least make it an option. Then, battery management of remotes like the PS3 remote is very poor. Originally the remote is reported to last 4-6 months when used with a Playstation 3. But with Remote Buddy batteries only last about 1-2 weeks. This is unacceptable. Even if justified by whatever technical limitation, it should stated on the website so users know what to expect. Also, RB doesn't seem to remember the last used behavior, so I always need to reselect the behavior. No matter what I do, no matter which preferences I set, if I use mostly use XBMC, it doesn't seem to be remembered, and I always need to reset the right behavior. There are also a few GUI quirks as well that hasn't been fixed even after feedback was sent. For example the Mapping edit window contains several hundred button mapping lists, but the window can't be resized. So the user has to do a lot of scrolling even if he has a 27-inch iMac that would allow a bigger window. Also it's not possible to edit Mappings if the remote isn't activated. This is inconvenient. Suppose that my remote isn't activated or that the batteries are dead but I wanna edit the mapping anyway, I can't do so with RB. There are quirks with XBMC and possibly Plex. While I understand that this may be a XBMC limitation, Remote Buddy should not include something that doesn't work. For example in the PS3 remote, the button "Display OSD" will display the Music OSD instead of the Video OSD during video playback. Items that don't work should be excluded. And, a workaround should be used, for example include a keyboard shortcut instead. Also talking to the XBMC devs would be nice to arrive at a possible solution. Bottom line: while Remote Buddy has some viable uses, usage in real life may be frustrating and inconvenient. With no iPhone native app after 2 years of wait and no feedback from the developer, Remote Buddy is no longer cutting edge as it once was. The lack of context-aware mapping switching is painful in real life. I keep resorting to using the true and tested Apple remote because of these issues.
Revco
Revco
Feb 16 2010
1.16.2
0.0
Feb 16 2010
0.0
Version: 1.16.2
Why does dev still charge 19% VAT for non EU customers?
Dankey
Dankey
Dec 16 2009
1.16
0.0
Dec 16 2009
0.0
Version: 1.16
Perfect application, my MacMini with Snow Leopard and RemoteBuddy it's now back to life! Tested in trial mode for few days and then purchased. Thanks to the developer for the good work.
Thmghtd
Thmghtd
Nov 10 2009
1.15
5.0
Nov 10 2009
5.0
Version: 1.15
This software is seriously impressive. And it's as thorough as it is intuitive, so the more you dig into it the more you'll get out of it. Although it's built upon a complete, alternate driver for your Mac's infrared/remote control services, it's hardly limited to the Apple Remote. Suddenly, the remote for my EyeTV (250 Plus) controls any application I like, however I like. And don't get me started on the AJAX Remote -- simply ridiculous. The speed, features and control literally at your fingertips when using your iPhone/iPod Touch should probably embarrass other developers in the same field; they are clearly not in the same league. Remote Buddy is the first and perfect example I've seen of our digital junk really, truly getting along. P.S. Be sure to check out the supported hardware, including Bluetooth devices -- it is no small list.
Guest
Guest
Oct 24 2009
1.15
0.0
Oct 24 2009
0.0
Version: 1.15
Thanks for a great app so far too!
Guest
Guest
Oct 23 2009
1.15
0.0
Oct 23 2009
0.0
Version: 1.15
Excellent application. I have tried at least 2 other apps that extend the functionality of the apple remote. This one is by far the best. Get Girlfriend
Jctull
Jctull
Oct 21 2008
1.11.2
5.0
Oct 21 2008
5.0
Version: 1.11.2
I recently plunged into the world of the iPhone. Having had a bluetooth phone before that was not crippled in the way the iPhone is, I was quite content with Remote Buddy. After getting the iPhone, I tried out the AJAX remote capabilities of Remote Buddy. I was pleased, but recognized that a lot of progress was needed to make it usable. That is no longer the case with the latest update. All the problems I was experiencing appear, under brief testing, to be a thing of the past. I am excited to have a dependable remote for presentations or other uses. Great work on fixing the issues in the last version. This is a great product and entirely a good value in my book. Now I have to take the time to learn how to use Remote Buddy to its fullest potential as there is a lot of functionality that I have yet to explore.
Blarghh
Blarghh
Jun 10 2008
1.10.1
0.0
Jun 10 2008
0.0
Version: 1.10.1
I'd purchase a code for this, but $30USD seems a bit steep for what I'd use it for. Call me cheap, but I only really use it to watch DVD's on my LCD tv every few days or so (which it is great for, with the "change to main display" remote function) Nice program, just wish there was a "by donation" aspect to it, as I'd gladly paypal $15 for what I use it for, but I guess that's another whole story..
md828
md828
Mar 31 2008
1.8.10
2.0
Mar 31 2008
2.0
Version: 1.8.10
This program is simply ahead of its time. The attention to detail, the simplicity, the feature set and quality of Remote Buddy is nothing short of amazing. The most impressive feature is iPhone AJAX. I can't wait to see what the developer will do with the iPhone SDK.
Hcokim
Hcokim
Feb 29 2008
1.8.9
0.0
Feb 29 2008
0.0
Version: 1.8.9
Even if this application only included the iPod touch/iPhone AJAX Remote, I would have shelled out the cash for it. I was in complete awe at how slick and well-implemented the iTunes controller was - I've never enjoyed using an application this much. I recently was DJ'ing for a party through iTunes, and Remote Buddy freed me from sitting in front of the computer; I could walk around, talk to people, and wirelessly change the songs from anywhere in the room. Great conversation starter too. :) This application is well worth its price tag.
Db2
Db2
Feb 23 2008
1.8.9
5.0
Feb 23 2008
5.0
Version: 1.8.9
Wow. Just set up Remote Buddy on my iPhone. Works as described. After fiddling with BlueTooth on my iPhone (is that feature functional yet?) I read the FAQs (!) and found the bonjour setup. After that, it was a snap. Now I can select and move my music all over my house using my iPhone, remote buddy and several airport expresses. Very cool. if only I could use RB to direct movies from my iTunes library to my iPhone for viewing there I'd be in remote heaven. Overall, good job and well thought out.
Epw-Music
Epw-Music
Feb 14 2008
1.8.8
5.0
Feb 14 2008
5.0
Version: 1.8.8
I love this program. The ability to create your own actions is perfect, I just set up actions for Digital Performer so I can record myself using just the Wiimote to control the program. Great work developer!
Aikousha
Aikousha
Jan 28 2008
1.8.8
0.0
Jan 28 2008
0.0
Version: 1.8.8
Just a comment to the developer based on their reply below. My main computer will never be connected to the internet, yet I manage to have more than 100GB worth of programs (not documents) on it. Many things were downloaded, tested and scanned at a library/university computer. Things that insist on attempting to make unpermitted external contact are deleted rather rapidly, as all calls to the internet (or any communication route, including USB and FW) are instantly notified to the user. Anybody who really wants a secure computer will operate this way, as it really is the only foolproof method. That's why a second computer is used for internet operation, and anything created on the main computer is moved with a portable drive whose drive contents are wiped before re-attachment to the main computer. Thinking everybody with a computer absolutely has to have an internet connectionat all times is at best selfish, and a bit presumptuous.
Turim
Turim
Jan 18 2008
1.8.6
0.0
Jan 18 2008
0.0
Version: 1.8.6
hi! haven´t had the chance to try this out yet, but i´m wondering have fast things react since it´s "just a very advanced" web-like app (or did i it read wrong)? e.g. i want to use my iPhone for iTunes-controller on my MBP, how fast will iTunes react when i push a button on my phone? and, will you make RB into a native app now that SDKs soon are out? anyways, it have the looks like a killer-app :-)
Hervé-5
Hervé-5
Oct 9 2007
1.7.1
4.5
Oct 9 2007
4.5
Version: 1.7.1
Gosh, the new iPhone / iPod touch features are just **hypnotic** I think RB should receive an incentive from Apple for helping selling them :D Honest, I own RB, but I never considered buying a touch thing from Apple... up to now!!
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