CommandFusion Releases iViewer for Android, iViewer Lite for iOS Devices
CommandFusion, one of the first to develop iPhone interfaces for Crestron, AMX and other home automation systems, now has an Android version and a $50 iOS Lite app for DIYs and smaller jobs.
The latter marks CF’s first foray into Android territory, five years after it brought iPhone interfaces to Crestron, AMX, Global Cache and other control systems.
iViewer for Android is now available in the Google Play Store and is compatible with all iDevices running Android 2.3 or higher.
iViewer Lite for iOS
In addition, CommandFusion is making its iOS product more accessible to do-it-yourselfers and integrators working on smaller projects.
Like the original iViewer Pro app, the new $50 iViewer Lite app lets users create their own custom graphical user interfaces (GUIs) for virtually any of the major home control systems including Crestron, AMX, Gobal Cache, Control4, Lutron, C-Bus (Clipsal) and other controllers with IP communications.
“The time is right for us to provide a cost effective solution that makes iViewer more accessible to not only DIY users, but also for installers of less complicated systems,” says CF co-founder Jarrod Bell. “We think it offers the best value for money in its segment. ”
Among the iViewer Lite features:
- Create GUIs for any networked device that can be controlled - Home automation & control systems, boardrooms, lecture theatres, yachts, media centers, remote control vehicles, etc
- Purchased through app store – buy once, install on any device associated with the customers Apple ID
- Directly control as many systems as required (TCP/UDP/HTTP), no additional hardware required.
- Totally customize entire interface with guiDesigner software (free)
- Create different page views for portrait and landscape modes
- Cost-effective for DIY automation
- Supports all iOS devices (iPads, iPhones, iPod touch)
- Works with any control system, including our own automation hardware
Still, there are restrictions compared to the full professional version:
- Each GUI can have a maximum of 200 objects (buttons, sliders, etc)
- Pages and subpages on an iPad are limited to a combined total of 10 (iPhone/iPod is unlimited)
- GUI linking (launching another GUI file) is not allowed
iViewer Pro has tiered pricing based on the number of licenses purchased. One or two licenses costs $127 each; five to 14 devices costs $100 each. The Pro version provides unlimited iPad pages and subpages and unlimited GUI objects. In addition, the full version supports “GUI File Linking,” or embedded apps.
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Julie Jacobson, recipient of the 2014 CEA TechHome Leadership Award, is co-founder of EH Publishing, producer of CE Pro, Electronic House, Commercial Integrator, Security Sales and other leading technology publications. She currently spends most of her time writing for CE Pro in the areas of home automation, security, networked A/V and the business of home systems integration. Julie majored in Economics at the University of Michigan, spent a year abroad at Cambridge University, earned an MBA from the University of Texas at Austin, and has never taken a journalism class in her life. She's a washed-up Ultimate Frisbee player currently residing in Carlsbad, Calif. Email Julie at firstname.lastname@example.org
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