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New Control4 drivers released

MikeKobb

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◥ ◣ Kaleidescape, Inc.
Greetings,

We've released updated versions of our Control4 drivers for all Kaleidescape players. These drivers remove the obsolete iPod proxy that was causing the old drivers to stop working on recent versions of Control4's operating system. Note that this means that the "stand-alone touch panel" music browsing functionality has been removed and will not be replaced.

There are some exciting changes in these new drivers!

First, the Alto and Strato drivers now support Control4's device-discovery protocol (SDDP). Composer can discover Alto and Strato players on your network and automatically add the correct driver to your project. When using SDDP, it's not necessary for your player to have a fixed IP address.

Second, all of the drivers in this release support extensive customization of the key mappings. Some keys like the transport control keys and the cursor navigation keys are fixed-function, but other keys that don't have a direct mapping to a Kaleidescape function (like Prev, the channel buttons, the color buttons, and the assignable buttons on the SR-260) can be assigned to functions of your choosing. They even support being mapped to different functions during movie playback and OSD navigation (for example, I have my color buttons mapped to the standard Blu-ray color button functions during media playback, but they jump to specific onscreen display places like covers or collections when playback is not active).

Third, we've made enhancements to the volume control and feedback functionality of these drivers, to support new functionality added in the Kaleidescape Mobile App. In addition to volume up/down commands, the driver now also supports setting a volume level directly using the slider in the app. (Note that using this functionality requires you to set up some additional programming in your Control4 system. See the driver documentation for details.)

All of the drivers are now available within Composer Pro, or you can get them from our website.
 

MikeKobb

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◥ ◣ Kaleidescape, Inc.
PS: When you see the drivers in Composer Pro, you may notice that only the Strato and Alto drivers are "Certified". That's because SDDP discovery is a requirement for certification, and our older players don't support SDDP. However, the drivers for the older players are the same full-featured drivers as the Strato and Alto drivers, just minus the discovery aspect.
 

MikeKobb

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◥ ◣ Kaleidescape, Inc.
I haven't personally used the Chowmain driver, but I believe the main feature that it offers beyond what's available from our driver is full library navigation on Control4's UIs (e.g. the touch panels, the Neeo remote, etc.). It's similar to the functionality available in our Second Screen application, but incorporated directly into the Control4 interface. It sounds like their driver also supports customized mappings for remote control keys (I don't know how that compares to what we've implemented). I know that their driver supports volume control from our mobile applications, but I don't know if it supports the slider or just the up/down buttons.
 

elee532

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Second, all of the drivers in this release support extensive customization of the key mappings.
@MikeKobb, is the ability to customize key mappings something that can be done by the end user with Composer HE, or is this something that has to be done by my dealer? Thanks!
 

Transepoch

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Third, we've made enhancements to the volume control and feedback functionality of these drivers, to support new functionality added in the Kaleidescape Mobile App. In addition to volume up/down commands, the driver now also supports setting a volume level directly using the slider in the app. (Note that using this functionality requires you to set up some additional programming in your Control4 system. See the driver documentation for details.)
This is the part I'm most looking forward to seeing, as the old version never seemed to work.
 

J.Green

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◥ ◣ Kaleidescape, Inc.
@MikeKobb, is the ability to customize key mappings something that can be done by the end user with Composer HE, or is this something that has to be done by my dealer? Thanks!
I don't have Composer HE handy (and I'm not Mike) but the key mappings (and volume control and feedback) are done in the Driver Properties section. Here's what it looks like in Composer Pro:
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So if Composer HE gives you access to the Properties page for your drivers, then you should be able to configure these without requiring programming from your dealer.
 

elee532

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Had my dealer install the updated driver and I can see the list of properties that @J.Green posted in the screenshot above in my Compose Home Edition. I have one more dumb question... What do the "On-Screen Display Key Bindings" apply to? Does this set what happens when I am at the Control4 OSD screen, or when I am at the Kaleidescape OSD (i.e. not currently playing media)?

Thanks for clarifying!
 

MikeKobb

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◥ ◣ Kaleidescape, Inc.
Those are the keys that are used when you are viewing the Kaleidescape onscreen display while not playing media.
 
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