I'm in the process of spec'ing a HTPC system on which I plan to run XBMC, for that room, and Plex Media Server for other devices elsewhere. Something I'd like to avoid is having to always display XBMC on the TV when listening to music or internet radio.
Is there a way to have XBMC "mirrored" to a tablet so I can control it via touch and leave the TV switched off? That seems a very convenient mode of control to me. Note that I'm not looking for a remote control emulator on the tablet but rather a mirror image of the XBMC frontend.
p.s. I hope I've posted in the right forum:)
I know you said that you're not looking for a "remote control emulator" but wouldn't a remote control app designed specifically for XBMC work for you? There are several in the app store including an official one. I have used the Plex remote with great success.
I don't think so, and I'll explain why. There will be times when I want to use the htpc effectively headless because the TV will be turned off. A remote control app won't work in those circumstances because I wouldn't be able to see the gui - unless I turn on the TV.
So, what I want to get to is a situation where I only have to turn on the TV when I actually want to view some content. I would probably use a remote control app, but would only use it when I have the TV switched on.
Does that make sense?
From what I can tell you'll be able to see everything on the remote and play music from the iPad (or any other iOS device). Check out the screen shots in the app store. App name is Official XBMC Remote.
I use the XBMC iOS app on my iPad to run xbmc 'headless' all the time. It works great for music. You can browse your entire collection right on the iPad, even create and edit playlists. IMHO its a far better interface for a touch device than the main xbmc GUI too.
A remote app doesn't just allow you to scroll through the menus. It shows you all of your media and playlists.
Oh this sounds pretty good then. I take it this app obsoletes those HTPC cases with a touch screen display?
I take it this app obsoletes those HTPC cases with a touch screen display?
IMHO, Yes. They look nice but why pay for something proprietary when you have something more flexible and portable for about $2.99.