Originally Posted by bbig119
Has anyone tried to program this remote to control an HTPC?
I want a remote with macro functions so that it can do what it needs to do with my TV and amp, but my HTPC is my DVD player, TIVO, music player, etc. I know the remote is capable of it, but am worried that the software might not allow me to tweak it under the hood like I want.
This is similar to my DVD player (it is a AM/FM reciever, DVD player, CD player & audio decoder for my HTPC). You can add 1 'device' to multiple 'activities' (FYI--you can also add multiple devices to 1 activity).
If I understand you correctly, what you would want to do in your situation is setup an activity for each of the things you mentioned ('watch dvd', 'watch PVR' (TIVO), 'listen to music'). In fact after you setup your devices, the initial wizard will walk you through the setup of most of these activites automagically. You can then add the devices you want to each activity.
As far as customization for an activity, there are really 2 parts to it.
The first part is the power-on of an activity. The wizard will ask what needs to be turned on, which input to turn it to, etc.
The second part is that in the activity setup, you customize the remote's hard & soft buttons (it can be a mix of any of the activities devices). Example: when in the PVR activity you can have the channel up/down control your HTPC's PVR channels, and the Volume up/down can control your reciever or TV's volume.
I am not sure what you mean exactly by tinker under the hood/macros. In activity mode, you can have each device perform one command per hard or soft button (example: pressing the mute hard button can issue the mute command for your PVR & your TV). The command performed is limited only to the setup of the device. Most device's commands are in the harmony Database already, but you can overwrite (relearn) commands or add new commands. The default commands are those that are in the database for that particular model already, plus any common commands based on your generic device type.
I have not done any macros (multiple IR codes) for a device command. I am not even sure if it is possible (I haven't needed it). The main place I can see a need for a macro is when you power on activity, but with the activity based options of this remote, that's already taken care of for you (via a wizard). There is a learn raw option under custom in 'learn IR Commands' for devices. I haven't found a view XML or similar export, the 768 I trialed would allow you to tinker directly with the XML, but I don't really think I need that exposed to me (yet).
If you give a specific example of what you want to do ("in watch PVR activity, when I press the volume down button, the lights should dim and the popcorn popper should start"), I may be able to help more. Sorry for the lengthy post, hope it helps.