Originally Posted by cadbury8
1) In devices how many lcd buttons are available for each device?
2) how many buttons on the lcd screen are available under activities?
3) how many icons will the harmony remote hold under favorites before it uses up all the memory?
4) also not remote related but where would i start looking to find out if a piece of equipment i have has discrete on or off?
5) is there any way to back up the remote? say if i have it working the way i want it then decide to play around... is there a way to save my perfect remote so i can just redownload it?
6) how hard is it to delete buttons that dont work?
7) how many times can you make changes before you crash the remote? or is that just a hit and miss meaning sometimes you just get unlucky?
Having just purchased the remote last week and spent much of the last few days doing extensive programming, I can answer some of your questions:
1. Practically unlimited. There are 6 "soft buttons" that show up per page. But you can add pages. Of course there has to be some sort of limit (probably based on memory). But I haven't approached it yet.
My receiver has 17 pages of LCD buttons by default. My projector has 4 pages.
You can move buttons up within a page or to new pages. You can delete buttons and add buttons.
2. The answer for this is the same as devices. For all practical purposes, unlimited. 6 "soft buttons" per screen/page under activity.
The best part about this, is you can add buttons for any device that is part of the activity. So, for example, my activity for "Watch blu-ray" also includes buttons on the LCD screen for controlling my room lights and for checking the display on my receiver (checking audio code being received).
With the Universal remote that came with my Onkyo receiver, I had to change the remote to a different "mode" -- go from controlling blu-ray to controlling the lights. Then from lights to "receiver", and I had to remember where I put everything. As nothing specifically said "lights" or even "blu-ray".
Now its easy as pie. As a button says: Lights Off and another says Lights On. I put a "lights off" and "lights on" button on the first LCD page of each activity. So now, as soon as you enter an activity you have the obvious and easy choice to control the room lighting.
Note that the "soft buttons" are really only needed for those commands that aren't on the hard buttons. And most of what you need is usually covered by the hard buttons. Anything you rarely use, you can just leave under devices.
For instance, I rarely change anything in my projector settings (like color modes). But if I want to check something or change something, I can still do it quickly by going to projector under devices, which instantly makes the menu button on the remote control the menu button for my projector.
3. Don't know -- but probably more than enough. I just have favorite icons for the HD channels I go to most -- about 12.
4. You can do a google search, but you can also just look under "IR commands" once you indicate your devices. You will see the database commands for your devices. I found discrete Ons and Offs for all my devices that didn't technically have them on the remote itself.
5. Don't know.
6. Extremely easy. There is a trash can icon next to each "soft button". If it is a hard button (like menu), you just erase the typing next to the command name. And you can choose another command from the list to go with the menu button.
If the command you want is not in the list, you can easily add it using the "learn" function.
For example, I programmed in a "30 second skip" button from my Comcast DVR remote. This is not a standard button on the Comcast remote -- as you have to actually teach it to the Comcast remote itself. It enables you to zip through commercials when you record something (30 seconds at a time).
I taught it to the Harmony remote (by putting the remotes head to tail) -- which then put a soft button for "30 second skip" under devices for "Comcast DVR". I then added the newly created "30 second skip" command (which now appears in the list of commands) to the "skip forward/chapter forward button" (hard button) on the Harmony remote -- while in the "watch cable TV" activity.
Sounds more complicated than it is -- it was very easy.
7. I make constant changes. Never had a problem.