Windows 8.1 Spyder Client

The Spyder Client for Windows 8.1 is a modern style application available from the Windows Store now.  This application automatically detects Spyder systems on a local network, and provides a rich control and monitoring experience.

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Home Screen

Home Screen

Live View/Control

Live View

Command Keys

Command Keys

Function Keys

Function Keys

Content View

Content Viewer

Application Highlights

This application includes several unique innovations not found in other Spyder client applications, including Vista Advanced.  Some of these features started as experiments, and some are possible due to the underlying software foundation.

Works with v2, v3, and v4 versions of the Spyder Server

The Spyder client utilizes the publicly available external control client for communication with the Spyder server, which allows it to communicate with Spyder servers from any of the main release versions.  This does come with a few caveats, as some live control functionality may only work in newer versions of Spyder servers, but in general the compatibility level is high.  This application has been tested to work with versions 2.10.8 (the last version from the 2.x series), 3.5.10 (the last version from the 3.x series), 4.0.1, and 4.0.3 (at the time of this writing is the latest of the 4.x series).

Command Key Visualization

Unique to this client is a new way of visualizing command keys which combines the live state of the system with command key scripting data to generate a real-time composited thumbnail which displays the resulting look on screen to expect upon command key execution.  The picture below shows an example of the thumbnail composition process for a relative command key:

Generating a thumbnail for a relative command key

Generating a thumbnail for a relative command key

Take a look at the video below for a live view of how this visualization works in practice:

Live Control Optimized for Touch Interaction

The live control view for the Spyder client allows for native touch interactions, from simple dragging to two-finger pinching to resize layers, and additionally supports inertia based movement for smooth motion.  This last feature allows you to ‘throw’ or ‘flick’ layers off screen; if a layer is fully outside of a PixelSpace when it finishes traveling, the client application will automatically transition it off screen.

For more fine-grained control, the application uses context aware radial menus associated with a selected PixelSpace or layer.  The radial menu allows a selected PixelSpace to have it’s background changed or mixed from the menu, and allows keyframe properties of a selected layer (such as border and shadow settings) to be adjusted.

Live View radial menu and content bar

Live View radial menu and content bar

For additional interaction, the live view uses a content bar along the top of the screen (shown above) which lists sources, stills, and treatments.  These content items can be dragged onto a PixelSpace or an existing layer to apply that content to the screen.  When dragged to program, the content will be applied using a smooth transition.

Descriptive Function Keys

Function key buttons also have an enhanced view, showing short descriptions which provide quick information about the specific action associated with the execution of each function key.

Function key in Vista Advanced (Left) and the associated key in Spyder Client for Windows 8.1

Function key in Vista Advanced (Left) and the associated key in Spyder Client for Windows 8.1

Requirements

This application supports all devices running Windows 8.1, and is supports the latest releases of Spyder 2005/2009/2012 software.  Other versions of Spyder software may work, but as of the time of this writing are untested and cannot be guaranteed.

Get it Now

This application is available from the Windows Store now, available from the link below.  It’s free, so give it a spin today!

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One thought on “Windows 8.1 Spyder Client

  1. Joe McCraw

    Great software! I’m not sure why, but after the last Windows update, I can’t connect to spyder anymore. 4.0.4 Can confirm I’m on the correct network, but the Spyder server doesn’t show up. Any ideas?

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