Back at NAB this year, Vista used a Microsoft Surface PRO device as a free-standing touch screen running a custom application to recall Spyder command keys. A number of people asked about obtaining a copy of this interface during the show, citing it’s ease of use and simple functionality as a common use case that can be found across several environments. I worked on this application in my free time leading up to the show, and as it stands this isn’t something that will be formally productized. It’s a great application for what it does, and as such, I’m making this application available here for those who want it.
Now for the quick description: this is a full-screen desktop application which leverages the Windows 8 Metro design philosophy for a modern look. The app auto-discovers Spyder servers on the network and allows them to be selected in a drop-down (top-right of the screen). Upon selecting a server, it’s command key pages and associated command keys are displayed. The command key buttons are greatly oversized, optimizing them for touch-screen scenarios. A single press of these buttons will recall the program cue of it’s associated command key, and active command key buttons will be displayed in red (take a look at the screenshot above).
If you have any questions or issues getting running, feel free to post a message on the blog here. It takes zero configuration to get running (other than getting your client PC on the same subnet as a Spyder), and as of this writing has no known issues. Give it a spin, enjoy, and let me know what you think!
Note: This application requires the installation of the Microsoft .Net 4.5 Framework