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Command & Information Center 2.2.10

Control your Windows PC

  1. Stéphane Lenclud

    Description

    Initially designed to manage internal VFD display hardware on your HTPC, Command & Information Centre (CIC) is now much more than that. In fact it provides a host of HTPC related features from HDMI CEC to Logitech Harmony Hub together with desktop related features such as monitor control over DDC.
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    Use cases

    CIC is so configurable that it can be deployed for very different use cases. The down side of such flexibility is that it does not do much out-of-the-box, you need to spend some time configuring it. Here are but a few things you can do with it:
    • Control monitors brightness and contrast through keyboard shortcuts using DDC.
    • Power on and off your TV through HDMI CEC or Logitech Harmony Hub as Windows sends monitor power events.
    • Switch your TV to 3D when playing 3D movies from MediaPortal.
    • Launch applications through keyboard shortcuts or IR remote event.
    • Show system temperatures and fan speeds (GPU, CPU) on your internal VFD display while gaming.
    • Show audio spectrum visualizer on your internal VFD display.
    • Mute and unmute your SONOS PLAYBAR through Logitech Harmony Hub as Windows sends monitor power events.
    • Launch applications in response to voice commands.
    • Issue Logitech Harmony Hub command in response to voice command.
    • Eject CD, DVD, BD through keyboard shortcut or IR remote.
    Possibilities are virtually endless.

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    Features

    • Integration with MP1 MiniDisplay.
    • Integration with Auto3D plug-in.
    • Integration with Open Hardware Monitor.
    • Integration with MP1 TV Server.
    • Internal display features:
      • Configurable layout.
      • Text fields.
      • Bitmap fields.
      • Audio Visualizer fields.
      • VFD segments on MDM166 hardware.
    • Execute actions in response to various events including client defined ones.
    • Supported events includes:
      • Monitor Power Off - Typically allows you to turn off your TV and amplifier using any combinations of Harmony and/or CEC actions that works for you.
      • Monitor Power On - Typically allows you to turn off your TV and amplifier using any combinations of Harmony and/or CEC actions that works for you.
      • Keyboard and IR remote key of your choosing - Allows you to launch applications or eject optical media.
      • Speech voice command.
      • User application events.
    • Supported actions includes:
      • Various HDMI CEC commands.
      • Eject optical drive of your choosing.
      • Send any Logitech Harmony Hub command to a device of your choosing.
      • Display message on your internal display.
      • Launch applications.
      • Adjust monitor brightness and contrast.
    • Supported hardware:
      • Logitech Harmony Hub.
      • Pulse Height HDMI CEC USB adapter.
      • DDC monitors to support brightness and other monitor settings adjustments.
      • Following displays:
        • Futaba GP1212A01A (AKA GP1212A01)
        • Futaba GP1212A02A (AKA GP1212A02)
        • Futaba MDM166AA (AKA MDM166A or MDM166)
        • Noritake GU256x64x-39xx (USB over Teensy 3.2)
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    Release notes

    v2.2.10
    Support Speech with either Microsoft.Speech (Kinect) or System.Speech (Windows default).
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    v2.2.4
    Add support for Kinect voice commands.
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    v2.1.2
    Noritake GU256x64x-39xx VFD now supported through Teensy 3.2.
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    v2.1.0
    Adding support for Noritake GU256x64x-39xx VFDs and optimised render time.
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    v2.0.4
    Adding support for monitor brightness and contrast actions.
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    v2.0.0
    New installer using Squirrel instead of ClickOnce.
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    v1.4.5.0
    Improved Audio Visualizer.
    Removed installer dependency checks.
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    v1.4.2.0
    Audio Visualizer support.
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    v1.0.4.0
    Logitech Harmony connection now reconnects.
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    v1.0.0.0
    Logitech Harmony connection now kept alive.
    Improved logs.
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    v0.12.2.0
    Adding support for Logitech Harmony.
    Improved support for HDMI CEC.
    New Event Action Router feature.
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    v0.8.9.0
    Included missing dependencies on VS runtimes.
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    v0.8.8.0
    Screen saver does not kick in until Windows powers off the monitor.
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    v0.8.7.0
    Idle screen saver client not showing in Open Task view any more.
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    v0.8.6.0
    Basic screen saver functionalities.
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    v0.8.5.0
    Current display client is now determined based on priorities.
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    v0.8.1.0
    REC icon on MDM166A display now working.
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    v0.8.0.0
    New architecture base on SharpLibDisplay.
    Supports recording notification area icon.
    Breaking changes do not upgrade unless you upgrade MP1 too using the installer provided on MP1-4702.
    After upgrading MP1 you will need to reconfigure MiniDisplay plug-in to use SharpLibDisplay.
    SharpLibDisplay for MP1 now supports single line layout providing better readability for MDM166AA displays.
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    v0.6.1.0
    Basic CEC by Pulse-Eight.
    TV goes on standby and wakes up as any computer monitor would.
    USB - CEC Adapter hardware needed.
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    v0.5.4.0
    Closing optical drive tray now working too.
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    v0.5.3.0
    One can now select the optical drive to eject.
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    v0.5.2.0
    Adding support to eject media in E drive using Eject or Ext2 (HP remotes).
    You better make sure your E drive is an optical drive or face the side effect of dismounting an actual hard drive. Future version should allow to select which drive to eject.
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    Development

    CIC development is taking place on GitHub.