Getting Salling Clicker to autolaunch on S60 3rd Edition

May 21, 2007

One snag introduced in S60 3rd Edition is that we can no longer launch our Salling Clicker background server application automatically when the phone starts. What this means for you is that your phone cannot accept incoming Bluetooth connections from Salling Clicker on your computer, unless you’ve manually launched the Salling Clicker application on your phone at least once after restarting the phone.

The reason for this inconvenience is that platform security in Symbian 9.x prevents applications from automatically starting unless Symbian Signed. Now you might ask: why isn’t Salling Clicker Symbian Signed? The reason is that for our type of application this would be rather costly and time consuming. I’ve decided, for now at least, that Symbian Signed is not worth it.

The good news is that Wireless Labs just released a free Symbian Signed app (for S60 3rd Edition only, not UIQ3 unfortunately), PowerBoot, that lets you automatically launch any executable on your phone when the phone starts.

(Certifying freeware doesn’t cost anything, and as PowerBoot does only one thing it’s not likely Wireless Labs will need to revise it and have it re-certified in the future. For us, certifying is a more painful affair)

If you want to try this, configure PowerBoot to automatically launch E:sysbinClickerSvr.exe (change the drive letter depending on phone model and where you installed Salling Clicker). I’ve tested this with a Nokia N95, and it seems to work perfectly. Salling Clicker on my Mac can now connect to the phone after it’s been restarted without me having to launch the Salling Clicker UI client on the phone.

Enjoy!


Quick Interview with Carl-Johan Eelde at MacNytt

May 19, 2007

I had a nice chat with Carl-Johan Eelde from Swedish Mac-site MacNytt the other day. Here’s my rough translation of the interview, as it was originally posted on the MacNytt site (his questions in bold; parts of the interview specifically pertaining to Swedish customers have been edited out):

A few days ago, the remote control application Salling Clicker was updated to version 3.5. We spoke with the developer about the new version and the future.

First question. What feature in 3.5 are you most exited about?
The Wifi-support. The customers seem to like it too. I think Clicker 3.5 is a great reason to get a WiFi-enabled phone, and there’s now a bunch of models to choose from.

Clicker has been available for Windows for a while now. How’s it doing?
So far, I’ve been very pleased with how we’re doing on the Windows platform, and I have high hopes for the new version. We’re now supporting all Bluetooth stacks: Microsoft, Toshiba, IVT, and Broadcom. Without requiring configuration of COM ports. We’ve also added support for Bonjour (but we call it “zero configuration” for trademark reasons).

Can a license key for Mac be used in the Windows version?
Nope. The Windows and Mac licenses are sold separately. They can be bought in a bundle at a 25% discount, however. Quite a few customers pick up the bundle; not sure if they take the opportunity to buy for a colleague with Windows/Mac, or if they’re hardcore Boot Camp users.

How has the release of 3.5 been? Successful?
It’s gone really well. I’m happy. We’ll follow up with a number of smaller releases now.

Exciting. Bug fixes?
I’ve got a couple of new features up the sleeve. A cooler iTunes controller is in the works. It’ll be a fairly massive update to the controller, actually. Better support for podcasts, audio books, shared libraries, and more.

Sounds nice. Are you also going to support more devices?
Always. Most certainly the new Motorola RIZR Z8, based on UIQ 3.1, will be added to the support list.

What are the chances for Clicker on the iPhone?
I’m taking a wait-and-see approach to the iPhone. Without support for (real) 3rd-party applications, it’ll be difficult.

Will you be going to (Apple’s) WWDC this year?
The way things look now, no. Not this year.

Thanks for the interview, and best of luck with your business!