Need Shortcut for iMac to start Airplay...

Discussion in 'Apple TV and Home Theater' started by Todisco, Sep 4, 2012.

  1. Todisco macrumors newbie


    Sep 1, 2011
    Atlanta, GA
    Here is my situation - I have an iMac sitting in a room upstairs and my AppleTV is downstairs. It is more than mildly inconvenient to run upstairs, turn on Mirroring so I can watch Hulu or ESPN on the big screen downstairs (plays beautifully by the way).

    I tried with my iPad to use Splashtop to remotely access the iMac and turn on Airplay - the problem is once I exit out of Splashtop on the iPad, Airplay disconnects.

    The only solution I can think of is use a program like MobileMouse and use a keyboard shortcut to direct AirPlay to play on the AppleTV.

    My question is how would I go about setting up a keyboard shortcut like this or does anyone have any other solutions?


  2. GimmeSlack12 macrumors 603


    Apr 29, 2005
    San Francisco
    You could probably use Applescript and EventScripts app to do it.
    Or you could just use a terminal command alias to run an Applescript on your iPhone/iPad.
    Or possibly automator?
    Or get a real VNC app (Remoter VNC is great) instead of Splashtop.
    If anything you can go to the Keyboard preferences and setup a key command, but that's not the most elegant solution.

    Just some thoughts.

    EDIT: Here's the Applescript code I found, have not tried this

     tell application "System Preferences"
    set current pane to pane ""
    end tell
    tell application "System Events"
    tell process "System Preferences"
    click pop up button 1 of window 1
    click menu item 2 of menu 1 of pop up button 1 of window 1
    end tell
    end tell
    tell application "System Preferences"
    end tell

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