TIP: activate iMac airplay/airparrot mirroring remotely from iPhone

Discussion in 'Apple TV and Home Theater' started by qwimjim, Nov 24, 2012.

  1. qwimjim, Nov 24, 2012
    Last edited: Nov 26, 2012

    qwimjim macrumors regular

    Jan 5, 2011
    i had an issue with airplay, to view my iMac display on my TV I had to get up, walk to the other room and click airplay on my iMac then walk back to my couch. PITA. here's a tip if you want to remotely activate airplay on your iMac or Macbook without leaving your couch.

    1. If you have airplay, simply download bettertouchtool for osx (awesome app) and get the $2 remote app for iPhone and set a custom function to enable airplay mirroring.

    2. If you don't have an airplay compatible macbook or imac and are using airparrot, it's more complicated but works like a charm once it's set up. You still need to download bettertouchtool for your Mac and iPhone, then:

    3. I downloaded menubar rearranger to ensure my airparrot icon would always load first and be in the same position. You might not need to do this.

    4. download clickclick to be able to script mouse movements and clicks

    5. Then create an applescript:

    activate application "Terminal"
    tell application "System Events" to keystroke "/Applications/Accessories/cliclick c:2194,12 w:200 c:2194,12 w:50 c:2226,100
    delay 1
    tell application "Terminal"
    end tell

    (edit for whatever path you're using for clickclick, and your mouse coordinates will differ from mine. Hit cmd-shift-4 to get the coordinates you need to accurately click your menu items).

    6. Go into bettertouchtool, under BTT Remote create a new shortcut under "Global". Select "open application/file/script" and find the applescript you just made. Give it a name and voila, all done.

    7. Open the bettertouchtool app on your phone, connect to your Mac, click on Global, click on your script shortcut.

    * Bettertouchtool is also handy because you can set iphone shortcuts to turn off airparrot mirroring, turn the display off, make the computer sleep, etc..
  2. qwimjim thread starter macrumors regular

    Jan 5, 2011
  3. Ace1024 macrumors member

    Jun 19, 2011
    Airparrot i'm not sure. Airplay definitely yes. Perhaps you can use a VNC client and just go from there.
  4. qwimjim thread starter macrumors regular

    Jan 5, 2011
    It does not work with airparrot, this thread is for people without airplay that have to rely on airparrot. It works perfectly with the instructions listed above.
  5. Ace1024 macrumors member

    Jun 19, 2011
    Read your own posts before condemning other people's replies. You gave a solution for BOTH airplay & airparrot. Not EXLCUSIVELY for those who are unable to get airplay.

    Secondly, a VNC client (to which there are free ones) does work with airparrot. It is not the most difficult thing to point an arrow at the menu bar with your iPhone to activate airparrot's mirroring capabilities.
  6. qwimjim, Nov 26, 2012
    Last edited by a moderator: Nov 27, 2012

    qwimjim thread starter macrumors regular

    Jan 5, 2011
    Excuse me but you are the one that posted that people should just download rowmote implying that it would resolve the issue for anyone, when in fact it is nothing more than an alternative to bettertouchtool for people with airplay and does not help anyone with airparrot whatsoever which is the whole point of this thread.

    My post is helpful, yours is misleading, I'm not sure what your purpose is but you should think about deleting your posts in this thread.
  7. Ace1024 macrumors member

    Jun 19, 2011
    lol. Seriously, you either need to relax, or better still get a life.

    Have you even checked if VNC works with Airparrot. It does for me.

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