Just got my iCP, thoroughly stoked. I've got a couple suggestions though.
Posted 27 April 2012 - 06:01 AM
Now I have a couple suggestions:
First and foremost, the manual needs an update, or at least an extra insert, as it does not even mention the universal holder. There's not much to the holder obviously, but I certainly couldn't figure it out without a bit of googling, and finding the video here, which was very difficult to follow, due the small parts involved. So I figure it should be doable to do up a little page, same size as the standard manual, with a real simple diagram explaining the universal holder parts, and how they click together. It's a very simple process to put it together, but it's not obvious on first glance.
My second, slightly more ambitious suggestion, is manual remapping of the buttons, potentially by means of a customized firmware? The layout of the face buttons, to me at least, makes zero sense. I expect SNES style, or even Dreamcast/Xbox, etc., but I'm greeted with one that's wholly unfamiliar. Not a huge deal obviously, but for a retro gamer like me, it's very strange to see those familiar buttons in such a different layout. So I figured it may be possible to allow for custom button mappings, perhaps through a simple preference text file (button 1 = a; button 2 = b, etc.) that's included when flashing a new firmware. I'm not sure how difficult it would be to implement into the firmware, or the flasher for that matter, but to a retro die-hard like me, it'd be amazing.
I hate to be the new guy throwing out suggestions left and right like I could do it better, I really only mention these ideas because of how amazed I am with this device, and with its potential. I think the only thing that could be better than the iCP, would be a complete recreation of the Pandora's control scheme with the keyboard! But I'd say that's a bit far fetched at best
Posted 16 May 2012 - 04:18 PM
Posted 16 May 2012 - 08:01 PM
We keep the website update though, and have thought about just putting a note with it saying 'Please visit the website for the latest instructions'.
Posted 17 May 2012 - 10:55 AM
The manual is being updated, the progress of the iCP software wise flew away from the manual pretty quick, that's just technology for you these days! We keep the website update though, and have thought about just putting a note with it saying 'Please visit the website for the latest instructions'.
Yeah the website, and especially the forums, really seal the deal on it. Any questions I've had before, or after I bought it only took a quick search through the site. Kudos for the rad product!
Is the firmware open source? I seem to remember seeing several different versions, but I'm not sure if they were posted by consumers, or by official iCP people. If the source is open, I might just take a stab at hard-coding a button remapping into the firmware, if it's possible anyways.
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