One of iRule's advanced features is the ability to create Gestures in each Panel. Gestures allow users to control their remote without looking at it! This is a common limitation of touchscreen remotes and iRule easily overcomes the problem with Gestures.
Open the iRule Builder. In this tutorial we will use an existing setup that already has the AppleTV applied to buttons.
Right click and select Add Panel from the drop down list. We are adding a new Panel because the left and right Gestures can conflict with a Panel that has multiple Pages and swipe to the other Page. To accomodate both a Panel with multiple Pages and Gestures we will link to another Panel used for Gestures.
Optional - Rename the Panel to keep the project orgenized. In this tutorial, we named the Panel AppleTV Gestures
Click on the + icon of the newly created Panel to expand.
Right click on the Portrait Pages and create a new Page.
Expand the Gestures item in the Panels list to display the Gestures. Note that there are twelve Gestures available: Up, Down, Left, Right, Tap, Double Tap for both one finger and two fingers. Commands can be applied to any of the Gestures.
Click on the Devices tab. In this tutorial, we will assign the commands from the AppleTV device. Drag and drop the CURSOR DOWN command on the Swipe down with one finger Gesture.
Repeat the drag and drop process and apply the remaining AppleTV commands to the Gestures.
In this tutorial, we will also combine the volume commands from the AV receiver to the Two finger swipe Gestures.
Repeat the drag and drop process for the remaining AV receiver commands.
Click on the Page and in the properties, enable the Gestures to make them active. iRule by default disables the Gestures to optimize battery life.
Optional - In the Page, you can add background images to have a consistent look and feel to the Gestures Page.
Add a link to the AppleTV Page to the Gestures Panel to navigate to the Gestures Page. Optionally, you can also hide the Gestures Panel to simplify the Panels list.
You'll need a Builder account to try or to use iRule. Once you have a Builder account, download the app to your iOS or Android device.
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