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Universal Remote Control (URC) has released its new Complete Control Programming (CCP) software, a universal programming platform for the company's existing and future professional installation products.
Previously, each URC professional remote had its own programming language and editor, which, the company said, led many installers to get comfortable with a specific remote or two and use those remotes in every installation. URC believes the new CCP Live update, which allows all URC remotes and RF base stations to use the same programming language, will lead installers to take better advantage of the versatility and breadth of URC's full line of controllers.
URC said CCP Live acts as a paradigm of a house, allowing the programmer to progress room-by-room, programming the entire house full of different remotes and base stations in one file. Drivers for all supported URC remotes are included, and CCP Live sorts URC products naturally, by the room in which each resides.
CCP Live provides installers new enhancements like undo/redo, mirror and copy features for making code portable across various remotes. It adds an LCD button editor, gallery views for drag-and-drop additions of devices and favorite channel logos, and the addition of all programming manuals to the help menu.
A company spokesman said the drag-and-drop two-way programming usually requires no more than a minute of setup.
CCP Live is backward-compatible with existing URC remotes. Any program that was created for a CCP-compatible remote using the older system can be opened in CCP with a single mouse click, the spokesman said.
Some of the added functionality to CCP Live includes: Web browsing for the MX-6000 two-way color touch screen; new two-way modules for the MX-5000 and the MX-6000 that support IP-controlled A/V receivers from Denon, Integra, Onkyo, B&K and Yamaha; and XM and Sirius modules that display all song, artist and title metadata.
The IR database has been updated to include new Marantz and Onkyo receivers. More than 300 new models have been added to CCP's RS-232 serial database.
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