HIP is a Windows-based simple and highly configurable system that can allow you complete control of up to 81 different applications with a minimum of keys (all of which may be customised). Originally written to replace the software that was supplied to control the remote control of the Vision Plus DTV card, the system has grown to allow users a variety of interfaces which provides system control when a keyboard or mouse is not available particularly for Home Theatre PC (HTPC) users.

First HIP needs to receive a command. Many remote controls and keyboard use the Windows device called the Human Interface Parser which converts commands sent by Infrared into keyboard commands. HIP can process these pseudo-keystrokes, actual keystrokes or from other supported devices such as the Tira, USBUIRT, IRMan, ATI/X10 Remotes, HID devices (for much greater reliability) and even from the www.

When a key or command is received by HIP, the input is compared with a table of user-defined values and changed if necessary before sending it on to the application.

HIP offers the following features:

Quick and easy to configure and use

Automatically reassign keys for applications

Start applications if they are not running, or show them if they are

Optional On Screen Display, and other audio and visual alerts

Basic Audio Controls

2-Way Girder Interface

Optimised for HTPC configuration

Support a number of external IR units for the receiving and sending or IR Commands

Free for personal use

Pre-configured key commands for a variety of applications including: MCE, WinAmp, Media Player, Digitial Watch, Vision Plus, DigiVision, Zoomplayer, DigiTV, FusionTV and ShowShifter.

If you use the Enhanced HIP Master Control, the following additional features are available:
On-Screen Clock

Close/Switch to any running application

Run the Screen saver Shutdown your system

On-Screen Keyboard

Simple Mouse Movements

Help on Assigned Keys

System Scheduler (sends commands at predefined times)