Iâ€™m always amazed that so many Mac users havenâ€™t seen Front Row just because it is installed only on an iMac (G5 and Core Duo).
Now that the MacBook Pro is out with the Front Row installed, I recalled that there was some way to hack other Macs to run the software. I wondered what the status was and a quick web search shows that it is alive and well.
Following the instructions, I got it working on my Powerbook G4. As you can see from the video, it is a little sluggish when you are running it and SnapzPro to record it, and I think it may be related to some issues I might have with DVD Player crashing the first time I launch it. But other than that, the behavior is full of the usual Apple eye-candy goodness.
The control isnâ€™t complex or feature-ridden, but this is a good thing when you are lying in your sleeping bag watching the latest NetFlix rental on a HDTV LCD television. In order to do that without getting up, I used Salling Clicker to turn my cell phone into a remote and downloaded this script to enable it to send controls to Front Row.
All told the process took 30 minutes. The hard part was using Pacifist to bypass the software check blocks in the installer (Pacifist is shareware, but you do not have to buy if you are only going to use it once).
You might want to try this on your Mac.
Being a looker, not a bookerâ€¦
If you want to see how it sounds and works before trying, you can try this Apple demo. It gives you a good idea. (BTW, the icons look excellent even at 1920×1080.)
Looking a gift horse in the mouthâ€¦
I definitely wish for a couple more features: for instance selecting/turning on iTunes visualizer when in Music or controlling the music for the slideshow when viewing photos (or, better yet, tying it to Aperture instead of iPhoto). But itâ€™s a great first start and an uncluttered interface has huge advantages that I donâ€™t want to lose at this point.
Hopefully Apple will open up an API to it later.