Arne van Balgoijen from 4WAVES recently sent me an email about how he is using Windows Media Center 2005 and MCEBrowser for the viewing of PDF files using a remote control on his Yacht. Basically, he created a locally stored web-page that has links to all of his relevant PDF documents. He can use MCEBrowser with a remote control to pull up and view these PDF documents. Pretty cool!
“MCEBrowser gave me the solution to allow me building a kind of customizable ‘My Information’ space in WinMCE. I use WinMCE as a Digitainment Entertainment solution for use on board my sailing yacht the ’4Waves’ an ETAP 46DS. Due to the complexity of a ship like this, I own a pile of manuals. A lot of them are available as PDFs fortunately. So I wanted to access them in WinMCE, but I did not know how to add access to the PDFs in WinMCE until I encountered MCEBrowser.
I created a locally stored home page with an image of the yacht with clickable areas to access the different manuals. Due to the fact that PDF’s are easily browsed in IE and MCEBrowser using PDF reader this works fine. I added shortcuts in several favourites folders for additional access as well. In order to give direct access to the manuals without having to go to the application section first I wanted a ‘My Information’ section on the WinMCE start page. So after some research I was able to tweak the registry and the MCEBrowser was on the start page.”
He also sent me the picture that he created an image map for so that users could click on various parts of the boat to see PDF information related to that specific part of the boat: