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Philips ProntoPro NG TSU7000 Features
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Active matrix touchscreen display: The 3.8” 16-bit color LCD screen provides a resolution of 240x320 pixels and is capable of displaying 65,000 colors. The screen’s brightness level can be set to one of 5 intensities (including off). A manual backlight button can be used to turn on the remote without tapping the screen.

32mb memory: The TSU7000 features 32 megabytes of memory, providing plenty of space for even the most complex of user configurations.

Pickup sensor: A motion-activated sensor automatically activates the screen when the remote is picked up or tilted vertically past 45 degrees.

20 hard buttons: 17 of these hard buttons are user configurable and can contain device functions. Hard buttons include a 4-way menu pad, 4 function buttons, 4 multi-purpose buttons, plus 5 buttons for volume and channel control. Non-configurable hard buttons include a [Backlight] button and [Page Up/Down].

Backlit hard buttons: All user configurable hard buttons feature green EL backlighting that activates when the [Backlight] button is hit and shuts off after 4 seconds.

Preprogrammed device database: The TSU7000 features a huge database of preprogrammed codes on the remote covering hundreds of brands and devices. The database used is licensed from UEI, makers of the One For All and Radio Shack line of remote controls. A built-in code search function is available and can search through all possible brands for a device category, or only the code sets for a single brand.

Learn all your system components: Full code learning capabilities permit capturing signals on any in-device LCD key or hard button. Code frequencies that can be learned include up to 78kHz and 455kHz.

Unlimited number of devices: No longer will your remote run out of space before your A/V rack does! The ProntoPro NG can handle any number of devices – you’re only limited by available memory. The default pre-programmed devices include TV, Tuner, DVD, Cable, PVR, LD, PreAmp, VCR, CD, Satellite, Tape, Flat TV, Web TV, Lights, Curtains, Home Automation and Climate, but any mix of devices can be used.

Unlimited number of macros: Every usable in-device button can contain a macro of commands from any number of devices. Each macro can have up to 255 functions and may include individual delays from 0.1 to 10.0 seconds (additional capabilities with PENG).

Custom label all buttons: All LCD buttons plus four general purpose hard buttons can have custom text labels, entered via a miniature QWERTY keyboard. 190 different characters are provided, covering numbers, upper and lower case keys, numerous icons and foreign characters (additional capabilities with PENG).

Full-featured timers: Timers are essentially macros that can be set to run at a particular time. The ProntoProNG features a total of 20 timers, each with separate “start” and “stop” actions. Timers can be configured to activate on a particular day/month/year, or can be set to repeat on specific days of the week. Timers can also automatically disable themselves after a particular date.

Adjust the auto-off time: The TSU7000 has no “off” button. Instead, you can adjust the amount of idle time before the LCD automatically switches off, from 3 seconds to 4 minutes.

Customizable activation: Some of the TSU7000’s hard buttons can be set to activate the remote in different ways: “take one push and wake up the screen”, “take two pushes and wake up the screen”, or “take one push and don’t wake up the screen”.

Attach a learned command to devices: When devices are selected, the TSU7000 can be programmed to transmit a signal learned command (additional macro capabilities with PENG).

Delete buttons or devices: Unused in-device buttons or entire devices can be deleted from view.

Copy and move devices: Devices can be copied complete with all attached functions, or have their “Device Overview” display order changed.

Custom label device pages: Each page in a device can have a custom name, such as “Numerical Keypad” and “Audio Formats”. These names are displayed when the “Page Overview” is requested.

Screen animation: The ProntoPro NG visually scrolls the screen between different devices and pages. This behavior can be disabled if desired.

USB port: The TSU7000 uses a USB 1.1 jack for speedy communications to and from a personal computer.

Flash upgradeable: Using the USB port, owners can connect the remote to their PC and flash upgrade the TSU7000 to the latest operating and application software.

Rechargeable battery & docking station: The TSU7000 ships with a rechargeable NiMH AAA battery pack and convenient DS-7000 docking station, so you’ll never need to worry about replacing alkaline batteries. An icon displaying the current battery level is shown at all times. The docking station can also be used to pass a USB connection from a docked remote to a PC.

Built-in clock: The ProntoPro NG displays the current time and date on all screens.

Button beeps: Hard buttons and LCD buttons feature beeps that can be adjusted to one of three volume levels, or disabled.

Optional RF basestation: Up to 16 RFX6000 RF extenders can be used with the TSU3000’s built-in RF transmitter to control your infrared-based home theater system through walls, up to 100 feet away. RF extenders include a wide-band IR emitter plus ports for four dual-head wired emitters (included). Devices can be individually configured to transmit IR from the remote, or IR from one of the extenders.

Full-featured software: Bundled with the remote and available for download is the Philips ProntoProEdit NG Windows-based software application. Additional features included with PPENG are:

  • Modify the default interface: A special system page contains individual user interface items, which can be moved, removed or customized. Other objects placed on this screen will be visible on all remote pages.

  • Full screen editing: If the default user interface is modified or removed, the entire screen area of 240 by 320 pixels can be used for your configuration.

  • Custom bitmaps: ProntoProEdit NG can load industry standard Windows BMP, JPG and PNG files, from 1 by 1 pixels in size up to the maximum screen size of 240 by 320 pixels. Bitmaps can be assigned to buttons (with both normal and pressed states) or to non-functional panels.

  • Button transparencies: BMP images assigned to buttons or panels can have a color deemed transparent, meaning that anything beneath that color shows through. Or, use the PNG file format with full alpha transparency support.

  • Edit labels: Multi-line button labels can be set to one of 4 font sizes and aligned to left/center/right or top/middle/bottom. Text colors can be selected for both normal and pressed states.

  • Macros: All buttons can include preprogrammed commands, learned signals, delays, beeps, page jumps or aliases to other buttons. Devices can also have an attached macro that is transmitted every time the device is selected.

  • Use advanced functions: In place of standard commands, buttons can be set to one of several advanced functions: activate backlight, browse forwards or backwards, device left or right, device overview, page up or down, page overview, home, cursor navigation, setup menu or tools menu.

  • Group objects: Buttons and panels can be easily grouped together for positioning and duplication as a single object.

  • Align and distribute objects: Convenient editing functions can automatically align buttons and panels to the middle of the page vertically or horizontally. Or, multiple objects can be aligned to the left/center/right and top/middle/bottom as a group. Finally, multiple objects can be spaced evenly horizontally or vertically.

  • Hide pages or devices: Individual pages or entire devices can be hidden from view, preventing access to them on the remote (hidden items can still be referenced or accessed from other buttons).

  • Work with multiple files: ProntoProEdit NG can work with multiple files at once. Files can also be merged together.

  • Button Gallery: The redesigned gallery stores individual bitmaps and completed buttons in configurable categories. Buttons can be quickly dragged from the gallery onto pages.

  • Protect your setup: Configurations can be write protected so that they cannot be modified on-remote.

  • Share configurations: The PCF file format contains a complete copy of the remote’s configuration that can be shared amongst other users.

  • Import CCF files: PENG can convert the large available library of Pronto CCF files into the new PCF file format.

  • Editing aids: Features that can assist with editing include a snap-to grid, border, page preview zooming and object layers.

  • Software emulator: The ProntoPro NG emulator can be used to test your configuration on-screen – just as if you were using the real remote!

You may also be interested in the final results from The Great ProntoPro NG TSU7000 PCF design contest.

Marantz RC9500 Feature Differences:

  • 48 megabytes of user memory.

  • 18 user hard buttons, 15 of them user configurable.

  • Blue LED hard button backlighting for the [Volume], [Channel], [Mute] and [Menu Cursor] keys.

  • Hard button backlighting can be configured to come on automatically with the screen, and adjusted to shut off after 3 to 240 seconds.

  • No preprogrammed code database.

  • Docking station does not feature USB passthrough.

  • Uses 9 PC editing software.

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