An iPhone Game
Snatch is a remote app available on the iPhone through iTunes. Now, in the recently-updated version 3.0, it offers a remarkable feature unmatched by the competition - you can make or download customized remotes for specific applications.
Install the helper application on your computer, connect your iPhone over wifi and then select your computer from Snatch on the iPhone and it automatically works. Snatch is designed for Mac users but should be able to be used on PCs as well.
Most people will probably use this app primarily as a media controller. The cursor is extremely smooth and very responsive. While there are other, cheaper, options for just operating individual media center applications like VLC, XBMC or Front Row, none of them match the power available with Snatch.
Many have used Snatch for Hulu, abc’s website and many other web video sites. If you’ve ever watched Lost or another show on abc’s website, you know what a pain it is to sit back and enjoy because you have to click continue to get past the commercials. Snatch solves that problem.
And then there’s the pre-mode remotes. You can go to the repository at Hoofien’s Web site and download one of the available remotes. There aren’t many yet, but expect the number to grow with time as more people find uses for Snatch.
The process for adding a new remote isn’t the most intuitive, but it works. You have to find the right spot on Snatch to load a new remote and then go over to the Snatch helper application on the computer and select the file. The helper application sends the new remote file over to the iPhone and you’re done.
Much like Apple’s Remote app, you could select movie, video files to play on your computer directly from your iPhone. Hopefully, that feature is in the cards for the future.
Many have tested Snatch 3.0 with Front Row and Plex (a Mac-only fork of XBMC) pre-made remote layouts and they both worked flawlessly.
But media isn’t the only thing Snatch is good for. Dan Romik, the primary developer for Snatch has heard of many creative uses for his app.
Several users with motor impairment problems are using it as an accessibility device. A musician has used it in a rock concert with thousands of spectators to control various stage effects from behind the scenes. Educators are using it in the classroom, for presentations and (we heard from one person) to experiment with various interactive classroom games.