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This actually presents some interesting possibilities. A button located at the bottom of the screen could have one line of its label at the very top, with the second line at the far right hand side. More practically, I think the ability to have a large label in the button icon and a second smaller text label beneath would be useful; however, that is not possible, since only one font size can be used at a time (without the help of the PC software).
After laboriously editing buttons, I decided it was time to put that new-found skill into renaming a few of the devices. While in the same text editing mode return to the main menu and press the [MUTE] button. The small text at the top of the screen will change from selecting "COMMON BUTTON" to "DEVICE BUTTON", indicating that when you click on a device you will now edit its name rather than entering the device to edit other buttons. The same character and positioning rules apply here. When completed, the new name will show up on both the main menu and its device pages.
ĎThe Twelve Componentsí... and other fascinating numbers.
Now that the remote is almost ready to roll itís time to describe exactly how it functions. The main menu screen can always be brought up by pressing the [MAIN] hard button. On that screen are twelve device buttons, each of which can have a separate 14-step macro sent every time the device is selected. Three system macro buttons along the bottom can each hold extended 28-step macros. All twelve devices contain four LCD pages that hold approximately 12 buttons apiece. So, in addition to the 16 programmable hard buttons, you can have up to 48 LCD-based commands per device. By using the advanced editing functions you could remove or even add buttons to each page, meaning there should be more than enough room for every component in your home theaterís arsenal.
Finally, it is possible to program up to 60 "favorite channel" macros throughout the remote, each of which can hold up to 14 steps. Although in the manual this function is only applied to favorite channel numbers, these macros can actually do anything you like and can be placed on any regular LCD button.
Macros to please your fussiest critic.
So letís program a macro. Macros are quite useful for automating things such as powering your system on and off, changing audio and video inputs or dimming the lights and starting a movie. Placed at the bottom of the main "SYSTEM OPTIONS" menu, the command to record a macro uses the same logical steps as editing button labels. Using the [MUTE] button you may select between editing a device or common (in-device) macro. Once you have chosen a button to program, each successive key pressed is added to the macro roster.