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Smarty-PCTV – The Quick Start Guide




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The Apposphere:

apposphereapposphere-main-pageAs soon as you have downloaded and installed Smarty-PCTV the first thing you need to do is go to the Apposphere which is a vast universe of apps. Apps are streaming and on-demand TV, Movie, Radio and Podcast services and they can be installed into your TV and Radio pages with a single click. There is a vast range to choose from, with plenty to suit every taste. All the world’s best services are here and we are adding new ones all the time.



Users of the free version can install any of the apps in the Popular category, while Smarty-PCTV Gold users can add any apps that they choose.




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App Details Page:

Each app can be clicked on to open it’s App Details Page. This is where you can find out more about the app and install or uninstall it. Uninstalled apps can be re-installed again at any time.



Search Apps:

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The Search Apps facility allows you to quickly find and install all your favourite apps.



Simply type into the search box the first few letters of the service you are looking for and a list immediately appears with all the apps that contain that text.



To open an app’s details page simply click on it in the list.











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This is where you can access all your TV and Movie services. You can also delete, or edit each service if needed, simply by right clicking on it.







Radio Pages:

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This is where you can access all your Radio and Podcast services. You can also delete, or edit each service if needed, simply by right clicking on it.









Pictures:

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This is where you can access all the photos and images on your computer.



Use the browser window on the right to browse your images folders on your computer.

To open an image simply click on it and the image appears in the viewer on the left.

Now you can rotate each image, move backwards and forwards through your collection and even blow up your images full screen.



Navigation through your photo collection works in both normal and full screen modes.





Music:

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This is where you can access and play your music collection. Use the browser window on the right to browse your music folders on your computer. To play an album or a track simply click on it and it will start playing. You can use move between tracks, fast forward, play and pause. The next time you come back into Music the same album will start to play again as Smarty-PCTV always know where you left off last time.





Videos:

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This is where you can find and watch your own video and home movie collection. Use the browser window on the right to browse all the video folders on your computer. To play a video simply click on it and it will start playing. You can make the video full screen by clicking the full screen icon on the player control bar. You can also play, pause and quickly move through video playback. The next time you come back into Videos the same video will start to play again as Smarty-PCTV always know where you left off last time.





Control Bar:

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The control bar is visible in every area of Smarty-PCTV and is used to control the behavior of the program.


Home:

home2The home button always brings you back to the main menu.






+ Button:

plus2The + button has 2 functions depending on the area of the system. On the main menu page the + button is used to add Quick Launch icons to the main menu. These allow you to quickly open your favourite programs like Skype, iTunes and Chrome etc all within the Smarty-PCTV interface. To add a Quick Launch icon to your main menu simply click the + button and in the browser that opens navigate to a program that you wish to add. It will now appear in your main menu underneath your Radio, TV and Videos buttons.



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Note: On the TV and Radio pages the + button can be used to add custom services (see below).






Add Custom Services:


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Smarty-PCTV Gold users can add custom services that are not already in the Apposphere simply by clicking the + button at the top of any of their TV and Radio pages.



When you do this you can enter the URL of the service you would like to install. You can also search for and select a suitable image icon for the service or use an image already on you hard drive.





Settings:

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The settings button allows you to change the theme for the entire program. You can also set a default zoom level for the service browser (you can also set each service’s zoom level individually if necessary). Settings is also where you can set the program to display full screen or windowed on startup, as well as allowing you to upgrade to Smarty-PCTV Gold and enter your unique unlock code.





Store:

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Visit the Smarty-PCTV store to find recommended products and services to enhance your experience of Smarty-PCTV. These include such things as remote controls, sound systems, computer to TV cables and connectors, streaming services to name but a few.





Close:

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The close button has only one purpose and that’s to close Smarty-PCTV!







Navigation Control:

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The gold forward and back buttons are used to move between all the services that are currently installed on your TV and Radio pages, as well as the Apposphere. You can open any service by clicking on it.





Roll-out Menu:

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When you open any service and it has loaded you will notice the roll-out menu in the top right of the page. This menu pops out whenever you move your mouse into the area where it is located.



It allows you to move back and forward through the pages of each service as well as setting the zoom level for that specific service. You can also close a service and return to Smarty-PCTV’s main menu whenever you like by clicking “Main Menu”.

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