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Release Notes

iRed2 - The Versions
2.5.2 (April 2022)
  • Validated for macOS 10.13 (High Sierra) up to macOS 12 (Monterey)
  • Fixed several crashes with IRTrans modules.
  • IRTrans Translator is now correctly recognized as USB module
  • Unfortunately still no native suppport for M1 Macs, though it runs flawlessly. There is still one library by FTDI not available for M1.
2.5 (April 2021)
  • Validated for macOS 10.13 (High Sierra) up to macOS 11 (Big Sur)
  • USB modules now work on macOS Big Sur. A driver is no longer necessary, instead the old driver needs to be uninstalled! See this site for details.
  • iRed2 is running well on M1 Macs, aka "Apple Silicon", however it is still compiled for Intel. There is one library by FTDI not yet available for M1, stay tuned.
2.4.4 (February 2020)
  • Validated for macOS 10.10 up to macOS 11 (Big Sur)
  • Please note that USB modules will not work on macOS Big Sur. A driver update is currently under development at FTDI
2.4 (April 2019)
  • Validated for macOS 10.10 up to macOS 10.15 (Catalina)
  • Dark mode starting with Mojave
  • 64 bit
  • No more editing of color gradients, because the underlying free framework was never updated to 64-bit
  • Freeware! No more licenses needed
  • Lots of bugs fixed
2.3.6 (March 2017)
  • Validated for MacOS X since 10.6 (Snow Leopard) up to macOS 10.12 (Sierra)
  • Bugfixes:
  • Sometimes licenses were deleted and no more valid test licenses jumped in
  • Global Caché modules did'nt connect on Sierra
  • Automatic Update failed on Sierra
2.3.2 (December 6th, 2013)
  • Compatibility with Mac OS X 10.9 Mavericks
  • Please note: Unfortunately, Philips hue is for Mac OS X 10.8 or later only
  • New features:
  • Support for Philips Living Whites switches
  • Philips hue groups
  • Support for Global Cache's iTach Flex
  • AppleScriptability for serial, contact closure and hue actions
  • Features:
  • Signed app - again
  • Fixed problems with napping on Mavericks, especially for EyeTV (tuner) actions
  • Shrinked app due to omitted legacy code
  • Bugfixes:
  • Finally (!) fixed a spurious crasher, thanks to Philippe!
  • Export of hue remotes crashed
  • Bugs when putting remotes into/back from single window mode
  • hue actions could not hold there light numbers
2.3 (October 12th, 2013)
  • Compatibility with Mac OS X 10.8
  • New features:
  • Support for Philips hue (see updated PDF manual)
  • Contact Closure (relay) actions
  • Hex mode for serial (RS232) strings
  • Bugfixes:
  • Crasher on wakeup/sleep
  • Lots more ...
2.2 (January 21st, 2012)
  • Compatibility with Mac OS X 10.7.3
  • New features:
  • Main window can be closed - finally ;-)
  • As a reminder: remotes can be opened in separate windows - Double-click their name on main window
  • Data compatibility with Martijn Rijnbeek's iLearn tool for GC modules (see iRed's manual for details)
  • Bugfixes:
  • Sharing (web server) can now be restarted
  • Remotes list in Online Favorites was not always stored
  • Remotes could not be reordered in certain groups
  • Malformed learned IR codes will no longer be accepted
  • Several more exceptions has been adressed
  • Misc:
  • License model has been changed: no more "Device" licenses are needed, the pricing structure has been updated
  • New Sparkle updater with secure signed downloads
2.1.2 build 307 (August 31st, 2011) - Compatibility with iRedTouch 1.6
  • Some bugfixes related to newly released iRedTouch 1.6
  • Better handling of URL Actions when served to a browser (local vs. remote browsing)
2.1.2 build 303 (August 9th, 2011) - Bugfixes
  • BUGFIX: LED defaults were not correctly set. Please look at the modules setting for external (!) LEDs. It was falsely set from "no" to "1"
  • BUGFIX: IR Code trigger were not working properly
2.1.2 build 300 (August 5th, 2011) 
  • BUGFIX: Integrated webserver did not work on Lion
  • BUGFIX: GC-100 module could'nt learn with IRL learner in compacted mode
  • BUGFIX: Pronto repeat codes were not converted properly
  • BUGFIX: Remote images were no longer served after reverting a remote
  • BUGFIX: White pixel line on right or bottom of served images
  • BUGFIX: Double-click on IR code action in browser now respects LED setting on editor
  • BUGFIX: Remote images were not always served with correct size, especially when used by different clients
  • NEW: URL action now use different caching scheme which should work with more target devices
  • NEW: Preparations for iRedTouch 1.6 and iRedTouch HD
  • NEW: New integrated webserver on Snow Leopard and Lion with better performance
2.1.1 build 289 (March 10th, 2011) - Bugfix 
  • Bug: certain IR codes took up to a minute to complete
  • Bug: triggers on remotes were not unloaded on remote's close
  • Bug: repeated hot key triggers were rarely working on single key press
  • Bug: 'Debug to log files' crashed
  • Feature: AppleScript's perform uuid syntax now works for buttons and triggers, too (see AppleScripting iRed2)
2.1 build 287 (February 23rd, 2011)
  • Big update with lots of new features! (See the updated manual)
  • NEW: Support for IR modules by Global Caché (GC-100 and iTach)
  • NEW: Configuration of modules now on main window and with more options
  • NEW: Open remotes in separate windows - simply double-click remote name
  • NEW: Easy online access to all remotes, now bookmarkable
  • NEW: Navigation Action working in iRed2 web app and webserver
  • NEW: Flash IR Database on supported IRTrans modules
  • NEW: Set wakeup IR code on supported IRTrans modules
  • NEW: Send serial 'RS232' strings
  • NEW: Buttons can show HTML code or websites
  • Several improvements, e.g.
  • More accurate timings for all repeat codes
  • IR code triggers no longer have own repeat modes, they repeat with the incoming repeated IR codes, instead
  • Button editor with new types of buttons, now from popup
  • Option for borders on remote buttons
  • Option to only show Log window on errors
  • Configure repeat codes in Action Editor by slider
  • Hundreds of bugfixes, e.g. ...
  • No more endless repetition of actions
  • No more hanging IR modules on wakeup
  • Copy/Paste Button Style menus were not enabled
  • Remote's font setting was not always functional
  • Manual: The manual has been updated to show all new features of V2.1. Please visit the manual page.
2.0.7 build 271 (June 14th, 2010)
  • Compatibility with iRedTouch 1.5.1
  • Bugfix: Actions triggered from iRedTouch sometimes did not work, when remotes were changed
2.0.6 build 270 (May 11th, 2010)
  • AppleScript-Syntax complete with "using module", "of remote" and "using leds". See "AppleScripting iRed2"
  • Bugfix: Learning of IR codes in sequence sometimes locked up IRTrans
  • Bugfix: Duplicate UUIDs in remotes will be repaired on load
  • Bugfix: Strange characters in remote and code names no longer crash the app
  • Bugfix: Remove of last Remote Group is allowed
  • Bugfix: endless repeats in conjunction with iRedTouch 1.3 fixed with (upcoming) iRedTouch 1.5
  • Lots of other bugfixes
2.0.3 build 266 (February 9th, 2010)
  • Bugfix: Learning of IR codes did not work under certain conditions
2.0.2 build 263/265 (January 20th/30th, 2010)

Bugfix release

  • Full support for Snow Leopard Mac OS X 10.6.2
  • Apple Remote supported on 10.6.2 and later
  • Support for new IRTrans WiFi module
  • Bugfix: numbering of LED modules on certain modules
  • Bugfix (build 265): LED settings were not respected on Web-based remotes
  • Bugfix (build 265): repeating Apple Remote triggers sometimes don't stop
  • Several bugfixes in Action Browser and other areas
2.0 build 260/261 (July 31st/August 2nd, 2009)

What's new compared to iRed 1.x?

  • All new user interface
  • Multiple module support
  • Free layout of remotes ('VRCs')
  • Easy creation of remotes based on a photo
  • All remotes are scaleable up to fullscreen
  • Online support, to control iRed2 from your iPhone/iPod Touch
  • More Triggers: system-wide keyboard shortcuts and timers
  • Important Note: Mac OS X 10.4 (Tiger) is not fully supported, yet!
  • UPDATE: Mac OS X 10.4 is not supported anymore!

What's new compared to iRed2 beta 25?

  • G4 and G5 Macs working again
  • Lots of bugs in code learning fixed
  • Name change: "Devices" -> "IR Modules"
  • Licensing online (please expect upgrade mail soon!)
  • Context menu in Action Browser (Reveal in Action Editor)
  • Bug with empty trigger lists fixed
  • Repeating codes no longer trigger second IR module
  • Bugs with remote's background selection fixed
  • Multiple Action Inspector now resizable
  • Separate AppleScript editor working again
  • Double-click trigger entries fixed
  • Fatal bug with multiple D&D on buttons fixed
  • Fatal bug for newly created tuner actions
  • Reveal debug files from Preferences panel
  • Removed beta Preferences
  • Bugs with rem import fixed
  • Build 261: added missing button "USB Driver...."


The full 2.0 beta release-notes can be found here.



This is the chronological list of all public versions of iRed 1.x (!).


iRed 1 - The Versions
Version 1.8.5 (November 07, 2007)
  • Full comaptible with Mac OS X 10.5 (Leopard)
  • New, current version of USB driver
  • Bug with setting wakeup code fixed
  • Minor bug fixes
Version 1.8.4 (September 04, 2007)
  • Improved transmission of 455 KHz IR signals, especially for B&O devices
  • Transmission of IR signals up to 1 GHz possible
Version 1.8.3 (June 20, 2007)
  • Support for new IRTrans USB firmware
  • REM file import improved: now case-sensitive, "rem-" prefix can be switched off
  • New file menu item: Save Archive
  • New file menu item: Show Archive in Finder
  • Experimental support for multiple IRTrans modules (see details on separate page)
  • Bugfix: iRed sometimes became unresponsive when too much senseless IR traffic was coming in
  • Bugfix: some special codes were messed up on upgrade from 1.8 to 1.8.2
Version 1.8.2 (March 27, 2007)
  • Import of REM files (for details and REM format see IRTrans manual)
  • ired (commandline tool) more reliable and with some enhancements
  • Bugfix: Remote Controls and AppleScript groups could not always be renamed
  • Bugfix: improved leraning of RC5 codes
  • Bugfix: AppleRemote repeat codes were not recognized reliable
  • Some minor bugfixes
Version 1.8 (August 25, 2006)
  • Support for Apple Remote as Trigger (see PDF for details)
  • Keystroke actions improved
  • Invisible triggers (see PDF above)
  • Problem with IRTrans falling asleep fixed
  • Bugfix: First IR transmission after wakeup was swallowed
  • Bugfix: Code length could'nt be changed
  • More smaller bugfixes
  • V1.8.1 (September 5) Bugfix: TCP socket was broken
  • V1.8.1 (September 5) Dutch localization, thanks to Paul Roomberg
Version 1.7.3 (April 27, 2006)
  • New Action: Send Keystroke to Application
  • Improved Wake-Up of IR-Module
  • Manual up-to-date - finally
Version 1.7 (March 16, 2006)
  • Universal binary
  • Universal binary driver, new driver for OS X 10.3.9, too
  • Wake-up your Mac by infrared
  • Support for IRTrans Ethernet module
  • Better learning and transmitting performance
  • New preferences panel
  • VRC for MediaCentral provided
  • Trigger caching may be switched off
  • Online checking for iRed update may be switched off
  • New AppleScript functions, see provided example
  • New socket function "CALL_ONCE" for calling AppleScripts
  • Bug with wrong frequency on learning panel fixed
  • Some small bugs fixed
  • Bug fix version 1.7.1 (March 17): Bonjour sharing between Intel and PPC Macs is working
  • Bug fix version 1.7.2 (March 17): VRC button repeat was disabled
Version 1.6 (December 02, 2005)
  • Automatic recognition of repeater codes
  • Learning of code sequences
  • Calling iRed from Dashboard, example widgets included
  • AppleScript performance enhanced
  • Commandline tool "ired" improved
  • Calling of iRed via TCP Sockets, i.e. "over the Internet"
  • Editing of group name possible
  • Improved startup behaviour, fixes "IRTrans not found" bugs
  • AppleScript support improved, see provided examples
  • Front Row support (Apple Remote codes included)
  • New "FTDIUSBSerialDriver", again! This new driver may be installed directly on top of an existing old driver. A restart is necessary, though.
  • Several small bug fixes

Bug fix version 1.6.1 (January 03, 2006)

  • Return of the missing IR icons on Inspector
  • Bugfix for multiple serial devices on USB
  • Bugfix for B&O support on latest IRTrans modules

Bug fix version 1.6.2 (January 20, 2006)

  • IRTrans modules with firmware version 3.x were not recognized properly
Version 1.5 (August 14, 2005)
  • New "FTDI Driver for IRTrans", enabling hot-plugging of IRTrans without freezing iRed. This new driver may be installed directly on top of an existing old driver. A restart is necessary, though.
  • Sharing of iRed via Bonjour allows usage of one IRTrans over the local network
  • Online checking for new versions
  • Bug fix for duplicated tuner actions
  • Small bug fixes
Version 1.4 (June 1, 2005)
  • VRC buttons may show colored text and different fonts
  • Tuner Assistant
  • Tuner Change Actions
  • Pause Actions
  • Enhanced Preferences
  • Better handling of non-existing IR module
  • Small inconsistencies in Inspector fixed
  • Major Bug with background start-up fixed
  • Mac OS X 10.2 (Jaguar) is no longer supported

This new version 1.4 is not backward compatible to former versions. That means that older versions may not open files written in this new version. The new version, can open your "old" files, of course.

If you want to backup your files from 1.3, please save all VRCs and the whole folder iRed, located in Library/Application Support in your home folder.

Version 1.3 (November 16, 2004)
  • IR code transmission frequencies adjustable
  • "raw" IR codes may be learned for some special RCs
  • "Pronto" codes can be imported
  • ired:// protocol. So VRCs can be designed using HTML
  • iRed reads HTML-VRCs (thanks to Safari webkit) - preparation for Tiger's dashboard!
  • Preferences: open empty VRC on start (or not)
  • Splitview on Inspectors for better screen usage
  • Alphabetic ordering in archive
  • Preferences: set IR codes editable
  • Improved Learn IR Code dialogue: series of IR codes could be learned much easier
  • No more problems with Dual Macs
  • Some bugfixes with not reading input fields
  • Warning if no infrared module is connected
  • New version of commandline tool "ired", which may call AppleScripts as well as IR codes.
Version 1.2 (July 15, 2004)
  • iRed is now controllable by AppleScript or from the command line
  • More flexible editing of remote triggers
  • Slightly changed and more compact design of VRCs
  • "Edit" button on VRCs may be hidden using a preference setting
  • VRCs reduce themselves to minimum screen space when in use
  • Better signalling of "document changed" on VRCs
Version 1.1.1 (March 23, 2004)
  • Improvements on IR-Code-Learn panel (tabbing, title prediction)
  • "Power User Learning" on Inspector enabled
  • Bug with Help menu fixed
  • Several examples for AppleScript-VRCs added (iPhoto, DVD Player)
Version 1.1 (March 05, 2004)
  • VRCs store their position on screen
  • English localization
  • Help menu opens offline manual
  • Improved "About" panel
  • Minor Bugfixes
Version 1.0 (February 15, 2004)

First public version for Mac OS X

  • Simple row-oriented layout of virtual remote controls (VRCs)
  • AppleScript editing and performing
  • Easy managing of IR codes and AppleScripts
  • Support of IRTrans USB module
  • Easy loading of additional actions by opening VRCs


Last update: May 04, 2008