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Features
AX Remote Editor is a software application that lets you edit the Remote Commander (RM-AX4000) settings on your PC. By following the
wizard, you can easily program the Remote Commander, including
XPRESS function
and AV component control setup.
Furthermore, AX Remote Editor gives you and easier way to set up and edit a macro
(Action
list) for a key/button. There is also a wide range
of customizable options which can only be set up with the software, such as changing the
Timer
and
Air-Slide
functions.
The wizard makes complicated settings simple
The first time you start up AX Remote Editor, the wizard helps you set up the Remote Commander. By following the wizard, you can program
complicated settings easily, such as setting the XPRESS function or setting up AV component commands.
Furthermore, the wizard allows you to easily change components and add new components and XPRESS functions even after the initial
setup.
Two modes for editing (Standard mode/Advanced mode)
AX Remote Editor has "Standard mode" and "Advanced mode."
Standard mode is for programming the basic settings of the Remote Commander, such as setting up AV component commands.
Advanced mode is for programming higher level functions on the Remote Commander, such as customizing the function of a key/button.
You can switch between modes whenever you want.
Intuitive programming of the Remote Commander
AX Remote Editor provides an easy to use GUI (Graphical User Interface) which looks like the front of the Remote Commander. This makes
programming easier, such as renaming or programming keys and buttons or editing a macro (Action list).
Editing macros (Action lists) is easier
With AX Remote Editor, it is easier to check/edit a macro (Action list), since the macro is displayed as a list.
Changing Timer and Air-Slide functions
You can change a Timer function or Air-Slide operation.
In Standard mode you can set up the Timer or Air-Slide to operate XPRESS function. In Advanced mode you can set up the Timer or Air-Slide
to operate a macro (Action list).
Testing the Remote Commander on your PC (Emulator)
AX Remote Editor includes an Emulator which helps you confirm that settings will work properly.
By connecting your PC to the Remote Commander with the USB mini cable, you can test the settings of an AV component by pressing the
keys/buttons on the Emulator.
Exchanging data between the Remote Commander and your PC with the USB mini cable
AX Remote Editor allows you to exchange data between the Remote Commander and your PC with the USB mini cable. This means it is
possible to download the AX Remote Editor settings to the Remote Commander, or to upload the Remote Commander settings to AX
Remote Editor and make a backup copy.
Saving multiple settings for the Remote Commander to your PC (Project)
You can save settings made on AX Remote Editor as a "project" on the hard disk drive of a PC.
You can create as many projects as necessary. For example, you can save several Remote Commander settings as different names. Or,
you can make a backup copy of the Remote Commander settings as a precaution against accidental data loss.
Updating the Remote Commander's firmware
The AX Remote Editor website (http://www.sony.com/remotesupport/) provides the latest version of AX Remote Editor. By downloading the
file from the website and installing it on your PC, you can update the Remote Commander's firmware to be compatible with the latest version
of AX Remote Editor, including updated codes.
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  • Page 1 Updating the Remote Commander's firmware The AX Remote Editor website (http://www.sony.com/remotesupport/) provides the latest version of AX Remote Editor. By downloading the file from the website and installing it on your PC, you can update the Remote Commander's firmware to be compatible with the latest version of AX Remote Editor, including updated codes.
  • Page 2 About this Help This section explains how to use AX Remote Editor. With Help, you can find information on a specific topic by clicking on the "Contents" tab, for the table of contents; or the "Index" tab, for an indexed list of keyw ords;...
  • Page 3: Starting Up Ax Remote Editor

     If you are using an operating system other than Window s XP, click the "Start" button of Window s and point to "Programs" - "Sony Remote AX" - "AX Remote Editor" and click to start up AX Remote Editor.
  • Page 4 Exiting AX Remote Editor Do one of the follow ing:  Click [Exit] in the low e r right of AX Re m ote Editor.  Click in the uppe r right corner of AX Rem ote Editor.  Click "File " on the m e nu bar, the n s e le ct "Exit." AX Remote Editor closes.
  • Page 5 About Standard mode/Advanced mode Tw o edit modes (Standard mode/Advanced mode) Editing flow in Standard mode Editing flow in Advanced mode Editable contents in Standard mode/Advanced mode Two edit modes (Standard mode/Advanced mode) AX Remote Editor has "Standard mode" and "Advanced mode." Standard mode is for programming the basic settings of the Remote Commander, such as setting the preset code of a component.
  • Page 6 Cre ate a proje To edit on AX Remote Editor, first you need to create a project. A project in Advanced mode is set by default to operate Sony brand AV component. Change the Remote Commander preset code according to the AV component.
  • Page 7 Change the preset code of a component Editable Editable Add a component Editable Editable *1*2 Change the key/button setting for a component Editable Delete a component Editable Editable Initialize the key/button setting for a component Editable Editing the settings of XPRESS keys Change the label of an XPRESS key Editable Editable...
  • Page 8 Delete an XPRESS key Editable Editable Initialize the settings of an XPRESS key Editable Setting a Timer/Air-Slide/System Control Change the Timer function Editable Editable Change an Air-Slide's settings Editable Editable Change a System Control setting Editable *1 Standard mode sets a preset code by "SOLUTION preset" method (by reading the preset code from the remote control signal of your AV component). Advanced mode sets a preset code by "SOLUTION preset,"...
  • Page 9: Connecting The Remote Commander To Your Pc

    Connecting the Remote Commander to your PC You can connect the Remote Commander (RM-AX4000) to your PC w ith the supplied USB mini cable. When you check the remote control signal of a macro (Action list) programmed for a key/button, or w hen you exchange setting data betw een your PC and the Remote Commander, connect the Remote Commander to your PC.
  • Page 10: About Projects

    About projects AX Remote Editor allow s you to manage the Remote Commander settings as a "project." When you first install AX Remote Editor, there are no projects yet, so the "New Project" w izard appears asking you to create a project w hen you start up AX Remote Editor.
  • Page 11 Creating a project in Standard mode (New Project Wizard) Perform the follow ing steps to create a project in Standard mode follow ing the "New Project" w izard instructions. Ste p 1: Se t a project nam e Enter a name for the project you w ant to create. Ste p 2: Se t com pone nts In this step, perform the follow ing steps to set various component settings.
  • Page 12 Setting a project name You can create a project in Standard mode. In the first step, set the project name. Click "File " on the m e nu bar, the n s e le ct "Ne w ." The "New Project" dialog box appears. Hint If the project you are editing is not saved, a message box appears asking you to confirm saving before the "New Project"...
  • Page 13 Setting components The "Component Settings" screen in the "New Project" w izard allow s you to make various settings for components. Hint You can save and exit the setting procedure at any point; just click "Save and Exit" in the low er right of the screen. The setting is saved and AX Remote Editor closes.
  • Page 14 When you select the component category (type) in the "New Project" w izard (for creating a project) or in the "New Component" w izard (for adding a component), be careful of the follow ing: A "DVD/Receiver Combo" is a Sony AV amplifier w ith a built-in DVD player. ...
  • Page 15 Setting XPRESS keys The "XPRESS Settings" screen in the "New Project" w izard allow s you to make various settings for XPRESS keys. Hint You can save and exit the setting procedure at any point; just click "Save and Exit" in the low er right of the screen. The setting is saved and AX Remote Editor closes.
  • Page 16 12. Ente r the follow ing inform ation re garding the input s e le ction of the vide o com pone nt, the n click "Ne xt". What is the total num be r of inputs you can s e le ct from the on s cre e n m e nu? Click and select the number.
  • Page 17 29. Click "Se nd." The signal programmed for the Remote Commander as a Start macro is sent to the AV component. Check if the AV component w orks properly. 30. Afte r the che ck ing, click "Cance l." The "Test" dialog box closes and the screen returns to the "XPRESS Settings - Checking the Operations." 31.
  • Page 18 Downloading the settings to the Remote Commander The "Data Dow nload to Remote" screen of the "New Project" w izard allow s you to dow nload the settings to the Remote Commander (RM-AX4000). Hint If you don't w ant to dow nload the settings to the Remote Commander, skip the follow ing steps. Just click "Finish" on the "Data Dow nload to Remote" screen. M ak e s ure that the Re m ote Com m ande r (RM -AX4000) is conne cte d to your PC.
  • Page 19 Creating a project in Advanced mode You can create a project in Advanced mode. Click "File " on the m e nu bar, the n s e le ct "Ne w ." The "New Project" dialog box appears. Hint If the project you are editing is not saved, a message box appears asking you to confirm saving before the "New Project" dialog box appears. To save the project, click "Yes,"...
  • Page 20 Standard mode screen reference The Standard mode of AX Remote Editor displays the follow ing items. Title bar Displays the current project name as "Project name - AX Remote Editor." M e nu bar Displays the AX Remote Editor menu. Edit Com pone nt button Sw itches the edit area on the right side of the screen to the Component edit pane.
  • Page 21  The Timer/Air-Slide edit pane opens. M inim ize button Minimizes the AX Remote Editor screen and show s an icon on the Window s taskbar. Clos e button Exits AX Remote Editor. ADVANCED tab Sw itches to Advanced mode for more advanced programming of keys and buttons, such as macros (Action lists). Conne ction status Displays the connection status betw een your PC and the Remote Commander.
  • Page 22 Changing the component settings (Standard mode) The Component edit pane in Standard mode displays the follow ing items. Com pone nt lis t Displays the programmed components on a list. Items on the top line of the list are Component keys of page 1 on the Remote Commander's display. You can program up to four Component keys on each line (page), up to 16 Component keys on four lines (pages).
  • Page 23 Note You cannot add a component to the key position w here a component is already assigned or if 16 components are already programmed. De le te button Deletes the selected component. Page 23...
  • Page 24 About editing components About operating and editing of a component Editable contents for a component About operating and editing of a component A "component" refers to an AV component that you w ant the Remote Commander to control. When you press a COMPONENT button on the Remote Commander, keys show ing components, called "Component keys," appear at the bottom of the display. You can create up to 16 Component keys.
  • Page 25 Change the label of a component Editable Editable Change the assignment of components Editable Editable Change the preset code of a component Editable Editable Add a component Editable Editable *1*2 Change the key/button setting for a component Editable Delete a component Editable Editable Initialize the key/button setting for a component...
  • Page 26 Changing the label of a component (Standard mode) You can change the label of a component (Component key). Click the "Standard" tab in the low e r le ft of the s cre e n to s w itch to Standard m ode . Click "Edit Com pone nt"...
  • Page 27 Changing the assignment of components (Standard mode) You can change the assignment of the components (Component keys) displayed on the Remote Commander. Click the "Standard" tab in the low e r le ft of the s cre e n to s w itch to Standard m ode . Click "Edit Com pone nt"...
  • Page 28 Changing the preset code of a component (Standard mode) You can change the preset code programmed for each component. In this topic, preset code refers to the IR code of a component's remote control. Change the preset code of a component only w hen necessary, for example, w hen you buy a new AV component. Note s ...
  • Page 29 Adding a component (Standard mode) When you buy a new compatible AV component, etc., you can add it to the Remote Commander's (RM-AX4000) control list using AX Remote Editor. Note If 16 components are already programmed, you cannot add another component. Click the "Standard"...
  • Page 30 Deleting a component (Standard mode) You can delete unnecessary components (Component key). Delete a component w hen the existing component is no longer necessary, such as w hen you replace an AV component. Note If you delete a component, any XPRESS key that includes that component w ill also be deleted.
  • Page 31 Changing the settings of XPRESS keys (Standard mode) XPRESS edit pane in Standard mode displays the follow ing items. Start Se tting Wizard Adds an XPRESS key on an empty key position (w here no XPRESS key is assigned) in the XPRESS list. Note You cannot add an XPRESS key to the key position w here an XPRESS key is already assigned, or if eight XPRESS keys are already programmed.
  • Page 32 Page 32...
  • Page 33 About editing XPRESS keys What is the XPRESS function? About components that you can operate by XPRESS function (Source component/Video component/Audio component) About operating and editing an XPRESS key About a Start macro/Exit macro of an XPRESS key Editable contents for an XPRESS key What is the XPRESS function? The XPRESS function is an executed series of actions that operate several AV components by pressing just one key (XPRESS key).
  • Page 34 When you press an XPRESS key, the Action list (Start macro) programmed for that key is performed and a screen called "XPRESS display" appears. Keys on the XPRESS display are divided into tw o types--"Touch-key" (w hose labels are already set) and "Label key" (that sw itch to the display of each component that of the XPRESS function).
  • Page 35 key." Furthermore, you can edit a Start macro/Exit macro of the programmed XPRESS key in Advanced mode. Se e als o  Creating a project in Standard mode  Adding an XPRESS key (Standard mode)  Adding an XPRESS key (Advanced mode) ...
  • Page 36 The source component's remote control setting (pow er button type/learned setting) If an XPRESS key does not w ork properly, delete the XPRESS key and recreate a new XPRESS key. Page 36...
  • Page 37 Changing the label of an XPRESS key (Standard mode) You can change the label of an XPRESS key. Click the "Standard" tab in the low e r le ft of the s cre e n to s w itch to Standard m ode . Click "Edit XPRESS Se tting"...
  • Page 38 Changing the assignment of XPRESS keys (Standard mode) You can change the assignment of the XPRESS keys displayed on the Remote Commander. Click the "Standard" tab in the low e r le ft of the s cre e n to s w itch to Standard m ode . Click "Edit XPRESS Se tting"...
  • Page 39 Adding an XPRESS key (Standard mode) You can add an XPRESS key, for example, w henever you add or replace a component in your AV system. Note If eight XPRESS keys are already programmed, you cannot add another XPRESS key. Click the "Standard"...
  • Page 40 What is the total num be r of inputs you can s e le ct from the on s cre e n m e nu? Click and select the number. Which input do you s e le ct w he n you us e "Source com pone nt nam e "? Enter the input name in the text box.
  • Page 41 The signal programmed for the Remote Commander as a Start macro is sent to the AV component. Check if the AV component w orks properly. 32. Afte r che ck ing, click "Cance l." The "Test" dialog box closes, and the screen returns to "Checking the Operations." 33.
  • Page 42 Deleting an XPRESS key (Standard mode) You can delete unnecessary XPRESS keys. Delete an XPRESS key w hen it is no longer necessary or w hen the programmed XPRESS key does not w ork properly. Click the "Standard" tab in the low e r le ft of the s cre e n to s w itch to Standard m ode . Click "Edit XPRESS Se tting"...
  • Page 43 Changing the Timer/Air-Slide settings (Standard mode) The Timer/Air-Slide edit pane in Standard mode displays the follow ing items. Edit Tim e r button Sets an XPRESS procedure to operate at a scheduled time by the Timer function. Edit Air-Slide button Sets a macro (Action list) to operate for an Air-Slide pattern.
  • Page 44 About the Timer/Air-Slide/System Control function About the Timer function About the Air-Slide function About the System Control function About the Timer function The Remote Commander (RM-AX4000) can perform a programmed action automatically at a scheduled time every day or on particular days. This is called a "Timer function."...
  • Page 45 Advanced mode allow s you to set a macro (Action list) for each of four System Control buttons and four System Control keys. This is called a "System Control macro." Note You cannot set a System Control macro in Standard mode. Se e als o Changing a System Control setting (Advanced mode) Page 45...
  • Page 46 Changing the Timer function (Standard mode) The Timer function allow s an XPRESS procedure to operate at a scheduled time. You can set up to eight Timer macros. Note You cannot set the Timer function w hen no XPRESS key is programmed. Click the "Standard"...
  • Page 47 Changing an Air-Slide's settings (Standard mode) You can set each Air-Slide pattern to operate an XPRESS procedure. Note You cannot set the Air-Slide function w hen no XPRESS key is programmed. Click the "Standard" tab in the low e r le ft of the s cre e n to s w itch to Standard m ode . Click "Se t Up Tim e r or Air-Slide"...
  • Page 48 Advanced mode screen reference The Advanced mode of AX Remote Editor displays the follow ing items. Title bar Displays the current project name as "Project name - AX Remote Editor." M e nu bar Displays the AX Remote Editor menu. Com pone nt e dit are a Displays the area for editing Component settings.
  • Page 49 STANDARD tab Sw itches the edit mode to Standard mode, allow ing more basic programming for components and XPRESS settings, etc. Conne ction status Displays the connection status betw een your PC and the Remote Commander.  Whe n appe ars ...
  • Page 50 Changing the component settings (Advanced mode) The component edit area in Advanced mode displays the follow ing items. Com pone nt lis t Displays the programmed components on a list. Items on the top line of the list are Component keys of page 1 on the Remote Commander's display. You can program up to four Component keys on each line (page), up to 16 Component keys on four lines (pages).
  • Page 51 Deletes the selected component. Change Pre s e t button Changes the preset code of the selected component. Initialize button Returns each key/button for the component to the initial setting. Edit Ke ys button Changes the key/button setting for the selected component. Page 51...
  • Page 52 About editing components About operating and editing of a component Editable contents for a component About operating and editing of a component A "component" refers to an AV component that you w ant the Remote Commander to control. When you press a COMPONENT button on the Remote Commander, keys show ing components, called "Component keys," appear at the bottom of the display. You can create up to 16 Component keys.
  • Page 53 Change the label of a component Editable Editable Change the assignment of components Editable Editable Change the preset code of a component Editable Editable Add a component Editable Editable *1*2 Change the key/button setting for a component Editable Delete a component Editable Editable Initialize the key/button setting for a component...
  • Page 54 Changing the label of a component (Advanced mode) You can change the label of a component (Component key). Click the "Advance d" tab in the low e r le ft of the s cre e n to s w itch to Advanced m ode . Click the com pone nt w hos e labe l you w ant to change from the com pone nt lis t in the uppe r le ft of the s cre e n.
  • Page 55 Changing the assignment of components (Advanced mode) You can change the assignment of the Component keys displayed on the Remote Commander. Click the "Advance d" tab in the low e r le ft of the s cre e n to s w itch to Advanced m ode . Click the com pone nt you w ant to m ove from the com pone nt lis t in the uppe r le ft of the s cre e n, the n drag and drop it to the k e y pos ition w he re you w ant to m ove it.
  • Page 56 Changing the preset code of a component (Advanced mode) You can change the preset code programmed for each component. In this topic, preset code refers to the IR code of a component's remote control. Change the preset code of a component only w hen necessary, for example, w hen you buy a new AV component. Note s ...
  • Page 57 16. Click of "Pre s e t Code" and s e le ct the 4-digit num be r. 17. Click "Ne xt." The "Checking the Operations" screen appears. 18. Aim the Re m ote Com m ande r at the AV com pone nt you w ant to ope rate , the n click "Em ulate ." The Emulator appears.
  • Page 58 Adding a component (Advanced mode) When you buy a new compatible component, etc., you can add it to the Remote Commander's control list using AX Remote Editor. Note If 16 components are already programmed, you cannot add another component. Click the "Advance d" tab in the low e r le ft of the s cre e n to s w itch to Advanced m ode . Click an e m pty k e y pos ition in the com pone nt lis t in the uppe r le ft of the s cre e n.
  • Page 59 15. Click of "Brand" and s e le ct the m anufacture r. 16. Click of "Pre s e t Code" and s e le ct the 4-digit num be r. 17. Click "Ne xt." The "Checking the Operations" screen appears. 18.
  • Page 60 Changing the key/button setting for a component (Advanced mode) You can change the setting of a key/button programmed for a component. Click the "Advance d" tab in the low e r le ft of the s cre e n to s w itch to Advanced m ode . Click the com pone nt w hos e k e y/button you w ant to change from the com pone nt lis t in the uppe r le ft of the s cre e n.
  • Page 61 After the "Learn Signal in Order" appears, perform the follow ing steps. Conne ct the Re m ote Com m ande r (RM -AX4000) to your PC w ith the USB m ini cable . Note s  Do not disconnect the USB mini cable from your PC w hile teaching the remote control signals, otherw ise a malfunction may occur. ...
  • Page 62 Deleting a component (Advanced mode) You can delete unnecessary components (Component key). Delete a component w hen the existing component is no longer necessary, such as w hen you replace an AV component. Note If you delete a component, any XPRESS key that includes that component w ill also be deleted.
  • Page 63 Initializing the key/button setting for a component (Advanced mode) AX Remote Editor allow s each key/button for a component to return to the initial setting. The settings and Action lists for a key/button edited in the "Edit keys" dialog box are cleared. Note If you initialize a component, any XPRESS key...
  • Page 64 Changing the settings of XPRESS keys (Advanced mode) XPRESS edit area in Advanced mode displays the follow ing items. Start Se tting Wizard Adds an XPRESS key on an empty key position (w here no XPRESS key is assigned) in the XPRESS list. Note You cannot add an XPRESS key to the key position w here an XPRESS key is already assigned, or if eight XPRESS keys are already programmed.
  • Page 65 Edit Ke ys button Changes the key/button setting of the selected XPRESS key. De le te button Deletes the selected XPRESS key. Initialize button Returns the selected XPRESS key to the initial setting. Duplicate button Copies the selected XPRESS key to the empty key position (w here no XPRESS key is assigned). Note If eight XPRESS keys are already programmed, you cannot copy an XPRESS key.
  • Page 66 About editing XPRESS keys What is the XPRESS function? About components that you can operate by XPRESS function (Source component/Video component/Audio component) About operating and editing an XPRESS key About a Start macro/Exit macro of an XPRESS key Editable contents for an XPRESS key What is the XPRESS function? The XPRESS function is an executed series of actions that operate several AV components by pressing just one key (XPRESS key).
  • Page 67 When you press an XPRESS key, the Action list (Start macro) programmed for that key is performed and a screen called "XPRESS display" appears. Keys on the XPRESS display are divided into tw o types--"Touch-key" (w hose labels are already set) and "Label key" (that sw itch to the display of each component that of the XPRESS function).
  • Page 68 key." Furthermore, you can edit a Start macro/Exit macro of the programmed XPRESS key in Advanced mode. Se e als o  Creating a project in Standard mode  Adding an XPRESS key (Standard mode)  Adding an XPRESS key (Advanced mode) ...
  • Page 69 The source component's remote control setting (pow er button type/learned setting) If an XPRESS key does not w ork properly, delete the XPRESS key and recreate a new XPRESS key. Page 69...
  • Page 70 Changing the label of an XPRESS key (Advanced mode) You can change the label of an XPRESS key. Click the "Advance d" tab in the low e r le ft of the s cre e n to s w itch to Advanced m ode . Click the XPRESS k e y w hos e labe l you w ant to change in the XPRESS list on the le ft s ide of the s cre e n.
  • Page 71 Changing the assignment of XPRESS keys (Advanced mode) You can change the assignment of the XPRESS keys displayed on the Remote Commander. Click the "Advance d" tab in the low e r le ft of the s cre e n to s w itch to Advanced m ode . Click the XPRESS k e y you w ant to m ove from the XPRESS lis t on the le ft s ide of the s cre e n, the n drag and drop it to the k e y pos ition w he re you w ant to m ove it.
  • Page 72 Adding an XPRESS key (Advanced mode) You can add an XPRESS key, for example, w henever you add or replace a component in your AV system. Note If eight XPRESS keys are already programmed, you cannot add another XPRESS key. Click the "Advance d"...
  • Page 73 Click and select the number. Which input do you s e le ct w he n you us e "Source com pone nt nam e "? Enter the input name in the text box. In w hat orde r doe s your s e le ction (in [2]) appe ar on the lis t (1s t, 2nd, 3rd, e tc.)? Select the order number by clicking 14.
  • Page 74 31. Afte r che ck ing, click "Cance l." The "Test" dialog box closes, and the screen returns to "Checking the Operations." 32. Do e ithe r of the follow ing: If you se t tw o or m ore XPRESS k e ys in s te p 4 Click "Next."...
  • Page 75 Editing a Start macro/Exit macro for an XPRESS key (Advanced mode) You can edit an Action list (Start macro/Exit macro) programmed for an XPRESS key. Click the "Advance d" tab in the low e r le ft of the s cre e n to s w itch to Advanced m ode . Click the XPRESS k e y you w ant to e dit a Start m acro/Exit m acro in the XPRESS list on the le ft s ide of the s cre e n.
  • Page 76 Changing the key/button setting for an XPRESS key (Advanced mode) You can change the setting of a key/button programmed for an XPRESS key. Click the "Advance d" tab in the low e r le ft of the s cre e n to s w itch to Advanced m ode . Click the XPRESS k e y w hos e k e y/button you w ant to change from the XPRESS list on the le ft s ide of the s cre e n.
  • Page 77 Copying an XPRESS key (Advanced mode) You can copy an XPRESS key. By copying an XPRESS key, you can create another XPRESS key that includes the same settings as the original. This operation is useful to create a new XPRESS key based on an existing XPRESS key's setting. Note If eight XPRESS keys are already programmed, you cannot copy an XPRESS key.
  • Page 78 Deleting an XPRESS key (Advanced mode) You can delete unnecessary XPRESS keys. Delete an XPRESS key w hen it is no longer necessary or w hen the programmed XPRESS key does not w ork properly. Click the "Advance d" tab in the low e r le ft of the s cre e n to s w itch to Advanced m ode . Click the XPRESS k e y you w ant to de le te from the com pone nt lis t on the le ft s ide of the s cre e n.
  • Page 79 Initializing the settings of an XPRESS key (Advanced mode) You can return the settings of an XPRESS key to the initial settings. The settings to be cleared are the follow ing:  The label of an XPRESS key  The settings and Action lists for the key/button edited in the "Edit Keys" dialog box The settings of any Start macro/Exit macro edited in the "Edit Actions"...
  • Page 80 Changing the Timer/Air-Slide/System Control settings (Advanced mode) The Macro edit area in Advanced mode displays the follow ing items. Edit Tim e r button Sets a macro (Action list) to operate at a scheduled time by the Timer function. Edit Air-Slide button Sets a macro (Action list) to operate for an Air-Slide pattern.
  • Page 81 About the Timer/Air-Slide/System Control function About the Timer function About the Air-Slide function About the System Control function About the Timer function The Remote Commander (RM-AX4000) can perform a programmed action automatically at a scheduled time every day or on particular days. This is called a "Timer function."...
  • Page 82 Advanced mode allow s you to set a macro (Action list) for each of four System Control buttons and four System Control keys. This is called a "System Control macro." Note You cannot set a System Control macro in Standard mode. Se e als o Changing a System Control setting (Advanced mode) Page 82...
  • Page 83 Changing the Timer function (Advanced mode) The Timer function allow s you to set the Remote Commander to operate a series of actions, called a macro (Action list), at a scheduled time. (Timer macro) You can set up to eight Timer macros. Click the "Advance d"...
  • Page 84 Changing an Air-Slide's settings (Advanced mode) You can set a macro (Action list) for each pattern of an Air-Slide to operate. (Air-Slide macro) Click the "Advance d" tab in the low e r le ft of the s cre e n to s w itch to Advanced m ode . Click "Edit Air-Slide "...
  • Page 85 Changing a System Control setting (Advanced mode) You can set a macro (Action list) for a System Control button/key to operate (System Control macro). You can set up to eight System Control macros. Click the "Advance d" tab in the low e r le ft of the s cre e n to s w itch to Advanced m ode . Click "Edit Sys te m Control"...
  • Page 86 About projects AX Remote Editor allow s you to manage the Remote Commander settings as a "project." When you first install AX Remote Editor, there are no projects yet, so the "New Project" w izard appears asking you to create a project w hen you start up AX Remote Editor.
  • Page 87 Creating a project in Standard mode (New Project Wizard) Perform the follow ing steps to create a project in Standard mode follow ing the "New Project" w izard instructions. Ste p 1: Se t a project nam e Enter a name for the project you w ant to create. Ste p 2: Se t com pone nts In this step, perform the follow ing steps to set various component settings.
  • Page 88 Setting a project name You can create a project in Standard mode. In the first step, set the project name. Click "File " on the m e nu bar, the n s e le ct "Ne w ." The "New Project" dialog box appears. Hint If the project you are editing is not saved, a message box appears asking you to confirm saving before the "New Project"...
  • Page 89 Setting components The "Component Settings" screen in the "New Project" w izard allow s you to make various settings for components. Hint You can save and exit the setting procedure at any point; just click "Save and Exit" in the low er right of the screen. The setting is saved and AX Remote Editor closes.
  • Page 90 When you select the component category (type) in the "New Project" w izard (for creating a project) or in the "New Component" w izard (for adding a component), be careful of the follow ing: A "DVD/Receiver Combo" is a Sony AV amplifier w ith a built-in DVD player. ...
  • Page 91 Setting XPRESS keys The "XPRESS Settings" screen in the "New Project" w izard allow s you to make various settings for XPRESS keys. Hint You can save and exit the setting procedure at any point; just click "Save and Exit" in the low er right of the screen. The setting is saved and AX Remote Editor closes.
  • Page 92 12. Ente r the follow ing inform ation re garding the input s e le ction of the vide o com pone nt, the n click "Ne xt". What is the total num be r of inputs you can s e le ct from the on s cre e n m e nu? Click and select the number.
  • Page 93 29. Click "Se nd." The signal programmed for the Remote Commander as a Start macro is sent to the AV component. Check if the AV component w orks properly. 30. Afte r the che ck ing, click "Cance l." The "Test" dialog box closes and the screen returns to the "XPRESS Settings - Checking the Operations." 31.
  • Page 94 Downloading the settings to the Remote Commander The "Data Dow nload to Remote" screen of the "New Project" w izard allow s you to dow nload the settings to the Remote Commander (RM-AX4000). Hint If you don't w ant to dow nload the settings to the Remote Commander, skip the follow ing steps. Just click "Finish" on the "Data Dow nload to Remote" screen. M ak e s ure that the Re m ote Com m ande r (RM -AX4000) is conne cte d to your PC.
  • Page 95 Creating a project in Advanced mode You can create a project in Advanced mode. Click "File " on the m e nu bar, the n s e le ct "Ne w ." The "New Project" dialog box appears. Hint If the project you are editing is not saved, a message box appears asking you to confirm saving before the "New Project" dialog box appears. To save the project, click "Yes,"...
  • Page 96: Saving A Project

    Saving a project You can save the project you are editing on your PC. Saving a project under a different name Saving a project Saving a project under a different name You can save a project under a different name. Click "File "...
  • Page 97: Opening A Project

    Opening a project You can open a saved project and display it on AX Remote Editor. Click "File " on the m e nu bar, the n s e le ct "Ope n." The "Open" dialog box appears. Hint If the project you are editing is not saved, a message box appears asking you to confirm saving before the "Open" dialog box appears. To save the project, click "Yes,"...
  • Page 98 Entering a user name and comments for a project You can enter a user name and comments for the project you are editing. Click "File " on the m e nu bar, the n s e le ct "Propertie s ." The "Properties"...
  • Page 99 Checking the settings on the Emulator You can confirm on the PC screen that the settings made on AX Remote Editor w ill w ork properly. Conne ct the Re m ote Com m ande r (RM -AX4000) to your PC w ith the USB m ini cable . Note s Do not disconnect the USB mini cable from your PC until checking is complete, otherw ise a malfunction may occur.
  • Page 100 Downloading the settings to the Remote Commander You can send (dow nload) the settings you made w ith AX Remote Editor to the Remote Commander through the USB mini cable. Conne ct the Re m ote Com m ande r (RM -AX4000) to your PC w ith the USB m ini cable . Note s Do not disconnect the USB mini cable from your PC until dow nloading is complete, otherw ise a malfunction may occur.
  • Page 101 Downloading the settings of the Remote Commander from the PC to the Remote Commander You can check the unit settings of the Remote Commander (main unit) and change them. Click "Options " on the m e nu bar, the n s e le ct "Unit Settings ." The "Unit Settings"...
  • Page 102 If you update the firmw are, all the current settings of the Remote Commander are deleted. So proceed w ith caution, being careful not to delete necessary data. If the version of AX Remote Editor is older than the firmw are version of the Remote Commander, a message box appears asking you to update AX Remote Editor w hen you click "Dow nload."...
  • Page 103 Backing up the Remote Commander's settings on your PC You can send (upload) the RM-AX4000 Remote Commander settings (raw -data) to your PC to make a backup copy. You can use the raw -data by sending (dow nloading) it to the Remote Commander in case of trouble. Note You cannot edit the raw -data (saved onto your PC) on AX Remote Editor.
  • Page 104 Updating the Remote Commander's firmware You can update the Remote Commander's firmw are to the one compatible w ith the version of AX Remote Editor. Note If you update the firmw are, all the current settings of the Remote Commander are deleted. So proceed w ith caution, being careful not to delete necessary data. Conne ct the Re m ote Com m ande r (RM -AX4000) to your PC w ith the USB m ini cable .
  • Page 105 About editing Action lists What is an Action list? Example of an Action list Actions that can be added to an Action list About alias loops About Active code About invalid actions What is an Action list? The Remote Commander (RM-AX4000) allow s you to program an action procedure for individual keys or buttons. A series of actions programmed for a key or button is called an "Action list."...
  • Page 106 [Pre s e t] TV - SONY - INPUT2  Adds a Preset action to send the remote control signal of selecting INPUT2 to a Sony brand TV.  You can program a Preset action only for an Action list w ith a key/button on the component display.
  • Page 107  Action list of key A [Alias] key B  Action list of key B   [Alias] key A The alias loop created by key A and B referring to each other endlessly repeats operation. AX Remote Editor checks the reference sequence w hen you set an Alias action. If the reference sequence loops, a message appears and the Alias action cannot be set.
  • Page 108 Editing an Action list ("Edit Actions" dialog box) The "Edit actions" dialog box allow s you to add/change/delete the actions of an Action list (a series of actions) and change its order. Hint You can edit the Action list (macro) in the same w ay as you edit a Start macro/Exit macro for an XPRESS key...
  • Page 109 Note If the XPRESS function is set as an Alias action, Exit Macro w ill not w ork.  [Add] Adds the Alias action programmed for the selected item is added to the Action list.   [OK]  Saves the setting of the Action list, and the "Edit actions" dialog box closes. ...
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  • Page 111 Standard mode screen reference The Standard mode of AX Remote Editor displays the follow ing items. Title bar Displays the current project name as "Project name - AX Remote Editor." M e nu bar Displays the AX Remote Editor menu. Edit Com pone nt button Sw itches the edit area on the right side of the screen to the Component edit pane.
  • Page 112  The Timer/Air-Slide edit pane opens. M inim ize button Minimizes the AX Remote Editor screen and show s an icon on the Window s taskbar. Clos e button Exits AX Remote Editor. ADVANCED tab Sw itches to Advanced mode for more advanced programming of keys and buttons, such as macros (Action lists). Conne ction status Displays the connection status betw een your PC and the Remote Commander.
  • Page 113 Advanced mode screen reference The Advanced mode of AX Remote Editor displays the follow ing items. Title bar Displays the current project name as "Project name - AX Remote Editor." M e nu bar Displays the AX Remote Editor menu. Com pone nt e dit are a Displays the area for editing Component settings.
  • Page 114 STANDARD tab Sw itches the edit mode to Standard mode, allow ing more basic programming for components and XPRESS settings, etc. Conne ction status Displays the connection status betw een your PC and the Remote Commander.  Whe n appe ars ...
  • Page 115: Menu Reference

    Menu reference The follow ing menu items appear w hen you click each item on the menu bar. File Ne w Creates a new project and displays it on AX Remote Editor. Ope n Opens a saved project and displays it on AX Remote Editor. Save Saves the project you are editing.
  • Page 116 Active Code Se ttings Determines w hether the Active code programmed for a Start macro/Exit macro of the XPRESS key is sent. If the Active code is set not to be sent, then it alone is not sent w hen the XPRESS key is operated. When using several RM-AX4000s in a room, it is recommended that you check this box for all of them except for the one you mainly use.
  • Page 117: Troubleshooting

    Troubleshooting Eve n if you pre s s a le arne d k e y/button, the AV com pone nt doe s not w ork .  Make the key/button that does not w ork learn the remote control signal again. In this case, check the "Save remote control signal as raw data" box in the "Learn"...
  • Page 118: Trademark Information

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