I’ve been using a Stream Deck for several years. In fact, I started with a 15-button Stream Deck, and eventually graduated to a 32-button Stream Deck, Sound like overkill? It’s not!

But recently I’ve started exploring a new controller for the Stream Decks, called Companion, by a company called Bitfocus. It has taken a couple of weeks for me to get it working to my liking — and there’s still some work to be done, but I’m beginning to appreciate it a lot.

I’ll toss in a few more posts as I go along, and I’m intending to provide a few pages with “tips and tricks” I’ve discovered. For example, I used to be able to launch any program from Stream Deck, but this functionality is limited on Companion, which imposes a maximum run time of any “spawned” process of 20 seconds. But I found a workaround to that: create a Windows Shortcut to the program you want to run, then spawn that with the Companion’s internal “Run shell path” command. That works! The spawned process launches the target of the shortcut, and then in 20 seconds that parent spawned process is killed off by Companion, but the child process continues to run on its own.

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