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How to: Plex Tiles!

iam yesterday at 1:53 p.m. in Panels (dashboards) / Special Tiles updated by Jon Rohan 23 hours ago 2

I started this project some time ago just don't have time to make it a "official project/app."

Overview

A (very basic) PHP file uses the Tautulli API to get the most recently played movie TV show ETC and re-displays the image.


Possible upgrades if anyone is interested in forking it.  Adding a global host and API Key, adding global specific methods to each action, image caching ETC..

Prerequisites

  • Some basic tech knowledge  (I will answer some questions but have no plans of fully supporting this.)
  • Plex (obviously)
  • Tautulli - https://tautulli.com/  (Even if you don't want to do this, is still a great tool.)
  • PHP web server

1.  Enable the Tautulli API from: /settings#tab_tabs-web_interface

2. Get Tautulli API Key also at the bottom of that page.

3.  Note all the section ids from /libraries using Tautulli (example: /library?section_id=8)

4. Save the attached file (recently_played.phprecently_played.php) to your web server.

5. Edit that file and add your $host and $api_key values (from step #2)

6. Add the media title to AT.  This will be your web server url along with the section id.  Example: https://domain.com/recently_played.php?section=4

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Tile for Plex

MR landen 2 years ago in Panels (dashboards) / Special Tiles updated by iam yesterday at 2:19 p.m. 15

Please add a Tile(s) that can control Plex.

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We are not planning on interfacing directly to various non-SmartThings platforms (be it Plex, Wink, Vera, Home Assistant, ...) at this time.


If someone develops a conforming "Media Controller" Device Type Handler for Plex for SmartThings, then ActionTiles's Media Control Tile will interface with it.

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How are you adding your music players to ActionTiles?

Sidney 6 months ago in Panels (dashboards) / Special Tiles updated by Daniel Az 2 weeks ago 20

I was just wondering how everyone else is adding their music players to ActionTiles.

I am using an app called Echo Speaks that is added to my SmartThings as a Smart App.

I can control the Echo's Play, Stop, Pause, Volume and Skipping.

Right now, I can only control the Volume of the Fire HDs.


The individual Echo Tiles also show up in their respective Room Panels.  So when I go into the Living Room Panel, the 'Echo - Living Room' tile is in there as well.

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All or Multiple Contact Sensors Tile and Multiple (view-only) Switches Tile

David Latham 3 years ago in Panels (dashboards) / Special Tiles updated by Terry (ActionTiles) (Co-Founder) 2 weeks ago 21

How about a tile that combines multiple contact sensors? On my phone it takes up a lot of space to have a tile for each sensor. Could we have one that says "All doors - closed / Door open". Then if a door is open have a pop up window that lists the open doors.


Another description from Merged Topic:

Would it be possible to add a summary tile, for the purpose of summarizing a bunch of similar devices?

For example - if any open/close sensor (in a specified group of sensors) is open, display an orange tile, else a gray tile. Possibly if you tap on the tile it would take you to a user-defined panel (which the user would have set up up to display the appropriate devices).

I thought about setting up a virtual switch, but I don't see a way to have that switch represent "all windows closed" vs. "any window open".

Another example (more complicated than I need, but might be useful to some) - the average, minimum, and maximum temperatures of a set of temperature sensors.

My rationale - on my main panel I have an "at a glance" section that displays the status of three doors (open/closed) and two door locks (locked/unlocked). I have now added 6 window sensors, which would make the "at a glance" be more like a novel.

Thanks.

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"Connecting" displays weekly.

Kevin M W 2 years ago in Panels (dashboards) updated by Alex (ActionTiles) (Co-Founder) 3 weeks ago 13

I've got action tiles on my iPad which is amazing when it works. At least once a week I've noticed that when I get up it is displaying "connecting" with the spinning orange icon. I end up needing to delete the bookmark, add the bookmark again, sign back in and it will work for a few days and go back to "connecting". Any solutions if you've ran into this before? Thank you!

iOS
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ActionTiles has a tolerance of 15 seconds to network outages and should resume operation when Internet connection is restored.. Network outages could be caused by any of the following.


  • Internet outage
  • WIFI / local network outage
  • Power/network management of the client device

Considering that we have no other report of this problem, it looks like this problem is fairly uncommon. I can only attribute it to some far-flung network/hardware issues.


We could add a "refresh" button that would appear when ActionTiles is "connecting", but I'm not sure if it will solve anything if the browser thinks there's no internet.


We also have a feature request to reboot the Panels periodically, we will have to revisit this task,


Please let us know if there's any other information that can help us to resolve this glitch.

Thanks

Alex


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Sonos album art

Eric Stiens 2 years ago in Panels (dashboards) updated by Owen Stevens 4 weeks ago 6

Just wanted to show off a proof of concept. I have my basic dashboard setup pulling the currently playing album art in the living room straight from Sonos. I use a raspberry pi running the Node-Sonos-HTTP-API to interact with Sonos from a variety of applications around the house. I have a little app running that pulls the album art URL from there and automatically redirects a request to show the album art and put that in a media tile. Works pretty well! Would be lovely if Sonos ever opened up their API to be able to do this without so many workarounds.


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Weather Tile That uses a forecast to output what kids should wear?

James Vondale 1 month ago in Panels (dashboards) / Special Tiles updated 4 weeks ago 4

My wife has challenged me to create a tile that looks at the weather forecast for the day and tells the kids what kind of clothes/coats to wear that day (Michigan weather...right?)

Before I go down this journey of discovery I was wondering if anyone has done anything like this?  Essentially I believe that it needs to call on something like openweather and then output based on parameters i set.  It then needs to create a jpg of that and deploy it to a webserver that i'll run off a raspberry pi with python.  

Worse comes to worse i'll just do an excel formula on a cheap screen, point a RPI camera at it and stream that.  (i've got that code).  

Any ideas?

Windows Fire Android
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James Vondale 4 weeks ago

Final update if anyone cares.

I basically followed this guide:  https://support.actiontiles.com/communities/12/topics/2340-help-me-to-add-a-valid-url-in-order-to-see-google-traffic-as-an-refresh-still-image

I connected the open weather data and https://mixedanalytics.com/knowledge-base/access-open-weather-api-data-in-google-sheets/ to pull it in.

I then made a clean sheet in the front that had formulas to determine if its going to rain/snow or require jackets.  I created a bash script that ran the phantomjs function and then did a curl function to that uploaded that file to the free website I got.  

Put that URL into the media spot and done!  It auto updates hourly and even comes with Icons to show the weather.

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Activity Event history for Things, Tiles and Panels

Terry (ActionTiles) (Co-Founder) 3 years ago in Panels (dashboards) / Event History updated by Richard G-A 1 month ago 53

I have created this Topic as a home base to discuss this Feature Request Idea which has been coming up a few times on the Forum and Helpdesk.


Background:

  • The SmartThings App offers a "Recently" tab when you look at the detail of a Thing or a Room.
  • SmartTiles has an "Event History" Tile which listed activity (status change) events for all Tiles on the entire Dashboard in a single list, ordered most recent to oldest.
  • SmartTiles allows developers to pull at most 7 days of activity history directly from their Cloud.
  • ActionTiles launched without this feature.

Why not already in ActionTiles?

  • One major factor in prioritizing what Features to offer at launch date was feedback from our tremendously helpful and valuable Beta testers. They used the product for months ... longer than we anticipated, since we found their ideas and recommendations to be compelling enough to implement some of them before launch.
  • Beta Participants have a private section of the Forum where they opened and discussed Idea and Bug Topics. We also sent out individual polls.
  • Event History was among the lowest popularity of all Feature requests.
  • They are a diverse enough group that we weight their opinions highly. This open ActionTiles Support & Ideas forum will bring us even more information to help prioritize.

What's the Current Plan?

  • We recognize that this feature may be "under-requested" at the present time, and yet would be highly valued by some customers.
  • Like every feature, it presents some challenges to implement. There are lots of design decisions to consider... We are already brainstorming!
  • When we're ready, we'll start with something basic, and then add enhancements based on your feedback.
  • Let's start by using this Topic to capture your Topic Votes and an open discussion of how you would personally use and value activity event history feature(s).

Thank-you!!!

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Custom Location Modes

afgoody 1 month ago in Panels (dashboards) / Special Tiles updated by Alex (ActionTiles) (Co-Founder) 1 month ago 1

I created 2 custom location modes in the SmartThings IDE, but only the 3 standard location modes are available when I tap on the ActionTile Mode tile.

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Thermostat Tile: Custom icon & colors when actively heating or cooling and for excessive heat or cooling

Computer Helper 2 months ago in Panels (dashboards) / Special Tiles updated by Terry (ActionTiles) (Co-Founder) 1 month ago 1

I can't find where to change the thermostat icon

I would like the tile to show red when actively heating, blue when cooling

Show a flashing red or blue when a "setpoint" is hit. Flashing red above 75 or flashing blue below 66

I have Smartthings setup to notify me if my tenants are turning the heat up.

Thank you,

Mike

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House floor plan (using a background image) and transparent icons?

Silvio Di Domenico 10 months ago in Panels (dashboards) updated by Terry (ActionTiles) (Co-Founder) 3 months ago 2

Hi,

I’d like to arrange the icons on my house plan.

Is it possible update actiontiles to add a back ground image and semitransparent icons?

It will be not easy to arrange the icon exactly on the hose map right position, but feasible.

Samething like this:

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Action Tiles, TinyCam, and Fully Browser - Dashboard Convergance

Geewiz 2 years ago in Panels (dashboards) updated by Zvika 3 months ago 3

I've been a home automation enthusiast since the mid - 90's, utilizing the old X10 PLC technology.  I'm still cutting my teeth on the Smart Things world, but have jumped in with both feet and have fully embraced this next wave of home automation.  


When I discovered ActionTiles, I concluded that this was the way forward to tie together all the various "things" that I am running around my home.  I now have a dashboard panel that I am loving.   I have AT running on a Nexus 9 tablet.  In the background I have TinyCam webserver running, which streams video feeds from my outside IP cameras to media tiles.  Also running on the Nexus 9 is the licensed version of Fully Kiosk Browser.  



I really like being able to walk up to the smart panel (the Nexus 9) and have it wake up to display the video feed and tiles controlling the lights throughout the house.


What I am trying to figure out now is, if motion is detected on one of the cameras, how to make that camera's media tile on the panel go to full screen mode.  


I don't know if this is even possible, and if it is possible I don't know how to initiate it.  Perhaps someone else in the community has already been there and done that and would like to share their experience?


As always, a big thanks to the developers of AT for a fantastic app!

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Add Today's Calendar Events to Tile

Angie G 3 years ago in Panels (dashboards) updated by Stuart Salmon 3 months ago 10

I'd love to have the ability to add a tile that would bring in today's events from a calendar like Google or outlook. Could this be added as an enhancement?

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Show Power value on Switch tile

Brian Beaird 1 year ago in Panels (dashboards) / Special Tiles updated by Kevin1 3 months ago 8

Are there any device handlers out there already where ActionTiles will combine a switch (or some other capability) and power meter capability into a single tile?


The context around this is I'm writing an integration that brings over data from a Sense Energy Monitor. It brings over a list of devices along with their current power usage. I'm running a custom handler right now that has switch and power capability, but if there's a standard handler out there I can use that ActionTiles will already combine, I can certainly do that. To got a step further, the most ideal option would be to use a "read-only" type switch or something since there really is no use in being able to toggle the on/off status manually since that does nothing at all (it's a 1-way data flow from Sense).


I realize this may be a bigger conversation around the one-off customization of special tiles like this - I know that requires a lot of extra work, but I figured I'd ask since it seems like it would be cool :-)





To add more clarity, I think what I'm asking is if there's a way the Power Meter capability could be a footer option similar to the way the battery capability is treated now. With my DTH, I've got both "switch" and "power" capabilities on the same device - it would be awesome if AT could just stick the power value as a footer.

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Add Chromecast support to Android App

IJM 3 months ago in Panels (dashboards) updated by Alex (ActionTiles) (Co-Founder) 3 months ago 1

It would be great to show the dashboard on large screen TV using a Chromecast.

Android
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Move Panel Options (...) from bottom right corner

Johnnie321 4 months ago in Panels (dashboards) updated by Terry (ActionTiles) (Co-Founder) 4 months ago 1

Provide an option to move the on-Panel, Panel Options FAB (floating action button "...") from the bottom right corner.

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Show me your Panels! - Gallery 2

Terry (ActionTiles) (Co-Founder) 1 year ago in Panels (dashboards) updated 4 months ago 112

Continuing from very popular first Gallery of Panels: https://support.actiontiles.com/communities/12/topics/1433-show-me-your-panels-gallery-1

Here's a place for Customers to share their Panels and related stories. This content may be copied to other sharing services like Facebook, Instagram, Pinterest, etc..

NB: Inquiries about the techniques used to create the particular Panels, frames, etc., may be spun off by the Moderator into new Topics or Help Desk tickets to avoid too much threading here.

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Amazing work everything and thank-you so much for sharing! 😄

This Topic has become super long now, so I've Closed it and started a fresh Topic... Please visit and post to:

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Show me your Panels! - Gallery 1

M2 3 years ago in Panels (dashboards) updated by Terry (ActionTiles) (Co-Founder) 4 months ago 221

Hi Everyone - new here but am pretty excited about this App. To me, it seems to smartly tie the Smart Home together. As a newbie, I am very interested in see everyone's creative panels. I would post up first but I don't think a few light switches, a clock and the weather are too interesting.

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Amazing work everyone and thank-you so much for sharing! 😄

This Topic has become super long now, so I've Closed it and started a fresh Topic... Please visit and post to:

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Sound Notification for status change of selected Things

CS Home 3 years ago in Panels (dashboards) / Notifications & Sound updated by Orlando M Muniz 4 months ago 12

Would be great if each tile can be set to make a sound (from tablet or phone) whenever the status changes. This way, when a door opens or motion sensed, a sound is emitted. Can be set on/off for each tile.

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Open media fullscreen from SmartThings using Fully API or ActionTiles API

Christophe 4 months ago in Panels (dashboards) / Special Tiles updated 4 months ago 2

I would like my fire tablets under Fully browser to open my camera media tile fullscreen when motion are detected. Since fully browser support REST and js call, is there a way to do that from webcore maybe ?
Thank you