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Dynamic Panel Shortcut?

Tom_G_2010 6 days ago in Panels (dashboards) / Special Tiles updated 1 hour ago 3

Is there anyway to create a panel shortcut tile that can return you to whatever previous panel you came from?

At present I have four Fire Tablets around the house and I am at a point where I have enough smart devices in my home that I have them grouped across several Action Tiles panels:  Bedrooms, Kitchen/Living Room, Basement, Yard, Cameras.On each table I have a home page panel that is unique that tablet location with location specific content.  At the bottom of that panel I have a set of panel shortcuts to navigate to the shared panels mentioned above.

From the Home page panel (Kitchen home page panel shown below) I can navigate to any of the shared panels such as the Downstairs panel show below that.  However, the only way back to the main menu I came from would be to have a main menu button to go to each tablet home page or an addition shared page with panel shortcuts for each.  The panel shortcut tiles needed for the first idea eat up to much screen real-estate.  the second idea works but requires two steps to get back to a main menu.

What I would like to do instead is have the main menu panel shortcut tiles trigger a script that notes what main menu I came from before sending me to the sub panel.  And, when use the Main Menu panel shortcut tile on that sub panel to return the script then sends me back to where I came from.


Any ideas on how to do that?  I'm wondering if I can use a URL shortcut tile instead of panel shortcuts and use those to trigger a script that would manage this...

Any ideas or input would be greatly appreciated.

Thanks!

Tom G.

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Colour picker not showing up for my device

George Ricketts 3 days ago in Panels (dashboards) / Special Tiles updated by Alex (ActionTiles) (Co-Founder) 16 hours ago 2

I'm having issues getting the colour picker to show up in ActionTiles when using an H801 RGB device. It will show the current colour of the LED strip at the bottom of the switch tile but I can't see any way to enter the colour picker menu.

I saw previous threads around ensuring the color, hue and saturation attributes are populated correctly and that appears to be the case.

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Static text on a tile?

Ryan McGinty 4 weeks ago in Panels (dashboards) / Special Tiles updated by Kevin1 1 day ago 4

I am wondering what the recommended method to simply add a tile that has information on it is? For instance, I am making an "Emergency Info" with the address, phone numbers for non-911 emergency services in my area etc. I just need to create a tile and essentially give it a caption. I've searched for other topics, but most get more complicated than what am looking to do. Is there a simple method to accomplish this? Thanks in advance for any information! 


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embedding panel into iframe - shortcut issue

Bryan Mack 3 weeks ago in Panels (dashboards) updated 2 weeks ago 2

I am developing a panel for my rec room. I use a few different actiontiles panels within iframes of a website I host on my own domain. Everything works swimmingly except for shortcuts to apps on the tablet. These shortcuts (in the screenshot, my shortcuts are "Darts", "Sonos", and "Roku", which open their respective apps on the fire 10 tablet) work just fine when I view the panel directly via actiontiles app or URL -- but once I embed the panel to an iFrame, those 3 shortcuts simply do nothing any more. All of the other buttons retain their functionality. Any ideas on how to get the shortcuts working?  I'm using Android Fire 10 tablet and Fully browser.

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Creating Multi-Section Panels using iFRAMES

Ike O. 11 months ago in Panels (dashboards) updated by Bryan Mack 2 weeks ago 9

Some people are wondering how I created my iframe Action Tiles panel and I wanted to share a very simple guideline here.

First of all, if you want to use Iframes your pages must be hosted either in a local web server or one of those cheap web hosting sites. Creating a local host is actually a very simple process.

Let me share how my iPad on the wall looks like:

This is a simple webpage with a bunch of Iframes in it.

Each frame reads a panel URL or Jpeg picture from the server. 

If we break it down it would look like this:

And if I took everything out, it would look like this:

You can use any webpage editor to create Iframes. You just give the coordinates, the size and that's it. I even saw online iframe creators while searching for ways to do this. 

Here is an example of how Iframe looks like in an editor:

Pros : 

- Your imagination is your limit:) You can create amazing looking panels.

- You don't have to switch between the panels. you can direct an URL to any Iframe you want.

Cons :

- Tablet browsers are not in love with Iframes. Especially older models. Maybe once a month or so I see my browser just shut down, I have to start the browser again. (though that might be due to camera feeds, not to sure)

- addition to above, Ipads are sooo not friendly to iframes:)) (2015 and earlier)

Please feel free to ask any questions (keep in mind I am not a coder and/or web site designer, just a hobbyist:)))

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A Panel width Setting to help layout consistency for Panels viewed on different screen sizes

Brent Adam 2 years ago in Panels (dashboards) updated by El Lobo 2 weeks ago 30

I've been using smarttiles/actiontiles for years now and there's a specific functionality that seems super simple to implement, but remains missing...  I'd like to be able to set a maximum panel width, so I can achieve the same flow of tiles on multiple similar sized devices...  it could simply center the tiles on screens with larger resolutions, or could scale tiles +/- ~20% to fit the available resolution of the screen...  for smaller screens, it would still wrap the tiles of one row into 2 or more, but it's just too much to maintain unique panels for each unique display type...  so, for starters, could we at least be able to specify max tile spaces wide for a panel?

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How to: Plex Tiles!

iam 2 months ago in Panels (dashboards) / Special Tiles updated by Jon Rohan 2 weeks ago 12

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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Sonos album art

Eric Stiens 2 years ago in Panels (dashboards) updated by Carter H 4 weeks ago 7

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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How are you adding your music players to ActionTiles?

Sidney 8 months ago in Panels (dashboards) / Special Tiles updated by Sandz 4 weeks ago 23

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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Sports scores

jpozzoli 8 months ago in Panels (dashboards) / Special Tiles updated by Bryan Mack 4 weeks ago 4

Is it possible to have a tile, or perhaps several, to show scores of certain teams (which I define) across different sports?

Answer

Hi Brian,

There no direct way to implement this functionality. However, you could create a Media Tile and link to an image that displays the score and have the image refresh periodically.

Thanks

Alex

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Only show tiles for Open windows and Doors?

Is there a way to make tiles "disappear" when they meet certain conditions?  My use case is for the alarm - I only want to see tiles for the open windows and doors so that I can see at a glance if there are issues.  Is that possible?

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Bigger time tile

SJV 1 month ago in Panels (dashboards) 0

Is it possible to have the Time/Date tiles to formatted differently? i.e bigger font for the date, bigger overall tile, reduce space between the date and the time, etc?  I don't have much on my dashboard at the moment, so my idea is to have a time/date tile to take up most of the screen space, so I could use it as a wall clock.  

Android
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Radio buttons anyone?

MaxVonEvil 1 month ago in Panels (dashboards) / Special Tiles updated by Alex (ActionTiles) (Co-Founder) 1 month ago 4

Hi, wondering if anyone else are doing something along these lines.

I have several devices for which I wish to offer a set of choices using tiles.

Example 1: Run poolpump at 1200, 2900 or 3450 rpm

Example 2: Run sprinklers for 5, 10 or 20 minutes.

Example 3: Pan outdoor camera to position 1,2,3...N

So far I've manage to McGyver this by creating tiles for virtual switches and having a CASE statement in webcore turn the others off when one is pushed, setting variable values as required (if anyone wants to know how to set it up, contact me separately):




the above all works nicely, but it's slooow. Some times it can take up to 5-8 seconds before the previous button in an emulated radio button set is released as I have to wait for webcore to flip the other switches and do it's thing.

Dear Terry/Alex. Was wondering if you had given though to if it was possible to somehow bring this capability into AT? As I'm sure you'd agree given the few examples above, the possibilities are vast and many.


I suppose that besides my webcore-frankensteining multiple tiles into one radio-button, there are other more neat and efficient ways to implement a selection GUI element (perhaps a single tile offering the equivalent of dropdown selection box?)


However I guess the real question is how to communicate said selection back to smartthings. What if it was agreed to use a custom virtual button/button panel DTH, where the button pressed was equivalent to the selection? Would that make any sense?

Even though this feature request probably would not be around the corner any time soon, I'd love to hear your initial thoughts on it

Thanks,

Max



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iFrame Tiles (web page embedding)

dennybono 3 years ago in Panels (dashboards) / Special Tiles updated by Terry (ActionTiles) (Co-Founder) 2 months ago 35

It would be nice to be able to display a small iframe "tile" on my panel. For example my access points have apis that allow me to view their status. I'd like to show that on my panel.

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Tile for Plex

MR landen 2 years ago in Panels (dashboards) / Special Tiles updated by iam 2 months ago 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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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 months 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) 2 months 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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Weather Tile That uses a forecast to output what kids should wear?

James Vondale 3 months ago in Panels (dashboards) / Special Tiles updated 3 months 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 3 months 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 3 months 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 3 months ago in Panels (dashboards) / Special Tiles updated by Alex (ActionTiles) (Co-Founder) 3 months 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.