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How are you adding your music players to ActionTiles?

Sidney 3 months ago in Panels (dashboards) / Special Tiles updated by Robpriceincali 1 day ago 15

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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Researching

Unable to Authorize new Sonos Devices to ActionTiles

There's a new issue related to Sonos that we are tracking. We got 5 reports of this bug in the last two days. This must be due to something that was changed on the SmartThings side since we didn't change anything on our end. We are trying to figure out what the problem is and find a solution.

If you are experiencing this, please add your VOTES and Follow this Topic for updates.

Thank-you,

...Alex.

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Answered: Discussion Open

Anyone able to get Nest camera working?

Jeff Terrace 3 years ago in Media Tiles / Video Camera Feeds updated by Bryan Mack 4 days ago 134

I have the nest-manager device types installed for my cameras from:

https://github.com/tonesto7/nest-manager


This lets me see an image of my cameras in the SmartThings app, but when I look in ActionTiles, it shows only two capabilities: Switch and Image Capture. I tried importing Image Capture but the tile doesn't seem to do anything.


I've also tried using the image URL approach, but this only works for a short time until my browser logs out of Nest and the URL no longer works.


The Nest thermostat integration works really well though!


Anyone have any success with the cameras?

Answer

The integration with Nest Cam was just deployed. Please give it a try.


Alex

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Discuss

Show me your Panels! - Gallery 3 (enhanced Themes)

Terry (ActionTiles) (Co-Founder) 2 months ago in Colors Icons Fonts Themes updated by Moe 4 days ago 62

Continuing from very popular first 2 Galleries of Panels:

  1. https://support.actiontiles.com/communities/12/topics/1433-show-me-your-panels-gallery-1
  2. https://support.actiontiles.com/communities/12/topics/4847-show-me-your-panels-gallery-2

Here's a place for Customers to share your 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.

More details (Release Notes) about ActionTiles v6.10.0 (enhanced Theme Builder) are at:  

https://support.actiontiles.com/communities/12/topics/7072-release-v6100-enhanced-theme-builder-backgrounds-transparency-gradients-minor-touches-fixes

The biggest changes and new Features of this Release are the enhancements made to Theme Builder (and thus, much more powerful customization of Panel Appearance). On a related note, Tiles also have new Animations and Effects options!

I've pasted a snapshot at the end of this Post showing off some of the new Theme Builder.

Be creative - Go Wild!

We have had many Customer requests to allow Panels to be more vibrant, cool, textured, and fabulous. The new options in Theme Builder make this possible. You can use Google to find "wallpaper" library websites - many of which allow hot-linking of the images as a Panel Background Image. Tweak the opacity/transparency value of the Tile Background Color (for each Tile Intention) using the Color Picker, to decide how much of the beautify background to show through. And/or you can strategically use more Blank Tiles as windows to parts of the background, such as the blossoms on a tree branch, or the moons in a fantasy solar system...

Share your Creations, please; as Comments:

Help inspire Customers to dive into the Enhanced Theme Builder. Let us know what wallpaper gallery websites you find attractive. Many of the images on such websites are completely free of restrictions for personal use.


Thousand thanks, everyone. Looking forward to seeing your Panels with just simple bits of flair as well as a few which will surely be incredible works of art. - No pressure! 😉



Please note: Per ActionTiles's Terms of Service, any or all images shared here may be used by ActionTiles for any purpose, including advertising and/or embedding in the app and/or our websites, social media, etc.. You are granting ActionTiles a perpetual royalty free unrestricted license to use the content you share in any way we see fit.


Thanks and ... have fun!

...Terry (& Alex)



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Sound an alarm for an event?

mahockey 5 days ago in Security updated by Alex (ActionTiles) (Co-Founder) 4 days ago 1

Hi,

is it possible to have Action Tiles sound and alarm for a certain event?


(e.g) a monitored Exit is open so the Action Tile could flash using the new icon features, but could it be possible to add a sound file/alarm sound too?

..and maybe when the state returns to normal (Exit is closed) for all icons and sounds return to normal?

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Solution Exists

RTSP protocol for video feeds

Justin 2 years ago in Media Tiles / Video Camera Feeds updated by Terry (ActionTiles) (Co-Founder) 5 days ago 65

Hello. I have some foscam cameras that I would like to add as media tiles. Unfortunately these two particular camera models do not support http streaming but DO support streaming with RTSP.


Do you/will you support?

Answer

Hi Will...

Despite our hopes that time alone would result in mobile browsers and cameras vendors agreeing on new standard efficient high-definition direct live streaming video formats (or at least incorporation of RTSP embedding in mobile browsers), it has not happened. We have absolutely no indication that this situation will ever change. It still could ... someday.


So the applicable work-around (that we have been recommending for years...) is to use a transcoder server somewhere on your LAN (or even on the same tablet, if the tablet has sufficient resources).

You can search our Forum (and Google) for such terms as:

  • transcoder
  • tinyCam Monitor Pro (runs on Android)
  • Blue Iris (runs on Windows)
  • VLC, motionEye, iSpy, ... and others (runs on various, Linux, MacOS, etc.).


With varying degrees of complexity and performance, the above choices (or similar) will let you live-transcode incoming streams from RTSP and other formats, some cloud cams like Nest (Blue Iris supports Nest, apparently) or Wyze Cam cloud (tinyCam Monitor Pro is the only one that is compatible with Wyze Cam cloud - and Wyze Cam RTSP is reported to not be very stable).

Transcoders then offer a web-server (http, https) address for MJPG (mjpeg) streams or JPG (jpeg) streams which are compatible with ActionTiles Media Tiles. Stability depends on the power of the transcoding server hardware, the complexity of the stream, the reliability of your network / WiFi, etc.. Transcoders can downscale and lower the frame rate to help improve reliability. Use of JPG snapshots (SMV - stop motion video) takes far fewer resources.

We reiterate that ActionTiles is meant as a highly customizable builder for web based "SmartThings view & control" Panels - not a video monitoring matrix. The tinyCam App, for example, is an excellent video camera matrix with DVR capabilities, motion detection, transcoding, etc..- functionality that is outside the scope of our mission.

Good-luck exploring transcoding. We certainly have many customers successfully using the softwares listed above.

...Terry.

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Discuss

Share your favorite Weather Media Tiles?

Den 3 years ago in Media Tiles / Weather & Traffic updated by Marcin 1 week ago 140



This national weather radar is so far my most useful Media Tile. I configured it for 3x2 tile size. Someday I intend to have a front door camera Media Tile.

Answer
  • If the image in a Post has been placed with a full URL link to the original; just right-click and choose "Copy image address."
  • There might be enough clues in the address to find the source website so you can find variations, such as local weather.
  • When posting, if you used the "<>" (HTML edit feature) to surround the URL of the image source with <pre> and </pre>, then the URL will be show in text instead of the image ... or try the "Code" Formatting option (under the paragraph symbol ¶).

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Discuss

Action Tiles, TinyCam, and Fully Browser - Dashboard Convergance

Geewiz 1 year ago in Panels (dashboards) updated by Zvika 1 week 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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Amcrest cam media tile low quality

David Benvenuto 3 weeks ago in Media Tiles / Video Camera Feeds updated by Terry (ActionTiles) (Co-Founder) 1 week ago 3

So i have successfully added one of my amcrest cams - but the quality is really bad... Any suggestions? 

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Discuss

Recommended camera for with recorded backup and motion sensing

AnimalHungry 1 week ago in Media Tiles / Video Camera Feeds updated 1 week ago 2

I currently have some Ring cameras integrated into my SmartThings network. I really like how they trigger video recording and notifications based on motion sensing, and being able to review videos from over a month ago is really great, but I’m frustrated that they don’t display on ActionTiles on my Fire 8 tablet.

I want to add some more cameras and view the feeds in ActionTiles, but need the motion sensing recording and alert functionality of the Ring cameras. Can anyone recommend what I should use to get this working with Action Tiles please. If need be I can install separate motion sensors and have SmartThings trigger the camera to record based off of the motion sensors, but it’d obviously be nicer to have motion sensing built into the cameras. 

Cheers

Simon 

iOS Fire
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Discuss

Synology Surveillance Station

Justin 2 years ago in Media Tiles / Video Camera Feeds updated by Tomas Piktuzas 1 week ago 8

Hello! First off great app, it's really speedy and I love the setup capability.


Question about video feeds. I live in a world where I have two types of FOSCAM cameras for my house. A C1 for inside and a FI9803 outside. These cameras do not support http streaming via url.


Originally they were not bought for http streaming but rather a tight integration into my synology surveillance station for surveillance DVR etc...


Synology provides a few ways to access a live video feed but I will focus on two:


1. https://[external ip address]:5001/webapi/SurveillanceStation/streaming.cgi?api=SYNO.SurveillanceStation.Streaming&method=LiveStream&version=2&_sid=cVlEBPLYbJaOI1470MGN778701&cameraId=18


This is the url to view a live feed via https. Running this in a browser, however, does not seem to work. Running it in ST does.


2. You can also connect via RSTP.


My question is whether any other users attempted a connection this way as opposed to going directly into the camera?

Mac
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Discuss & Vote

Stock Ticker Tile

Corey 2 years ago in Things & Capabilities / RSS & Feeds updated by Kamel Reddad 2 weeks ago 12

While I realize that this may veer slightly off of the smart home control aspect of Action Tiles, I was wondering if it would be possible to create a stock ticker tile to compliment your other Clock, Weather, Weather Forecast, Calendar, and RSS News Feed tiles?  I use my tablets for both smart home control as well as a "one stop shop" for information and it would be nice to have a tile where you could display the current prices of certain stocks, funds, etc., and have the tile scroll through them (realizing that it would/could not be real time information).

I assume this would be low priority compared to all the other activities you have going on, but am curious whether there are others who are interested in a stock ticker tile as well.  Thanks.

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Discuss & Vote

Add Today's Calendar Events to Tile

Angie G 3 years ago in Panels (dashboards) updated by Stuart Salmon 2 weeks 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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Read & Discuss

RELEASE v6.10.0: Enhanced Theme Builder: backgrounds, transparency, gradients! + Minor touches / fixes

Terry (ActionTiles) (Co-Founder) 1 month ago in Announcements / Release Notes updated 2 weeks ago 17

Major Release

Deployed August 15, 2019 - 1000h Pacific Time


Make your Panels prettier using the enhanced Theme Builder!

Visit the My Themes page to Build (+) a new Theme from scratch or a copy of an existing Theme; or to come back and edit your Themes.


Changes (may be updated):

  • Theme Builder:
    • Color Picker now is a an RGB color wheel with hue and transparency/opacity adjustment.
    • Transparency / Opacity for Tile backgrounds and content.
    • Gradients for Panel background and Tile background.
    • Blur and Opacity options for Panel background image (wallpaper) and Tile background images.
    • Background (wallpaper) images. Choose from a selection of included stock images or use a URL to an image (such as from a wallpaper or photo gallery site).
    • Tile background image.
    • Tile border color and width.

  • Panel and Tile backgrounds have 3 layers: color, image and gradient.
    Each layer is configured independently and each preference is optional.
    • Panel color (optional), defaults to black.
    • Panel background image (optional) can be selected from the provided gallery of stock images, loaded from URL or custom CSS property. This layer has preferences for image blur filter and opacity.
    • Panel gradient (optional) is applied on top of background image. It can be a selected from one of the preset values or loaded from a custom CSS property.
    • Tile backgrounds work the same way as Panel backgrounds.

  • New per Tile Styles (in Panel Builder / Tile Settings for each Tile):
    • Icon Animations: breathe, blink, bounce, nudge, pulse, shake, spin, spin fast, vibrate.
    • Icon Effects: glow, fade (fade is the default for the Normal Intention in all Themes).
  • Clock Tile: Option to hide AM/PM indicator.
  • Media Tile implementation change. Should help if media streams are unstable or freeze when zooming.
  • PIN Code can be entered using keyboard keys.
  • Smart Home Monitor (Classic) and Garage Door Tile: Added the option to select custom icons and Tile Intents.
  • Some Thermostat Tile changes (more coming).
  • Consolidated Panel Preferences and Tile Preferences pages.



We will update various open "Bug & Idea Topics" soon if their status has been affected.

Over time, we will post "Tips" in our Knowledge Base, Forum, and Social Media.

Enjoy!
...Terry & Alex.

Answer

Ooo... I forgot to link this new Gallery Topic!

Yes - Please share your Panel designs & Themes to the post linked below:


https://support.actiontiles.com/communities/12/topics/7023-show-me-your-panels-gallery-3-enhanced-themes

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Fix in Progress

Media Tiles do not zoom Full Screen on some screen sizes or browsers (as of v6.10.0)

Terry (ActionTiles) (Co-Founder) 4 weeks ago in Media Tiles updated by Alex (ActionTiles) (Co-Founder) 2 weeks ago 1

Prior to v6.10.0, Media Tiles would zoom to somewhat fill the window (the screen), but now may only zoom a smaller extent and leave substantial margins / blank padding - depending on the screen or window size.

This behavior has been confirmed and is bug/side-effect of performance optimizations made to Media Tiles as a part of Release v6.10.0.  We are researching to determine the root cause and possible solutions.

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Fixed

"Error: device does not support command on" - KASA TP-Link, Sensibo AC, and other WiFi Cloud-to-Cloud devices

Terry (ActionTiles) (Co-Founder) 1 month ago in Things & Capabilities updated 2 weeks ago 16

We are aware of this issue and are continuing to investigate. We are fairly certain of the root cause.

The bug impacts a variety of brands and device types; most or all of them have only recently been added to SmartThings's list of compatible devices. A common factor: They are WiFi based, and use Cloud-to-Cloud (C2C) communication to receive commands and send events between the SmartThings Cloud and the Vendor's Cloud.

Some specific known devices with the issue:

  • KASA TP-Link (HS103, HS105, ...)
  • Sensibo AC
  • certain televisions
  • Yeelight RGB strips
  • ...

We have determined that the likely root cause is that SmartThings made an undocumented & unannounced change to their Device Type Handler standards. It's not uncommon for them to make unannounced platform changes; but we will work with them to resolve the issues. They have explained the changes to us.

These newly compatible devices are not returning expected data to ActionTiles. We will request that they publish an updated version of our "ActionTiles V6 (Connect)" SmartApp with new data expectations and related exception handling, after we verify the fixes in our test environments.


If you are experiencing this error, please add Votes. If it is for a device not listed above, please add a Comment with the exact manufacturer / model information. Vote count will help us determine the urgency.

We have no ETA for resolution at this time, but please "follow" this post for progress updates.

Thank-you,

...Terry.

Answer

Fixed with the assistance of SmartThings; deployed to Production on Sept 3, 2019.

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mjpeg video laggy from Foscam with tinyCam

Zvika 4 months ago in Media Tiles / Video Camera Feeds updated by Terry (ActionTiles) (Co-Founder) 2 weeks ago 3

Here is my situation :
I have Fosacm fi9821W that support mjpeg stream, I use tiny cam pro as my center place for all my cameras (currently only one though but going to add 3 more).
I created 2 media shortcuts on AT 
direct link to foscam mjpeg stream (http://10.XX.XX.XX:88/cgi-bin/CGIStream.cgi?cmd=GetMJStream&usr=XXX&pwd=XXX)

link to tiny cam pro that shows the foscam camera .(http://10.XX.XX.XX:8083/axis-cgi/mjpg/video.cgi?camera=1&user=XXX&pwd=XXX)

The video from the link to tiny cam is laggy while the direct link is good .

When seeing the stream in tiny cam app there is no lag and I get great video.

Not sure how to debug this and what can cause this laggy video.

Any Ideas ?

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Confirmed Bug

Arrange Tiles mode scrolls on iOS 11+

Colton 1 year ago in Browsers Tablets Phones / Apple updated by Nick Ferreri 2 weeks ago 7

When I add a thing and then adjust its position, the list jumps around not permitting me to move the thing upward in the list. Using iOS on an iPad. 

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Maximize Media Tile upon Camera Motion Detection

elmo44 3 months ago in Media Tiles / Video Camera Feeds updated by Terry (ActionTiles) (Co-Founder) 2 weeks ago 3

Hi all,

I was wondering if anybody has idea how ti implement the following functionality. I have 2 cameras on my one of my panels. They are refreshing every 0.5 second and when I tap on any of them the screen maximizes to full screen. When I tap it again, it goes back to the normal panel view with other items. These two cameras have motion detection built in and I would love to implement this. When the camera detects the motion automatically go to full screen for say 10-15 seconds and then go back to the normal panel view.

I am using Fire TV HD with Fully Kiosk browser.

Fire
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Discuss

Still Image Media Tile from Arlo Camera?

Ken Washington 2 years ago in Media Tiles / Video Camera Feeds updated by Terry (ActionTiles) (Co-Founder) 2 weeks ago 22

Is there any way known to extract a still image to use in a media tile from Arlo? For my DLink cameras I FTP them to my online web space which works great, but I can't find any similar function in the Arlo app.