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Continuing from very popular first 2 Galleries of Panels:
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.
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)
Please add a Tile(s) that can control Plex.
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.
I found a new resource that could come in handy for AT. It's a weather widget that can generate an image, rather than just html. Its fully customization, and may work for other tile sizes. I just started screwing around with it. check it out:
The source can be found here - https://www.theweather.com/widget/
I have my main panel for SHM. I have a virtual switch tile to arm my alarm with a delay through CoRE and the pin protected SHM tile to disarm and a panel shortcut tile to all my devices. I also disabled the Panel Options on this panel with the thought of having this panel as a "kiosk". Are there any plans to pin protect the panel shortcuts also so no one can access my devices or panel options by going into that panel?
I would love to be able to set a password on short cuts rather then doing each individual tile. (Eg. All the security objects on tile then have a shortcut on the main tile with a lock on it to the security tile.
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!
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.
Anyone in here uses a PTZ cam that is 4K in resolution and works with AT and Blue Iris?
Currently I have a wyze cam, but I think I need something better.
So I also have this issue where the camera feeds freeze.. will reducing the frame rate in BI help?
Whats the ideal frame rate for the feeds not to freeze. I am using the latest gen FireTAB's 10".
Does it also mean, if i reduce the frame rate, it will depricate the frame rates while recording the video to the DVR? is there a way to just decrease the frame rate for streaming, but True frame rate while storing the feeds?
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.
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.
Can you make the Mode and Routines Pop-up Screen font Larger or Customizable (preferred)?
A month ago, my 2 Blackberry playbook tablets stop presenting (having access) to the actiontiles app. At the beginning I thought that the problem is related to the old units (wifi issue), but only today when I had the time to look at it, I have found that the WiFi is OK and I can browse other sites, including www.actiontiles.com.
I have checked it on a few browsers - but w/o any success.
1. Was there any security update (around a month + ago), that preventing from the Blackberry playbook tablet to connect to the app ? (Knowing that this tablet is working on an old OS - I think it is equal to Android 2.5) .
2. Is their anyway I can still use them with your app ? any recommendations ?
I have configured BI on a dedicated PC, and have setup a few camera feeds. I am able to view these feeds on Chrome and Safari browser.. but on my AT using Fully Kiosk I am not able to view it.
Here are my web sever settings.
Here's my action tiles feed
As you can see i can see the camera feed, but this is in chrome browser.. but it wont show up on fully kiosk. What am i doing wrong.
Ok, so I have been able to figure out this issue.
I have Blue Iris installed in a Windows 10 based Virtual Machine in Vmware in my beefy home lab. The vm is on Admin Vlan, the FireTabs I have around the home are on a different IoT Vlan that does not have access to the Admin Vlan. hence I am not able to view the feeds on the firetabs. I have moved the Blue Iris VM to the IoT vlan in the VMware and now it shows up just fine.
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).
Final update if anyone cares.
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.
Since the rtsp support seems to be on hold for now I had to return the second camera I ordered on Amazon. But I managed to make one of my old camera work.
PLEASE list the exact brand for your camera here if you can confirm it works for you. This will help others with the new purchases.
Please list the http mask (URL format) you used.
Amazon purchase link also very much appreciated.
Feel free to add sreenshots to your camera tile too.
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.
- 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).
I have noticed that any Hue lamps, etc., and other Sensors, etc., that are unavailable due to no power or connectivity issues are displayed with "normal" or "active" status in ActionTiles.
In the case of Hue, the Hue and SmartThings apps show them as "unavailable" or "OFFLINE"
This value seems to come from the "status" Attribute generated when Device Health is enabled.
I'm not sure if we should share them as files or as text within the post.
In the interest of making it obvious what's in the bundle of text right off that bat, I'm posting the full text of the themes in the post. Please let me/us know if we should do it the other way.
I call this one "Mint Chocolate"...
I call this one "Chocolate Cherry", and use it as a night theme...
Note: On both of these, since I haven't actually thought about it much yet, I consider the settings for 'Warn Tile Intent' unfinished, and not a fit with the rest of my themes.
Hi, love the big new icon packs, however there's a few specific icons I'd like to see added at some point. Those of us who's gone nuts automating everything but the kitchen sink (still thinking about that), could use some specific icons for the following
- pump (currently only a gas station pump icon is available)
- flow meter
- water softener
- other applicable items (I'm sure there are other ideas out there
The currently icon library is not infinite but includes 3000 icons, which we hope covers a lot of basis - especially if folks are a little creative and use icons that may resemble the intended device, but have a different name (e.g., a "shower head" icon happens to look a lot like a "range hood light").
There is definitely a Valve ("water-tap"):
Perhaps readers of this post can suggest other existing icons for the ones you are seeking.
I thought I'd post this to help others. I figured out a way to display the travel time for my wife's commute to work. See the pink tile in the screenshot below...
I used a Google Maps Distance Matrix API call and displayed the result in a Shields.IO badge. (Check out http://shields.io) Then I added the whole darn deal to the My Media section in Action Tiles.
Here's the link I used, broken into pieces...
Badge Options (no label, pink color, time query, badge style): ?label= &colorA=ff69b4&colorB=ff69b4&prefix=&suffix=&query=$..duration_in_traffic.text&style=flat-square
Google Maps API call: &uri=https%3A%2F%2Fmaps.googleapis.com%2Fmaps%2Fapi%2Fdistancematrix%2Fjson%3Funits%3Dimperial%26departure_time%3Dnow%26origins%3D[origin address]%26destinations%3D[your destination address]%26key%3D[your API key]
You'll have to generate and use a Google API key and the URI has to be encoded with all those silly % escape codes. The Dynamic Generator at the bottom of the Shields.io page will help you out with the pieces. It was a bit of trial and error. Here's what it looks like all put together in the My Media image URL field...
https://img.shields.io/badge/dynamic/json.svg?label= &colorA=ff69b4&colorB=ff69b4&prefix=&suffix=&query=$..duration_in_traffic.text&style=flat-square&uri=https%3A%2F%2Fmaps.googleapis.com%2Fmaps%2Fapi%2Fdistancematrix%2Fjson%3Funits%3Dimperial%26departure_time%3Dnow%26origins%3D[your origin address]%26destinations%3D[your destination address]%26key%3D[your API key]
As everything seems to be, it's a little bit of a hack (text not centered), and the image and text proportion is stretched/crunched from the original (just like weather maps, camera images, etc.) but it seems to be working pretty well. One of the cool things is that it's actually an SVG, so no quality is lost if you make the tile bigger or look at it in a full-screen view.
Hope this helps!
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