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How are you adding your music players to ActionTiles?

Sidney 1 month ago in Panels (dashboards) / Special Tiles • updated 12 hours ago 13

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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Pictures/Images as Tile Backgrounds

psyctto 2 years ago in Colors Icons Fonts Themes • updated by gsgentry 1 day ago 9

Searching around the internet for a more eye pleasing interface to SmartThings, I came across SmartTiles and further a custom dashboard created a few years ago. https://community.smartthings.com/t/my-custom-smarttiles-dashboard/48592

Looks like a nice feature that could add a nice look and feel to the project.  Usability would also improve greatly with nontechy folks that like eye candy and don't want the regular tiles approach.  I know this was previously done in the CSS, which is now gone, but an option to do so again would be great.

See Also:  https://support.actiontiles.com/communities/12/topics/1820-custom-icon-image-or-media-tile-as-thing-tile

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Weather alerts

warpkk 6 months ago in Panels (dashboards) / Notifications & Sound • updated by Sidney 5 days ago 4

Anyone know a good app for fire tablets that can play an alarm or other notification sound when there are weather alerts?

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Gradient Color Tiles and Background

Matthias Ertl 9 months ago in Colors Icons Fonts Themes • updated by Tomas Smedberg 5 days ago 2

Hi Guys,

i would love to have the possibility to use Gradient Color on Tiles and / or Background.

see this as a feature request.

thanks

Matthias

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Routines

brendanwheatley 10 months ago • updated by Terry (ActionTiles) (Co-Founder) 6 days ago 6

I'm new to smart things and now action tiles. I'm having trouble understanding routines. I have selected a routine to create a tile, but I can't make it do anything. I've looked over this forum and can't find anything that talks about what they are in depth. I thought they might allow me to automate things. It looks like there is an area when building tiles to select from different ones, but it is empty. Any help would be huge. Thanks

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Still Image Media Tile from Arlo Camera?

Ken Washington 2 years ago in Media Tiles / Video Camera Feeds • updated by JackQ 1 week ago 15

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.

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Netatmo: No Thermostat Tile option

Kevin Spencer 2 months ago in Things & Capabilities • updated by Onlyhappytohelp@icloud.com 2 weeks ago 4

Hi all,I'm new to actiontiles and I'm trying to get the control of my thermostat working. 

My panel shows the current temperature of the thermostat but doesn't give me the option to change the temperrature.

I have full control in smarthings but when I first setup actiontiles and I sync with smarthings and imported my devices it wasn't in the list  

Can someone advise what may be the problem?

Cheers, Kevin.

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Ring Pro (doorbell camera)

dennybono 2 years ago in Media Tiles / Video Camera Feeds • updated by Terry (ActionTiles) (Co-Founder) 2 weeks ago 28

Im looking into getting a Ring Pro doorbell but would I be able to add the live feed into action tiles?


Thanks!

Denny

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Unfortunately, to the best of my knowledge, the Ring Pro uses a closed video feed locked to their cloud, and thus it cannot be accessed by ActionTiles.


Here's a reddit that discusses the issue:

But more up to date; SmartThings Community Topic:

We recommend that customers encourage their camera providers to provide video feeds in standard LAN (local area network) accessible formats.

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Fetch Weather and Crop Images: Script & Instructions

Thyamine 2 months ago in Media Tiles / Weather & Traffic • updated by Terry (ActionTiles) (Co-Founder) 2 weeks ago 0

For anyone else who is interested, I also wanted to have weather displayed on my screen. Thanks to others on this site, I found that the local news station did have static URLs for the daily/local weather, so I could just add those to a media tile, and it worked fine.

However, the images had a lot of unused space, and on the tablet was hard to see. I also then found I didn't want a lot of the extra data, and decided to poke around. I ended up writing a script that copies the images down locally, then crops the images, and for one of them combines two images into a single image.

It's more complex than some people may want, but for those of you who like to tinker and hack at what we can do, you will probably appreciate it.

The general explanation is here: https://www.sleepyweim.com/2019/05/21/actiontiles-show-local-weather/

and if you want the script straight out, you can get it here: https://www.sleepyweim.com/2019/06/01/python-fetch-weather-for-actiontiles/

Enjoy!

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RPi Camera Feed via Web Interface?

AndyJ 3 months ago in Media Tiles / Video Camera Feeds • updated by Robb 2 weeks ago 2

I use RPi Cam Web Interface on a Raspberry Pi for a security camera and I'm trying to get that working in AT.  Details here:

https://elinux.org/RPi-Cam-Web-Interface

in my browser, "basic" feed will be something like:

 

http://192.168.123.456:1234/cam/min.php

But I can't get this to work in AT.  Any help would be gratefully received.

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shm alerts

I've read where AT can't reset SHM alerts but are they working on that or is there any kind of work around? I still use a Windows Phone (because I love it and I'm stubborn) and I have NO WAY to reset SHM alerts if I enable security!! 

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Smartthings Cam

duckdive117 - 2 weeks ago • updated by Terry (ActionTiles) (Co-Founder) 2 weeks ago 1

I know they are new but I was wondering if there is a way add the video feed from the new Smartthing Cam to action tiles?

Thanks!

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Swann NVR camera feeds using VLC to transcode.

edmond 3 weeks ago in Media Tiles / Video Camera Feeds • updated by Terry (ActionTiles) (Co-Founder) 3 weeks ago 3

i have a swann nvr8000 with 4 4k cameras and 2 4mp ptz's running on onvif on the nvr, 6 channels in all. im using vlc to transcode the 6 rstp channels from the nvr into an http mjpeg feed, ive added the transcoded feeds to my media in actiontiles, but im only able to see the feeds in windows running firefox, no other browser and os seems to pull up the feeds on the tiles, which is a real bummer because i had a fire hd10 ready to wall mount, now it looks like i need to go with a windows based wall tablet. ive read through a bunch of posts regarding the user:pass part of the rstp url causing problems with various browsers, but does that still apply if im letting vlc handle the rstp url and im using the http that vlc spits out. if anyone has any suggestions or troubleshooting ideas, id love to sort it out.

here are some technical details for anyone interested in the nvr configuration

swann nvr8000 rstp format is rtsp://192.168.1.199:1085/Streaming/Channels/102 (change ip and port to match yours.102 is channel 1 (02) substream 101 for channel 1 (01) mainstream. 201, 202 and so forth.

the code to transcode in vlc commad promp is below (replace bold sections with your details)

vlc.exe -R rtsp://user:pass@192.168.1.199:1085/Streaming/Channels/102 --sout "#transcode{vcodec=mjpg,vb=2500,scale=1.0,fps=10,acodec=none}:standard{access=http{mime=multipart/x-mixed-replace; boundary=7b3cc56e5f51db803f790dad720ed50a},mux=mpjpeg,dst=:8888/videostream.cgi}

the resulting http that vlc generates is http:// ip adress of device running vlc:8888/videostream.cgi

so mine was http://192.168.1.164:8888/videostream.cgi this is the url i input in my media for the tile

bonus points if you forward port 8888 and then use your ddns service if you want to use out of local network, i use dyndns and works great

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Show me your Panels! - Gallery 2

Terry (ActionTiles) (Co-Founder) 9 months ago in Panels (dashboards) • updated by KamHouse 3 weeks ago 107

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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WhatsApp shortcut on Android?

Brandon Pines 1 month ago in Browsers Tablets Phones / Android • updated 4 weeks ago 2

Is there a way to launch a shortcut to a contact in WhatsApp in AT? The idea would be an easy way for someone to press the shortcut and it would launch WhatsApp into the specific contact 

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Run webCoRE pistons from ActionTiles

Essavant 2 years ago in Things & Capabilities / CoRE and webCoRE • updated by Puskaitis 4 weeks ago 27

Is there planned support for WebCore? I'd like to remove all my SmartThings Automations Routines and replace with WebCore automations - and I would, except I would lose the ability to use them as Routine Tile(s) in ActionTiles Panels.

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That makes more sense... ☺️ It didn't occur to me that webCoRE Pistons are used as form of "super Routine".


Not currently in our immediate plans...

  • webCoRE users are a relatively small bunch of customers (though growing...).
  • There's a pretty easy (?) available workaround for power-users: Create Virtual Momentary Buttons or some other triggers for your Piston.


But we'll leave this Topic open to collect  Votes  and discussion. Don't forget to Vote on your own Topic... Thanks!!!

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Maximize Media Tile upon Camera Motion Detection

elmo44 1 month ago in Media Tiles / Video Camera Feeds • updated by Terry (ActionTiles) (Co-Founder) 1 month ago 1

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.

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Which Android tablets people recommend for price and functionality?

Josh Fink 2 years ago in Browsers Tablets Phones / Android • updated by its2loud 1 month ago 42

I'm not necessarily looking for the cheapest tablet but one that works well and is configurable. Preferably one I can root but if it's not needed then all the better.


I think I have a relatively straightforward use case.

  • I want to mount a couple around the house and have 1 or 2 in bedrooms.
  • I would like the screen to go as dim as possible until it senses motion or it's picked up.
  • Obviously needs to run AT and I would prefer it to boot directly into it if possible.

My goal is to make it as easy as possible for someone to pick up and use or go to the wall and use. If for some reason it needs to be rebooted or updated and it's turned back on that it goes directly into AT so that I then don't need to provide tech support.


Thanks

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"Smart Locks" tile?

Gib 1 month ago in Panels (dashboards) / Special Tiles • updated by Terry (ActionTiles) (Co-Founder) 1 month ago 3

I've searched for any previous posts about this, but maybe I'm the first to ask about it. I find that hard to believe. 

We've got the ability to have the SHM tile, which seems to work well. Within the SmartThings app, SHM lives in a card on my dashboard called "Home Solutions". The other thing that lives in that card is "Smart Locks". 

"Smart Locks" is actually really useful..... So, why can't I have a tile for "Smart Locks" in AT like I have for SHM?  I just want a single tile that shows if all doors are locked or displays how many are unlocked. If I click it, it should either take me to another panel or perhaps a pop up like the pin pad that lists all of my locks (preferably with a button at the top that I can click to lock all), or check each individual lock on that panel to either lock or unlock separately. 

Is Samsung just not allowing access to that function?

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Share your favorite Weather Media Tiles?

Den 2 years ago in Media Tiles / Weather & Traffic • updated by Bob Brown III 1 month ago 136



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.

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  • 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 ¶).