I have to say you really don’t know what you are talking about and are out of your depth here.
As for the community developers that have spent their own sweat, tears, time and money to develop and publish SmartApps for the community and not charge, that’s absolutely a great thing for all of us ST customers and community members. Most of them produced things to serve their own personal needs and then shared with others, and then some, well they took on a challenge to see that it could be done and also gave that to everyone else to use.
Do you have any idea on the number of hours alone that it takes to conceptualize, architect and document a full blown schematic of an application from the ground up? That doesn’t include the development time. You think it’s done in a week? Maybe some of these SmartApps and Device Handlers can be done in a short time frame. But with different technology comes different costs and time involved.
For some it may be a hobby that they enjoy and willfully do it for free. Others, it’s a way of life and they are going to profit or get paid whether hourly or at a product charge. People have businesses or jobs and most do this in their spare time, but to take something like this on, it takes a team of people, money to pay them, and time to do it if they are going to give up their daily job to take it on.
With all due respect, you have no clue what you are saying.
You keep saying how simple and small it is. You make me laugh. Why don’t you become a software developer and see how small and simple it is to accomplish what you want in your leisure “spare time”? It’s easier said than done.
Would I like to see a product with a cross between House Panel and some Floorplan layout with a beautiful dynamically changing UI combined with the same accessibility and ease of setup as ActionTiles, absolutely! But the foundation that ActionTiles is built on, throwing some dynamic accessible change “small item lol” and it just works is not how things work.
Something of this magnitude would require a brand new product being built and I’m sorry guy, that takes Resources-Time-Costs. So unless you are willing to build this yourself for free or find someone else that is going to do it for you in their spare time for nothing, don’t sit here and talk about how little time it would take or how small you think it is.
Keeping it real!