I just wanted to share my project for any other SmartThings users out there who are in the same boat as me. Before ActionTiles launched, I was SUPER excited to see what SmartTiles V6 was going to be, only to be… disappointed.
Let me say that I have nothing but respect for the ActionTiles guys (although I have reason to suspect @625Alex might be a fan of those dirty Oilers…). However, one of the best parts of SmartTiles, for me at least, was messing with the CSS and customizing my dashboard. In fact, messing with code and custom DTH’s etc. is one of the best parts of SmartThings as a whole. Even when we could tweak the CSS of SmartTiles, I built it into a frame of news headlines, music and apps, hence keeping the theme consistent from SmartTiles.
I get that the “ready-made” dashboard is probably what most of their customers are looking for, but after losing a bunch of customization, I personally had to look for something else. With that said, if you are looking for something ready-made, ActionTiles is definitely the way to go; I bought a license for my parents’ place and they love it.
So, all of this is to say that, if you’re like me and want a dashboard that’s customized to exactly what you’re looking for, all you need is Tasker, SharpTools and a few AutoTools plugins.
Some of the main things that I wanted were the ability to combine tiles (ie: status, battery level, temperature), the ability to open apps directly (like calendar, browser, google keep etc.), the ability to control music (plays from Google Play Music through bluetooth speaker) a news ticker (shows local headlines that change every 15 seconds), a better weather tile (among other things, has high and low temp for the day) and, my favorite, the score in the bluejays game (pulls data from ESPN every morning with game time and pitchers, then scores every 10 minutes during the game).
Tapping the weather tile takes you to a 1-day and 3-day forecast.
Tapping the “more” icon on the thermostat lets you adjust the mode and temperature (in half-degree increments), and the 1X1 tile on the dashboard reacts to show the selected mode.
Tapping on the “more” icon for the two presence indicators lets you set custom greetings that play through the bluetooth speaker when either of us uses our door codes.
Again, I’m sharing all this for anyone who feels the current options for dashboards just aren’t quite what you’d hoped. Pretty much anything can be done with Tasker and SharpTools, you just have to put in the effort and make it yourself! If you’ve done something similar or have some suggestions for improvement, let me know!
EDIT: a typo, and apparently it’s rude to mention someone without actually tagging them? Sorry!