Simple Manual Scenes
##What is this and why would I use it?##
Creating scenes without a lot of custom code seems to be a giant hole in the SmartThings ecosystem. There are phrases which are suppose to act as scenes, and they work ok, unless you want to have devices do different things (or use color bulbs!!). There are multiple scene apps that have been put out already, this isn’t the first, but they all try to do so much (capture state, restore, etc) and only work with varying degrees of success.
This app allows you to create a scene, add devices to it, set the settings for those devices (as granular as you’d like), and then run that scene with a “switch”. There is no on/off, the switch acts more like a button. When you press it, the devices turn to what settings you requested. It’s a virtual switch instead of a virtual button so that it can be used with other apps like scenes and minimotes. This app is designed to work in tandem with phrases, not replace them.
##Current App features##
The app currently only supports controlling switches, but is modular and can easily have other device types added. What other devices would benefit being in this app that isn’t already handled by Phrases?
It will dynamically display options for the switches based on what the device type(s) select indicate. So if you select all color bulbs in a device group, you will have the option to specify the hue and saturation.
This app has a Device Type and a Smart App. Download them from the links below and follow the instructions in section two of this post.
I try to uninstall but I get an error! Why can’t I uninstall your app?
This is due to how SmartThings handles virtual switches created by SmartApps. It is likely one or more of the switches created by this app are being used by another SmartApp. Remove the switch from all other apps and Simple Manual Scenes should uninstall fine.
I deleted a scene or set a scene to inactive but the switch is still there for it, why isn’t it being removed?
This means that another SmartApp is set to use that switch which is preventing it from being removed. Remove the switch from all other apps and next time you change any settings it will be removed.
- V1.1 - Created a fix so the app would actually work with phrases and added support for Color Temperature.
- V1.0 - Initial Release