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SmartTiles Dashboard v5.6.1: New features (SHM), Bug Fixes, Diagnostics - Dec 11, 2015

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(Matt) #10

Anyone who uses this dashboard as part of their setup should consider a donation equal to the amount you generally spend on a new device. This is especially true for those who rely on SmartTiles as part of their setup. If it wasn’t for developers like this SmartThings would not be near as flexible or as cool as it is today.

Really any developer that you use their works you should consider donating to. Think of it like this. Most of us spend hundreds and many thousands of dollars on our builds. You won’t find anyplace that you can go and grab free hardware and no vendor provides try it and donate if you want. Additionally, most developers have full time other jobs, this means when they are working on code, it’s in their personal time.

Lastly, when was the last time you got something for free and then got free support, free updates, free enhancement and free bug fixes?


(Michael Stroh) #11

I encourage you, and anyone who hasn’t already done so, to make a donation. The link is right here: Donate :slight_smile:

@625alex does a great deal to make up for some of SmartThings lower priority deficiencies and appears to devote a LOT of time and attention to putting out and maintaining a high quality product.


#12

Great work!!! I was waiting for the Smart Home integration.


(Mark Whipp) #13

@mattjfrank @Stroh thanks for reminding everyone to support all of their favorite developers, as I do. Most code in this community is shared as freeware developed out of their own needs. Contributions (money) keep the devs encouraged to continue to support and expand functionality for users who don’t code or don’t have the time, don’t be a leech.

It seems my tongue in cheek comment was misunderstood since your replies were directed to me. It was meant to poke Samsung to value this fine community of developers they have! Without them ST would not serve the needs of most people and they would have nothing. Heck, I can not even schedule my thermostat without community code (yes, I paid for it). What would they do if everyone pulled their code and went somewhere else? Hubs are cheap!

ST help could come in many ways, such as better communications, advanced release notes, stability and all the other stuff people are griping about.

Again, thank you @tgauchat @625alex and any others involved for doing something that ST could not do, giving easy cross platform browser control to PCs, tablets and other connected devices! I’m sure this has made peace in many family households.


#14

Thank you so much for this incredible project!

Sorry to ask this here, but I couldn’t find an answer elsewhere: Is there any way to resize individual tiles?


(ActionTiles.com co-founder Terry @ActionTiles; GitHub: @cosmicpuppy) #15

Currently not. Everything is build on a square grid system, so only a few special Tiles have individual size configuration (clock, video), just a multiple of the grid size.

There are some folks very clever with the add-on CSS option; I don’t even pretend to know what may or may not be possible in that regard as a interim solution. I don’t think I’ve seen anyone attempt to resize individual Tiles with CSS alone; but check out the Topic, post, and maybe see if there are ideas… Dashboard Theming (Custom CSS) and Mounting Hardware Ideas


#16

Thanks so much for the quick response, I’ll check that out! I know it was possible using dashing, but that was pretty far over my head.


(David) #17

Just wanted to drop in and say thanks for the app. I hope my humble donation keeps you guys going.


(Never Trust @bamarayne) #19

Strange. There are community contributors that SELL their code outright.

Donations not okay, selling okay? Guess I don’t know all the policies.


(ActionTiles.com co-founder Terry @ActionTiles; GitHub: @cosmicpuppy) #20

There aren’t any official policies yet … we’re talking about it. The Community is largely self-monitored (not to discount the work that Tim, etc., do here!); but that means anyone can flag a post as abusive or spam, etc… So I don’t know if there’s been a run of flags for any particular reason or if I’ve crossed the invisible line.

I completely empathize that we don’t want to have the Forum become too commercial, and certainly not “spammed”; but SmartTiles has no other options for exposure besides here and word-of-mouth (and a few social media followers). So I can’t afford to err on the side of shyness.

Someday when there’s a “paid Marketplace”, then I presume there will be reciprocal advertising and promotional agreements in place. That’s where we know several Community developed SmartApps and Device Type Handlers belong. Yet … can’t hold breath.

I definitely don’t hold anything against the “sellers”; we currently consider SmartTiles to be an extended “proof of concept” until some point in the future when we will extensively test and release a product of “commercial quality”. Just today, someone asked how best to promote SmartApps for sale … truth is, we don’t know; … the most obvious answer is via the SmartApp Marketplace (?) and via a reasonable number of Topics and “in-context” posts, I guess.

We’re finding that SmartTiles is receiving about the “industry standard average” amount of donations. I’m not disappointed; though I lean towards emphasizing that we are in the age of crowdfunding, and that sets up a whole new set of expectations and … rules? SmartThings, itself, is the result of successful crowdfunding. So I presume they remember those humble roots.

We’ll figure it out… :confused: :neutral_face:


Back to our regularly scheduled programming…


(Brian Diehl) #21

Just as long as “Reciprocal advertising” doesn’t mean when I click on a video feed in SmartTiles, I end up seeing a SmartThings (or Samsung) commercial.


(Kmugh) #22

Not sure if this has been requested - can you automatically include a link to all installed dashboards on each dashboard? Currently, it seems that one has to manually copy the child dashboard url and add links to all the child dashboards.


(Alex) #23

I’m not sure if it’s possible, but certainly an interesting request!


(Patrick Musselman) #24

Great product! Question and it is not totally related to SmartTiles. I have a link in SmartTiles to my Roomie Remote (now Simple Controls) that is roomie//: as the address that always me to launch Roomie Remote from SmartTiles. Are there other shortcuts like this for iOS and Android that anyone is aware of that can be used to launch apps from within SmartTiles? Thanks!


(Alex) #25

I’m happy that SmartThings wants us to stop accepting donations. This can only mean that they are about to add us the the payroll! :stuck_out_tongue_winking_eye:

About 10% of estimated SmartTiles users donate for the cause. Neither of the donors is affiliated with SmartThings, who has no problem using SmartTiles in promotional materials or recommending it to the clients.

The donations help to pay for hardware (I used the first $200 to buy a connected thermostat to test the integration), hosting and upcoming expenses for services that we require in order to supplement the lacking ST infrastructure. In addition for the thousand+ men hours invested in this project (despite all common sense and logic), these out of pocket expenses do pile up over the year.

So thank you, the generous SmartTiles users, for your continual support!


(Mike) #26

I came across this cool Alexa browser integration. It would be cool to be able to add this as a tile in SmartTiles. It would be limited to WebRTC-complaint browsers only but that should cover Android tablets, which I assume are a large percentage of where SmartTiles is used.

http://sammachin.com/hacks-and-projects/alexa-in-the-browser/


(ActionTiles.com co-founder Terry @ActionTiles; GitHub: @cosmicpuppy) #27

I’ve not been able to get it to work on my Nexus 9…


(John) #28

I’m new to SmartThings but I installed SmartTiles and think its very nice. I’m wondering if there is any quick way from within the app to get to the SmartTiles dashboard (without going out to a browser).


(ActionTiles.com co-founder Terry @ActionTiles; GitHub: @cosmicpuppy) #29

There’s a way, but no “quick way”. You can go into the SmartApp Configuration pages, open the Child Dashboard and “View Dashboard”… But that’s a lot of clicks.

Future versions of SmartThings are rumored to have more ability to embed HTML elements and pages… that will do the trick… Eventually!

Do you frequently need to move from the SmartThings App to SmartTiles and back? Why?


(Dean Smith) #30

Just to report - My Live MJPEG stream tile has completely gone now? I’ve checked the setting in the SMARTAPP and saved it again, but it never loads now.