The rollout of ActionTiles continues to progress smoothly, and we have declared this offspring of SmartTiles to be healthy, popular, and adorable!
But… The ability to install SmartTiles was only availablethrough April 1st, 2017. The SmartTiles Support / Help Desk was closed on April 16th.
All currently installed instances of the “SmartTiles (Connect)” SmartApp (green, blue, and legacy editions) will remain operational until further notice. We know that you may have invested substantial effort in configuring your Dashboards and need time to switch over to ActionTiles. We have not set a road-map of providing various types of replacement functionality for the complex CSS customization features of SmartTiles. We hope to offer several compelling updates to ActionTiles before announcing SmartTiles’s final deprecation date. Please consider this to be your “far advance notice” of that eventuality.
We have been working very hard to re-engineer (and extensively Beta test!) your favorite smart home dashboard for the ultimate user experience, performance, security and growth. It is finally happening; you have been very patient, thank-you!
We are happy to announce that this next generation web-app is now called ActionTiles™ and will be officially released on March 1st, 2017; ready to run on your desktops, tablets and mobile devices.
ActionTiles has been totally reinvented, but honors the simplicity and power of its SmartTiles roots that you know and love. ActionTiles is packed with new features such as durable login sessions, real-time Tile updates, secure Panel Sharing, in-browser configuration UI, and more. We hope you’re going to be very pleased with the results. Your feedback will contribute to the many features still in the pipeline.
It’s hard to believe how quickly time flies… ActiON Dashboard (aka SmartTiles v5.0.0) was in the making for over 6 months. It started as a curiosity, just a toy. It grew with demand, and evolved with the SmartThings community. Driven by the overwhelming support of the community, I envisioned a product that would augment the SmartThings platform with an elegant and accessible user interface. The software that is released today is a product of the entire community, hundreds of users who gave it a chance, provided feedback and tested it in every way imaginable.
Thank you, SmartThings Community!
And here we are, one year later…
SmartTiles is going strong with Version 5.7 released last week; still building upon the original vision and still inspired by the ideas and support of the SmartThings Community. This is the anniversary of the day we launched the SmartTiles.click website and the super convenient and growth boosting “web based install service“.
We now have thousands of users — with up to 5 unique dashboards each! Some dashboards just contain a carefully selected few device tiles given to younger family members so they can’t get into smart home mischief; some are specialized views of all the home’s temperature sensors, battery levels, or security cameras; and some users have shared snapshots of dashboards with over 100 Tiles — the ultimate all-in-one control panel!
SmartTiles has gone from looking like this:
To looking like these:
(And many, many variations shared by enthusiastic users and hackers in the SmartTiles Dashboard Theming and Mounting Ideas Community Topic). The search for “perfect” hardware and mounting options continues … while we remain proud that SmartTiles runs on most old smartphones, desktop and TV browsers, and even $40 discount tablets. (Note: The last photo is just one example of what users have accomplished with clever use of Custom CSS to tune and tweak the standard Themes).
Keep in touch with us over in the SmartThings Community. We’ll keep listening to your feature suggestions, smushing little bugs, admiring your mounts and themes, and pouring lots of effort into the big “V6” overhaul that you’ve heard us hint about many times. We can’t share details until they’re ready… So today we pause and raise a glass in toast to this anniversary, our users, and our generous donors.
SmartTiles News has been low on updates for a few months, but we’ve been busy beavers ? behind the scenes.
Who’s “we”? Well, yours truly, Terry Gauchat has joined the founding team of SmartTiles. I’m responsible for operations, communications, marketing, and user relations. If there’s SmartTiles news, you’ll likely get it from me.
Alex is keeping his nose to the keyboard working on SmartTiles Version 6. This will include a major replacement of the engine that drives the app; significantly improving performance and security. He is also adding a nifty browser based tool for installing and configuring your dashboards. Very engrossing work, so I’m here to cover a lot of the day-to-day stuff: user support, emergency debugging, listening to feature requests, and helping make design decisions.
But no holding your breath out there! — We are not announcing a release date for Version 6 until it is ready with the high quality you expect. There will be a Beta test period with exclusive invites going to our donorsfirst (the average donation is $20): Donations are super appreciated as we are facing new hosting and administrative expenses. There’s no need for a fancy crowdfunding campaign; we’re just passing around an electronic hat for you to show some love. Help take SmartTiles to the next level as the premiere SmartThings extension for convenient smart home control (the #1 Community developed SmartApp)! ?
We’ve added Square Cash, a free & secure debit/ATM card transfer option — An alternative to the continued availability of our PayPal donation link.
First time Cash App users can earn both you & us a $5 bonus: Install the Square Cash App (links: Android orApple iOS); Enter Reward Code TLDTCST at the bottom of Settings screen; Then PAY a donation to $SmartTilesDonations.
If you don’t want to install the Cash App (no referral bonus) — no problem … just use our direct web Cashtag link instead (please put your email address in the Optional Note) https://cash.me/$SmartTilesDonations
Can we talk?
As the guy in charge of communications, it’s no surprise that you can find me in many places (and growing):
By email to Terry@SmartTiles.click (be sure to check your Spam folder for possible anti-robot verification).