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SmartTiles.click First Anniversary

On March 9, 2015, Alex Malikov wrote:

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:

dashboard-v1

To looking like these:

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(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).

 

What’s Next?

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.

Sincerely,

Alex Malikov and Terry Gauchat.

Twitter: @SmartTiles


SmartTiles V5.3

SmartTiles V5.3 introduces a new feature: Event History. This view shows 24 hour activity feed of all devices that are associated with a SmartTiles instance.

This feature is enabled by default. You may turn it off at SmartTiles app preferences.

The number of loaded events is limited to 200 per physical device per 24 hours. If you have a device that generates a lot of noise events, Event History will not display more than the most recent 200 events.

This feature was created in collaboration with @jazzyjayx. Thank you Jay!

The other important feature is the ability to enter Custom CSS via app preferences. This allows customizations of SmartTiles that are installed via Install Now option. This is also advantageous for manual installations, since SmartApp code can be updated without worrying about the custom CSS block.


SmartTiles V5.2

The latest version SmartTiles V5.2 has been pushed to auto-install stream. You should be able to use Smart Weather tile and take advantage of the bug fixes and new features.


SmartTiles Branding

As the project evolved, so did its name and identity. It began as Web Dashboard, then was renamed into ActiON Dashboard.

The project needed a more satisfying and trendy name, something that rings well with SmartThings.

In order to maintain brand consistency, this project will be referred to as SmartTiles. I’m phasing out all references to ActiON Dashboard from www.SmartTiles.click, GitHub and new forum discussions.


Automatic and Manual Updates

As software updates roll out, hosed instances of SmartTiles that are created via Install Now option will be updated 3 days after new code is released on GitHub. This delay is necessary to catch new bugs that may otherwise affect a larger number of users.


IDE and Dashboard conflict

Please note that the dashboard and the IDE cannot be run simultaneously in the same browser. They compete for a session at http://graph.api.smartthings.com/ and keep disconnecting each other.

While working with the IDE, the dashboard should be temporarily closed. You may still use a different device or browser to run the dashboard.


SmartTiles.click is live!

It’s hard to believe how quickly time flies… ActiON Dashboard 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!

Today, I launch SmartTiles.click to give ActiON Dashboard a home! This site will house supporting information and knowledge base. Most importantly, ActiON Dashboard can now be installed via a web service, so you never need to deal with any code again! Instances of ActiON Dashboard that are installed this way will be automatically updated with latest code. As usual, the source is available at GitHub.

Alex Malikov

@SmartTiles

#smarttiles

For the record, this is ActiON Dashboard 6 months ago:

dashboard-v1