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HazeOver Help and Productivity Tips
(This looks like a handy technique for learning about what AppleScript commands may be available for a given app.)

"HazeOver should instantly change dimming intensity. To find out all supported properties you need to add HazeOver app to AppleScript Editor library:

"• Locate “HazeOver” application in your “Applications” folder;
"• Drag-n-Drop “HazeOver” app on the “AppleScript Editor” Dock icon.

"Available scripting properties can be found in “HazeOver Suite” > “application” section."
applescript  hazeover  software  automation  mac  osx  macos  2019 
yesterday by handcoding
Pressure Pad Mat Questions - Devices & Integrations / Connected Things - SmartThings Community
“It looks like the Nokia Sleeps jobbie supports IFTTT triggers, and these folks seem to like it quite a bit.”
nokia  sleeps  webcore  ifttt  automation  2018 
10 days ago by handcoding
My HomeKit setup : HomeKit
So it looks like this Home+ 4 app might be worth checking out for HomeKit automations?

(The guy In this thread appears to have almost a hundred HomeKit devices, and apparently he gets them to all to automate well with each other.)
automation  home  homekit  reddit  2019  apps  ios  software 
19 days ago by handcoding
needlessly obscenity-laced on Twitter: "@handcoding i mostly use zooz and smartthings outlets when i need power monitoring. zooz is zwave and kinda chatty, but their double plugs are solid. smartthings is a bit spendier, zigbee, but very reliable." / Twit
// So you had asked Randi Lee Harper about her setup for automagically sensing when one’s phone is being charged:

“Out of curiosity, can I ask which smart plug you use to automagically check whether your phone is charging?

“That sounds like a pretty clever setup, and I’m tempted to try something like that myself.”


// And @randileeharper replied saying:

“Any smart plug that does power monitoring will work! You have to determine how much power your charger pulls (I use a Qi charger) when it’s idle & how much it pulls when charging (varies, so a range)

“I mostly use Zooz and SmartThings outlets when I need power monitoring. Zooz is Z-Wave and kinda chatty, but their double plugs are solid. SmartThings is a bit spendier, Zigbee, but very reliable.”

homeautomation  randileeharper  twitter  2019  recommendations  zooz  smartthings  sensors  smartplugs  smartoutlets  automation 
5 weeks ago by handcoding
[RELEASE] Echo Speaks - Projects & Stories / Community Created SmartApps - SmartThings Community
“• Creates virtual Echo Devices for every physical device.
“• Make Alexa announcements based on any ST event.
“• Play music/sounds based on an event (eg, when someone arrives)
“• Trigger weather/traffic reports, jokes, fun facts, sing songs, stories, get calendar events.
“• Create Alarms or Reminders based on any ST event.”

(This seems kinda neat on paper, but on the other hand, it seems to require a Heroku account and such?)
alexa  smartthings  echo  webcore  automation  2019 
8 weeks ago by handcoding
(I ~think~ this might be the home-automation jobbie that Casey Liss uses?)
“Homebridge is a lightweight NodeJS server that emulates the iOS HomeKit API.”
caseyliss  automation  homeautomation  homekit  2019 
8 weeks ago by handcoding
needlessly obscenity-laced on Twitter: "i'm about to do a thread about tech stuff and im drinking coffee while trying to figure out how to say the things i wanna say without dunking too hard on a piece of software way too many of y'all love (and by extens
(Also: Here’s the Convopage page for this thread: )

“@randileeharper on Home Assistant / Hass:

“I’m about to do a thread about tech stuff and im drinking coffee while trying to figure out how to say the things i wanna say without dunking too hard on a piece of software way too many of y’all love (and by extension, dunking on y’all).

“The thread isn’t even about 90s Linux culture. But it’s the best comparison I have. And it was b a d

“Ok. Here goes.

“IoT is fun and all, but for the home consumer, it’s really, really, really really really really really bad if you try to do anything beyond hue + alexa. and i don’t see a way out of this hellhole in the near future.

“I used to love fucking around with things. I wanted to customize shit. I wanted to know the nuts and bolts of how things worked. this is why unix was great. this is why linux was fun back in the 90s. but it wasn’t consumer ready.

“Now I’m old as fuck and I just want shit to work because I don’t want to spend my time working on dumb shit that’s already solved but iot is intriguing enough to me that my reservations about going beyond using a pretty frontend UI/good user experience were put aside.

“But it was still a journey where I tried to take the path of least resistance - and that decision was made after first attempting to run home assistant on an rpi 3b. Because fuck Home Assistant. Seriously. Fuck that piece of software, fuck the people that made it, fuck it all.

“First off, people refer to Home Assistant as Hass. But isn’t actually home assistant. It’s like this distribution of Home Assistant. And the instructions aren’t interchangable. But different sites that rank high in Google interchangably link between the two.

“And this wasn’t really clear to me when I first tried home assistant. Plus I wanted to install it on my rpi without actually hooking up a monitor because I’m fucking lazy and I’d rather hand edit config files to make shit work, but guess what? Linux is still a piece of shit.

“And even modifying the files like instructions said to do didn’t allow me to be lazy. Because systemd is a thing. Because networkmanager is a thing. What the fuck is network manager? I don’t even know. I don’t care. Don’t tell me what it is. I really don’t care. It’s garbage.

“So someone told me about Hubitat, and I really liked Hubitat! It’s so much better than SmartThings. The development community for it seemed kind of rad, but the documentation for writing apps was lacking, to say the least.

“As far as user experiences go, Hubitat was the best I’d seen. But it still isn’t end-user friendly. And the more Zwave devices I added, the more apps I added, the more it slowed down until eventually I’d have to reboot it every few days.

“I think one of the apps or custom device drivers was slowing it down, but there’s no access to the backend, so I simply couldn’t tell. So, okay. Let’s give Home Assistant a try again. I got an rpi 4. At this point my rpi3 was being used as NAT/DNS.

“And I hooked it up to a monitor and wasn’t lazy and somehow managed to get it installed just by using pip, so that was nice. There’s a lot of documentation, but I don’t really like the way it’s put together. It’s VERY not-user-friendly.

“The best way to learn how to do things on Home Assistant is to look at other people’s configurations. and the more i dove into the Home Assistant forums and documentation, the more I was reminded of 90’s Linux.

“Which is to say - this is a community built for neckbeard white dudes with too much fukkin time on their hands by neckbeard white dudes with too much fukkin time on their hands. At least I didn’t see anyone using WAF, so that’s +1 for Home Assistant over Hubitat.

“People do a lot with Home Assistant. Not really what I think it was intended to do in the first place? And just because you can doesn’t necessarily mean you should… But they did some really cool things. I see the appeal.

“But unlike 90s Linux, no one is targeting ‘Home Assistant in every home!’ so they are focusing way too much on the cool things and not enough on the ease of use and that is what I mean by neckbeard white dudes with too much fukkin time on their hands.

“If you want a market to grow, you make it accessible. with accessibility comes users. with users comes more vendors making more cool shit. This is what advances the market. This is what gives you more cool toys to play with.

“I’ve been running Home Assistant for a few weeks. It took quite a while to get my Zwave shit all moved over. I haven’t even started on my Zigbee stuff yet. but then I started playing with Hass in an AWS instance.

“And it’s nice! It does add some accessibility. It makes a lot of things easier. It adds a lot of cool shit that is dumb as fuck but also really nice?

“Like a visual studio code-like editor in the browser. Did I mention you have to SSH in and hand-edit config files to do like… anything? And then you have to restart the entire godamn thing. yeah, some parts you can restart in the browser, but what the fuck is ‘core’?

“It gives you easy access to add a lot of apps that people have written.

“But Home Assistant eats CPU like what the fuck dude why what are you even doing calm down

“Anyone that says they run Home Assistant on some weakass device is lying or not doing much with it.

“I’m not even running any of the cool extensions but i’ve got enough Zwave traffic that my rpi 4 is usually at 2 load when it’s just doing normal shit. Nodered eats a little cpu, but Home Assistant is greedy.

“I’ve got it working, which was hours. HOURS. HOURRRRRS. DAYS. of my life.

“I do not give up my time to any one piece of technology easily. And my config still only has a few automations.

“So now I’m having this tech existential crisis. Because i have things working, more or less. but Hass looks cool and I kind of want the visual studio code editor in the browser and I could do it without Hass (it’s a user extension) but it wouldn’t be as easy and Hass looks rad

“But why? What’s the point? What’s the point of any of it? I have it working. I don’t need this. It’s probably just going to bog down my rpi 4 more, and what’s next, do I go and get a fucking 1u server for my apartment? I AM NOT LIVING THAT LIFE ANYMORE.

“I’m probably still going to end up getting another SD card so I can try to pop Hass onto this rpi 4 and have the option of reverting to my former config if it fucks up, and honestly I hate myself for being like this.

“It’s installing slackware from floppies all over again.”
hass  homeassistant  homeautomation  automation  randileeharper  twitter  2019 
8 weeks ago by handcoding
I wrote a tutorial on setting up ActionTiles for SmartThings last weekend while I was setting it up. Hopefully it helps some of you get started. : SmartThings
(It’s hard to say how useful this ActionTiles thing might be, but if you should ever need to mess with those, perhaps this could be worth a look?)

“I wrote a tutorial on setting up ActionTiles for SmartThings last weekend while I was setting it up. Hopefully it helps some of you get started.”

As well, if you should ever need an app to turn an old iPad into a kiosk, one of the commenters in this thread tossed out as a possibility for that.)
actiontiles  webcore  smartthings  reddit  2019  automation  tutorials 
9 weeks ago by handcoding
HELP: Looking for a way to turn on lights when motion detected, but only between 10P and 5AM : ifttt
This comment offers a pretty handy rundown of how one can use Apilio with IFTTT to do things.
apilio  ifttt  2019  reddit  automation 
11 weeks ago by handcoding
Sorry, an error occurred while retrieving the piston data - Meta / Bug Reports - webCoRE Community Forum
[If you end up with a piston that won’t load, these steps may be worth a shot: Because this worked for you when you had a dead piston in July 2019.]

“1. This will only work if you have Automatic backup enabled.

“2. Go into the SmartThings IDE under My Location and go to List SmartApps.

“3. Find the title of your smart app/piston and click on the title. You should be taken to another window that contains details on your piston.

“4. Next find the section under Application should the first three items in a list.
“Name Value
“active true
“author Author
“bin backup bin code

“5. The bin section will have your backup code.

“This will not fix your piston, but will let you use WebCoRE’s Restore a Piston Backup Code option and recreate the Piston throwing the error and not opening view/editing.

“I have done this for a piston or two that has been locked in limbo.

“If that works you can get rid of the bad piston and use the backup one you just created.”
webcore  automation  2017  pistons  dead 
11 weeks ago by handcoding
Help with "capture attributes" - Piston: Design Help - webCoRE Community Forum
On using “capture attributes” within WebCoRE:

“I can definitely confirm that waits of one to two seconds or more are needed both after the capture and before the restore commands. If sufficient wait time is not allowed at these two points, WebCoRE may not properly capture or restore the device attributes”
webcore  automation  capture  attributes  2017 
11 weeks ago by handcoding
Expressions - webCoRE Wiki - Web-enabled Community's own Rule Engine
On using expressions within Value fields in WebCoRE:

“Expressions can be used directly in an Expression field, but they can also be embedded into Value fields, by using the curly brackets {<expression>}. This allows for quick use of expressions while building, say, an output string:

The sum of 6 and 4 is {6 + 4}

“webCoRE will parse anything that is between curly brackets as expressions and handle them as such.

“Think of a Value field like an Expression field that has implied double quotes (") at the start and end.”
webcore  expressions  values  automation  2019  wiki 
11 weeks ago by handcoding
WebCoRE Logging Level vs effeciency - Piston: Design Help - webCoRE Community Forum
On being able to leave logging on within Webcore without worrying:

“The oldest logs will just get purged as space is needed. 100,000 bytes per piston.

“I don’t think efficiency plays a role in logging level.”
webcore  logging  automation  2019 
11 weeks ago by handcoding
Passing Parameters to a Piston - Example Pistons - webCoRE Community Forum
This minimized example is actually pretty helpful for explaining how arguments work in webCoRE.
webcore  arguments  parameters  automation  2018 
12 weeks ago by handcoding
Is there a way to search pistons for an action? - Meta - webCoRE Community Forum
(It looks like there’s no solution to this just yet (as of March 2018).
“I’m looking to track down which of my Pistons is sending me text notifications. Is there a faster way to search all pistions for an action or trigger?

“Similar to find and replace?”
webcore  search  automation  2018 
12 weeks ago by handcoding
needlessly obscenity-laced on Twitter: "um. just as a headsup to anyone following me, there's going to be a lot of IoT tweets this afternoon/evening/weekend - i'm going to be reviewing all of the @Aeotec stuff i've been playing with for the past week. :)"
“um. just as a headsup to anyone following me, there’s going to be a lot of IoT tweets this afternoon/evening/weekend - i’m going to be reviewing all of the @Aeotec stuff i’ve been playing with for the past week. :)”
aeotec  smartthings  automation  2019  randileeharper  twitter 
july 2019 by handcoding
Guilherme Rambo on Twitter: "Controlling HomeKit devices by scanning an NFC tag on iOS 13 b3 🙌🏻… "
(Well, this looks pretty neat!)
“Controlling HomeKit devices by scanning an NFC tag on iOS 13 b3”

(One of the folks in the replies also insightfully asked—)
“Might be a silly question: does Shortcuts rewrite the tag, or assume some unique ID is already on them?

“(Just trying to figure out whether I need to get something to also write to them, since they claim to come blank).”

(…to which _inside replied with—)
“Even a blank tag has an ID. AFAIK Shortcuts uses that ID.”
_inside  twitter  2019  automation  nfc  ios  ios13 
july 2019 by handcoding
Awesome Home Assistant
“Awesome Home Assistant is a curated list of awesome Home Assistant resources. Additional software, tutorials, custom components, Hassio add-ons, custom Lovelace panels, cookbooks, example setups, and much more.”
homeassistant  automation  2019 
june 2019 by handcoding
Fade over time and task cancellation - Piston: Design Help - webCoRE Community Forum
This is that thread where someone claimed to be able to get cancellable fades to work in webCoRE.
webcore  fade  automation  2018 
june 2019 by handcoding
Hue Lights - F.A.Q.
“Philips Hue bridge discovery is scheduled to change on July 1, 2019. This change may break some third-party apps including Hue Lights. If you are using Hue Lights v3.4 or earlier, then you may experience issues linking your bridge. To avoid potential connectivity issues it is recommended to use Hue Lights v3.5 when it becomes available. If you have the square V2 Philips Hue bridge, then bridge discovery should still work with all versions of Hue Lights. If you have an old V1 round bridge or have difficulty linking your bridge, you can manually enter your bridge's IP address into the Hue Lights app.”
hue  lighting  automation  2019 
june 2019 by handcoding
FAQ: An Overview of Using Custom Code in SmartThings (SmartThings Classic) - Schedules & Automations / FAQ - SmartThings Community
“Like a smartapp, [a device-type handler] is another tiny program. Instead of controlling what happens when, though, the device type handler has an even simpler job. It just translates commands from smartapps into the exact format a particular device requires, and vice versa. A printer driver is one kind of device type handler for a laptop. In a home automation system, every connected device needs a device type handler.”
smartthings  automation  webcore  2015  dth 
june 2019 by handcoding
SharpTools: Smart Home Dashboard and Rule Engine
@randileeharper recommended this, saying, is pretty neat. I like it better than hubitat’s dashboard - prettier, but missing some functionality :/”
automation  smartthings  2019  via:randileeharper  twitter 
june 2019 by handcoding
Multiple ways to restrict the execution of a piston - Instructions & Tutorials - webCoRE Community Forum
Here’s the main list (and the post goes into more details for each):
1. Using a Boolean variable
2. Using a Counter
3. Followed by
4. Using time as a "lockout"
webcore  variables  automation  2018  tutorials 
june 2019 by handcoding
[HOW TO] Get frontmost tab’s url and title of various browsers - Workflow Help & Questions - Alfred App Community Forum
This page offers JXA for getting various attributes from Safari and Chrome windows, including the page title, the page URL, and the like.
automation  jxa  chrome  safari  2019  keyboardmaestron  url  title 
june 2019 by handcoding
The Stringify Service is Shutting Down - General Discussion - Stringify | Forums
(On when Stringify is shuttering its doors—)
“We’re saying end of June, but we probably won’t actually shut down until 8 July.”
stringify  automation  2019  shutdown 
may 2019 by handcoding
How to call one piston from another - Piston: Design Help - webCoRE Community Forum
This thread helpfully and clearly shows how you can call a piston from another piston. Nice.
webcore  pistons  automation  2018 
may 2019 by handcoding
IFTTT WebHook Instructions - Piston: Design Help - webCoRE Community Forum
On triggering a webCoRE piston from IFTTT:

“You have two ways:

“1. Direct piston execution - head over to the piston and that should give you a link in the Quick Facts section to execute it - that is the URL you need to use in the webhooks of IFTTT. You can also build a JSON body using ingredients and then access them in webCoRE via $args.param (param is the name you gave the parameter in that JSON body)

“2. Event-based IFTTT triggers - use an IF condition and select the IFTTT virtual device - fill in an event name of your choice and you will be provided the URL to use in the webhooks. Try and use unique event names so that you don’t get conflicting executions. You can also implement the JSON body method of passing parameters to webCoRE”
webcore  ifttt  automation  2017 
may 2019 by handcoding
Home Assistant - (Powered by HassOS) beginner's guide - YouTube
This video goes over how one can install (which is a Home Assistant jobbie that runs on a Raspberry Pi).
raspberrypi  2019  automation  youtube  video 
may 2019 by handcoding
Automatic to Smartthings - Anyone familiar with this? - Devices & Integrations / Device Ideas - SmartThings Community
(Most folks seemed to get by with just using SmartThings’ IFTTT integration to access Automatic’s automation features—)
“Found this looking for a way to get my Automatic Pro and it looks like it may be a scaled down alternative to the ‘Automatic Connected Car- Integration with SmartThings’ paid device type / smart app by yvesracine. Just thought I’d see if anyone had any experience with it, or could give me the pros/cons of each?”
automatic  smartthings  2018  automation  ifttt 
may 2019 by handcoding
webCoRE Dashboard
So it looks like this might be your webCoRE dashboard?
webcore  automation  2019 
may 2019 by handcoding
Make ANY Dimmable HomeKit Light Follow the Sun – Home Flash
“You’ve invested money into your smart home. You want it to be smart. You’ve purchased light bulbs that cost a minimum of $10 each, and some are upward of $50. You can change their brightness, their warmth, and their color. But for that money, they should do some of the work for you. Good news – with HomeKit, they can. They all can. It just takes a trick or two.”
homekit  home  automation  2019 
may 2019 by handcoding
Cheap solutions for Lutron Caseta dimmers that won't fully turn off LEDs? : homeautomation
If you should run into these sorts of issues, it looks like this thread goes over some potential ideas if Lutron Caséta dimmers won’t fully turn off an LED light.
lights  lighting  automation  reddit  2017  lutron  caseta 
april 2019 by handcoding
needlessly obscenity-laced on Twitter: "time to play with webcore. setup was really easy, although there were quite a few steps. all well documented.… "
(Well, it looks like Webcore might be halfway decent as things go for home automation. Certainly better than Home Assistant, which Randi reaaaally didn’t like.)
“time to play with webcore. setup was really easy, although there were quite a few steps. all well documented.”
randileeharper  twitter  2019  automation  webcore  home  reviews  homeassistant 
april 2019 by handcoding
Greg Gentry on Twitter: "Yeah. I had a similar experience with OpenHAB, another oft-recommended automation software. I ended up on Domoticz, a European product. I'm only slightly tech proficient. I'm a techy lawyer, which translates to a complete noob.…
“Yeah. I had a similar experience [to Home Assistant] with OpenHAB, another oft-recommended automation software. I ended up on Domoticz, a European product.

“I’m only slightly tech proficient. I’m a techy lawyer, which translates to a complete noob.”
automation  homeassistant  greggentry1  twitter  2019  recommendations 
april 2019 by handcoding
Bex C on Twitter: "Yeah, I got it kinda working but SmartThings is still far more functional. Need to go back to that so I’ll actually *use* the smart lights/switches I have instead of just having HA running unused.…"
“Yeah, I got it kinda working but SmartThings is still far more functional [than Home Assistant]. Need to go back to that so I’ll actually _use_ the smart lights/switches I have instead of just having HA running unused.”
bexslc  twitter  2019  home  automation  homeassistant 
april 2019 by handcoding
needlessly obscenity-laced on Twitter: "update on home assistant, the thing i got the raspberry pi for. it is *fucking awful*. i'm sure it's a great piece of software, but the documentation is TERRIBLE and wrong in so many places for the initial setup/con
“update on home assistant, the thing i got the raspberry pi for.

“it is _fucking awful_.

“i’m sure it’s a great piece of software, but the documentation is TERRIBLE and wrong in so many places for the initial setup/configuration. just… unless you’re a tech person, don’t use it.”
homeassistant  rasperrypi  automation  home  randileeharper  twitter  2019 
april 2019 by handcoding
Trigger Homekit scenes by weather? : HomeKit
“The homebridge-weather-plus plugin can use either your WU api or Dark Sky api, and you can use the Eve app to use the weather data to trigger scenes. I use this to change the color of a Hue bulb based on the UV index.”
homebridge  homekit  hue  weatherunderground  darksky  reddit  2018  automation 
april 2019 by handcoding
Late Night Software | The home of Script Debugger
JMichaelTX recommended this app for AppleScript debugging, and it does look pretty promising.
applescript  automation  mac  scripting  software  recommendations  2019  osx  macos 
march 2019 by handcoding
Home · JXA-Cookbook/JXA-Cookbook Wiki · GitHub
“JavaScript for Automation is a new feature in OS X Yosemite. It lets you control applications and the operating system using JavaScript language.”
jxa  automation  javascript  macos  mac  osx  2019 
march 2019 by handcoding
Javascript for Automation in macOS – Hacker Noon
“There is a panel in Script Editor for viewing property list of the applications. This is for helping you to figure out how to command macOS applications via JXA. You can view it by opening Script Editor and clicking on one of these menu items: File > Open Dictionary or Window > Library.”
javascript  automation  mac  osx  macos  2017  jxa 
march 2019 by handcoding
Federico Viticci on Twitter: "Finally, in the article I explore the idea of “mixed automation” – combining Shortcuts on iOS with AppleScript, shell, @keyboardmaestro, and other apps on macOS. Make sure to read the details and watch the podcast setup
“Finally, in the article I explore the idea of ‘mixed automation’ – combining Shortcuts on iOS with AppleScript, shell, @keyboardmaestro, and other apps on macOS.

“Make sure to read the details and watch the podcast setup video on Page 2.”
mac  osx  viticci  twitter  2019  automation  macstories  keybaordmaestro 
february 2019 by handcoding
How to connect incompatible accessories to HomeKit using Homebridge | iMore
“If you’re tired of waiting for your favorite home automation products to get HomeKit support, you might try Homebridge! Homebridge is a NodeJS server that acts as a HomeKit-enabled bridge, linking up non-HomeKit-enabled products to your HomeKit setup. Once you’ve set up a Homebridge server, you can download plugins for non-HomeKit-enabled devices in order to access them with the iOS Home app and control them using your voice with Siri.”
homekit  automation  imore  2017 
january 2019 by handcoding
Alexa Skill Blueprints
It looks like you can use Alexa “Blueprints” to create your own custom things for sale a to say based on arbitrary prompts.
alexa  automation  2019 
january 2019 by handcoding
How to Loop or Chain Multiple Stringify Flows Together With Connect: Flow
“Stringify is a crazy powerful tool that lets you automate complex tasks with minimal effort, even if you don’t know any code. One of Stringify’s most powerful tools is called Connect: Flow. This ‘Thing’ lets you use one Flow to activate another, or even create a Flow that loops itself.”
stringify  flows  2019  automation 
january 2019 by handcoding
10 Best IFTTT Alternatives To Automate Your Online Workflow - RankRed
It’s hard to say how much cred there may be to these recommendations, but perhaps thai may be at least a starting point among other IFTTT-like services?
ifttt  2019  alternatives  automation 
january 2019 by handcoding
Is the Lutron service having problems? – Support
Here’s your support request to Stringify about the Lutron bits.
lutron  2018  stringify  automation  zendesk  support 
january 2019 by handcoding
Erroneous excessive events caused by creating or activating flow? - Troubleshooting - Stringify | Forums
“I have received an erroneous ‘excessive events’ claiming excessive events from the function:variables thing. There is no way I ran anything that could have used the variables thing over 1500 times. It seems to have something to do with creating or enabling a flow.

“Last night around midnight(early Tuesday) I made a duplicate of a large flow that has been running ok for a couple weeks. I wanted to try a change to add another trigger to it. Original trigger was a Lutron lamp module. I made a duplicate of my original flow named ‘Main’ then disabled the original. Renamed the duplicate to Main2. Replaced the trigger with a connect flow thing. Enabled it.”
stringify  variables  2018  automation 
january 2019 by handcoding
Anyone else seeing recent weirdness trying to control a Lutron Caséta smart switch? : Stringify
Here’s your post to Reddit from January 2019 where you ask about whether Stringify’s Lutron service might be having any problems.
stringify  lutron  2019  automation  reddit 
january 2019 by handcoding
Is the Lutron service having problems? - Troubleshooting - Stringify | Forums
Here’s your post to the Stringify forums from January 2019 where you ask about whether Stringify’s Lutron service might be having any problems.
stringify  lutron  2019  automation 
january 2019 by handcoding
How to Use Stringify’s “Modes” to Run More Complex Flows
In short, to set an “if” condition using a mode, it looks like you need to “and” the mode node with an the connector dot from your flow.
stringify  modes  mode  2019  automation 
january 2019 by handcoding
Hey.House - Find all HomeKit-enabled accessories. Lights, Switches, Outlets, Thermostats, Windows, Fans, Blinds, Air Conditioners, Humidifiers, Air Purifiers, Sensors, Security, Locks, Cameras, Doorbells, Garage Doors, Bridges, Water Valves, Speakers, Rem
“Find all HomeKit-enabled accessories. Lights, Switches, Outlets, Thermostats, Windows, Fans, Blinds, Air Conditioners, Humidifiers, Air Purifiers, Sensors, Security, Locks, Cameras, Doorbells, Garage Doors, Bridges, Water Valves, Speakers, Remotes and more.”
homekit  automation  home  2018 
january 2019 by handcoding
Flow basics: Multiple triggers & Actions, AND & OR – Support
This page offers a pretty good cheat sheet for the basic building blocks for Stringify.
stringify  quickreference  2018  automation  canonical 
december 2018 by handcoding
Flow Troubleshooting – Support
“Try to identify if it is the trigger or the action that is the root cause. To do this, you can create test flows for both the trigger and the action. To test a trigger, create a test flow connecting that same trigger to email or push notification. To test an action, create a test flow connecting one of our virtual buttons to that action - then press the button in the 'Things' section of our app.”
stringify  automation  testing  flows  2018 
december 2018 by handcoding
Stringify | Stringify Flow Basics
This post has some general videos on how to set up flows in Stringify, including if statements and such.
stringify  video  tutorials  2018  automation 
december 2018 by handcoding
Location Guide – Support
“If you have many flows that use your home location (either home or away), you will experience much greater reliability if you use the Mode Thing instead. The Mode Thing doesn't have any ‘capabilities’ by itself, but it allows you to set one of four modes (Home, Away, Awake, Asleep) via a flow and have other flows triggered by change in mode.”
stringify  mode  2018  location  automation 
december 2018 by handcoding
Using a Hue Motion Sensor to turn on lights when it gets dark? : HomeKit
This thread offers some ideas around how you can use a Hue Motion Sensor to trigger lights based on the amount of light outside.
hue  homekit  lux  reddit  automation  2018 
december 2018 by handcoding
Home Screen Icon Creator: A Shortcut to Create Custom Icons for Apps, Contacts, Solid Colors, and More – MacStories
“I ended up reverse-engineering Shortcuts’ ‘Add to Home Screen’ implementation, which turns out to be an evolution of Workflow’s existing hack based on Safari and web clips. The result is Home Screen Icon Creator, an advanced shortcut that lets you create custom home screen icons to launch apps, custom shortcuts from the Shortcuts app, or specific actions for any of your contacts; the shortcut can also generate icons with solid colors, which you can combine with matching wallpapers to create custom home screen layouts.”
ios  mac  stories  automation  shortcutst  2018  icons 
november 2018 by handcoding
Sonos One seen as "Smart Home" device, not "Alexa enabled" device | Sonos Community
(On the limitations of Sonos’s Alexa implementation:)
“This limitation means you cannot use the Alexa simplified room lighting/device controls.

“For example, if within the Family Room you create an Alexa group consisting of the Alexa Echo physically in that room, along with the lights in that room, say ‘Couch Lamp’, ‘Ceiling Light’, and ‘Spot Light’, then when you are in that particular room and speak to the Alexa in that room, you can say ‘Alexa, Lights on’ instead of ‘Alexa, Family Room Lights On’, or worse, having to ask for each light individually, by name, to be turned on.

“This is particularly useful when you have multiple Alexa devices in multiple rooms. With the ‘smart grouping’, you can walk into any room and say ‘Alexa, lights on’ and the appropriate, pre-selected set of lights for that room, turns on without having to remember the unique names of the lights in that particular room.

“The problem is that with Sonos ONE not being recognized as an ‘Alexa-enabled device’ you cannot replace an existing Alexa with a Sonos ONE in a particular room and continue having the same capability. That sort of defeats the whole purpose of using a Sonos ONE as a ‘superset’ of a regular Alexa for voice commands but with much better sound. Now you have to give up existing convenience if you want better sound, you can’t have both.”
sonos  alexa  echo  2018  rooms  automation  hue 
october 2018 by handcoding
Shortcuts User Guide - Apple Support
“Shortcuts in iOS 12 let you get things done with your apps, with just a tap or by asking Siri. In addition to running shortcuts available on your iOS device, you can use the Shortcuts app to create custom shortcuts, simplifying everyday tasks by combining steps across multiple apps.”
ios  ios12  shortcuts  siri  sirishortcuts  2018  apple  automation 
september 2018 by handcoding
CMD-D|Masters of Automation
It looks like the Cmd+D Conference has posted a bunch of its videos from its 2017 conference.
video  automation  vimeo  2018  automator  applescript 
august 2018 by handcoding
(8) The best Apple Homekit switch - YouTube
A good point made here is that some smart switches might only work in a single-gang box because they require a proprietary faceplate (like Koogeek).
koogeek  leviton  2018  elgato  switches  automation  home  video  youtube  2017 
may 2018 by handcoding
Home | Automation Orchard
via @keyboardmaestro: “Automation Orchard ( looks like a great place to find information on automating pretty much anything.”
mac  automation  via:keyboardmaestro  2018 
may 2018 by handcoding
Complete list of AppleScript key codes
“Here it is. The complete list of AppleScript key codes.”

(Perhaps these key codes could also come in handy for Karabiner programming or Kinesis / ErgoDox EZ ramapping?)
applescript  2018  canonical  scripting  automation  keyboard  keys  codes  ergodox  kinesis 
april 2018 by handcoding
Remote control a Mac from an iPhone via Workflow - Six Colors
"Dan Sturm, co-host of the Defocused podcast, was frustrated about a lack of Mac remote control, too, and he decided to solve it. His solution is unusual and will undoubtedly make security-minded people aghast, but I’ve tried it and it really works—though I’ve modified it to make it a bit less terrifying, security-wise. (I should point out that there’s a less technical solution here, which is to use the Mac app Alfred and the Alfred Remote iOS app, though I believe it only works when both devices are on the same network.)"
automation  dropbox  2017  mac  ios  workflow 
january 2018 by handcoding
Why we automate - All this
(A keen observation on why we automate things:)
"Suppose it takes you an hour to write a script that only saves you two minutes later. If that two minutes would have derailed your concentration at a critical moment, but it didn’t because you had the script, writing the script may have paid for itself, even though you invested 60 minutes to save 2 minutes."
drdrang  automation  2015  concentration 
january 2018 by handcoding
Automating Your Holiday Lights Inside and Out – MacStories
(This post offers some decent tips on how to set up HomeKit automation using scenes and groups.)
"To add to the confusion, what I first unsuccessfully tried to accomplish with a Scene, is possible with a Group. Unlike Scenes, which allow device-level control over each accessory in the Scene, settings for Groups apply to the set of devices only. For example, if you include a Hue light and power outlet in a Scene, you can set the brightness of the light and its color temperature while also setting the outlet’s power state to on or off. If you include the same accessories in a Group, however, you can only control whether the light and outlet are on or off because that’s the only setting the two have in common. The advantage of a Group over a Scene though is that Siri can turn a Group on and off."
homekit  automation  ihome  macstories  scenes  groups  2017 
december 2017 by handcoding
Mac Automation Scripting Guide: Automating the User Interface
This page goes over some of the basics of writing AppleScript for GUI scripting.
applescript  gui  2017  scripting  automation  mac  osx  macos 
november 2017 by handcoding
OS X: GUI Scripting - Accessibility Access Controls
"Developers have often relied upon AppleScript’s ability to control the user-interface, to provide an automation solution when no direct scripting support of an application or process was available. While this valued ability continues to be fully supported in Mavericks, the enhanced security focus of the new OS requires a few changes in how scripters access and apply the Accessibility frameworks."
applescript  2011  accessibility  mac  osx  macos  automation  scripting 
november 2017 by handcoding
Control iTunes From Any Application With These Powerful Automations - Mac Automation Tips
(So it looks like this technique might allow you to trigger iTunes stuff from Dragon Dictate. Neat!)

"I also execute the playlist macro using a Dragon Dictate voice command. I copied and pasted the AppleScript script for my Play Jazz macro into a  Dragon Dictate command, and assigned it the voice command, 'Play jazz'.  Thus while working or  browsing the net, I can issue the voice command without opening iTunes."
itunes  dragon  dragondictate  automation  mac  osx  macos  2015 
september 2017 by handcoding
10 Awesome Uses for Automator Explained
If you should ever need to do so, this post goes over how you can create an Automator action to resize a bunch of images.
images  resize  mac  automation  automator  2011 
september 2017 by handcoding
73 Mac Automation Stories from TidBITS Readers - TidBITS
"We asked you to tell us how you rely on automation to get your work done (see “Tell Us Your Mac Automation Stories,” 7 January 2017). The stories poured in, and you can now read about the amazing things that fellow TidBITS readers have accomplished with AppleScript, Automator, and the many other automation technologies available to Mac users."
tidbits  mac  automation  keyboardmaestro  automator  2017 
september 2017 by handcoding
LinkDesk - Room Locator
(This seems kinda neat. And it supports IFTTT too.)
"Room Locator triggers smart home devices and online services as you enter or leave a room.”


"The location of your Apple iPhone or iPad is used to trigger compatible smart home devices. The range of supported smart home devices is constantly growing."
ifttt  homekit  automation  mac  ios  2017  motiondetectors 
september 2017 by handcoding
How to execute multiple actions with IFTTT
"One thing it lacks, however, is an explicit way of performing multiple actions, the 'Then That' part for a single trigger, the 'If This' part. The web is littered with people saying it can’t be done or that it requires 3rd party services but that is simply not true. I will cover 3 different ways this can be achieved."
mac  automation  ifttt  action  s  2017 
september 2017 by handcoding
Controlling a Mac with Amazon Echo or Google Home +
"What’s more interesting is that the basics of this solution could theoretically allow you to control almost anything on your Mac via voice—and it’s incredibly easy to set up. It starts with the invaluable IFTTT service, which supports both Google Assistant and Alexa. You can define your own custom phrases to serve as IFTTT triggers, which can then generate simple text files on a cloud storage service like Dropbox, which can kick off automated routines on your Mac. "
alexa  echo  ifttt  dropbox  subtraction  2017  automation  mac  macos  osx 
september 2017 by handcoding
Automatically Create a Specific Folder Structure with Automator & Hazel – The Overthinker
"Here’s a handy method using Automator and Hazel to automatically create a specific folder structure within a folder. I use this for client projects, since they are always the same. With this setup, I just add a new folder to my 'Clients' folder, and all the standard sub-folders I need added are auto-created by Hazel, via Automator."

Important bit: See also this Macworld article on how to interact with variables within Automator :).
hazel  2013  folders  mac  osx  automation  macos 
august 2017 by handcoding
How Do I Use AppleScript UI Scripting to get Name/Title/Text on Window? - Questions & Suggestions - Keyboard Maestro Discourse
"Try running my window analysis tool:

"Window Analysis Tool for System Events v1.50

"It will bring up everything System Events can see about the front window in TextEdit, or TextWrangler, or BBEdit (whatever is on your system).

"Then you can use “find” to search for your desired item.

If you can find it in the text then it's possible it can be used in a gui script."
keyboardmaestro  automation  applescript  2017  mac  software 
june 2017 by handcoding
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