Version 2.1.0 under testing

Hi Folks!

I’m testing currently version 2.1.0 which will have the “Coming Home” function. This will enable you to trigger a device based on your geographical location.

You can define a GPS coordinate which symbolizes your “Home”. This can be done individually for every profile. You can then define a distance to this GPS coordinate, which means within that circle (for example 30 metric meters) the program assumes you reached your target and triggers the device you selected (sends a simulated short push command to the device). With this distance you can adjust when to open for example your garage door. It should not be too early also should not wait long before the garage door, so you can test which value works for you the best (I do not recommend to use a value below 10 metric meters, since the GPS in the phones are not that accurate, and sometimes maybe you have to sit before your garage door a couple of minutes. Above 10 meters it should work fine).

To select a location you will have the google maps displayed, you can there request to show your current location, and you can place the marker anywhere on the map. Once you accept it, the actual location of the marker will be taken as the destination coordinate!

The selected device should be some pushable device. I recommend you create a virtual button device (BU1) in the Master program, and add any commands you would like to trigger (for example this way you can add multiple functions, like open gate, open garage door, if it is dark, turn on specific outside lights, turn on some internal lights, etc, so when you arrive to your gate, your home is basically waiting for you, by opening the gate, opening the garage, turn on lights you prefer, etc.). Then domRemote will just issue a short push command on this virtual device, and the Master will execute all your commands defined to this button.

After all this settings you just need to trigger the “Start Coming Home” action from the main menu. It will run in the background, so you can exit domRemote. Until you are at least 1 kilometers far from the destination, it will trigger location updates every 60 seconds or 100 metric meters change. So basically it will get location update every minute or if the distance to the previous location is greater than 100 metric meters. If you close below 1 km (1000 metric meters), it will switch to a more frequent location update. While the “Coming Home” function is running, you will have a notification about it in your notification drawer, also indicating how far you are from your destination. (double click the notification will open domRemote where you can stop the coming home function, or do diverse things)

Here some screenshots about the functions:

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Version 2.0.0 & further development plans

Dear All,

finally I managed to push the version 2.0.0 to the play store. Unfortunately it had some issues, which I hope managed to fix, and now with 2.0.4 it is running fine.

Sometimes I still get bug reports the application crashes, mostly affected devices are Samsung Galaxy devices, but since the crash occurs in native code (android framework) I really do not know how it is related to the application code anywhere. Can be some old bug in the android, since these devices have Android version 5.0.1 or so.

Anyway I hope you like the new interface and the new functions, and customization possibilities you can do.

Next plans are following:

  • add Coming Home function to do certain actions based on your location. (eg. if you active the function and you are near your home, you can issue commands like open gate, open garage door, turn on external lights, etc., whatever you need)
  • add support for Google Assistant smart home actions, where you would be able to control IoT devices connected to google assistant through domRemote (so you can insert such IoT devices into the same domRemote layout and control them from there). This is a huge topic, so it won’t come fast, but certainly it will come hopefully this year.

I’m open to any suggestion you have, so if you need something, just let me know, and I will check the possibility!

Thanks for your support!

Version 2.0.0 for beta test published

Hi All,

I’ve just published version 2.0.0 for beta testing. This is an open beta test, so you can just apply for the beta test and start using the new version.

This is the URL where you can apply for the testing: BETA TEST

Important: MAKE A BACKUP OF YOUR SCHEMA AND SETTINGS BEFORE UPGRADE TO NEW VERSION! It should migrate your current schema and settings to the new profile system, but in case there is some bug in the code, you should have a backup of your schema and settings.

I’m waiting for your test results and feedback!

Version 2.0.0 manual has been published

Dear All!

Please check out the Version 2.0.0 changes manual to see the new features and configurations here: Version 2.0.0 changes and configuration

The update to the Play Store is coming shortly, so check carefully the new features. Also make sure you have a proper backup from all your settings, schema, etc. before the new version rolls out, and gets updated. I will perform some migration tests before releasing the new version to verify that the update will not cause any troubles and the existing settings and configuration will be overtaken correctly to the new version.

Version 2.0.0 is coming shortly…

Dear All!

First I would like to wish you all a very happy, healthy and successful new year! I hope domRemote will evolve in 2018 further to bring a much better user experience.

The development of the Version 2.0.0 is slowly coming to the end. It will add some new features, it will add new good looking UI, and unfortunately some features will be dropped.

Dropped features:

  • Home Screen Widget: with the introduction of the profiles, it is a much harder task to manage the functionality of the home screen widget. Beside there is no way to design a good looking, usable widget any more. So for V2.0.0 the App Widget will be gone. Will there be a “big demand” for it, please let me know (e-mail or write a short message to the Support section) and I will investigate, how it could be solved with a better approach.
  • Proxy service: since Domintell will have a new Ethernet device, which will allow multiple simultaneous connection (up to 8 connections), I drop the support for the proxy service functionality.

New features:

  • Support for new Ethernet device: V2.0.0 will come with support of new DNET01 ethernet device, even with WSS (secure websocket connection) support, which is much faster, more reliable than the current UDP connection with DETH02.
  • Possibility to have multiple profiles (homes/houses/etc) and easy switching between profiles.
  • Capability to add “room picture” to any “room” controller, to have a nice picture header on every controller page
  • Switch like controllers (switch, dimmer, dmx, indicators, etc) can have different glyph symbol (like different kind of light bulbs, different kind of plugs, etc). You can choose from a large number of different sort of glyphs.
  • Navigation drawer will have a nice tree view of your house hierarchy for better overview and fast navigation.
  • Temperatures are shown on room controllers, where you have a temperature controller inside, allowing you to see the room temperature without to open the room controller itself.
  • If you set up country/city in the profile, the current weather condition will be shown in the navigation drawer title, if you click on the weather icon, you will get a 24h forecast (in 3 hours resolution)

Enhancements:

  • reviewed connection management and enhanced for better connection handling

I hope I can push the new version to the Play Store soon. Should you have any doubt / question regarding the above things, don’t hesitate to contact me.

 

Progress version 2.0.0

Hi Folks,

so during development I dropped support for Android version below 5.0 since there are lot of features which are simply not available on devices running Android version below 5.0 (lollipop). I checked the stats, and only about 70 devices running domRemote uses Android version smaller than 5.0. So these devices will not get the 2.0.0 update as long as they update the Android to 5.0 or get a new device with a newer Android.

Sorry for that, but the majority uses already Android 6 or 7, which gives more features in the application.

I post you some newer pictures about the progress, it is starting to look good, hope you will like it! 🙂

Version 2.0.0

Dear All,

I decided to face-lift the app a little bit. It’s been a while I created the app, and back then the look and feel of the Android was a bit “ugly”. Meanwhile the UI has been updated a lot, and the applications are looking much better now with default Android UI settings. Also several new components were added to the UI, like navigation drawer, action bar, etc.

So with the next major update I’m going to do a lot of UI enhancement, rework and modification. With this I will drop support for older Android versions, so the new version will not be installable for devices having an Android version below 4.4 KitKat (API version 19). I checked but most of you already are using 5.0+ devices, so I hope it will not affect many of you.

So there will be some features, which will be removed, like background image, distributor settings, and there will be no image supported on device controller bars. However there can be images on “custom” controller bars (like room grouping bars) and also they can have a “room image” which will be displayed at the top of the page.

There will be also a navigation bar, pullable from the left of the screen, which will have a tree structure of your house hierarchy for easy and fast access. Along with this update I will introduce the “Profile” feature to have support for unlimited number of profiles. You will be able to select the desired profile when the app starts (if having more than one) and you can switch between profiles while in the app. There will be an option to set a Wifi SSID for the profile, and if you are on that Wifi network, it will automatically select the associated profile without asking. You will be able to set up the application differently for every profile (different connection, device layout, pictures, etc).

Some screenshots from current development stage (there is still much to be done):

Please if you have time, leave a short comment whether you like the new UI or not, or if you have some ideas for it.

Thanks!

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