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  1. Kaleidescape Intermission Mode

    Intermission on our driver is set via the variable. True enables it and false disables it. Same goes for OSD Screensaver and Child mode.
  2. Chowmain - Microsoft Cortana

    I just tested this on iOS and it worked. Kind of cool how they have a widget for it. makes it super quick to launch and use.
  3. Hey Cortana... did you know you are now integrated to Control4. Cortana is a virtual assistant created by Microsoft for Windows 10, Windows 10 Mobile, Windows Phone 8.1, Invoke smart speaker, Microsoft Band, Xbox One, iOS, Android, Windows Mixed Reality, and soon Amazon Alexa With integration to Control4 Home owners can now control their homes verbally to tell their thermostats to go to a specific setpoint, dim their lights to a specific level, select a channel on their TV's, turn the whole house off or even broadcast text to speech announcements throughout their home. This integration is extremely interesting as a large portion of people own a PC with Windows 10 so most study rooms can now have voice control over your Control4 system. On top of this the Xbox One is an extremely popular gaming console which can also use Cortana for voice control. This can be a great conversation starter for voice control with existing customers who already own Windows 10 PC's and Xbox One devices. https://www.chowmainsoft.com/microsoft-cortana
  4. Our drivers never do that. Anyway as mentioned it is designed to work that way.
  5. Chowmain - Kodi Full (XBMC) Driver for Control4 This driver is developed for the Kodi Entertainment Center (formerly known as XBMC). Kodi Entertainment Center is a software based media player that can be installed on Windows, MAC, Linux, Raspberry Pi and Android based platforms. Kodi offers a beautiful simple interface that enriches your playback experience. The Chowmain Kodi Lite driver enables us to integrate the Kodi Entertainment Center into the Control4 home automation system with seamless control and feedback. This is the most feature packed media player on Control4 to date providing the user with an enriched movie playback experience. See below for more details Features IP based communications Library browsing and searching from any Control4 user interface including touchscreens, android application, ios application, PC and remote controls for Movies, TV shows, Music, Video FIles, Audio Files, Video Add-Ons, Audio Add-Ons, Pictures, Youtube and VEVOProgramatic playback of Movies, TV Episode or Video File.Transport controls Numerical buttons act as jump to percentage during video playback or SMS style quick navigation when in navigational modes. Number 0 in navigation mode will jump to the end of the list. Number 1 in navigation mode will jump to the start of the list.Support for PVR (Guide, Record, DVR, Channel Up, Channel Down buttons) Automatic Room On (like the music bridge) on playback detection and automatic Room Off on screen saver activate. If the driver detects music it will only turn on your receiver (audio endpoint). If it detects video it will also turn on your projector/tv (video endpoint).2 way feedback via the JSON API for play, pause, stop, screen saver active/deactive, Detected File Type, Video Aspect Ratio, Video Resolution, Video/Music/TV/Radio currently playing, Memory usage, CPU usage, CPU Frequency, System Total Space, System Uptime, System Temperature, Client Platform, Client Version & Client NameAssignable buttons for non intuitive buttons Wake-on Lan functionality and Shutdown functionality can keep your Kodi setup power efficient. Can still select a movie from navigator and have it turn on the machine and play the movie upon start up. Power off options Ability to send custom messages to Kodi Entertainment Center via Kodi Notifications (similar to Control4 Announcements via Navigator). Audio End-Point assignment for line level volume up/down/mute functionality Video End-Point assignment Support for Android boxes (if XBMC app is closed it will launch upon ON command, also if XBMC exited by user you can navigate and control Android applications).Ability to play any URL via Control4 programming. This is useful for commercial systems.Frequently Asked Questions Why is this driver called KODI Full? Initially we wanted to make the best KODI driver around however as we kept working on it our aspirations just kept getting higher and higher. As such the development efforts and timeframe has expanded exponentially. To get the driver to market quickly we decided to make two drivers. KODI Lite and KODI Full. Kodi Lite is still one of the best media player drivers on the market with exceptional features. Kodi Full however is THE best media player driver on the market with full library navigation, live meta data, cover art and more. They are both priced accordingly. Some people won't want all the features available in KODI Full so we've made KODI Lite which is priced to suit. Can you give us some examples of how we could use this driver? This driver is the only driver in Control4 which will allow you to browse TV shows, video files, photos, youtube, VEVO and more. No other driver has this functionality.Now with Android support you can purchase Android Set Top Boxes for under $200 that will provide you with the full XBMC experience and Android experience. Play games, surf the web and use XBMC.Create the perfect cinema experience by dimming the lights down when a movie starts, ramp it back up when the movie ends or if the user pauses or stops the movie. Also automatically set the cinema to different modes based upon the movie aspect ratio.Setup logic to change your LED lightings colour dependant on the movie name. If you're watching something set in the ocean set it to blue. If you're watching something set in the jungle set it to green or if you're watching something set in the desert set it to orange. It can be very disruptive while watching a movie to have navigator pop up and tell me that someone is at my front door or perhaps i have a new email or something. This driver provides the ability to send Kodi announcements. Like a Control4 Announcement this will pop up a custom message however in this case it will not interrupt the current Kodi activity. It will just pop up in the bottom right hand corner for a few seconds and then hide away.This driver provides two way feedback on what media you're consuming and what the state of the media player is. It will tell you when the movie is playing, paused, stopped or if it is a movie, episode, song or unknown media type. This information is useful for customising your lighting and environment to suit your customer's requirements. The driver has the ability to automatically turn rooms on and off. Using this functionality you can essentially turn on your tv and receiver upon airplay or UPnP photos, video or music playback. If you leave the room for too long or fall asleep at the tv the driver will automatically turn the room off (all av devices off) upon detection of screensaver activation. Some projectors have the option of clearing out the black bars (masking) in movies. This driver reports back the aspect ratio of the video it is currently playing as a variable. Using this information we can automate these projection masking modes and as such make the user experience nicer. This driver has feedback on CPU usage, Memory usage and CPU temperature. This information is extremely important for maintaining the health of the hardware platform it is on. Using this information we can automate shutdowns so that no damage can occur on the device.Browse and search your music and video librarys directly from a Control4 user interface.What hardware will this work on?? This will work on any hardware that KODI supports (Windows, OSX, Linux, Raspberry Pi, Android) running XBMC version 12 (Frodo) & 13 (Gotham) and KODI version 14 (Helix), KODI version 15 (Isengard). Currently we prefer some of the higher end Android boxes and Intel NUC's as it is a more cleaner solution than the others. Why do you only support OS 2.7 and above? This driver utilizes SDK functionality only available in Control4 OS 2.7 and above. Do you offer showroom discounts? We offer dealers a free showroom licence for demonstration and educational purposes. See link below for T&C's and signup procedure. Chowmain Dealer Showroom FAQ How do I find out more information about the driver? Please see the links below for more information about the driver. http://www.chowmain.co.nz/kodi-xbmc-full-driver-for-control4 https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLvR_ZY2N5LtWdLO5C9lMM8Pe-xM5wzl9- How do I buy the driver? This driver is developed by Chowmain software & apps and is distributed and supported by Houselogix, Inc. Download Driver / Purchase Licence Who do i contact for technical support? This driver is developed by Chowmain software & apps and is distributed and supported by Houselogix, Inc. Support Do you provide trial licences? All Chowmain drivers for Control4 come with a 48 hour trial. This is activated once you add the driver to the project. No additional steps are necessary.
  6. That is intentional. The mini drivers do not have any logic in them what so ever. As such we revert back to the main driver after the app has launched.
  7. We do offer refunds. Just get your dealer to submit the request to driverCentral. Send me your dealer's email contact details and i'll send through a copy.
  8. I should really sleep less than i do as i'm way too far behind on my work. Anyway i have now moved my IRUSB / shield from my work test bench to the main tv in my home so i'll know about problems alot quicker now that my family has to use it. I actually quite like the fact that Kodi can run in the background and it will come to the foreground upon selection of movie / tv episode from navigator. Makes for a nice solution.
  9. C4 driver for nVidia Shield

    Hi all, Thanks for your feedback and support. I have implemented some changes and have released a beta copy of our Kodi Full driver which improves the experience for people using IRUSB on the Shield or similar devices.
  10. Hi all, Thanks for your feedback and support. I have implemented some changes and have released a beta copy of our driver which improves the experience for people using IRUSB on the Shield or similar devices.
  11. Ok so after quite a bit of feedback from everyone i have modified the driver to include the following. Replacement of JSON-RPC based transport controls with IRUSB based controls if IRUSB is installed (this enables navigation of other apps whilst kodi is running). Ability for Kodi to hide in the background and be called to the foreground upon media selection from navigator - enables you to use other apps like netflix, youtube, etc and also browse movies, tv shows, etc via navigator. IRUSB mini drivers are now implemented in the driver. This means you can now launch the android apps from navigator without using another driver The driver is currently in beta so please PM me with your email address if you want to be part of this beta. Looking at releasing this in the next week or so.
  12. Thanks for the report. Kodi shouldn't ever be on in the background. We have designed it in a way where you have to quit kodi in order for the normal IRUSB behavior to work. I will add in some logic to force Kodi to restart if you room off the system so that you can browse whilst in an off state.
  13. Add in a fake switch so you can use both drivers. Thats pretty much it. Don't know how much more i can elaborate on it. Again i stress that I haven't tested this but if you want to test please use the 7 day trial out before purchase.
  14. IFTTT (an abbreviation of "If This Then That") is a free web-based service that allows users to create chains of simple conditional statements, called "recipes", which are triggered based on changes to other web services and products. IFTTT integration into Control4 allows Control4 to control any of the products or services integrated into IFTTT and have those products also control Control4. This expands the integration of Control4 to support numerous functions that it natively does not do. We have listed a few examples of what integration can bring to Control4 below and have also stepped through programming some of the ones we feel are useful to a lot of people. Note that this is a small list of things we liked. There are a lot of other things you can do currently (with lots more coming in future to IFTTT) so we suggest you check out the channels on the IFTTT website. We are keen to hear about what cool things you have done with the driver. Let us know via twitter, email or forum post. FAQ What can i use this driver for? These are some examples of what you can achieve with IFTTT integration to Control4 via the Chowmain IFTTT maker driver. Outbound Examples (Control4 > IFTTT) Control4 can send SMS’s via your Android phone (IF app must be downloaded to the phone) Control4 can call your phone number and say a message (for security alarms, smoke alarms and other emergencies). Control4 can save data about the events in your home in google docs or dropbox. Control4 can save data about the events in your home to IFTTT’s daily or weekly email digest. Control4 can send emails out without 4sight or 3rd party driver Control4 can send push notifications out without 4sight or 3rd party driver (using pushalot, pushbullet or pushover) Control4 can send Skype messages Control4 can send Google Glass notifications (with Message, Image URL and URL fields). Control4 can send notifications to your Android wear device (requires IF app installed). Control4 can send your BMW (Connected Drive Compatible) a message on your car’s front screen display (120 characters limited) Control4 can find lost items (needs tags) or phones (call your phone). Control4 can send your Tesla (EVE enabled) a message (with subject, message and message type fields) on your car’s dashboard Control4 can turn on or off your GE Smart Appliance and more. Control4 can tell your Android phone to turn on/off Bluetooth or wifi (might be useful when you’re leaving or coming back home). Tell the world via Facebook what your home is upto (might not be a good idea). When batteries are low on your Control4 sensors add a reminder to your IOS reminders app. Inbound Examples (IFTTT > Control4) Amazon Alexa (Amazon Echo, Tap, etc) can send commands to Control4 via voice recognition to do things like turn lights on, play music, house off and more. Assissant.ai can send commands to Control4 via voice recognition Control4 can read out stock prices or notify you when they raise or lower (requires Chowmain Advanced Announcements Driver) Control4 can pause your music and videos when you answer your phone (android only) Control4 can read out tweets when someone mentions you on twitter (requires Chowmain Advanced Announcements Driver) Control4 can detect if a specific person has entered or left a room/zone using beacons. iOS Location and Android Location (via the IF app) can tell Control4 when you are approaching or leaving home. Send a warning to Control4 when something has been picked up or moved (needs wireless tag) Your BMW (Connected Drive Compatible) can tell Control4 when it is entering or exiting an area. Your EVE enabled Tesla car can tell Control4 when it has arrived home, is leaving home or on the way home. Your Automatic, Zubie or Dash enabled car can tell Conrol4 when you have turned the car on or off within a certain area. Your GE, LG and Samsung Smart appliances can tell Control4 when it has been turned on, off, if for example an oven timer is done, if there is a leak in the dishwasher, if the filter eeds cleaning, if the dryer cycle has finished, if the fridge door has been left open for too long, Your Nest Protect smoke alarm can send Control4 smoke emergency, warning and carbon monoxide emergencies Your Netatmo Welcome can tell Control4 when a specific person, known person or even an unknown person has been seen or arrives home (facial recognition) Your Roost Smart Battery can tell Control4 (via the announcement agent) when its battery is low (Great for smoke alarms). Control Control4 via SMS or phone call to IFTTT. Have Control4 read out your meetings (including subject, body & location) on outlook 365 calendar or Google calendar 15 minutes before the meeting (requires Chowmain Advanced Announcements driver) If the temperature (via weather forecast/conditions) changes in your area tell Control4 to do something. Your Android phone can tell Control4 when it has connected or disconnected to/from a specific Wifi network. Change the colours of your RGB LED’s to your teams colour using the ESPN channel when the game starts. Any other cool things about this driver? This driver actually replaces alof of functionality that is native to Control4 but requires a subscription and also implements products and services that alot of other 3rd party paid drivers integrate. As such in certain cases its actually cheaper to utilise this one driver for integration over multiple services/products. Once the driver is installed all the programming can be done via Composer Home Edition. Perfect for Enthusiasts. How does it work? Control4 will send IFTTT triggers to IFTTT based on programming done by the Control4 dealer. IFTTT will send commands back to Control4 via a 3rd party service called pushover. When Control4 receives these commands the dealer needs to program Control4 actions to correspond to the command sent. Please read the installation PDF for specific details. How do I find out more information about the driver? Please see the links below for more information about the driver. Chowmain Website How do I buy the driver? This driver is developed by Chowmain software & apps and is distributed and supported by Houselogix, Inc. Download Driver / Purchase Licence Who do i contact for technical support? This driver is developed by Chowmain software & apps and is distributed and supported by Houselogix, Inc. Support Do you provide trial licences? All Chowmain drivers for Control4 come with a 48 hour trial. This is activated once you add the driver to the project. No additional steps are necessary.
  15. webhooks are outbound. you want inbound which is via pushover. IFTTT->Pushover->Control4
  16. Split unit AC

    Our Sensibo driver is now available.
  17. Chowmain - Sensibo HVAC Controller driver Sensibo makes your existing air conditioner smart and connected! Sensibo is an external device that you pair your remote controlled air conditioner with. Sensibo will work with the majority of infra-red based HVAC systems whether it is a mini split, window AC, ductless, portable, heat pump and even central air conditioners. The Chowmain driver for Sensibo communicates to Sensibo via the Sensibo Cloud API which enables full two way control and feedback over room temperature, humidity, setpoints, hvac mode, fan speeds and swing. As the product is extremely affordable it assists in lowering the price of Control4 for entry level systems such as MDU systems when bundled with the Control4 CA-1 or EA-1 controllers. Also since it is Wifi based/USB powered you can easily retrofit them into existing jobs. Keep stock them in the back of your van and upsell them on customer visits. The product can be purchased off the shelf from retailers such as Harvey Norman, Good Guys, Bing Lee Electrics for $159 AUD or can be purchase online from Amazon or directly from the Sensibo website. Features No static IP address required. Automatic configuration of available modes based on HVAC system capabilities. Control over o HVAC mode Fan mode Setpoint Swing Feedback from Room Temperature Humidity Preset functionality Scheduling functionality FAQ Why is this product exciting? In Australia and New Zealand (and other countries) HVAC integration has been hard because HVAC companies do not utilise the honeywell based wiring that most smart thermostats like Nest, Control4 and Honeywell use. Split Systems have been extremely hard as traditionally they only offer IR based remote controls. In the past we have integrated these systems by learning every combination of IR code however this is extremely time consuming. Now with the Sensibo installers can now easily integrate HVAC systems into Control4. Sensibo is extremely affordable unlike other solutions so the cost of integration is extremely low. On top of that it communicates via wifi so dealers can now revisit old customers with compatible HVAC systems to upgrade their home automation system and integrate their HVAC systems without additional wiring. This really changes the HVAC game. What HVAC systems can i use this driver with? Sensibo is compatible with a range of infra-red HVAC systems. Please see the Sensibo website to check if the HVAC system you want to integrate is compatible. https://sensibo.com/ Can i control fan direction with this? Yes our driver allows for swing control. This is accessible under the Extras Tab. Can i do schedule the HVAC system using this? Yes our driver has built in presets and scheduling. Where can i purchase this module? Sensibo is available from various retailers off the shelf (eg Bing Lee, Harvey Norman, Good Guys, etc) or can be purchased online from Amazon or directly via the Sensibo website https://sensibo.com/ How do I find out more information about the driver? Please see the links below for more information about the driver. Chowmain Website Installation Guide How do I buy the driver? This driver can be purchased from our distributor driverCentral. Download Driver / Purchase Licence Who do i contact for technical support? We have two support desks. One in Australia and one in the US. Click on the link below for details. Support Do you provide trial licences? All Chowmain drivers for Control4 come with a 7 day trial.
  18. Plex Media Server

    Looks like @dcovach is happy to assist you with this. Please reach out via PM.
  19. Plex Media Server

    We spend alot of time developing these drivers. Most of our drivers are licenced but there are certain free drivers that manufacturers sponsor or were simple so we give away free out of good will. Our Plex Full driver for Control4 provides full library integration with the ability to browse, search and start playback of media straight from your Control4 navigator plus the ability to switch users so that you can limit content for children and also maintain different recently watched lists for different family members. We support a wide range of Plex Clients including Plex Home Theater HTPC's, Plex Media Player HTPC's, Sony Android TV's and Roku. All of these have the ability to start playback of your media from whatever state it is currently in (eg Sony TV's can be off and Roku's can be in a different app). We also support the ability to automatically startup your TV and receiver for dedciated client's such as Plex Home Theater and Plex Media Player when you send content from say your phone or tablet to that particular client. Plex took us months of man hours and the final product really shows. We develop drivers as a professional business and are dedicated to development full time. As much as i like coding and developing for Control4 i still have to put a roof over my head, feed the kids and also pay for staff salaries. As @dcovach mentions try the driver out (we provide free 7 day trials) and if you like it purchase it. You won't be disappointed.
  20. C4 driver for nVidia Shield

    Actually our Kodi driver only has the following IR control of any external device Fast and responsive IP control for menu navigation / all button support in any app SMS Style Text Entry Kodi App launching We decided to not implement mini app launching into Kodi as the driver is bloated enough already. Our own IRUSB driver however does have mini apps (along with IR control, fast control, SMS style text entry). With the method we used to develop the driver adding new mini apps does not involve updating the IRUSB driver. We just create a new mini app driver with the new parameters entered into the driver's properties. In fact no lua modification is required. Anyone can create their own mini app using our architecture. Just replace the default in the property and change the name and icon to suit and you're done. If however you don't want to make your own we do have a version you can use as a favourite (just a star as an icon). You can add as many instances of these as you want and just change the property. It will persist across reboots.
  21. C4 driver for nVidia Shield

    Cool this is now added We do miss alot of posts so forums arn't the best way to contact us. The best way is via the contact us page on our website. It goes through to both Richard and myself so we usually answer within a few hours (if we're not sleeping).
  22. For the duration of the show only. 50% off advance announcements. Further 25% off on bulk purchases of 10 or more. Dealers bulk buy now whilst its super cheap. https://www.drivercentral.io/platforms/control4-drivers/utility/advanced-announcements-control4-driver-chowmain/
  23. Split unit AC

    I know its a bit late but
  24. It may actually work as is IF you use both drivers with a virtual switcher. I haven't tested this but if you want to test please use the 7 day trial out before purchase.
  25. C4 driver for nVidia Shield

    Give me the QLAUNCH and i will create one for you (in fact i'll do any that you can give me).