Home Control Assistant Newsletter for Mar 5 2023

Have you read the Important Announcement posted on August 1, 2021? If you haven't you need to.
HCA 17.0.56 is now available for download

This build contains some functional changes. If you are currently using HCA 17.0.46 or later you can download and install this new build at no cost. If you are using an older version of HCA, please review your options in these past weekly messages here and here.

Downloading this new version is the same as always: Go to the HCA website current version page, enter your V17 reg code, and the resultant page contains the link to the download. Use the same password as you used for your last update. If you lost your V17 reg code or the password, send me an email and I'll help you out, but you have to promise me that you will save them for the next time!

All the changes are detailed in the Build Notes and some of them will be used in the new library packages arriving in the next few weeks. Maybe you can do a bit of guessing from the build notes as to what I'm going to be releasing in the library.
HCA Cloud Termination Countdown

Each week I’m going to update this section of the weekly message. If you use Amazon Alexa or Google Assistant to control HCA devices and programs though the HCA Cloud, and if you want to keep doing that, you need to act this year. The HCA Cloud is terminating in 
309 days.

Hubitat can provide that bridge between Alexa and Google Assistant when the HCA Cloud shuts down. Without an alternative to the HCA Cloud, voice control will be a thing of the past for you. And its not hard! Clear step-by-step instructions are in 
technical note #703.
If you are using a version of HCA prior to version 17, you may have questions about the wisdom of upgrading to version 17 given the future of HCA. Here is something to consider:

The support policy for older HCA versions has been changed
 as I can no longer devote time to past version users. Support will only be available for HCA 17 users.

If you are on version 16 or earlier and want to continue using the cloud features and want to be assured that if you have a question that it gets answered, it is indeed time to upgrade.

HCA is fully operational for several more years so the update cost, spread out over that time, is very little. Knowing support is available when you need it is worth it.
Upgrade to HCA 17
Anyone who is using Hubitat with HCA – not SmartThings – please drop me a note as I would like to add you to a discussion list for those users. I have some Hubitat ideas that I would like to “kick around” and it would help to have a group of users who have experience with Hubitat. Please just send a note to the regular support address saying you would like to be added to that discussion list.
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