Home Control Assistant Newsletter for June 6 2021

Have you looked over the version 17 release notes? Lots of changes that you can incorporate into your designs right away. Easy upgrade.

Looking for answers to the most common questions about HCA? Check out our
Frequently Asked Questions page.
Quick way to save yourself from much trouble

I have mentioned before that I too often receive support emails asking for a registration code and download info because of a hard drive failure so the user can get HCA operational again. Also, I have a section in the weekly email that reminds you to make a backup. But too often this advice is apparently not followed.

Here is a very quick tip that makes it a bit simpler. On the Tools ribbon category is a “Auto Backup” button. What this tool does is to schedule a time to create a backup of your .HCA file and the location to place it.

Get a USB drive, one of the smallest and cheapest will do, plug it in to the computer and leave it there. You almost certainly have an extra USB port for this. Then use the backup tool to schedule the backups and store them on that USB drive. Quick and simple and then even if your hard drive fails you have a backup you can access.

Go do it now. That’s it for this week.


When was the last time you made a backup of your HCA design? Not a month goes by without at least one tale of woe from a HCA user. Please use the "Design Backup Assistant" on the Tools ribbon category. The work you save will be your own.

Want to take the next step in automation? Want to get started with Amazon Alexa and Google Assistant and control HCA by voice commands? Even if you are a long-time user of HCA, the Getting Started guides have all the info you need on client-server, mobile applications, DDNS, and voice assistants.

All of the
Getting Started Guides are available on the support website.
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