Home Control Assistant Newsletter for October 4

And if you are looking for answers to the most common questions about HCA check out our Frequently Asked Questions page.
Version 17
Yes, it has been released! And it’s going well. There are the usual “first day” issues, but all minor and nothing that would affect you in unpleasant ways. If you are still using the last release of the open beta, it is due to expire very soon – today or next week depending upon which you got.

Before you do anything, please take some time to look at all the developers have done. You can access these major version release notes from here:

If you are interested in these new changes, upgrades are available here:

Just scroll down to the section titled “For Users upgrading to a new major version”.

Something fun from the library
A few weeks back I wrote about a way you can “annotate” an icon – our term for writing text over the icon. It requires some programs and knowledge of the Compute element. If you have version 17 look in the library for the “Auto Annotate” package. This is a nice “bit of kit” if I do say so,  as I created it. 

To get great function all you need do is to add a tag to a device and the rest of the work is done for you. In my own home I use it for devices and sensors. For sensors it knows what kind of data it provides and annotates with those values, and for a device it uses the dim percentage. There is a PDF that shows all it can do and how you can adjust the annotation size and color.

And all this displays on mobile devices as well. Here are two examples:

If you have not looked at the library, it's easy to use. On the Design ribbon category it's the last button on the right.

In the next weeks I’ll be adding more packages to the library and there will be some really fun ones that you will want to look at.

HCA Server machines
We still have available Windows 10 small footprint computers that are perfect for running the HCA Server. We do all the updates for you - yes, even the big Windows 2004 update, install HCA, and get it all ready for 24/7 operation. And with the HCA design backup/computer move tool, getting up and running only take minutes after you get this new machine. Want more info? It's all on the website HCA Server Computer page.

User-to-User forum

An HCA User who wanted to set up a forum for user-to-user communication. I'm passing this on, but please know that this is not a HCA company project and I will not be spending much time there so I don't know how this will work out. Here is a link to what he set up.

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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