Home Control Assistant Newsletter for Dec 26 2021

Have you read the Important Announcement posted on August 1, 2021? If you haven't you need to.
As it is the day after Present Giving Day, and as everyone is deeply engaged in all the loot they just got – as I am – I thought I would do only a brief note, but one that I think you might find useful.

Where did my program go?
I wanted to make a change to a program in my own home automation design but I had not made any changes in a while. The problem was I didn’t remember the name of the program I wanted to change. But I did know that it controlled the lights in my media room. So how did I find the program?

First, I opened the properties of the lights in that room and selected the “Referenced By” tab.

At the bottom of that tab is this helpful note:

I did what it said and double-clicked on the “House – Pathway Media to Bed” and that program opened, and I made my modifications.

While this is hardly rocket science, I find that the “Referenced By” tab can be very useful to help find objects if you can’t remember what they are called or what folder or room they are in.

Also, while we are on this subject, programs also have a “References” tab that show all the objects that the program references. For example, the program I wanted to change shows this:

This can be a quick way to find a device that the program references like the example above. The references tab also has the same nice feature of a double-click on the name to open the properties of that object.

That’s all for today, now get back to your new stuff and stop reading your email!

Just a note that support will be "officially" closed as we celebrate Saturnalia. Support closes on 16-December and restarts on 4-January-2022. That's not to say that support emails will not be answered during that time, but responses may be slower than usual.

Happy Holidays however you celebrate this time of year.
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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