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PC Companion (Voice Control, E-mail, Weather, Memos + more)
« on: February 02, 2008, 04:06:24 PM »

Finally have a release version posted! ::) :-[
The next step up from X10WavPlayer!
Some of those that frequent the Homeautomation chat room have been waiting for this for a while!
What can it do?
Used with the Windows Comand option you can have AHP open it Via a windows command or batch file to:
  • Speak text alerts
  • Play sound files
  • Check for unread e-mail messages and speak how many there are,who they are from and the subject matter
  • Check and read the Current weather conditions for your area as well as weather alerts issued
  • Check for and read a list of phone calls you received
  • Check for and read any memos/reminders you may have entered for that date
  • Check and speak the current time
  • Play a music cd
  • Play a Movie DVD
  • up load X10 activity log captured from Companion
  • Send and recieve IR commands via a USBUirt and access this from any PC on the network
  • Start stop other programs and send commandline arguments to those that will accept them
  • turn off/on other PCs on the network
  • turn on/off all PC monitors connected to the network
  • display full screen/hidden or a avatar only mode which is size and location customizable
  • Change avatar face and voice
  • More to come.. ???
Used on its Own?:
  • With or without Voice recognition (added in version 4) it can
  • Do every thing listed above
  • control any music play even CD stop, pause, next CD title, previous CD title
  • control DVD play, stop, pause, next title, previous title
  • Display caller id
  • Display video feed from a video capture source that windows can see
  • Capture live video
  • Switch and view between up to four 12, x10 cams
  • Stay on top of other programs (allways visible even in Companion(face only) mode)
  • Control your whole PC via remote control if you use the remote mouse settings
  • turn any X10 remote into a remote mouse
  • Send command on a Phone ring
  • Check temperature and act upon if the temp is equal, less then, or more then a set temperature it can do this for up to 4 temperature settings
  • plug in pack adds an additional 32 weather condition triggers
  • Display your devices in a FloorPlan View and the On/Off status of each device (3 floors are available)
  • control On/Off of devices via PLC in FloorPlan Mode
  • play a windows media play list with out opening windows media screen
  • Make a Phone Call
  • lock monitor in floor plan so a pass key input is needed to navagate (locked still displays device status changes, and doesn't lock keyboard input)
  • Page/chat with other PCC PCs or Android devices (running TAC) on the same network
  • use only one pc interface (CM15 or CM19) from any pc on the same network
  • retrieve agenda from Google Calendar
  • access cameras on TAC enabled android devices (currently only 2)
  • access RSS feeds
  • More to come  ???


What It can't do?
  • Upload to the CM15A :(
  • Display video from a capture device if another software is using that capture device  :(

Where Can you Find it?

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Re: [AHP Add-on] PC Companion (check E-mail, Weather, Memos +)
« Reply #1 on: February 03, 2008, 10:34:11 AM »

All I can say is Nice Work Tuicemen  ;D

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Re: [AHP Add-on] PC Companion (Sound, E-mail, Weather, Memos +)
« Reply #2 on: February 03, 2008, 11:23:37 AM »

Thanks KDR!
It does take a bit of setting up!
  • Renaming the extention to "exe" (to be able to install)
  • Adding your pop3 address info (for email)
  • Zipcode or city code (for weather)
  • Modem selection (for caller id)
  • Camera addressing  & videocapture device (video display)
But playing around most users will figure it out! ;)
For those that can't they can Post here or Private message me!
There was a problem with running the e-mail batch file from AHP but I think that is fixed with V2.0.0.1
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Re: [AHP Add-on] PC Companion (check E-mail, Weather, Memos +)
« Reply #3 on: February 03, 2008, 11:26:56 AM »

I didn't try setting anything up yet but can it do Caller ID from a system with Voice over IP?

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Re: [AHP Add-on] PC Companion (Sound,E-mail, Weather, Memos +)
« Reply #4 on: February 03, 2008, 11:44:11 AM »

I never programed it for that! Just threw a voice modem with call id enabled from the phone company!
The program does see all communication devices so adding it as the modem and testing may result in success! ::) ???
Do let me Know if that works for you!
You may have inadvertently found a hidden option! ::)
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Re: [AHP Add-on] PC Companion (Sound, E-mail, Weather, Memos +)
« Reply #5 on: February 10, 2008, 05:13:25 PM »

Update : New PC Companion version released!
Version 2.0.0.2 now on server!
Adds/Deletes:
  • Added X10 (non Security) logging, saves to a file displays on screen or both (displays more info then AHP)
  • Added support for X10 PC Remotes (only aware of JR20A working thus far)
  • You can shut down the PC, close PC Companion, open a webpage, Play, stop, pause and eject Cd's
  • Added simple e-mail filtering so only those that contain from and or subjects specified will display Thanks steven r for the suggestion!
  • Removed references of X10WavPlayer (I hope I found them All) :-[
  • Fixed some minnor bugs (I hope I caught them all)  :-[ ;)
  • Created a new icon
Note: I have an additional Face set called George which is ready for testing and will post it in latter today! Watch for it on my ActiveHome Pro Add-on page
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Re: [AHP Add-on] PC Companion (check E-mail, Weather, Memos +)
« Reply #6 on: February 13, 2008, 01:20:34 AM »

My wife says; "What, no Sam Elliot or Sean Connery?"  ;) 
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Re: [AHP Add-on] PC Companion (check E-mail, Weather, Memos +)
« Reply #7 on: February 13, 2008, 01:10:24 PM »

Although all the "people" created by Tuicemen are very nice, the "Operator" has been my favorite since introduced!

I even added her image to my BVC Fan Page... which of course links back to Tuicemen's Page.

You are BOTH doing great work! And are a true credit to the X10 Community of Users.

Thank-You!!
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Re: [AHP Add-on] PC Companion (check E-mail, Weather, Memos +)
« Reply #8 on: February 13, 2008, 05:29:58 PM »

No. Thank You Dave!
To be honest I spent way more time on the "operator" face!  And it shows! ;)
Perhaps with time the others will get better as I play and add to them! ::) ;)

Bill tell your wife, I'm sorry those two never made the top five in the Poll I conducted at work!
Although Sean Connery was in the top 10! ;)
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Re: [AHP Add-on] PC Companion (check E-mail, Weather, Memos +)
« Reply #9 on: February 13, 2008, 09:19:28 PM »

Yes, thank you very, very much Dave!
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Re: [AHP Add-on] PC Companion (check E-mail, Weather, Memos +)
« Reply #10 on: February 13, 2008, 09:20:23 PM »

No. Thank You Dave!
To be honest I spent way more time on the "operator" face!  And it shows! ;)
Perhaps with time the others will get better as I play and add to them! ::) ;)

Bill tell your wife, I'm sorry those two never made the top five in the Poll I conducted at work!
Although Sean Connery was in the top 10! ;)


Well, at least one of them made the top 10!   :D
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Re: [AHP Add-on] PC Companion (check E-mail, Weather, Memos +)
« Reply #11 on: February 16, 2008, 01:36:36 PM »

Update: Newer version released!
This is a small update mostly fixes bugs in email filtering and greetings!
How ever I did add:
  • More E-mail filtering so you can also filter  To:
  • Security feature to hide e-mail password Thanks again steven r for the suggestions
Note: The File is posted in a zipped format as it was suggested a newbie maynot be able to figure out renaming with an O.S. hidding extentions!
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Re: [AHP Add-on] PC Companion (Update)
« Reply #12 on: February 24, 2008, 08:27:26 PM »

New version 2.0.0.5 released

Fixes and adds this time around:
  • ' Changed minimizing to task bar and replaced with hide in system tray
  • ' Fixed 10nets checkbox now displays "load CM15A"
  • ' Greetings code reworked now says greeting at the start of a batch file execution(if selected)
  • ' Able to specify what email items to display
  • ' Added support for Pan n Tilt control
  • ' Added 4 Camera presets for each cam If using Ninjas,Vanguards, or Sentinals
  • ' Added some vista style buttons
  • ' Added time based reminders reminder is spoken daily at specified time (1 for every second is possible hope no one needs this many  ::) )
  • ' Added more graphics
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Re: [AHP Add-on] PC Companion (Sound, E-mail, Weather, Memos +)
« Reply #13 on: March 04, 2008, 06:29:52 PM »

New version: 2.0.0.7 just released!
While working on AlertDialer I added some code that I thought would be beneficial to PC Companion users!
So here is a list of adds and fixes:
  • Added code for file uploading,batch file to upload log file included
  • Added search for updates and ability to do that on start up
  • Downloads and installs newer version if available
  • Removed Icons in option select screen (less clutter)
  • Added caller Id splash screen (Fades in then out displaying Caller ID)
  • Fixed issue with voice reading Caller id
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Re: [AHP Add-on] PC Companion (Sound, E-mail, Weather, Memos +)
« Reply #14 on: April 13, 2008, 09:47:12 AM »

For the longest time a bug with the windows command option  in AHP has given me issues as no doubt the rest of you!
I had thought of Just having PC Companion listen for X10 signals and act on them as other applications do but then the Idea of using it for security sounds would not be possible ::) :(
For those that like and use PC Companion but for some reason it has stopped working with AHP there is a fix: Topic: Problem with Batch files executing?
actually a few but one is looking very promising! ;)
It is a shame that end users have to fix problems with X10 Software but some times workarounds have some unforeseen advantages! ;)
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