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Title: iPad App and SQ Designer Released
Post by: SquareConnectJohn on August 09, 2011, 08:12:42 pm
Everyone.

Thank you for your patience and for not bombarding us with questions over the last 24 hours. it has been a hectic time getting all the ducks in row following this release. Its not optimal when your apps are released by a third party!.

SQ Remote HD and SQ Remote Lite are now released:

SQ Remote HD is a full iOS universal app which means that it will run in full native iPad format. This has been priced at $9.99 in the US app store. HD includes all MiOS functionality - there is no in-app purchase. All existing configurations made with SQ Remote are fully compatible with HD.

SQ Remote Lite is an iPhone app that is free and is targeted purely at SQ Blaster users. It does not have any MiOS (Vera) support. Configurations from the earlier version of SQ Remote will load, but the MiOS controls will not be available.

Apart from the native iPad screens, we have added:

 - Themes: Users can now download themes and create their own - to personalize the look and feel of SQ Remote. Themes can be as simple as a new background, or can replace the complete button and icon graphics as well as defining the font, and standard font colors that are used in the app. Themes can be created manually, or they can be created by dragging and dropping images into the SQ Designer software (See below). An initial theme has been made available to download via the website, and there will no doubt be others to follow. Themes can be uploaded to box.net and then downloaded to the app. Themes must be placed in a folder named "SQThemes" in the root folder of box.net.

- Icons for Lists. By popular demand... you can now upload icons to box.net to a folder that must be named "SQImages" in the root folder of box.net

- SQ Designer: We have released SQ Designer v1.0. You can find out more about SQ Designer here:
http://www.squareconnect.com/products.html Designer will allow you to really go to town on your user interfaces, create macros, manage lists, manage IR code sets, create and edit themes, add icons for lists and more. SQ Designer is fully integrated into box.net as well as being able to connect to your MiOS systems to allow you to add and assign home automation controls outside of SQ Remote. We hope that you enjoy using it. We look forward to seeing your designs!

We have released a bug fix version of the original version of SQ Remote. This will be the last update for that app. It will be removed from the app store soon, but anyone that has downloaded it and purchased the in-app upgrade will still be able to re-download it from within iTunes.

We have updated our website to reflect these latest releases, and will continue to make updates over the next few days.

John & The Square Connect Team
Title: Re: iPad App and SQ Designer Released
Post by: oTi@ on August 09, 2011, 08:26:23 pm
@The Square Connect Team

Nice work! Congrats on the milestone. 8)
Title: Re: iPad App and SQ Designer Released
Post by: Cherokee180c on August 09, 2011, 10:16:46 pm
The HD app and SQdesigner Rock!!!!!!  I swear there is no discernible lag at all!!!  Great Job John and the entire SQ team!  Has there been any more themes created yet?  I just got back from vacation and need to start playing with the themes. I will be posting part two of my video on the app tomorrow night if all goes well.
Title: Re: iPad App and SQ Designer Released
Post by: SquareConnectMat on August 10, 2011, 12:38:47 am
 Has there been any more themes created yet?

We have one theme up on the web site... We have another in development. The one on the web site is still being "tweaked" - we will announce on our Facebook page when it has an update.

We are looking for graphic artists who are "into" home control to help us out here. So if you or anyone else has the skills and interest, send me an email.

Of course I have many many ideas for different themes... But I kind of want a really good star trek based on from my home theater... If only I had time (and talent) I'd do it myself...

Title: Re: iPad App and SQ Designer Released
Post by: Cherokee180c on August 10, 2011, 07:29:51 pm
I was thinking carbon fiber or brushed aluminum first, but the the star trek system sounds pretty wild!
Title: Re: iPad App and SQ Designer Released
Post by: SquareConnectMat on August 10, 2011, 10:23:41 pm
@Cherokee180c

Thanks for the video link to your system showing SQRemoteHD:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LQ7s2uxh6qI&feature=youtube_gdata_player

Very nice, very clean.

Yeah... themes... I think of new ideas everyday. Unfortunately, I am heads down in the new ZWave controller, and dont have time to try and hack together any.  I've been thinking of maybe putting on some sort of competition with prizes for the best theme.. but not really sure how to get people interested or motivated in that sort of endeavor.
Title: Re: iPad App and SQ Designer Released
Post by: rlmalisz on August 11, 2011, 12:55:33 pm
I was thinking carbon fiber or brushed aluminum first, but the the star trek system sounds pretty wild!

So a question here--in your video, you're controlling your PS3.  Does this mean the blaster does BT, and groks the PS3 interface structure?  I had thought it was strictly IR...

--Richard
Title: Re: iPad App and SQ Designer Released
Post by: shady on August 11, 2011, 01:45:04 pm
+1 for Star Trek (LCARS), all other themes go on the back burner.  I am sure anyone who has dreamed of the LCARS UI has seen these links before (I'll post them again anyway).  Nothing says "I'm living in the future" like a LCARS interface, or maybe it just says "I'm living in my own personal fantasy version of the future", but who cares ;)

http://lcarscom.net/databank.htm
http://www.lcarsx32.com/lcars/index.php
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sP4n0p7Z4jA    --my favorite as it is HA related
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2XwePC_Wljk&feature=related    --in a car
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2Tt-zfKypkI&feature=related      --on the iPad a preview of whats to come...maybe

but of course it wouldn't be long before I ended up like this guy (and I'm not saying that is a bad thing):
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rlrNKl4n8HI&feature=related

Congrats to Square Connect for the milestone!  Great work!
Title: Re: iPad App and SQ Designer Released
Post by: mitch672 on August 11, 2011, 03:24:50 pm
I was thinking carbon fiber or brushed aluminum first, but the the star trek system sounds pretty wild!

So a question here--in your video, you're controlling your PS3.  Does this mean the blaster does BT, and groks the PS3 interface structure?  I had thought it was strictly IR...

--Richard


I'm guessing he's using one of the Logitech IR to Bluetooth adapters designed for the PS3

http://blog.logitech.com/2009/05/12/logitech-harmony-adapter-for-playstation-3-now-available/

Mitch
Title: Re: iPad App and SQ Designer Released
Post by: SquareConnectMat on August 11, 2011, 05:49:25 pm

So a question here--in your video, you're controlling your PS3.  Does this mean the blaster does BT, and groks the PS3 interface structure?  I had thought it was strictly IR...

--Richard


SQBlaster is IR only, I believe he uses an IR to PS3 converter. BT especially the propriatary Sony BT is a pain. Just not worth it given that the IR converters are cheap enough and good enough for what most people want to use our system fro.

M
Title: Re: iPad App and SQ Designer Released
Post by: SquareConnectMat on August 11, 2011, 05:50:05 pm
+1 for Star Trek (LCARS), all other themes go on the back burner.  I am sure anyone who has dreamed of the LCARS UI has seen these links before (I'll post them again anyway).  Nothing says "I'm living in the future" like a LCARS interface, or maybe it just says "I'm living in my own personal fantasy version of the future", but who cares ;)

http://lcarscom.net/databank.htm
http://www.lcarsx32.com/lcars/index.php
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sP4n0p7Z4jA    --my favorite as it is HA related
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2XwePC_Wljk&feature=related    --in a car
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2Tt-zfKypkI&feature=related      --on the iPad a preview of whats to come...maybe

but of course it wouldn't be long before I ended up like this guy (and I'm not saying that is a bad thing):
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rlrNKl4n8HI&feature=related

Congrats to Square Connect for the milestone!  Great work!


OK Tim,

We HAVE to find a way to make this theme.

Mat
Title: Re: iPad App and SQ Designer Released
Post by: SquareConnectJohn on August 12, 2011, 05:46:21 am
Tim,

Sounds like you have a job to do... the community is waiting...

(grin)

Title: Re: iPad App and SQ Designer Released
Post by: Cherokee180c on August 13, 2011, 03:00:58 pm
@Cherokee180c

Thanks for the video link to your system showing SQRemoteHD:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LQ7s2uxh6qI&feature=youtube_gdata_player

Very nice, very clean.

Yeah... themes... I think of new ideas everyday. Unfortunately, I am heads down in the new ZWave controller, and dont have time to try and hack together any.  I've been thinking of maybe putting on some sort of competition with prizes for the best theme.. but not really sure how to get people interested or motivated in that sort of endeavor.

Funny you say that Mat, because I was thinking the same thing.  You could launch a competition and give away an SQBlaster / SQRemote HD combo as the prize.  If you get 15 to 20 entries, you would have a great set of basic themes.  Not sure how non owners would be able to create the theme though.  Another idea I had was to get with a local high school Art class and give away a cash prize to the best themes.  If you could give them the basic parameters and the leather one as an example, they could probably do some awesome work.  I bet the local art teacher would like the project.

Yes, I am simply using the Nyko IR USB adapter.  You can control everything you need for movie playback with the exception of ON/Off power control.  That is not really an issue anyway as you need to physically put the blue ray disc in the slot, which will automatically turn it on.  When I am done the movie, I need to eject the disc anyway, so no big deal manually hitting the power button.
Title: Re: iPad App and SQ Designer Released
Post by: SquareConnectJohn on August 14, 2011, 06:42:05 pm
Here's a little theme thing that I started today... not finished yet... and as I am not a hard core Star Trek fan, I have probably violated a lot of rules that I don't know about.....

Let me know if i should finish this.... (Screen shot attached).

John

[Note: Screen shot does not seem to appear if you are using Safari. Try Firefox or another browser]

[Follow up note... it has been pointed out to me by someone much more learned in these things, that you need to be logged in to see attachments....!! Apologies for any misdirection through my ignorance.]
Title: Re: iPad App and SQ Designer Released
Post by: shady on August 15, 2011, 03:00:14 pm
The selfish geek in me says "Yes finish it!!!", but I know how busy you guys are.  I am not a huge Star Trek fan either, I enjoy the show, but have never been to the related conventions.  If are too busy, someone else can pick-up where you left off (me perhaps).  I am still working on getting my iPad though, the wife has me on a never ending quest (to-do list).  I can keep going in Designer though if the iPad isn't required for skin creation.

Although, I know how it is when inspriation strikes and you have to capitalize on it.  So if you think a basic control set could be completed by your efforts and it won't take away from your other pursuits, then I say go for it.  We can always tweek it or add to it later with feedback from die-hard fans (authentic sounds, etc. ).  I am impressed by your skills and speed, it looks great!

Title: Re: iPad App and SQ Designer Released
Post by: SquareConnectJohn on August 15, 2011, 06:52:40 pm
Shady,

You can create skins (themes) for the iPhone with Designer, but the LCARS theme is targeted at the iPad, so its time for a chat with your wife...  ;D

LCARS doesn't work quite so well on the iPhone... not enough space.
Title: Re: iPad App and SQ Designer Released
Post by: pcjackson06 on August 18, 2011, 12:12:00 am
I say yes. I'm not a big fan and I love it.
Title: Re: iPad App and SQ Designer Released
Post by: woodsby on August 19, 2011, 08:23:40 pm
Anyone notice that SQDesigner does not support AV devices that exist on Vera?  On sqremote and sqremote HD, you can still select Vera AV Device commands for buttons and macros, but I cannot seem to do the same in SQdesigner... Has anyone had any luck with this?
Title: Re: iPad App and SQ Designer Released
Post by: SquareConnectMat on August 20, 2011, 05:57:10 pm
@Woodsby,

I am sure John will take a look. Feel free to raise a ticket on our ticket system if you want to track it and make sure it gets into the list of items to be looked at.

Mat
Title: Re: iPad App and SQ Designer Released
Post by: vbrett on August 27, 2011, 03:57:10 pm
Justed finished adding Vera to my SQ Designer and then downloaded to my 3 IPad's that I have running my AV Systems and now my ZWave lighting and controls in my house.

I can tell you that adding the Lighting Controls to SQ Designer and the loaded them into my SQ IPad App could not have been easier. It took me only 3 hours to get over 30 controls in and out. (The truth is it took me most of last night and untill noon today to get Vera up and running.) :o :o

Very good interface John. Congradulations!

Victor
Title: Re: iPad App and SQ Designer Released
Post by: Counselor on August 29, 2011, 06:46:13 pm
John/Mat,

For those of us that recently purchased the original SQ Remote app for 29.99, will we be required to re-purchase the new app for 9.99? I purchased the full app about 2-3 months ago and wondering if I'll need  to purchase the new one after such a short amount of time from buying the original.
Title: Re: iPad App and SQ Designer Released
Post by: Intrepid on August 29, 2011, 06:53:48 pm
John/Mat,

For those of us that recently purchased the original SQ Remote app for 29.99, will we be required to re-purchase the new app for 9.99? I purchased the full app about 2-3 months ago and wondering if I'll need  to purchase the new one after such a short amount of time from buying the original.

I'm in the exact same situation.  Bought the old one for full price $29 a couple of months ago.


Title: Re: iPad App and SQ Designer Released
Post by: SquareConnectMat on August 29, 2011, 08:16:51 pm
John/Mat,

For those of us that recently purchased the original SQ Remote app for 29.99, will we be required to re-purchase the new app for 9.99? I purchased the full app about 2-3 months ago and wondering if I'll need  to purchase the new one after such a short amount of time from buying the original.

@Counselor

We have had a few people ask us about this. We do try to be every mindful and respectful of our customers while we try to build our fledgling business. First, thanks for your support. If you just paid the full $29.99 only a few weeks ago, it must feel frustrating to realize that a new version was then released.

It is a real challenge to price things right with mobile apps.... How do you create and continue to support a product for a niche market when everyone expects "mobile app" pricing?  We are also bound by Apple's rules. Remember, we don't actually sell you a license to use the app, Apple does. And they take 30% for the honor...

We felt there is a long held tradition in desk top and server software for people to pay for an upgrade for a major version release. The problem we have is that Apple doesn't let us reward existing users by offering a discount. Although this is rumored to be coming soon.

We looked around to see what other 'niche players' did - and the consensus is that iPad software is a premium platform, and that for specialist apps, $30 is the right price point. So we felt we would offer everyone, new and existing an "upgrade price".

We wanted all Vera users, new and old to not feel too much pain to try out SQ Remote HD. After all, $10 is about what you expect to pay for a cheap and not very useful universal remote at a discount store, or even just a couple of coffee's.

Unfortunately we are not in the Angry Bird category where we have tens of millions of users where an app for 99c reaps us huge rewards. Nor are we a big company where the cost of development can be covered by other areas. We have a very small specialized market and the effort of getting this latest version ready has cost literally many man months of hard work (100% of the time... this is not a part-time hobby). Our revenues to date go no where near covering our costs, but interest in our products is growing, and as we grow we will be able to continue to offer products that are useful and valuable to our customers.

It should be noted that you are not "required" to move to the iPad app. The current version of SQ Remote will continue to serve you well on the iPhone and the iPad in 2x mode. If you are interested in a native iPad SQ Remote experience and/or 'themes', we would ask is this a reasonable price?

We generally release a minor version every three or four months, and we generally release a major version every 6 to 12 months. Given the size and growth of the Vera market, I would expect that for us to continue to support it we will HAVE to continue charge for upgrades going forward... and we hope that the additional features we put in make it worth while for you to continue to pay.

I hope this helps...


Regards,



Mat

Title: Re: iPad App and SQ Designer Released
Post by: hightop32 on August 29, 2011, 11:37:34 pm
wooo early adopter tax, glad i waited!

any, uh, pricedrops on the puck? :)

perhaps a refurb?  maybe something scratched up?  plastic? kit? bueller?
Title: Re: iPad App and SQ Designer Released
Post by: lastmacuser on August 30, 2011, 01:14:06 pm
I fully understand the need for upgrades including $ and love the new native size iPad app. I also liked the old version but the "extra" space is great. I am a little less thrilled with the price of the developer app. As an early adopter of the puck, this software should be included with the bundle and offered to previous buyers. Or bump up the price of the app $10 and include it with the app. My 2 cents.
Title: Re: iPad App and SQ Designer Released
Post by: jamie on August 30, 2011, 04:13:39 pm
Me too!  It's kind of driving me nuts.  Submitted a ticket a few days ago, but lost the ticket # so I can't check its status.

Anyone notice that SQDesigner does not support AV devices that exist on Vera?  On sqremote and sqremote HD, you can still select Vera AV Device commands for buttons and macros, but I cannot seem to do the same in SQdesigner... Has anyone had any luck with this?
Title: Re: iPad App and SQ Designer Released
Post by: Counselor on August 30, 2011, 04:28:10 pm
Mat,

I fully understand that you are bound by the Apple's licensing rules. However, having been in this situation before, the developer did find a very suitable method of extending a discount. In my case, I explained that I purchased an app, a very pricey one) and found that 2 days later there was a significant price drop. When I contacted the developer, they too explained that they were unable to offer a discount through the app store, so instead, they offered me the difference either via paypal or through a $20.00 itunes gift card/code. I took the later of the two choices, which not only kept me (the customer) happy, but also resulted in the putting the funds back into the app store. We both won... and I became a more loyal and even happier customer.

Counselor
Title: Re: iPad App and SQ Designer Released
Post by: SquareConnectMat on August 30, 2011, 05:04:05 pm
Me too!  It's kind of driving me nuts.  Submitted a ticket a few days ago, but lost the ticket # so I can't check its status.

Anyone notice that SQDesigner does not support AV devices that exist on Vera?  On sqremote and sqremote HD, you can still select Vera AV Device commands for buttons and macros, but I cannot seem to do the same in SQdesigner... Has anyone had any luck with this?

I believe that there is a fix for this in the latest 'beta' version of SQDesigner, so it will almost certainly be in the next point release.

Mat
Title: Re: iPad App and SQ Designer Released
Post by: SquareConnectJohn on September 02, 2011, 03:26:25 am
Anyone notice that SQDesigner does not support AV devices that exist on Vera?  On sqremote and sqremote HD, you can still select Vera AV Device commands for buttons and macros, but I cannot seem to do the same in SQdesigner... Has anyone had any luck with this?

 I can confirm that the functionality of SQ Designer has been extended to allow assigning of commands for media devices (AV Devices) that are embedded within Vera and use Vera as the AV control engine rather than the SQ Blaster. The caveat is that you will need to discover these devices within SQ Remote first and then import your configuration into SQ Designer for editing. SQ Designer will not yet discover these Vera based AV devices and their command sets directly.

This will be in the next release - hopefully very soon.

John
Title: Re: iPad App and SQ Designer Released
Post by: wayneoh on September 20, 2011, 11:43:12 pm
Hello, I hope i am posting question in correct area. I recently added the sq remote HD to my iphone4 and my ipad2. Had a grreat time customizing and added lights and a panasonic blc230. Everything was found and for the camera there were 3 options for control to assign, 3 different pictures of a camera. After that when i select the camera, a small picture of it shows up but there aren't any controls for ptz and can't even stretch the display to be larger than silver dollar size. Same on iphone4.
The camera has the right/left/up/down functions working fine in ivera app and also automator app with controls. Can anyone offer suggestions on how to get sq remote to have some control buttons/arrows or something other than a black screen with a little image in the center?
Thank  you,

Title: Re: iPad App and SQ Designer Released
Post by: strangely on September 27, 2011, 04:22:38 pm
You could maybe add a direct webview for the camera instead?!
Title: Re: iPad App and SQ Designer Released
Post by: teonebello on September 27, 2011, 05:40:24 pm
Same problem ad wayneon with four foscam camera.

Is it possible to view the streaming? Maybe in the main screen in a frame?

Thank you
Matteo
Title: Re: iPad App and SQ Designer Released
Post by: strangely on September 28, 2011, 01:16:20 am
Yes the feature in SQremote is called "webview" as I mentioned before, the advantage of this approach is that it will be streaming view.

The only disadvantages will be that if you want it to work outside of your LAN then you'll need to use dynamic DNS and port forwarding or something similar. Also if you have security on your Camera then you have to embed the username and password in the webview URL field in the following format:

username:password@mycameraurl.com/whatever_the_rest_of_the_url_is or username:password@192.168.0.10/whatever_the_rest_of_the_url_is if local access only is required.

See page 36 of PDF below for further details:

http://www.squareconnect.com/docs/SQBlasterUserManual_v1_10.pdf
Title: Re: iPad App and SQ Designer Released
Post by: oTi@ on September 12, 2014, 07:46:23 am
Free, as in gratis, at this point.

http://squareconnect.com/webstore.html

- SQ Designer: We have released SQ Designer v1.0. [...]
Title: Re: iPad App and SQ Designer Released
Post by: Piwtorak on September 12, 2014, 08:12:27 am
I bought mine :) ;) ;D