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  Simple field change trigger action
Posted by: Bugman - 2 hours ago - Forum: CQC Support - Replies (1)

Dean: Trying to use a field trigger, but can't get it to go.

What I wish to accomplish is having my hue lights come up when the XBMC driver Playmode field is "Paused".

I have enabled the field trigger to send trigger on any field change. That works fine with the following output.

TIME: 14:20:16

I have configured a triggered event as such:

Is Field Changed For      Field:  XBMC.Playmode
Fld Value Equals             Field:  XBMC.Playmode
                                        Comp Val: Paused

The action just turns on the lights. 

So far no joy. Likely missing something obvious (to someone who knows what they are doing Blush

In the meantime, this pops up in the logs

10/21 14:37:00-zotac, CQCServer, CQCDrv_XBMCThread27
    CQCKit, MEng.System.CQC.Runtime.CQCLogger.128, Status/App Status
    EvalJSON: Exception 2 - Can't convert '' to a MEng.Card4 binary form, Cmd=Player.GetProperties

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  Logitech Media Server/squeezebox driver freezes Admin interface
Posted by: lleo - Yesterday, 12:04 PM - Forum: CQC Support - Replies (7)

I just upgraded to 5.2 from 5.1.904 beta, and noticing a bad lock-up whenever I open the Logitech Media Server beta driver, version 3.82, in the Administrative interface.
Other drivers I have do not cause this.
The only way I can get out this condition is by force-close the administrative interface.
There is nothing logged in the logs, and the Logitech Media Server works fine on its own, and plays music.
Nothing changed on my end from before the upgrade, maybe something under the hood changed that makes this driver to freeze.
Any idea how to troubleshoot this?

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  UPB PIM - Simply Automated vs PulseWorx
Posted by: batwater - 10-19-2017, 12:27 PM - Forum: General Automation - Replies (2)

From a thread on Cocoontech someone recommended the PulseWorx PIM over the SA PIM as it has a "much stronger signal."  Is the PulseWorx PIM even compatible with CQC or is the driver written specifically to the SA PIM?


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  Official 5.3 Release Thread
Posted by: Dean Roddey - 10-17-2017, 07:13 PM - Forum: Beta Discussions - No Replies

This thread is not for discussion, so please don't post here. It is for official 5.3 beta release information.


Latest Version: [No betas yet]
Confidence Level: N/A
Download Link: N/A

The subsequent posts list changes in each beta version...

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  music & movie driver experiences and or suggestions
Posted by: zane - 10-15-2017, 08:34 PM - Forum: CQC Support - Replies (2)

Hi all,

     I'm just curious of what Repo, Rend and player is everyone using for their music and movies.
I'm currently using CQC iTunes drivers for music. Is their better CQC driver options that you guys have experienced?
what CQC drivers are you guys also using for movies?

thank you

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  Version 5.2 is released
Posted by: Dean Roddey - 10-15-2017, 03:59 PM - Forum: Announcements - Replies (3)

Oct 15, 2017 - CQC Version 5.2 Released

Charmed Quark Systems, Ltd. is proud to announce the release of version 5.2 of their CQC automation platform. With the enormous 5.0 release, we massively revamped our administrative UI. In 5.1 we addressed more voice control options and web cameras. For this release our major focus has been on non-Windows touch screen support, bringing CQC touch screen interfaces to more platforms, much more cleanly.  

The more significant changes in this version are:

WebRIVA. Over the last number of years, CQC touch screen support on non-Windows clients was provided by a couple third party products for Android and iOS, which were based on our RIVA system (Remote Interface Viewer Architecture.) However, support for those product had waned, and improvements were difficult to implement, so we wanted to bring that functionality in-house. After much debate we decided to implement a browser based RIVA client.

WebRIVA is the result, and it is a significant improvement in our non-Windows client support. Since it is all in-house now we were able to make significant improvements in the features and performance of the RIVA system, and of course we can now support any client with a sufficiently modern browser, not just Android and iOS. So this is a huge step forward for us.

More Help. In 5.0 we completely reworked the help system, into a much nicer HTML format that ships with CQC. In 5.1 that work continued, bringing over the device support documentation. For 5.2 we have again significantly improved the HTML help, with much better layering of information detail to make it easier for those new to CQC to work their way into the product.

There are now three main levels: Big Picture, More Details, and Reference. The More Details section contains the old Big Picture content largely, and a new Big Picture section was created which is a much bigger big picture, at a significantly higher level, with plenty of links to more information.

Device Support. We've added support for the Monoprice Blackbird 4x4 matrix switcher, we updated the Nest driver to support the new Eco modes and home/away status for structures, and we added support for the Lutron Caseta system.

Try It

You can download the new version via the home page of the web site, and try it out unencumbered for 40 days. So you can know for sure whether it meets your needs before you commit.

Existing customers covered under the maintenance system can upgrade at their convenience.

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  Mic for CQC Voice and other misc Q's
Posted by: znelbok - 10-14-2017, 09:00 PM - Forum: Installation/Configuration - Replies (2)

Whats everyone using for CQC Voice in the way of mic's

I know the Kinect works from reading and I can find them for round $50but the issue I see then is that they are needing a PC close by.

Is there a mic that is network based or something else that is more suitable for room install?

Does this PC with the mic connected need to be running a CQC server?

Running through some ideas and possible options it would be great if the CQC Voice server could be ported to ARM to allow a Raspberry Pi to connect to the Kinect (or other USB based mic) and then it would be a networked device.

I'd love to see a porting of the deivce server as well so that a Pi could be used in remote locations - keep it really simple, just the bare basics of a device server that is configured by the master server and has no Gui or headend, just some basic command lines for config.

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  CQC Voice
Posted by: zane - 10-13-2017, 05:27 PM - Forum: Installation/Configuration - Replies (3)

good evening all,

I need some assistance on configuring Zira to control music. She keeps telling me music isn't configured for the masters room. How do I configure her? she does tell me the time and date when I ask.

thank you

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  A word of warning regarding the Windows 10 Fall Creators Update
Posted by: Mark Stega - 10-11-2017, 12:43 PM - Forum: CQC Support - Replies (13)

I updated to what is supposed to be the RTM candidate for the next version of Windows 10 (10.0.16299.15) which is heading for GA next week..

On restart CQC grabbed 100% of the CPU (pretty evenly split among the CQC and CID processes). It took 10 minutes to get to the task manager and I was able to kill the processes.

I tried cqcnettest but all it does is output the copyright message and then exits.

I am guessing some sort of network oddity as when I pinged what should have been a local system I saw:
>ping beachfield-t61p
Pinging Beachfield-t61p.lifebridgehealth.org [92.242.xxx.xxx] with 32 bytes of data:
4 Request timed out messages.

To add insult to injury, MS SQL Server is consuming 35% of CPU resources.

Further, remote desktop fails after connecting to Windows 10 clients in about 15 seconds. It succeeds with Windows Server 2008 & 2012, & 2003 clients.

I am reverting to the previous Windows version and will put updates on hold.

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  Official 5.3 Beta Discussion Thread
Posted by: Dean Roddey - 10-11-2017, 11:06 AM - Forum: Beta Discussions - Replies (31)

This thread is for discussing the 5.3 betas. To start off with, here are some options for what we might do for 5.3. Once we choose what to do, this thread will be to report bugs, discuss options, etc...

Obvious Things

Some of the things we need to do are obvious and will definitely be done unless something very unexpected happens to prevent it, and even then that would only likely delay it somewhat because these are no-brainers.

New Z-Wave Driver

Finish the work on the new Z-Wave driver, the native Z-Stick one. It's well along already but it wasn't ever going to make it in time for 5.2, so I left it alone while finishing up WebRIVA stuff and other pre-5.2 release busy-work. Getting this guy done will mean we can (I hope) never have to write another Z-Wave driver again. Probably about the time I finish it, Z-Wave will go defunct or something. Not that I'd cry about that.

Possible Big Ticket Items

These seem fairly obvious to me, but if folks can make compelling arguments for other things we can add those to the list. I think that all of these are mutually exclusive, i.e. any one of them one be the one tanker sized feature for the next release, when combined with the Z-Wave driver above and a few smaller things. So anything else would be smaller stuff in addition to that and one of these.

Take the next step on CQC Voice.

Most likely that would be to update it to support multiple mics in a single room. It would run parallel recognition engines from each mic and using a 'voting mechanism' to work out the most likely best match to what was spoken. That serves two purposes. In large rooms it means more coverage, though the distance may mean that effectively only one mic ever has a good read. In smaller rooms it means higher accuracy since there's more likely to be a mic closer to you and pointing towards your face.

This doesn't mean you can just use regular mics, they still need to be array mics to be of much use. This isn't creating a DSP based scheme to do off axis noise rejection. All that still needs to be done in the mics. If you want something like that, buy a conference room DSP system and then you can send it multiple mics and it will do the mic array thing and you can then feed that one resulting audio feed to CQC Voice.

This will be annoying work, but nothing doctoral thesis-like. Everything is there except for the voting scheme. It's just a matter of adjusting the architecture to support more than one per mic. 

And of course just generally improve it while we have the chance as we are going back through it all.

Finish RTP Work, Then SIP/SDP

I have a lot of an implementation of RTP done already from a while back. I was successfully transmitting CD audio to VLC player as a test. We'd be able to send/receive audio between CQC and any RTP enabled device. That would be the basis for a lot of other possible bits, some listed below. This wouldn't be a full on implementation initially. it would probably support CD audio and a couple of the obvious voice audio codec formats. Others could be added over time if needed.

Once we have RTP, then we can implement SIP/SDP. That means we can then send and receive SIP calls. That includes not just phones but other things like SIP based intercom systems and doorbell intercoms and stuff like that. So we could basically implement an intercom engine that should work with most any other SIP based intercoms, and of course amongst our own machines thusly configured.

As far as phones themselves go, CQC could call you and tell you things if you wanted it to. CQC could send you SIP based IMs. CQC could initiate SIP calls for you and act as the phone itself. You just tell it what mic input and audio output to use.

In a subsequent release we could add some extra bits and you could call up CQC on the phone and speak to CQC Voice to tell it to do things. Recognition accuracy should be good since there's no distant recognition concern in that case.

Take a Huge Media Leap

OR, we could concentrate on a big leap forward in media support. There'd be a lot to be said about that. We could basically take our CQSL repo and turn into something much more like J.River/DVD Profiler, but still with all of the advantages of being tightly integrated that our repo has now.

We would find some new metadata sources that will allow us to deal with individual tracks, and we do a major rework on the repo manager to make it vastly better, and more in line with similar products. It won't end up being quite as extensive as J.River or DVD Profiler, which are kind of overkill for most folks, but it will be a lot closer to those, i.e. completely usable, but retaining all it's current integration benefits.

It would still support CD ripping, but would also become open to files added from the outside, which it would watch for via file system changes and show you as new files and let you check the metadata and then add them once you are happy with them. It would also support at least one new code, like FLAC perhaps, maybe a couple more.

It would allow for a number of options as to file layout, so that it could work with other products as desired. I.e. movies could be stored in the way that Plex wants them, music files stored in a way that some other player system wants them.

The goal would be to get to a point where, for most folks, they wouldn't feel the need for a third party tool.

Or, Some other Single Big Ticket Item?

Those are some obvious things that come to mind for me in terms of where I think that we might now benefit from some new capabilities or where parts of CQC have gotten old and could use a face lift.

Medium Sized Bits

In terms of less galactic things, we might consider some things like below. One or two of these may be doable in conjunction with one of the above big ones.

  • A hard wired alternative CAB (i.e. not configurable) that works like something like Plex's interface, in that tiled cover art sort of scheme.
  • Maybe do the work required to get media fully under voice control. That would only be practical currently under the Echo scheme.
  • Some big bang for the buck expansion of the auto-gen system, maybe support for web cams.
  • An 'exception' mechanism for actions in the IV, i.e. an OnError handler that gets called if an error occurs in any user driven action in the IV, so that you can display a custom error display and/or take remedial action.
  • Geolocation support in WebRIVA.

Future Thinking

Things we might start thinking about and discussing and exploring during the next release cycle for the one after that.
  • Some thoughts maybe about learning capabilities to figure out what you want and do it for you. This is a tricky thing and could become more annoying than useful. But, it's sort of the hype du jour right now.

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