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5.1.0 followup releases
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Interface editing slownes...
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Upgraded to 5.1.0: Cannot...
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5.1 Web widget
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5.1 Installer
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Create/Import Packages
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  Upgraded to 5.1.0: Cannot Load Driver
Posted by: Jnetto - 05-21-2017, 06:56 PM - Forum: CQC Support - Replies (6)

I upgraded from 5.0 to 5.1.0 but my Leviton driver was not loaded. When I attempted to load it I received the error "Could not store configuration for driver 'LevitonCtrl' on host 'MusicServer'. This may have left the actual driver out of sync with this new configuration."
The Details tab contained "The key '/CQC/Drivers/MusicServer/LevitonCtrl' already exists in store 'CIDCfgSrvRepo', so it cannot be added." 
I unchecked "Use previous install" so that I could select CQC voice for installation.

I've forgotten - how do I request a new license?

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  5.1.0 followup releases
Posted by: Dean Roddey - 05-19-2017, 07:38 PM - Forum: CQC Support - Replies (14)

As is almost always the case we'll end up doing a small number of non-beta followup release (5.1.1, 5.1,2, etc...) to take care of any small issues that come up and add some smaller features that we can safely get into place. This thread is for discussion of those. I'll reserve a few responses after this for the official release posts, and the rest can be discussion.

Latest version: 5.1.1
URL: http://www.charmedquark.com/Web2/Downloa..._5_1_1.exe

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  5.1 Web widget
Posted by: Mark Stega - 05-19-2017, 12:45 PM - Forum: CQC Support - Replies (9)

I have a strange error using the web widget.

When I load my overlay with the web widget the web content displays correctly. However, the mouse pointer is no longer visible when it is within the area of the IV. This is not dependent upon the web page being displayed (I reconfigured from my weather.com page to http://www.google.com and the same thing happened).

This has been observed on my development & production systems. Both are Windows 10 Pro x64 with the most recent updates. I have no idea when the problem started as I only looked at weather radar on my touch screen production system. I happened to try the radar on my dev system as I was applying the 5.1 license and heard the rumble of fairly close thunder so popped up the overlay with weather radar in the web widget.

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  5.1 Installer
Posted by: Mark Stega - 05-19-2017, 08:44 AM - Forum: CQC Support - Replies (2)

Here is odd behavior in the 5.1 installer during an upgrade:

When you get to the "select installation mode" panel the "back"button is available. If you choose this you get taken to a panel that starts with "Since this is a new installation..." where you get to specify some basic functionality. When you do 'next' the options are still there with the 'use previous install options' checked. If you uncheck the 'use previous options' and go back, then next, the options change to reflect your choices.

Overall, I don't think that the 'back' button should be enabled if you are in the upgrade scenario in the "select installation mode" panel.

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  Create/Import Packages
Posted by: pjgregory - 05-19-2017, 08:43 AM - Forum: CQC Support - Replies (2)

Having spent the best part of a day copying Events and Global Actions from one system to another, I realized that there are are "Create" and "Import Package" options on the right click menu for each of them, but the options are greyed out Cry Cry .  When will these be working. (I am on 5_921


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  Interface editing slowness
Posted by: zra - 05-18-2017, 02:30 PM - Forum: CQC Support - Replies (3)


I've been hoping that this issue would resolve itself with updates, but it has not. 

I put this here vs the beta threads because I noticed it since moving to 5.0.

Here is the problem:

The reaction time with updates on my system is slow. Nearly every edit to an interface that I make triggers the hourglass for at least 3 to 5 seconds. 

Prior to 5.0, I never had any similar performance issues and the hardware is all the same. 

Has this been reported by anyone else? Any suggestions?

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  Official 5.2 Beta Discussion Thread
Posted by: Dean Roddey - 05-17-2017, 07:18 PM - Forum: Beta Discussions - Replies (17)

OK, 5.1 is out, so this is a new discussion thread for stuff leading up to 5.2. Of course it's pretty well known what 5.2 is going to be about. It's going to be about getting a first shot at a room configuration based client for non-Windows devices. How exactly it will be built is not 100% fixed. Likely it'll be Typescript/HTML/CSS, and a lot of work has already been done on that front. But we decided to prioritize CQC Voice first because voice control is such a big thing, and a simple, easy to set up voice control option was much needed.

But, this time we really have to get the portable, room config based client done, so that will be far and away the primary concern. We can obviously do a few other smaller things along the way, and will as always likely add drivers and make improvements of various sorts. 

One likely other thing we may work on is multiple microphone support for CQC Voice. It's working well now, but struggles in bigger rooms. Having multiple mics all listening for the same commands and using a 'voting' approach could really solidify CQC Voice's reliability in larger spaces which would be a big coup for us. Given that it's basically 'just' building another sort of layer on top of what's there for a single mic, it shouldn't be a monster rewrite (famous last words perhaps.) 

But, in both cases, portable client and CQC Voice, this is all way off on the periphery stuff, so there should be very little in the way of potential destabilizing changes made, and we'll be taking care of any reported small issues and such as is always the case. So 5.2 could end up a very tweaked out release and have some really nice new capabilities at the same time, which is rare.

Some time will be put into study for other things to follow of course.

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  Official 5.2 Beta Release Thread
Posted by: Dean Roddey - 05-17-2017, 07:11 PM - Forum: Beta Discussions - No Replies

This thread is not for discussion, so please don't post here. It is for official 5.2 beta release information.


Latest Version: [none currently, 5.1 was just released]
Confidence Level: 99%
Download Link: 

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

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  Trouble with TTS
Posted by: George M - 05-17-2017, 01:49 PM - Forum: CQC Support - Replies (14)

I've been using TTS for many years. I noticed recently that it was no longer working. I then saw the post by Dean about changing the speech engine after 5.0.9. Since i am on 5.0.921 it is affecting me.

I followed the directions Dean set out.
Installed the runtime library.
Installed the En speech platform
Installed three new voices.

When I try to create a new device (CQC Speech II, I was using CQC-TTS before), I cannot complete it because it does not see the TTS voices.

I also cannot see them from the control panel.

This is on a Win7 machine with all the latest updates and CQC 5.0.921.

Any ideas why this might be?

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  Version 5.1 is Released
Posted by: Dean Roddey - 05-17-2017, 01:32 PM - Forum: Announcements - No Replies

May 17, 2017 - CQC Version 5.1 Released

Charmed Quark Systems, Ltd. is proud to announce the release of version 5.1 of their CQC automation platform. 5.0 was arguably the largest release we have ever done, completely rebuilding the administrative user interface. 5.1 picks up where 5.0 left off, introducing a couple major new capabilities, a lot of small improvements, and taking care of the usual small things that inevitably make it through a massive release like 5.0.

Here is an upgrade guide for existing customers upgrading from pre-5.0 versions:

5.0 Upgrade Guide

The major changes in this version are:

CQC Voice. We now have a non-cloud based voice control alternative, called CQC Voice. The Echo is still supported and will remain so. But the Echo is fairly intensive to set up and understand due to its open ended nature, and it is cloud based which makes some people uncomfortable. CQC Voice is designed to be the opposite, so very easy to set up and all local. It is based off of the same room configuration that is used by the auto-generation system. Unlike the Echo it is not open ended, it has a predefined set of commands. But, the payoff is it that it is much simpler and it is also much more 'conversational' and aware of the context of the commands it supports, so it is more more like a digital assistant than a voice driven remote control.

* We now require Microsoft's Speech Platform 11 for both text to speech and the new Voice option. The installer will help you easily get these installed.

Web Camera Widget. Up until now web cameras had to be supported through our web browser widget. That wasn't always optimal because in many cases the web browser based interface provided by the camera system included more than just the video feed. And we couldn't support (the very common) use of RTSP by cameras to stream their video because the Windows browser engine doesn't support RTSP. We now have a new, dedicated web camera widget that can support a broad range of streaming formats.

New Help. In 5.0 we completely reworked the help system, into a much nicer HTML format that ships with CQC. However there wasn't time to complete the full conversion, so some documentation (such as the device drivers) was still in the old format. This conversion is now 'complete', meaning the old content has been converted but there will continue to be more content added as we move forward. A lot of new content was added for this release as well.

You can also now hit F1 in the Action Editor or User Interface editor tab, and it will take you to the help for the currently selected command or interface widget, respectively. This is a considerable improvement in convenience. We will continue to expand support for this moving forward.

Device Support. We've added a new 'universal' Denon AVR driver, which makes it much easier to support more of the hundred models that will come out next month, and we've already added a number of new models based on it. There is a new driver for the Venstar ColorTouch and Voyager IP based thermostats.  The Hue driver now supports color temperature adjustable lights. And we've added support for a number of new Z-Wave modules.

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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