Philips Hue has claimed the launch of the new Gradient products all to itself. What do I mean by that? The APIs and tools necessary for developers were only released after the actual market launch. This explains why the initial integration with Hue Essentials did not necessarily turn out to be great and iConnectHue can only now come up with the corresponding update.
iConnectHue offers support for the magic scenes around products such as the Hue Gradient Signe or the Ambiance Gradient Lightstrip. In these scenes, colours are automatically distributed to the different lights in the room, in which case the Gradient products display multiple colours at the same time.
Also, Stefan Göhler, the developer of iConnectHue, lets us know: “In addition to this, you can now create and use scenes with gradients all over the app – for timers, switches and coming/leaving, for example! Drag & drop between gradient lights works as well to transfer a gradient. The Pro light migration wizard to replace old lights with new ones supports them. You can use them in your widget as well as in Siri Shortcuts.”
Unfortunately, the new functions related to the gradient products are not available to all users. A membership, the 2021 upgrade or a purchase of the app after February 2021 is required and the firmware of your bridge must be up to date.
All other changes in iConnectHue 4.8
HALLOWEEN ANIMATIONS FOR MEMBERS
Since several of you asked, we extended the availability of our Halloween scenes until mid December, and we will now make available Halloween scenes for our members over the full year! Of course they will be available the next Halloween for everybody else, as you know it.
APPLE FAMILY SHARING FOR PRO
From now on you can share your Pro membership easily via Apple Family Sharing. As consequence, the old sharing via Airdrop is not available any longer. If you haven’t set up family sharing yet, please refer our FAQ on how to do it! In case you run into problems, don’t hesitate and contact us from the menu!
NEW MOTION SENSOR SUPPORTED
There’s a new motion sensor with “hue” added on the top instead of just saying “Philips”. It has more sensitivity levels and can “see” further – 5 instead of 7 metres. It also has IP 42 level of protection.
Since it only requires some changes on our side, its support is included for free this time. Still, new devices mean work, this is an exception, and we’d be happy if you would support us for our work, with a good review or a purchase.
Don’t judge a book by its cover: This version has A LOT of changes under the hood –
about 400 indiviual changes! Here are the ones important to you:
- Improvements to Animation, Magic scene and timer editor
- Improvements to color selection pages
- Several menus improved or reworked
- Several views slightly reworked
- Resolved several small problems