Release Notes August 2021
- IFTTT: New Source
- OpenHAB: New Source
- Domoticz: New Source
- SMS Transliteration and Cropping
- Jenkins Plugin: Version 1.6.2
IFTTT: New Source
IFTTT (If This Then That) is a fairly popular mashup service for combining various applications into a single tool in order to automate everyday tasks.
The service allows users both to create their own chains - the so-called "recipes", and to use ready-made ones. The main rule is that each recipe should consist of two parts: an "action" and a "trigger" - the conditions under which it must be fulfilled. Thus, a given event or action will automatically trigger another action.
For example, with IFTTT you can set up regular creation of recurring tasks in project management systems (e.g. Trello), automatic posting to a certain social network after publishing a post to another (e.g. a Twitter post after a new Instagram post), adding certain events to your calendar and so on. You can create a million more different recipes depending on your needs and imagination.
The tool safely integrates with 650+ popular applications from such areas as Smart Home, computer technology, and many others. In addition to those mentioned above, Telegram, Spotify, GitHub, Amazon Alexa, Google Home, Evernote, etc. are available.
IFTTT integration with Notify.Events allows you to quickly receive notifications of completed recipes in a popular messenger or other communication tools. Just add the IFTTT source to a new or existing Notify.Events channel and get notifications wherever you like.
OpenHAB: New Source
In addition to IFTTT, in August we added a couple of new sources, thereby replenishing the IoT and Smart Home category of our catalog.
And the first of the new sources is the OpenHAB service. Open Home Automation Bus is a kind of hub for smart devices (and they don't have to be from the same brand). In other words, this software helps users create a single IoT system to manage all devices in their home from one place.
Over 200 different IoT technologies / systems are supported, including Google Assistant, Amazon Alexa, and Apple HomeKit, and over 2000 smart devices. The service works on any OS.
By connecting OpenHAB to your Notify.Events channel, you will be aware of the events taking place in your home or office as soon as possible.
Domoticz: New Source
Domoticz is another new source, also related to the Smart Home sphere. Like OpenHaB, Domoticz is a free home automation system that helps users manage various IoT devices. Smart bulbs, switches, doorbells, temperature sensors, meters and more are supported.
The program offers built-in notifications. But by default, sending is only available to email or to Android / iOS based devices. Moreover, the latter requires downloading a paid client. Integration with Notify.Events permits sending notifications from Domoticz to any of 50+ recipients to choose from: chatting apps, SMS, voice calls and / or push.
SMS Transliteration and Cropping
Another innovation will appeal to those who use or plan to use SMS as a recipient - through direct sending or SMS chats and integrations that involve sending SMS:
- Twilio (SMS)
- ClickSend (SMS)
Now, when adding one of these recipients to your channel, you can select the transliteration of the SMS text. What is it for?
According to the tariffication rules for SMS (regardless of the telecom operator), one message can include up to 160 characters of the Latin alphabet. If there are characters from a different alphabet, this limit is reduced to 80 characters.
When the transliteration option is enabled, the text of the notification will be automatically transliterated into the Latin alphabet. Thus, more text will fit into one SMS message, and you can save your budget, while not missing out on anything important.
But that’s not all. We’ve prepared the second option, which will also help to avoid additional costs - cropping the length of the message to 1 SMS. What will you get out of it?
By default, if the notification text does not fit into the character limit of one SMS, several messages will automatically be sent to you. For each such message, you will be charged according to your plan.
By enabling the cropping option, you will always receive 1 message - regardless of the length of the original notification. And if the notification is cut off, you will receive a link to the full text at the end of the SMS.
You can use the two new options simultaneously or separately.
Jenkins Plugin: Version 1.6.2
Well, and the last update for August - the release of the new version of the Jenkins plugin. We fixed the parallel execution of Notify.Events step and eliminated the plugin crash when there is an empty file list field for the attachment.
Check out a new batch of Notify.Events Release Notes each month. Until then, follow us on Facebook, Twitter, and Telegram. If you have something to ask or suggest (maybe a new integration?), contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org.