May 7, 2008 in Software (E)
[prMac.com] Dallas, TX - Perceptive Automation, the leading provider of Mac-based home automation software, today announced the immediate availability of Indigo version 3.0, a major update to the company's intelligent home control and automation server for Mac OS X. With Indigo, users can easily control lights, appliances, thermostats, lawn sprinklers, hot tubs and dozens of other items found in the home, literally from anywhere in the world using Indigo's built-in Web server.
Indigo now supports the new INSTEON Thermostat Adapter allowing wireless control of several Venstar thermostats. Mac users can now save energy and money by using Indigo's flexible schedules and automation logic to control their home's HVAC. Additionally, using Indigo's built-in Web server, users can now remotely control their home's thermostat from any Web browser, including Apple's iPhone and iPod Touch Web browsers.
Indigo's new INSTEON link and scene management editor gives users the power to remotely define links and lighting scenes between almost all INSTEON modules. Creating links or lighting scenes between keypads and multiple modules can now be done quickly and reliably from Indigo. Additionally, with Indigo's unique persistent link and two-way syncing features, users can automatically copy old link and scene information to a new replacement module with the press of a button.
Indigo can now upload user defined basic logic and schedules to the INSTEON PowerLinc 2414U computer interface, providing a solution for users that cannot leave their Mac running all of the time. The PowerLinc 2414U has a built-in clock and basic logic capabilities, and can even be used to turn lighting on or off at sunset and sunrise transitions that match the user's geographical location.
"The primary focus of this release was to add the additional home automation hardware support our customers have requested so that Indigo can provide a complete, whole-house automation solution for them," said Matt Bendiksen, president of Perceptive Automation. "With the additional INSTEON hardware supported, users can now control their home's HVAC, create complex lighting scenes, control sprinklers, and even use their existing home theatre IR remote controls for home automation."
Other new functionality introduced in Indigo 3.0 includes SQLite and PostgreSQL integration, a Web server plug-in architecture, improved Web server performance, refinements to the user interface, and support for new INSTEON hardware modules: OutletLinc, KeypadLinc Relay, EZIO6I Input Controller, EZX10RF Wireless Sensor Receiver, EZSwitch30, IRLinc Converter, and other advanced INSTEON modules.
"The remote lighting scene management capability in Indigo 3.0 is an awesome addition," says Mark Gillham. "It allowed me to quickly setup complex lighting scenes in over 70 modules throughout my house. Without Indigo's intuitive but powerful scene management editor it would have taken literally days to finish."
Indigo provides native support for the INSTEON-enabled PowerLinc V2 (2414U) CM-11, LynX-PLC, MR26, and W800RF32. These computer interfaces allow Indigo to remotely communicate with INSTEON and X10 modules throughout the home over existing power lines, giving users remote programmable control over lights, appliances, thermostats, and sprinkler controllers. Additionally, Indigo provides integrated support for the popular Salling Clicker application and the Ovolab Phlink telephony device, allowing remote home control from Bluetooth-enabled devices or any touch-tone telephone.
Pricing and Availability:
Indigo v3.0 is available now for an introductory price of $179.95 through the Perceptive Automation website. All Indigo v2.0 customers are eligible for a free upgrade, and all Indigo v1.x customers are eligible for a $90 credit toward the upgrade purchase of v3.0. Also available online is a 30 day trial copy of Indigo. Indigo runs on Mac OS X 10.4 or greater, and requires a supported INSTEON or X10 computer interface for controlling home lighting and appliance modules. Evaluation copy of software available upon request.
Perceptive Automation, the leading provider of Mac-based home automation software, provides intuitive home control applications that make controlling the smart home easy. Founded in 2002, Perceptive Automation is a member of the SmartLabs' INSTEON Alliance program. Perceptive Automation and Indigo are trademarks of Perceptive Automation, LLC. Other company and product names may be trademarks of their respective owners.