Advanced Pages Scenarios

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This page was written by Pluto and imported with their permission when LinuxMCE branched off in February, 2007. In general any information should apply to LinuxMCE. However, this page should be edited to reflect changes to LinuxMCE and remove old references to Pluto.

Scenarios are groups of commands, or tasks. Each scenario will be shown on the Orbiter as a button. The scenarios are grouped by lighting, climate, media, security, telecom and miscellaneous. However this is just to make the scenarios more organized and easier to use, since the scenarios are grouped and color-coded on the orbiter according to this. Any scenario can perform any task, no matter what group it is put in.

When you add, or edit a scenario, you will provide the following:

Description: This is the text that will appear on the Orbiter.

Type: This determines in what group the scenario will appear on the orbiter.

Design Obj: Normally this is not used. The main menu on the orbiter has standard buttons for each of the scenario types. However, if you created a special button, maybe with a special background, or a different size, and you want this scenario to always appear as that special button, you can put the Design Obj from Designer here.

Icon: You can pick an icon you want to appear on the button for this scenario.

Wizard****: This is the wizard that is used to edit this scenario. The various scenario wizards make it easier to create a scenario of a given type. For example, the lighting scenario wizard lists all the devices in the house and lets you just click "on" and "off" for each one. This is easier than using this page, but it only lets control lights. If you want a scenario that does more than one thing, like a scenario that controls the lights and also plays some music, it's probably easier to create the scenario with the wizard first to do 1 thing, and then come in here to the advanced editor to add the other commands.

Rooms/Entertain Areas: Scenarios are associated with rooms, or in the case of the media scenarios, with entertainment areas. The scenario will appear on the orbiter only when the user is controlling that room or entertainment area. Rooms

Device: To add a command to a scenario, first pick the device you want to send the command to. Then...

Command: This lists all the commands that device knows how to implement. Choose the command you want to send. Then click add and...

Parameters: If the command requires parameters, you will be prompted to type them in. There will be a description explaining what each parameter is.

You can add as many commands as you like to a scenario.