Indigo 1.1, an update of the intelligent home control and automation server for Mac OS X, is now available from
Indigo was developed as a Mac OS X native, home control server that integrates an assortment of X10 hardware devices. X10 is a communications protocol that allows you to control lights, appliances, thermostats, and other devices in your home that are connected to X10 modules. The modules receive signals over your home’s AC power lines. Control of the devices is achieved via wireless remotes, hardwired remotes, security systems and computer interfaces.
Indigo 1.0 was released with practically no fanfare because the company wanted to iron out the bugs in their online purchasing process, Matt Bendiksen of Perceptive Automation told MacCentral. Version 1.1 provides support for compatible Sony Ericsson mobile phones by integrating with the
Salling Clicker application.
Salling Clicker allows Mac users with Bluetooth-equipped Sony Ericsson phones to operate their machines by remote control. With integrated support and scripts for Salling Clicker in Indigo 1.1, you can now remotely control X10 devices such as lighting, appliances and sprinkler controllers using X10 compatible remote controls, e-mail and Sony Ericsson mobile phones.
With Indigo you can tackle tasks such as controlling the on, off and brightness of devices and determining which devices are displayed on the phone’s menu. Additional scripts allow remote execution of Indigo’s Action Groups for access to lighting scenes and complex sequences of actions, and proximity scripts to trigger Indigo actions.
Version 1.1 also adds support for WGL & Associates’ W800RF32 RF receiving interface. By supporting the W800RF32 interface, Indigo now gives users an additional choice beyond X10’s MR26a for receiving remote control and motion detector wireless signals, according to Bendiksen.
The newest version of Indigo also adds improvements to the AppleScript attachment architecture, and several additional AppleScript verbs and properties. Indigo 1.1 costs US$89.95, but is a free update to registered users of version 1.0. A fully functional, 30-day demo copy is available at the Perceptive Automation Web site. The software runs on Mac OS X 10.1 or later, and requires a supported X10 computer interface: CM-11, LynX-PLC, or PowerLinc.