Creating a Macro is Easy and
The simplicity of Drag & Drop allows anyone
to quickly build a macro. This example macro is designed to
start the coffee pot and turn on the lights in the kitchen to get ready for
breakfast. When you make a macro like this, you can activate it using a remote
control, or set a timer so the events happen exactly when you want it to -- even
before you get out of bed!
Start to Make a Macro
To create a new macro, click on the (+) button on the Macros bar in the Folder pane. When you create a new Macro, you start in a blank Macro Editor window.
Name Your Macro "Breakfast"
First, name your macro. Click into the Macro Name box, and type a new name. In this example, the Macro will be called "Breakfast." At this point you can also select the Macro's Trigger (remote command you use to start it), but ActiveHome will assign one automatically, which will usually be fine.
Next, select the room you want this macro to appear in. A macro can operate modules in more than one room, but it will appear in the Room View for only one room. Our Breakfast macro will be in the kitchen. Now we can start adding modules.
Drag a Selected Module Into the
To add a command to a macro, drag the module you want to use from the available modules on the right hand side of the screen.
You can view modules from any or all of the rooms by using the drop down menu to select them. By dragging the Coffee Pot module to the macro, we'll make turning it on the first event to happen.
When you use macros, not everything has to happen at the same time. You can use delays to spread out the events of your macro.
To make the next event happen 10 minutes after the coffee pot turns on, we'll drag a delay into the macro, and change its time.
Set Dim and Bright Levels
Different kinds of modules use different types of commands in macros. If you add an appliance module, SocketRocket, or other module that can't be dimmed, then you only have the option of turning it On or Off.
If you add lamp module or other dimmable module to your macro, you have two different options. If you use "Set to" ActiveHome Pro will turn your module on to full brightness, then dim it to the selected level. If you use "Adjust by" ActiveHome Pro will just tell your module to dim or brighten, which only works if the module is already on.
Here we'll set the Small Light to turn on to 70 percent.
Entire Room Controls
In addition to individual modules, you can use room modules and House Code modules in your macros to make it easy to turn on or off more than one module.
In our example, we can use the Kitchen module to turn off everything at once.
Look How Quickly You Made a
Macro! (Wasn't That Easy!)
Now we have a working macro! Your macro is automatically saved. The Macro Timeline shows you all of the commands in your Macro, and tells you how long it will take to complete.
If you're done with your Macro, you can go back to the room view, or make a new macro. In addition to following the visual timeline, you can read the text box at the bottom of the Editor window to see what's happening in your macros.