Apilio didn’t have a straight-forward way to choose which logicblock was active… until today! You can now control which of your logicblocks are active or inactive, without having to delete them or modify them in any way. Think about this as a handy on/off switch for your logicblocks!
This is something we wanted to build because it adds great flexibility when you are setting things up in Apilio, and it is also something that had been requested here in the forum and via our support chat!
See at a glance if a logicblock is active or not
If you log back into Apilio now, you’ll see on your logicblock list a status indicator with text and a little electric plug icon. Logicblocks currently active have a green active indicator and a top bar, so you can find them faster on your screen.
For example, keep your Christmas lights automation saved for next year, when it is time to reconnect all of those cool Christmas tree lights, smart switches, dancing Santas and glowing giant candy canes that are currently quietly sleeping in boxes until next year.
When you edit the logicblock, the active/inactive status is displayed in the basic info section.
How to make your logicblock active or inactive
When you create a new logicblock from scratch, or if you hit ’ edit’ on an existing one, you’ll see a checkbox to select whether you’d like your logicblock to be active or not. If you haven’t used all of the logicblocks included in your plan, the checkbox will be selected as active as a default.
When you hit ‘save’, you’ll see in the saved screen the confirmation that your logicblock is currently active:
Or if you create it inactive from the start, or make an active logiblock inactive, the opposite message will display:
What can you do with this?
- You have total control over which logicblocks are actively running or not
- You can create more logicblocks than the ones included in your plan, so you have more choice and flexibility when choosing which logicblocks should be active
- You can freely build different logicblocks, and save them for later use, change or completion, without having to delete them, or create tests, without having to rebuild them from scratch.
For example, what if you wanted to test two different ideas for automating some special lights in the chicken coop? You might want to use a sensor that checks if the door is closed … or maybe use a pressure sensor to detect if there is a chicken in the area where the light should be on? You can keep both logicblocks as you experiment, so you can pick up right were you left off your last test.