Perceptive Automation releases Indigo 3.0, Mac OS X home control server

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, in the press release. “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.

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.

Indigo v3.0 is available now for an introductory price of US$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.

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  1. I found this software to be completely un-mac-like and confusing to use. The new version doesn’t look much better – I don’t know if it can even be saved. At this price, it will never be more than a novelty item. Apple needs to take over this market completely and do this software as only Apple can.

  2. @Romeodawg

    R U serious? I’m building a home (thx AAPL) and was planning on buying indigo and a macmini for home automation.

    The screenshots look pretty mac like.

    Can you give some specific examples? Are you comparing it to the existing Windows H.A.S.?

  3. I’m not sure if by “at this price” Romeodawg was saying that it’s cheap or expensive. It seems pretty damned cheap to me, in the context of, say, Russound home audio systems that cost tens of thousands of dollars, and other high-priced automation components.

  4. You definitely don’t want to automate with X-10 or Insteon if you are anywhere near serious about home automation. Take it from someone with over 20 years experience in residential and commercial building automation. This is nice for the hobbyist (assuming you don’t really need good integration or reliability).
    But a much better system based on MacOS X and with Ethernet/WiFi based control modules is on its way…

  5. @tony,
    No reason to lump Insteon and X10 together – they’re not the same. Commercial quality? Maybe not, but neither does it cost what commercial stuff costs. I’d go broke before I got started if I were trying to automate with Siemens, Johnson, Honeywell, AMX or Crestron, etc. Ethernet and Wifi-based modules? Sounds great, but I assume it won’t be nearly as affordable as an Indigo/Insteon system. I’ve got a lot of the lighting in my home automated with an old PowerBook running Indigo and I haven’t spent $1000. I’m even working on integrating it with my old used AMX controller in my theater. So much for no integration. How will your solution stack up cost-wise?

    @ Romeodawg,
    You obviously don’t know anything about home automation or this software. The developer of Indigo is AWESOME. It is THE solution for home X10 and Insteon-based automation on the Mac. The software is VERY Mac-oriented, and is VERY AppleScript-capable. Home automation isn’t ripping CDs in iTunes or dragging some clips on a time-line in iMovie.


  6. Look how fscking lazy you guys are. You want automated home automation software. Let me guess y’all are the guys that watch the same channel for a month b/c the remote isn’t on the coffee table next to the couch and to change channel you have to go all the way to the entertainment center.

    Just my $0.02

  7. @Ray

    “Automated home automation software”??? Funny.

    I’m not lazy, I just like the idea of being able to control/monitor my HVAC remotely and also think it’s cool that I can build in some nice irrigation/lighting automation. Call it a hobby.

    Just because you’re living in a van down by the river with no AC and nothing to automate doesn’t mean you have to get pissy about it.

    That’s my $0.02.

  8. “Indigo can now upload user defined basic logic and schedules to the INSTEON PowerLinc 2414U”

    Yessss! I’ve been waiting for this feature!!

    ‘All Indigo v2.0 customers are eligible for a free upgrade”

    Great news to me … as a 2.0.9 customer! ” width=”19″ height=”19″ alt=”smile” style=”border:0;” />

    Hopefully this upgrade includes a better way to manage paired devices in a virtual multi-way circuit (as Version2 leaves a thing or two to be desired in that regard) but all-in-all I really like this stuff. Unlike some of the previous posts I find it very reliable, capable, and conveniently controls both my Insteon and X10 devices throughout my house. A bit of experience programming I/O statements helps though as it can be a bit too technically geared for the average user to easily grasp.

    $0.02 seems to be all you possess, intellectually that is. There are many disabled people who rely on home automation software to do things like turn off lights they can get to or (for the deaf) to blink lights if someone’s at the door.

  9. Matt and the crew at Perceptive Automation are just great and they have produced the current state of the art in OS X home automation software. I have tried the others and they don’t come close to Indigo’s power, stability, and excellent customer support. It supports both X-10 and Insteon so upgrading your existing modules over time is simple, and there are a wide selection of Insteon devices available NOW, which cannot be said for the … best-EVER system coming in 6 months or so.. crowd.

    TRY IT !!

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