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Old April 26th, 2011, 04:19 PM   #601 (permalink)
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Just trying to work out how to modify my home profile to only switch on wifi when screen is on and off when screen off. Tried 'display on' but didn't recognise the status.
I've been using Display On and Display Off for sometime to drive my PIN lock delay / clear profiles.
As an alternative you could try checking the built in variable %SCREEN per Tasker: Variables

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I had a friend who lost her phone and needed help finding it. Long story sort, she got it back and was upset to see someone had gone through her phone and sent her pictures around the net because she doesn't believe in locking her phone.

So that got me thinking about my Locate Phone profile and the various other profiles I have. For instance at certain times or when certain conditions are met, my phone unlocks by itself. Also there is 1 or 2 times that a profile pops up my dialer screen to call someone. And even at night time I have it shut down at a certain time. All of these would work against me if my phone were lost/stolen. Because even if the screen is locked using a password or whatever, the would be thief may still gain access because Tasker circumvents the lock screen when these profiles become active. And if it is truly lost and the phone turns off at the aforementioned time, then I can't locate it.

I realized turning off all these profiles one-by-one in the locate profile is inefficient. Because when I create new profiles, I would need to remember to add them to this profile twice, once to turn it off and once again to turn it on when found. If you have lots of profiles, that can make a long list, not to mention remembering to delete these lines if you don't keep these profiles. And what about profiles that get enabled at different times?

So I made a Task that gets a list of all the profiles that are currently enabled, sends this list to a file, then uses this file list to disable all these profiles (except my Locate Phone profile). This way, no matter what profiles or how many, they all get disabled without having to add any extra lines for new profiles. And after I find my phone again, Tasker uses this same list to re-enable those same profiles. If I didn't want to automatically turn them back on, I could just read the file and manually enable them.
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I had a friend who lost her phone and needed help finding it. Long story sort, she got it back and was upset to see someone had gone through her phone and sent her pictures around the net because she doesn't believe in locking her phone.

So that got me thinking about my Locate Phone profile and the various other profiles I have. For instance at certain times or when certain conditions are met, my phone unlocks by itself. Also there is 1 or 2 times that a profile pops up my dialer screen to call someone. And even at night time I have it shut down at a certain time. All of these would work against me if my phone were lost/stolen. Because even if the screen is locked using a password or whatever, the would be thief may still gain access because Tasker circumvents the lock screen when these profiles become active. And if it is truly lost and the phone turns off at the aforementioned time, then I can't locate it.

I realized turning off all these profiles one-by-one in the locate profile is inefficient. Because when I create new profiles, I would need to remember to add them to this profile twice, once to turn it off and once again to turn it on when found. If you have lots of profiles, that can make a long list, not to mention remembering to delete these lines if you don't keep these profiles. And what about profiles that get enabled at different times?

So I made a Task that gets a list of all the profiles that are currently enabled, sends this list to a file, then uses this file list to disable all these profiles (except my Locate Phone profile). This way, no matter what profiles or how many, they all get disabled without having to add any extra lines for new profiles. And after I find my phone again, Tasker uses this same list to re-enable those same profiles. If I didn't want to automatically turn them back on, I could just read the file and manually enable them.
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I've been using Display On and Display Off for sometime to drive my PIN lock delay / clear profiles.
As an alternative you could try checking the built in variable %SCREEN per Tasker: Variables
So Display On should be when the screen is on and Off when screen is off?
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So Display On should be when the screen is on and Off when screen is off?
Yes, event context 'Display Off' fires when the screen is shut off, and 'Display On' fires when the screen is switched on.
The system variable %SCREEN ~ on when the display is on, otherwise ~ off.
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Makes sense and working now on a test message. Not sure what I was doing last night. Maybe because I had JuiceDefender forcing something. Will disable that and try wifi on and off with screen on and off but not sure how I will be able to tell it's going off
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Makes sense and working now on a test message. Not sure what I was doing last night. Maybe because I had JuiceDefender forcing something. Will disable that and try wifi on and off with screen on and off but not sure how I will be able to tell it's going off
You could try using the Say command under Misc category. When screen goes off Say: Screen off. When it's on Say: Screen on. Any other popup or message would turn the screen on to display it.
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good point ta. Thinking using this to switch wifi on and off with screen will have some battery as I've cut back on syncing and only interested in it syncing when I instigate it
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Seems to work and picks up and connects quickly. Just have to decide whether to let this manage it or GreenPower or JuiceDefender. Guessing Tasker has bit less overhead
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Not sure if using more though now. Seems to be dropping 1% everytime I check my phone
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I made a widget task that sets my phone to nightmode, and if i tap it again it switches off nightmode.

long press on the homescreen and select task widget. This is how my task is setup:

if %NIGHTTIME ! Set
Variable Set %NIGHTTIME To 1
Silent Mode ON
Media Volume 0
Stop
End if
If %NIGHTTIME is set
Variable Clear %NIGHTTIME
Silent Mode off
End if

As you can see I like my media volume set to 0 at all times because it automatically gets set to 10 when I plug in my headphones and turned back to 0 when I unplug.

Now create a new profile for "Received Text", and create any task you want. Add another state to this profile, and do a Variable Value for %NIGHTTIME = 1.

That's it, you can add a "Incoming Call" as well with a Variable Value for %NIGHTTIME = 1, what I do is if there is an incoming call and %NIGHTTIME = 1 then end the call immediately. Usually results in them knowing I'm unavailable.
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I could use your help. I tried to create a profile that would set the phone to vibrate and put calls to voicemail when face down and then turn the ringer back on when face up. Somehow though, I've managed to disable my ringer completely and the phone now only vibrates, even when I've gone into the phones native settings and set it to "vibrate only in silent mode". I've wiped all tasker profiles so there should be a clean slate. How do I get the ringer back? Or, how do I correctly set up this profile?
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Every hour on the hour I see my mobile data and auto sync light up on the widgetsoid widget that I have on my main screen, these profiles turn on for a total of 2 minutes then they both turn off.

This definitely works for me.

Now bear with me because I consider myself quite the rookie at this but I just exported my two profiles on my phone to my SD card for the first time, I then emailed those XML files to myself and then I placed them in a zip file that is attached to this posting.

Open up the zip and you will see both XML profile files, get those XML files onto your phone and into your Tasker profile folder and then just import them in Tasker from the menu under Profile Data>Import One Profile on the Tasker screen.

If this doesn't work for you, I am clueless.
right...disabled apndroid...JUST to use widgetzoid, set up some widgets with its data off one....imported the tasker profiles and.....


nothing....god damn nothing again....rebooted...nothing...reinstalled tasker...nothing...

what the bloody hell is going on Im doing EVERYTHING right and logically it should work but it doesnt..
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right...disabled apndroid...JUST to use widgetzoid, set up some widgets with its data off one....imported the tasker profiles and.....


nothing....god damn nothing again....rebooted...nothing...reinstalled tasker...nothing...

what the bloody hell is going on Im doing EVERYTHING right and logically it should work but it doesnt..
oh that bites....sorry but i have no more ideas, hopefully someone else can help. If i learn anything else in the future I will def pass it along to you.
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oh that bites....sorry but i have no more ideas, hopefully someone else can help. If i learn anything else in the future I will def pass it along to you.
cheers for your help anyway..

I just want the damn thing to work so much so I can then set up net to also only come on when certain apps are used...but tried them an it doesnt work either...
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Does anyone else with an X have problems with anything involving http:get in profiles? I swear, I have no idea why, but the farking things just aren't working.

I tried a profile someone wrote up for "The F**cking Weather" that used Minimalistic Text to show what the webpage says the weather is like. Never worked. Ok, maybe it was me.

Then I downloaded some profiles from dbilliter's page for Personal Assistant. Mostly I decided to set it up so when I wake up, it tells me the weather and if I have anything set on my calender for the day. Won't work. Well, it partially does: what I get is a mix of "HTTP221" and "whatever conditions" which tells me it's only halfway getting what it's supposed to. And I have it set so it's supposed to update right before it reads all this info. But if I manually go in and "test" the updating profile, then run my sleep profile, it will read the weather properly. And it's not updating from my calender at all.
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...Then I downloaded some profiles from dbilliter's page for Personal Assistant. Mostly I decided to set it up so when I wake up, it tells me the weather and if I have anything set on my calender for the day. Won't work. Well, it partially does: what I get is a mix of "HTTP221" and "whatever conditions" which tells me it's only halfway getting what it's supposed to. And I have it set so it's supposed to update right before it reads all this info. But if I manually go in and "test" the updating profile, then run my sleep profile, it will read the weather properly. And it's not updating from my calender at all.
I believe it is not because you have an X. I tried using this Personal Assistant also. Although I made my own using what he had posted. I was having the same trouble you were. I finally just sent the whole HTTP return to a file and read it that way. There is a couple of spots were you need 2 spaces (ex. " code=", " date="). and some others that aren't quite clear from the instructions. Try sending it to a file and reading through it to find what you need. Or I could help if you wanted to take that route.

Also, you mentioned how you have this set up to "update right before it reads". Are you allowing enough time for the returns to be processed? You could use a wait command or, what I do is have it update at say 7:00 and it reads it to me at 7:15.
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I believe it is not because you have an X. I tried using this Personal Assistant also. Although I made my own using what he had posted. I was having the same trouble you were. I finally just sent the whole HTTP return to a file and read it that way. There is a couple of spots were you need 2 spaces (ex. " code=", " date="). and some others that aren't quite clear from the instructions. Try sending it to a file and reading through it to find what you need. Or I could help if you wanted to take that route.

Also, you mentioned how you have this set up to "update right before it reads". Are you allowing enough time for the returns to be processed? You could use a wait command or, what I do is have it update at say 7:00 and it reads it to me at 7:15.

I used to have the Update PA profile set to run from 3 AM to 10 AM, every hour, and my sleep profile runs at 9:59. So if it ran at 9 AM, it had 59 minutes for the update. I don't think the code is the problem, though, if testing the update profile then immediately testing the sleep profile produces a proper result. But I've now had two profiles with http:gets that won't work properly, which is why I'm wondering.
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Silly me! I just figured that my MMS messages weren't sending or being received because I have a home profile that turns off Mobile Data. Duh. I turned it on and I'm good again.
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Just when I thought my obsession with creating new profiles was over, I found two new apps on the market that enhance one's Tasker experience ;p

Remote Notifier for Android and Dropbox Sync for Tasker/Locale.

I can now have Tasker automatically backup files on my SD card to Dropbox (among other cool things - for example, I am currently working on a way to get this Dropbox plugin to allow me to upload a AutoHotKey script to Dropbox, where AutoHotKey on my computer will be able to then read\activate the script, which will pause iTunes when I have an incoming call).
Then: Remote Notifier for Android, simply sends notifications to your computer, when you have an incoming call, SMS, MMS, or when your battery is low, etc. I have Tasker setup to where this app\service is only enabled when I am at home.

Both of these profiles\add-ons came along after hours of trying to figure out how I can not miss an important call (still waiting for that call), while blasting music at my computer (with my 800watt sound system haha).
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I'm on day 6 of the 7 day trial, so far tasker is great. I'll be paying them shortly.

I've got a bunch of profiles set up:
Dock - screen rotation and a menu so I can launch 'car mode' (nav, gps, speaker phone etc).

Headphone jack - menu of media applications to launch

GPS apps - turns gps on with certain apps

Reading apps - increases screen timeout and enables screen rotation

Device boot - waits a few seconds turns airplane mode on, then off after another second. (I'm have 2.1 which has a bug that sometimes causes the 'cell standby' to show 50% time without signal and drains the battery. For some reason toggling airplane mode on/off fixes it)

Camera button menu - couple of different camera apps and LED light

Home profile - based on wifi near: turns off keyguard, turn on wifi, makes sure GPS etc are off

Wifi - when connected to home wifi turns off mobile data with a 20 sec delay to turn it back on on the exist task. I think my carrier disabled wifi sleep policy settings on my device, even when tasker sets it to 'never' it seems to drop the connection which becomes apparent when the phone wakes up. This stops it from connecting to 3G only to connect back to wifi which seems to drain the battery a little.

Night mode - Based on time and screen-on variable: Turns on airplane mode, lowers notifcation volume and enables the Alarm profile - only when the screen is off. This way if I'm not in bed at that time or I want to check something I can still do so without having to do anything to connect to the network.

Alarm, snooze and stop alarm - gradually increases the volume of the music track triggered by the alarm time. Press the camera button to snooze (volume doesn't fade in for snooze), press the camera button while phone orientation = right side - vibrates and says "the alarm has now be turned off".

Pretty cool.


Now, there's a few things I want to find out how to do:


-How can I get the alarm to play a random song each time?

-How can I get tasker to retrieve a simple weather forecast for the day? It seems like ' dbilliter's' Personal Assistant profile does something similar to what I want (tell me the days weather as part of my alarm) but when I go to his page the only link I can find has 404'd.

- How can tasker retrieve my calender events for the day? Same as above.

- I would LOVE to have any new photos taken with my camera sync to my dropbox in the background a few minutes after closing the camera app perhaps. Now it would need to know what's new and what isn't as I plan I don't want to keep everything in the dropbox, just use it as a means to sync with my computer. The photos will be deleted from dropbox afterwards, I don't want it to resync what's already been uploaded.
Is this even possible?
Tumeg mentioned the dropbox sync for tasker/locale app, will it do what I want or is there another way?

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...Remote Notifier for Android, simply sends notifications to your computer, when you have an incoming call, SMS, MMS, or when your battery is low, etc. I have Tasker setup to where this app\service is only enabled when I am at home.
I cannot for the life of me get this thing to work! I have opened/enabled port 10600 and run through all the setup option and I still cannot get a notification to popup while using wifi (or at all for that matter). How did you get it to work? Running Windows 7 64
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I cannot for the life of me get this thing to work! I have opened/enabled port 10600 and run through all the setup option and I still cannot get a notification to popup while using wifi (or at all for that matter). How did you get it to work? Running Windows 7 64
I am also running Windows 7 64:
Port 10600? Not sure what that is referring to - but all I did was install the app on my phone, then installed the Android Notifier app on my computer along with Growl. Here are the instructions for setting up Growl: http://code.google.com/p/android-notifier/wiki/GrowlHowto

Growl is the only thing that I really had to "set up", Android Notifier I just installed and activated\turned-on...
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Just thought I'd share a little time/clock announcement task I came up with:

Taker has a built in time variable (%TIME) that is formatted like: hh.mm. So 10:30am would be 10.30 and 9:20pm would be 21.20. The 'say' action would pronounce these "ten point three zero" and "twenty one point two zero" respectively. I guess that works but it's not formatted the way most people would like which could be "ten thirty A M" and so on.

New Task -> "Announce Time"

1) Variable Split - Name: %TIME - Splitter: .
this separates the variable where ever a '.' is encountered, in this case only once. The hours will be output to the variable %TIME1 and the minutes to %TIME2.

2) Variable Set - Name: %TIMEM - To: A M - If: %TIME1 is less than 12
We are creating a new variable to contain the 'am' info in the morning.

3) Variable Set - Name: %TIMEM - To: P M - If: %TIME1 is greater than 11
Same as above, but for 'pm' in the afternoon/evening.

4) Variable Subtract - Name: %TIME1 - Value: 12 - If: %TIME1 is greater than 12
Converting the hour value from 24 hour time to conventional time.

5) Say - Text: The time is now %TIME1 %TIME2 %TIMEM.
The action that makes the phone speak. Play with the voice engine, pitch and time parameters to your liking.

Hit 'test' to check that it works.

You can now make this a sub-routine of any other task you have by including the 'perform task - Announce Time' action or create a new profile with any context you wish. I've got it as part of the snooze function when the alarm reactivates.
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I also made a talking clock and I think I could help iron a few bugs you may run into or didn't realize.

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3) Variable Set - Name: %TIMEM - To: P.M. - If: %TIME1 is greater than 12
Same as above, but for 'pm' in the afternoon/evening.
You should probably make the IF statement > 11 because if it is 12:00 noon with your current set up it won't set am or pm.

You may run into other problems you didn't think of as well, and depending on your use for the task it may be bothersome. For instance when it is 12:15 am it will say the time as 00:15 am (zero zero fifteen am).

Any am time (9:15 am) will be announced zero nine fifteen am.

Any time it is on the hour (5:00pm) it is going to say five zero zero pm.

Whenever the second part of the time is less than 10 (9:06 am), it will be announced as nine zero six am.

Like I said, it depends if you mind those sort of things or not. For me, I like figuring out these problems and solutions for myself. But if you decided to change something and wanted any assistance I would be glad to help.
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I also made a talking clock and I think I could help iron a few bugs you may run into or didn't realize.



You should probably make the IF statement > 11 because if it is 12:00 noon with your current set up it won't set am or pm.
I actually have it set up as > 11, I just typed it in wrong here

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You may run into other problems you didn't think of as well, and depending on your use for the task it may be bothersome. For instance when it is 12:15 am it will say the time as 00:15 am (zero zero fifteen am).

Any am time (9:15 am) will be announced zero nine fifteen am.

Any time it is on the hour (5:00pm) it is going to say five zero zero pm.

Whenever the second part of the time is less than 10 (9:06 am), it will be announced as nine zero six am.

Like I said, it depends if you mind those sort of things or not. For me, I like figuring out these problems and solutions for myself. But if you decided to change something and wanted any assistance I would be glad to help.
You're right, that's a bunch of things I didn't consider. Of course it doesn't really matter. But then again if close-enough-was-good-enough I would have just left it the way it was with %TIME.

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is there any way of clearing a range of variables?

I've been messing around with weather and calenders, after a number of variable splits there heaps of %HTTPD.... types.

Is it even necessary to clear everything?
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is there any way of clearing a range of variables?

I've been messing around with weather and calenders, after a number of variable splits there heaps of %HTTPD.... types.
You could use the Variable Join command, be sure to check Delete Parts to delete all the variables being joined. This joins together all the splits into one variable. Although you won't be allowed to join them together into %HTTPD because it is a built-in variable and we can't directly modify them.

What you could try to do instead is, in the beginning of the task set a new variable to %HTTPD, then join those together and delete that variable.

Although I have tried this (I don't know if it is just me) for some reason I cannot get it to work when others have. So what I do is just clear all the variables at once using Variable Clear.

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I've seen Pent mention that it is negligible, even when there are many variables set.
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You could use the Variable Join command, be sure to check Delete Parts to delete all the variables being joined. This joins together all the splits into one variable. Although you won't be allowed to join them together into %HTTPD because it is a built-in variable and we can't directly modify them.

What you could try to do instead is, in the beginning of the task set a new variable to %HTTPD, then join those together and delete that variable.

Although I have tried this (I don't know if it is just me) for some reason I cannot get it to work when others have. So what I do is just clear all the variables at once using Variable Clear.
Yea I was thinking about doing that, but I don't want to mess with any variable that might be needed for other profiles (including ones I haven't programmed yet)

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I may just leave them. I mean, they'll just get overwritten by whatever task sets values to those variable names next.
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I've seen Pent mention that it is negligible, even when there are many variables set.
I always reset mine when it no longer applies but I don't think it is necessary
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Just thought I'd share a little time/clock announcement task I came up with:

Taker has a built in time variable (%TIME) that is formatted like: hh.mm. So 10:30am would be 10.30 and 9:20pm would be 21.20. The 'say' action would pronounce these "ten point three zero" and "twenty one point two zero" respectively. I guess that works but it's not formatted the way most people would like which could be "ten thirty A M" and so on.

New Task -> "Announce Time"

1) Variable Split - Name: %TIME - Splitter: .
this separates the variable where ever a '.' is encountered, in this case only once. The hours will be output to the variable %TIME1 and the minutes to %TIME2.

2) Variable Set - Name: %TIMEM - To: A M - If: %TIME1 is less than 12
We are creating a new variable to contain the 'am' info in the morning.

3) Variable Set - Name: %TIMEM - To: P M - If: %TIME1 is greater than 11
Same as above, but for 'pm' in the afternoon/evening.

4) Variable Subtract - Name: %TIME1 - Value: 12 - If: %TIME1 is greater than 12
Converting the hour value from 24 hour time to conventional time.

5) Say - Text: The time is now %TIME1 %TIME2 %TIMEM.
The action that makes the phone speak. Play with the voice engine, pitch and time parameters to your liking.

Hit 'test' to check that it works.

You can now make this a sub-routine of any other task you have by including the 'perform task - Announce Time' action or create a new profile with any context you wish. I've got it as part of the snooze function when the alarm reactivates.

There's a Tasker walkthrough on the wiki for Chime/Announce the Hour that doesn't work with the newest version: apparently there used to be a "Variable Inc" task that no longer exists. I'm trying to work this writeup to fit into the function of the chiming (as in, chiming every hour as many times as the hour, e.g.six o'clock produces six chimes), but I can only get it to chime once when I test it. Has anyone else tried something similar?
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There's a Tasker walkthrough on the wiki for Chime/Announce the Hour that doesn't work with the newest version: apparently there used to be a "Variable Inc" task that no longer exists. I'm trying to work this writeup to fit into the function of the chiming (as in, chiming every hour as many times as the hour, e.g.six o'clock produces six chimes), but I can only get it to chime once when I test it. Has anyone else tried something similar?
Yes, I have a similar function in my talking clock task. What I did is, toward the end of the task (after it announces the time) I did the following:

1: Tasker > If %TIME2 = 00
2: Variable > Variable Set %COUNT To:0
3: Variable > Variable Add %COUNT Value:1
4: Media > Music Play ***file name***
5: Tasker > Wait 1 Second
6: Tasker > Goto Action 3 (change it for appropriate number) , If %COUNT < %TIME1
7: Tasker > End If

The line numbers listed above are just for clarity here, they will obviously be different within your task.
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Yes, I have a similar function in my talking clock task. What I did is, toward the end of the task (after it announces the time) I did the following:

1: Tasker > If %TIME2 = 00
2: Variable > Variable Set %COUNT To:0
3: Variable > Variable Add %COUNT Value:1
4: Media > Music Play ***file name***
5: Tasker > Wait 1 Second
6: Tasker > Goto Action 3 (change it for appropriate number) , If %COUNT < %TIME1
7: Tasker > End If

The line numbers listed above are just for clarity here, they will obviously be different within your task.
Huh. Tried it; it only speaks the time, doesn't even play the sound at all.
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Newbie question here, about tasker widgets:

I have created a task where my phone is silenced, aeroplane mode is put on, and my auto-wireless profiles are turned off. I'd like the widget to be able to activate this task if it isn't active, but if it is, to 'undo' the task (unsilence and unaeroplane my phone, and reactivate my wireless profiles).

How would I set this up? Do I need two tasks, one that "does" the "task" and one than "undoes" the "task", then set them both as widgets on my home screen? Or can it be done with one widget?
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I have a question, and I'm not sure if it has been answered somewhere else (I haven't read through the entire thread yet)

I have set up a set of tasks to act like JuiceDefender (If screen is off, disable data - every 15 mins enable data for 1 minute if "disable data" profile is active - if screen comes back on, enable data - if Pandora is loaded, enable data and disable profile which disables data, re-enable profile on exit)

As part of this, I want to setup a task that keeps data enabled if the data connection is currently active. In other words, if I am downloading something, keep the data enabled until the download is done. Is there a way to do this? I know that I can just disable the "disable data" profile, but I need to know how to setup a trigger on data being active.

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I just posted this as a comment on dbilliter's blog about a problem I'm having with his calender task.

maybe someone here might be able to help me out too?

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I'm having a bit of a problem with the 'HTTP Get' part of this task.

If I enter the address as you suggest (setting Mime Type to text/xml) and hit 'test', I get the error: "Unknown Host in http://https://www.google.com/calendar/feeds..." It looks like Tasker is putting "http://" in front of whatever I type, the address my Google Calendar gave me has "https://" at the beginning.

If I delete the https:// from the address I no longer get the error.
But if I check what is being received by entering a Popup action displaying %HTTPD and hit test; it comes up blank - no text at all.

Now if I was to run the same popup action without attempting HTTP Get or setting the %HTTPD variable it would actually display "%HTTPD". But instead, it is showing nothing.

I have also entered most of the other steps and have 'Popup Errors/Warnings' preference checked. On starting the application after testing this task, I am shown a number of warnings about how tasker 'can't split unset variables.'

I've re-entered the address a number of times, reset my the private URL with google calendars and entered it again. I'm pretty confident that's not the problem.

Do you have any ideas on what the problem could be and how I might be able to resolve it?

Thanks for your help.
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Newbie question here, about tasker widgets:

I have created a task where my phone is silenced, aeroplane mode is put on, and my auto-wireless profiles are turned off. I'd like the widget to be able to activate this task if it isn't active, but if it is, to 'undo' the task (unsilence and unaeroplane my phone, and reactivate my wireless profiles).

How would I set this up? Do I need two tasks, one that "does" the "task" and one than "undoes" the "task", then set them both as widgets on my home screen? Or can it be done with one widget?
I would set the widget up to control a different task. One that is the same as your first task but with the actions set to 'toggle' the settings rather than set them to 'off' or 'on'.

This way when the task is run, it will turn just flick the switches in the opposite direction - so to speak.
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Did you press Accept before testing it? Because some settings aren't set until you use Accept.
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Did you press Accept before testing it? Because some settings aren't set until you use Accept.
Yea the first thing I do if there's any issues is 'apply' then try again.

Unfortunately it hasn't helped this time.


I should note that HTTP Get seems to be working perfectly in my weather task with the RSS feed from wunderground.com.

Could it be caused by the difference between http and https perhaps?
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Yea the first thing I do if there's any issues is 'apply' then try again.

Unfortunately it hasn't helped this time.


I should note that HTTP Get seems to be working perfectly in my weather task with the RSS feed from wunderground.com.

Could it be caused by the difference between http and https perhaps?
I have the same tasks set up also. For the HTTP Get I do not have the leading HTTPS://, I started with www.Google...

I also found that I was sometimes getting a conflict with all the variables being split. Sometimes they may have overlapped or if there was a problem getting the site info, you would be trying to split the variables from the weather task.

I set up a different variable to HTTPD for each task. Then clearing those variables after the task was finished updating. That seemed to have stopped the problems for me.
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I feel as if this is so simple, and I'm just missing something.

I want my calender notifications to have different sounds: e.g. for school I want one sound, for work a different one. Since the stock calender doesn't let you customize in such a way, I've been trying to use Tasker.

Contexts:

Notification Calender
Calender entry - location "my school"
Calender

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Turn On
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Vibrate on Notify
Wait 25 sec
Notify Cancel

It spectacularly does not work. Doesn't turn on or do anything. I'm puzzled to say the least, because I can't figure out what else I could be doing to get it to work. I first had just Calender entry in the context, then I added the Notification Calender, then swapped them, then added Calender itself. It just won't work.
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I've uninstalled Tasker in favor of Profile Settings. Seemingly less capability but much easier to set up, much harder to screw up and Tasker was eating my battery alive.
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  • Disneyland : When I am at Disneyland (Based on calendar event - currently working on getting the "cell near" info setup, which will take quite a while due to the massive size of the park), forces Wifi off, GPS off, all plugins off (in case another task has them on, or if they are left on accidentally), turns off mobile data (trying to get this to only happen when the display is off), and also drops the display timeout to 12 seconds. I am currently thinking of other battery-saving settings that I can have this profile change. Suggestions?

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Hey guys, well I got a new phone after my last one crashed so I'm having to go through and redo all my tasker profiles... which isn't too bad because now I'm thinking of more.

I use App Protector Pro, which places a pattern lock on any app you choose... basically if it's active on my phone people can't access any of my personal stuff (contacts, texts, email, facebook, etc etc) and things like the phone's dialer, but can still use other apps like the media players and such. Anyway, I created a tasker profile that in the event my phone receives a text with the work "Lockdown" in it, tasker tells App Protector to activate, locking down all my personal information. I think I'm also going to set it up to toggle GPS for a set amount of time to aid Lookout in locating the device.
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Seems i am an idoit in Android. It will spend me a lot of time to learn these things. Thx for your disscuss anyway.
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I believe I saw somewhere where someone posted that they were able to get tasker to put the phone icon in the notification bar so that no matter where they were they could get to phone.

Does anyone know how this would be done?
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  • Battery Level : Adjusts random settings, depending on my battery level.
  • Block Calls : When certain numbers call, tasker will answer\end the call (So it will stop ringing, and they won't get to my voicemail)
  • Block Work Calls : When my work calls me (to ask if I can come in), I let it ring for 5 seconds before hanging up (5 seconds, so I have time to decide if I want to answer - and it does not send the call to voicemail).
  • Change Wallpaper Based on Weather : Cool new profile I made today. It checks Accuweather, and when it sees certain keywords ("Rain" "Cloudy" "Sunny" "Clear") it will change my wallpaper, accordingly.
  • Church : Silences my phone, makes my display not time-out, and opens my Bible app -- (Based on calendar events)
  • School : Silences my phone during school (Based on calendar events)
  • Find Phone (GPS) : When I text my phone a keyword, it will respond with the GPS coordinates, battery level, etc.
  • Find Phone (GPS) P2 : When I text my phone another keyword (when my phone is stolen), it will play an alarm, lock the phone, will end any current calls, and will also leave the GPS on (so I can keep tracking it).
  • Find Phone (Ring) : This is for when I lose my phone at home. I text it, it will play a ringtone.
  • Face Down Silent : This is for the "Find Phone (Ring)" profile. When I find the phone, I just flip it over to turn off the ringtone\song
  • GPS Turned On : Turns on the GPS when certain apps are opened
  • Incoming Call Brightness : Turns my brightness to MAX, for 15 seconds. (Pointless)
  • Charging : Random settings for when I am charging my phone
  • Wifi Starter\Stopper : Two profiles that will turn on\of and connect wifi, accordingly (by determining my location via my network connection\location) (this has been combined with my "Home" profile)

Added on 04/09/11
  • Work : When Tasker sees that my calendar says I am at work (this is easy to do because I have a part-time job, so I always post my shifts on my calendar), it will put my phone on vibrate - and force WiFi off, and will also lock my screen.

Added on 04/13/11
  • Home : When I am home (It determines this by using my location, via the network connection) it will turn my volumes up. After 11pm, when the home profile is active, it will turn my phone to vibrate. [new: it also turns on my WiFi] [new:new: it now activates Browsix and Remote Notifier for Android]
  • Change Wallpaper - Timed : I have a set of 5 wallpapers (they are the same wallpapers, just different color), and they change\alternate every 20 minutes.
  • Alarm : I have uninstalled Gentle Alarm, and replaced it with Tasker. Self explanatory profile. (*Altered this profile, so that it will only trigger if the phone is charging (I periodically will get up before the alarm will go off, and unplug the phone - forgetting that the alarm is still set*) (Rather dodgy when it came to actually triggering - missed a class due to the alarm\profile not sounding\activating. I am now using the stock HTC clock\alarm app)
  • Silent Boot : This profile will silence my phone prior to turning off or restarting, which then silences the annoyingly loud boot-animation.

Added on 04/14/11
  • Reminder - Trash : At 9pm every Wednesday night(repeating every 15 minutes) IF my "Home" profile is active, I get a pop-up reminding me to take out the trash. The pop-up also gives me an option to end the reminders if I have taken the trash out.
  • Airplane Mode : If my cell signal drops too low, airplane mode will be triggered. Every 7 minutes, the profile will stop - if there is still low signal, the profile will be reactivated. (I am having a hard time getting this to work... It seems to randomly activate, even though my signal-strength variable context, is set to only activate when my signal drops below 25% - I will have a few bars of 4G, and this profile will activate)
  • Headset : I finally got around to making this basic profile, that will open a menu containing Amazon MP3 (I have my music in the cloud) and Pandora, whenever I connect a headset.

Added on 04/15/11
  • Applications - Games : When I launch any\all games, my media volume is set to 4 (what I almost ALWAYS set it to) (got rather annoying, and wasn't very useful)
  • Applications - Games Night : When I launch any\all games between 11pm and 9am, the media volume is 0
  • Applications - Music : When I launch any\all music playing applications, the media volume sets itself to 12
  • Applications - Video : When I launch any\all video playing applications, the media volume sets itself to 9 - and autobrightness is forced.
  • Charging - Home Night : When charging my phone at home (determined by "cell near"), from 12:30am-8:30am (basically when I am sleeping): all sounds are silenced, brightness is brought down, and auto-rotation is turned off (If I look at my phone while in bed, and while it's charging, the screen-rotation is always wacky)
  • Charging - Not Home : When I am charging my phone NOT at home (determined by invert of "cell near"), all of my volumes are turned up (If I am not charging my phone at home, it will usually be charging somewhere AWAY from me - so I need the volumes up)
  • Grandparent's : When I am at one of my grandparent's house (determined by "cell near"), the phone connects to their WiFi, and my ringer/notification/media volumes gets adjusted.
  • Grandparent's Night : Same as above, just the volumes are on silent\vibrate
  • Grandparent's (2) : When I am at my other grandparent's house (determined by "cell near"), the phone connects to their WiFi, and my ringer/notification/media volumes gets adjusted.
  • Grandparent's Night (2) : Same as above, just the volumes are on silent\vibrate.

Added on 04/28/11
  • Android Notifier : When my "Home" profile is active, Tasker will enable the Remote Notifier for Android service. Remote Notifier for Android, simply sends notifications to your computer, when you have an incoming call, SMS, MMS, or when your battery is low, etc.
  • DropBox Sync : I have Tasker and Dropbox Sync for Tasker/Locale setup so I can backup certain files on my SD Card, with Dropbox, at a specific time. I am currently working on a way to get this Dropbox plugin to allow me to upload a AutoHotKey script to Dropbox, where AutoHotKey on my computer will be able to then read\activate the script, which will pause iTunes when I have an incoming call).

Added on 05/03/11
  • Disneyland : When I am at Disneyland (Based on calendar event - currently working on getting the "cell near" info setup, which will take quite a while due to the massive size of the park), forces Wifi off, GPS off, all plugins off (in case another task has them on, or if they are left on accidentally), turns off mobile data (trying to get this to only happen when the display is off), and also drops the display timeout to 12 seconds. I am currently thinking of other battery-saving settings that I can have this profile change. Suggestions?

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If not too much trouble can you get details on how to set up the bolded task or point me to the directions to get the instructions.

Thank you very much.
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I believe I saw somewhere where someone posted that they were able to get tasker to put the phone icon in the notification bar so that no matter where they were they could get to phone.

Does anyone know how this would be done?
You will be better off using 'Swipe Pad' for that. I have an Evo (no physical call/phone button) and in some apps the notification bar does not display.

However, if you use SwipePad, you will be able to access up to 12 pre-selected apps from anywhere in your phone at any time.

And no, I'm not sure how to use Tasker to add the phone to the notification bar. Before I had Swipe Pad I had to use smartbar to add the phone to the notification bar.
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If not too much trouble can you get details on how to set up the bolded task or point me to the directions to get the instructions.

Thank you very much.
Battery Level*:
Context:
1) State > Battery Level > From: 0% > To: 15%
Task:
1) Display > Brightness > 30%
2) Misc > GPS > Off (in case it is left one)
3) Display > Display Timeout > 10 Seconds
4) Alert > Popup > Text: "Battery Is LOW!"


Block Calls:
Context:
1) Phone > Incoming Call (you can specify the numbers)
Task:
1) Phone > Take Call
2) Phone > End Call


Church:
Context:
1) State > Calendar Entry > Title: "Church"
-and\or-
2) State > Cell Near
Task:
1) Audio > Silent Mode > Silent
2) Net > WiFi > Off (just in case it is somehow left on)
3) Display > Display Rotation > Portrait
4) App > Load App > Bible (I no longer have my profile launching my Bible app)


Find Phone GPS*:
Context:
1) Event > Phone > Received Text > Priority: Highest > Type: Any > Content: "SOS GPS" (Can be whatever you want)
Task:
1) Misc > GPS > On
2) Tasker > Wait > 2 Minutes (For GPS to lock in)
3) Misc > Get Location > Source: GPS > Timeout (Seconds): 120
4) Phone > Send SMS > Number: %SMSRF > Message: "My battery level is %BATT % - My GPS coordinates are: %LOC" > Store In Messaging App, Check
5) Misc > GPS > Off


Find Phone GPS P2*:
Context:
1)Event > Phone > Received Text > Priority: Highest > Type: Any > Context: "LOCK PHONE" (Can be whatever you want)
2) Time > From: 00:00 > Repeat ever 5 minutes > To: 23:59 (to keep refreshing all of the tasks)
Task:
1) Alert > Popup > Text: "This phone has been stolen!" > Time: 5 > Centre Text > Text Size: 20
2) Phone > End Call
3) App > Go Home > Page: "2" (or whichever screen is your main one)
4) Display > Lock > Code: "4**9" > Allow Cancel, uncheck > Full Screen, check
5) Audio > Speakerphone > On (just to bug them, if they are on the phone)
6) Misc > GPS > On


Silent Boot*:
Context:
1) Event > System > Device Shutdown
Task:
1) Audio > Silent Mode > Vibrate (or Silent)


*Attached is a zip folder containing the profiles: "Battery Level", "Find Phone GPS", "Find Phone GPS P2", and "Silent Boot"
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^^^^^^ Thank you so very very much. I look forward to adding these.
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