Monday, July 21, 2014

Huge update to Tasker is rolling out

If you've spent any time at all on this site, you know full well that I am a huge Tasker user. I use Tasker to customize dozens of features and settings on all of my devices. The update is to Tasker version 4.4, which is aptly named as it has many Android 4.4.x KitKat optimization tweaks.

I will absolutely be bringing you new project ideas based on the new features, but for now, let's just overwhelm you with the whole list of updates:
  • action category System 
  • state System / Active User 
  • testing Mobile Data via Net / Test Net 
  • initial NDK framework for device compatibility testing 
  • AutoCast, UDPSender, Send/Expect and Twilight to action plugin suggestions list 
  • state Power: added Other 
  • event: Steps Taken (Android API 19+) 
  • event: Received Data SMS 
  • action HTTP Get/Post: added optional User Agent parameter 
  • action Element Focus 
  • event Assistance Request (drag up through bottom-middle of display) 
  • contact group matching via CG:groupmatch 
  • contact group selection dialog e.g. for Call state 
  • action Phone / Test: Contact Email, Name, Nickname, Organisation 
  • state NFC Status (Android API 18+) 
  • element Button, Text, EditText: font parameter (inc App Factory packaging) 
  • action Test Tasker: global vars, local vars, profiles (named), scenes and tasks (named) 
  • action Run Shell (not root): Stop action from another task will interrupt shell process and give result code 258 
  • scene element Image: Click Highlight Colour 
  • Test Display: Display AutoRotate and Orientation 
  • Servers Ultimate, Screenshot Easy, Task Light to builtin action plugin list 
  • monitor notification: pulldown action: disable (Android API 15+) 
  • prefs / monitor: two custom pulldown action tasks (Android API 15+) 
  • variables in action labels are replaced when action is logged to Run Log 
  • Run Log: Perform Task mentions task name 
  • Run Log: warning about disclosing sensitive info in variables 
  • Prefs / Monitor / Display Off: control for magnetic field sensor 
  • action Set Tasker Pref: setting for Steps and Magnetic Field sensor 
  • sensors in Prefs / Monitor / Display Off Monitoring, option Yes, And Keep Android Awake 
  • condition operators equals and not-equals (strings) 
  • Day Select: added Last month day 
  • BT Connected state: detection of existing connections for some device classes (headset, health, a2dp) 
  • action: Battery Info settings: help text noting that it’s not usable with Samsung ROMs 
There you have it, tons of bug fixes are included and the update is rolling out now. If you haven't used Tasker, make sure you check out some of my tutorials before you dive in, or just head on over to the Google Play Store to grab your copy for $2.99.

Current users, anything specific in the changelog exciting for you? New users, is there a specific new feature that sold you on Tasker?

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