MetRo TiLe Design

Dynamic Buttons…For A Dynamic World

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If you have a new AMX or Crestron touch panel, then you just need one button for all of your screen sizes. With Metro Tile you can create one button for all of your touch panel screen sizes with dynamic buttons. The following Metro Tile images and videos are of a residential touch panel design but, in the private touch panel design collections there are videos of Metro Tile being used in a commercial design with a VTC system. The Metro Tile design can be applied to a residential or commercial system.

Metro Tile series beta videos




Any text and images within the button will automatically scale


Behind the scenes look at the making of Metro Tile design



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Metro Tile HVAC with pin to Tile


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Some of MetRo TiLe Theme Features

  • Smart Tiles with Dynamic buttons – one button for every screen size.
  • Enhanced graphics with pin to tile functions.
  • Custom Smart Objects that are programmed with Adobe Flex technology.
  • This design example is based on the Windows 8 Metro theme.
  • Any room or location can be pin to the Metro Tile home screen.
  • In Tile edit mode the user can move the location of the tiles around at run time. The current select tile that is in edit mode will be semi transparent and the size of the tile will be reduced by 10%. The active tiles are programmed using Adobe Flex.
  • This design can be applied to a commercial or residential applications.
  • Different backgrounds can be applied to the Metro Tile design to change the color scheme.

Note: The Tile Edit Mode feature depends on which control platform you’re using AMX or Crestron. This unique feature (Tile Edit Mode) will difference slightly between the AMX and Crestron platform and panels.

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Metro Tile Is Ready To Go


 When you are asking for source code…don’t just ask for the source code, ask for all of the source code including any source code in modules.

For advanced  programming, such as AMX Duet, Crestron SIMPL# or  SIMPL# Pro make sure you get a copy of the source files.


About the videos:

Any new AMX or Crestron touch panel will work with the Metro Tile design. All of the demo videos from Metro Tile ( pORetro & Meadow 2.) are from the screen recording of a real touch panel. The videos are from a web-based touch panel design and / or an iPad touch panel design. For the iPad touch panel designs I use Reflector (Airplay) to record the videos.

None of the custom touch panel themes are done with an emulation. All designs are from an actual (real) touch panel design. The demo videos shows exactly how the design from Metro Tile and other custom designs works.


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The Metro Tile design was recently featured in a CEPro article. Read more about Metro Tiles from CE Pro    bit.ly/CE_Pro

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Summary: 

  Whether you have a new AMX or Crestron touch panel, the Metro Tiles will dynamically scale to the size of the touch panel. Also, there are many other Metro Tile features that are the same between AMX and Crestron panels, such as both systems has the pin to tile feature.

But in Metro Tiles edit mode there is one difference between a new AMX and a new Crestron panel.  What is the difference ?


Calling all programmers

Are you up for the challenge and do you know what the difference is  ?

Please leave a comment in this post if you know what the difference is between a AMX Metro Tile and a Crestron Metro Tile.
Here are two clues:

  • 1- Sometimes the most obvious is not the correct answer.
  • 2 – Google Android & active script.

Comments:

I’d would love it if you would share any comments that you have about this design. Also, please share this post with your friends and connections.


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Cindy Davis  Strategic Brand Building, Content Marketing, Custom Content, Native Advertising, and Demand Generation

The simplicity of Metro Tile is a huge leap in the right direction for Graphical USER Interface design. I have been watching the evolution of residential and commercial control panel interface design for over 15 years. As soon as integrators could customize touch panel elements, make them spin, glow and look like a Star Wars control, the operative word, “user,” in GUI got sucked into a black hole. I am an Apple gal, and although you couldn’t pay me to use a Windows PC, I really like the simplicity of the Windows 8 interface design. I have a feeling users are going to like the flexibility to easily resize. It will still be up to integrators to keep it simple and remember the real end-user. Just because you can, doesn’t mean you should!


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Guy LaBelle Technical Support Specialist at MCA Communications, Inc.

Cool & like the name Metro-Tile, will get this info out to the systems integrators.


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Jeremy Glowacki  Editorial Director at Residential Systems

Hey Programmers, Check this new touch panel design tool and let me know what you think. Looks pretty intuitive to me.


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Brian Troy Certified Crestron Master Programmer

Pretty cool!


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Jim Maltese  President at Audio Visual Resources, Inc.

 I really like the idea behind Metro Tile. The flexibility of it, as well as the ease of making changes should make it very successful. However, I must ask: Do users really need all those controls? I know the devices offer it, but some of the menus were dizzying. If I were to improve one thing, I would make the interface more readable, and that’s something I think Apple has over Windows 8. As cool as the tiles look, functionally they are more strenuous on the eyes when you are looking for a specific command. I think simple, 2D graphics that clearly show what function they deal with, along with streamlined controls, would be the way to go.


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Pete Cohen Project Manager AVI-SPL.

Very nice. I got show this to my team.

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