Home Assistant Core 2023.4 brings new dialogues for alarms, covers, and fans

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In the ever-evolving world of the Home Assistant Dashboard, a fresh makeover is underway. The alarm control panels, covers, and fans are all receiving an elegant upgrade, thanks to the diligent work of @piitaya. These enhancements are inspired by the masterful designs crafted by @matthiasdebaat, bringing a touch of finesse to the user experience.

The new alarm control panel dialogue

The Home Assistant Dashboard's alarm control panel has been revamped with a user-centric approach in mind. The new dialogue presents users with four intuitive options that are easily accessible by a tap of a finger. Users can seamlessly toggle between Away, Home, Vacation, and Disarmed modes. When selecting the Disarmed option, users are greeted by a finger-friendly keypad, designed for effortless code entry. This sleek and functional update ensures a smooth user experience when interacting with the alarm control panel.

The many new faces of the cover dialogue

The Home Assistant Dashboard's cover entities are getting a stylish and versatile update with not just one, but three distinct designs. Catering to the diverse needs of users, the new dialogues provide options for a simple switch, a slider, or buttons for various positions, depending on the style of cover in use. This thoughtful redesign offers a tailored experience for each cover style, combining aesthetics and functionality for a seamless interaction with cover entities on the Home Assistant Dashboard.

Screenshot from Home Assistant interface showing the 'Living Room Window' control dialogue. It indicates the window is 'Open - 50%' with a visual representation of a window shaded in purple. The window image is half opaque and half striped, suggesting the current state of being half open. An arrow icon indicates the ability to adjust the opening level of the window.

New options for fans

In the latest Home Assistant Dashboard update, fans are not left behind. They, too, receive a touch of sophistication with a variety of control options tailored to users' preferences. Whether you desire precise percentage-based control or prefer the simplicity of switching between High, Medium, Low, or Off settings, the revamped fan dialogues have got you covered. This attention to detail in the redesign elevates the user experience, allowing for personalized interaction with fans on the Home Assistant Dashboard.

Screenshot of a Home Assistant user interface displaying a 'Fan Percentage' control. It shows a vertical slider set at 24% with a blue indicator at the bottom. Below the slider, there are four icons: a power button, and three settings depicting different fan speeds, with one of them labelled 'Normal' highlighted.
A screenshot of a card for the Home Assistant Dashboard for controlling a fan, titled 'Percentage Full Fan' with a reading showing '67%'. Below the title are options for fan speed: 'High' with a fan icon above, 'Medium' highlighted in blue with a fan icon, 'Low', and 'Off', each with corresponding fan icons. At the bottom, there are three circular icons.
A portrait photo oif Liam Alexander Colman, the author, creator, and owner of Home Assistant Guide wearing a suit.

About Liam Alexander Colman

is an experienced Home Assistant user who has been utilizing the platform for a variety of projects over an extended period. His journey began with a Raspberry Pi, which quickly grew to three Raspberry Pis and eventually a full-fledged server. Liam's current operating system of choice is Unraid, with Home Assistant comfortably running in a Docker container.
With a deep understanding of the intricacies of Home Assistant, Liam has an impressive setup, consisting of various Zigbee devices, and seamless integrations with existing products such as his Android TV box. For those interested in learning more about Liam's experience with Home Assistant, he shares his insights on how he first started using the platform and his subsequent journey.

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