It’s been a little while since our last update… but we have been hard at work! Today I’m extremely pleased to announce the launch of three new features for our instant printer notification platform!
- SMS Printer Notifications
- Desktop & Mobile Printer Notifications
- New Notification Type – “User Interaction Required”
A Quick Notification Overview
For those of you who don’t know, OctoEverywhere has a powerful and instantaneous notification engine that’s able to send you critical print information when you need it. You can get notified about many different things, like: print progress, print completion, print failed, first layer completed, filament change required, printer error, and more. All of these notifications are available to our entire community, for free, with no extra setup.
Our next-gen notification platform allows everyone in our community to customize exactly which notification types they want and where they want them. We support notifications via Email, SMS, Windows, Mac, Mobile Devices, Telegram, Discord, Slack, Pushover, and PushBullet. Each notification type is handcrafted for the endpoint with rich print information, large high-res images, and quick access links to your printer.
When OctoEverywhere’s notification platform launched we were really pleased to include SMS notifications. However, after a short period of time, we realized it would cost our community-supported service too much to provide SMS notifications with the system we had set up, so we had to disable them.
Fast forward to today and SMS notifications are back! We have been brainstorming new ways to implement SMS notifications so they are more affordable for the service, and we found one. We are so happy that after a few weeks of testing the system is performing flawlessly and it’s ready for our entire community to enjoy!
Desktop & Mobile Printer Notifications
This feature we have been working on for a while, so I’m extreamly happy to get it in the hands of our community! With our new Desktop and Mobile Notifications, our community can enjoy instant and rich notifications directly on their Windows, Mac, and Android phones – with no app required!
We are leveraging the latest browser technology to deliver these notifications, which makes notifications appear directly in your operating systems notification center, just like any normal app. We put a lot of time and work into the message formatting, to ensure the notifications are dense with useful information and include beautiful high-res real-time screenshots.
For Android users, you can get instant and beautiful notifications direclty to your phone just like a normal Android app would provide. It’s really cool!
For Windows or Mac users, you can use any modern web browser to set up notifications directly to your operating systems notification action center. It’s magical.
Unforentally we can’t support iOS devices at the moment due to Apple not implementing the web technologies required. But there are rumors that these notification technologies might be included in iOS 16, and if they are, we will support them!
“User Interaction Required” Notification Type
Finally, I’m happy to announce that we have added a new notification type based on popular feedback from the community. The “User Interaction Required” notification type can be enabled for any notification platform and will inform you when your printer needs your help. What printer events trigger the notification depends on your printer hardware, but usually these fire if the hot end crashes, the printer has an error, or the printer needs the user to manually confirm an issue with the physical hardware.
As we conclude every post, we once again want to thank the amazing community of makers for your support and making OctoEverywhere what it is today. The goal of OctoEverywhere is to empower makers around the world with free remote access to OctoPrint. New features for our notification platform make that promise even more real with new and better ways to manage and print amazing things.
Like always, if you encounter any issues or have any feedback, you can contact me directly by opening a support ticket. I love to hear our community’s feedback, so please reach out!