Webex, Apple Silicon, Home Assistant, And More!
September 16, 2022
👋 Hi there, welcome to the first MuteDeck update - and do I have a lot to tell you. I'm celebrating the release of version 1.0, which includes a lot of good stuff I've been working on over the last few months.
Here's a TL;DR version, full details below the fold.
- Added Cisco Webex support
- Halved the update interval from two to one second, and you can set it even faster
- New special version for Apple Silicon (M1, M2) processors
- Tutorial on how to integrate MuteDeck with Home Assistant
Read on for details!
Cisco Webex Support
MuteDeck started with Zoom support, with the promise of supporting more apps. With v1.0, I'm happy to make good on that promise and introduce Webex support for Windows and macOS.
It works the same as with Zoom, providing a seamless experience across different apps.
Whenever you start a Webex call, MuteDeck offers the same features as on a Zoom call. It'll see whether your microphone is on and lets you mute it quickly. Toggle your webcam, start or stop sharing, record the meeting, and leave with a single button. The only noticeable difference is that you'll see a Webex icon at the bottom left.
As a reminder, MuteDeck supports microphone muting across any app; official support adds support for the camera, sharing, recording, and leaving meetings.
Configurable Update Interval
MuteDeck discovers calls on an interval every two seconds at first. This caused a slight delay between a change, like muting and seeing the change in MuteDeck and the Stream Deck and Loupedeck plugins.
From now on, the default interval is every second, and you can now configure it to be quicker.
Apple Silicon (M1 & M2 CPUs)
It's been a while since Apple released their processors, the M1 & M2. While traditional apps can run on this new processor architecture, apps that interact with the system, like MuteDeck, can run into issues. That's why apps sometimes have a dedicated version for Apple Silicon. And now, so does MuteDeck!
If you are running MuteDeck on an Apple M1 or M2 processor, download the new installer here: https://mutedeck.com/downloads/
Home Assistant Integration
Via its API, MuteDeck offers the capability to remotely check whether or not you're in a call and the status of your microphone, video, etc. You can also control your call remotely.
The best use case I've seen is to create a Do Not Disturb light. Primarily used in home offices, a light can indicate when you're on a call to your family. Hopefully, they won't walk in on you.
If you’re running Home Assistant for home automation, you'll like this. I've written up an article about creating a custom sensor that uses MuteDeck that checks whether you're on a call and turn on a light if so.
If you're not using Home Assistant but have another type of automation that can do something similar: use the code as inspiration. Let me know what you cook up! 😄
Note on Microsoft Teams
You might have noticed that I released experimental support for Microsoft Teams on Windows in v0.137. Unfortunately, that's not finished yet. How Microsoft has designed Teams makes it challenging to read the mute, video, and other buttons reliably. I'm looking for different ways to handle Teams' integration; stay tuned!
If you have any requests for MuteDeck, feel free to submit a feature request on the public roadmap. I’d ❤️ your feedback.
Thanks for your support!