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Version 2.0 You need to create your own Alexa skill by copying and pasting a few lines of text, this is described step-by-step on this site. Then, unlike earlier versions, whatever you ask Alexa each response that you’ve set up will be heard through the same Alexa device that you spoke to. It doesn’t read the Alexa history page but the Alexa app is still shown on screen for convenience so that you can check what Alexa actually heard if your Phrase-Response failed. This version also offers ‘Key sequencing’ which means you can get Alexa to control your mouse, position it, click or double click and also use menues and hot-keys. So you can basically fully control any PC software application straight through Alexa. Version 1.06 This was the first version of the ASC application with thousands of downloads and extremely easy to set up. There’s also a full page on this site on how to use it. There is no actual connection with your Alexa devices and no need to create an Alexa skill of any kind. There’s no server either so the whole thing is used locally from your PC. Whatever you ask Alexa is automatically written to your Alexa app by Amazon. This application monitors your Alexa app history locally on your own PC exactly the same as you right clicking a webpage and ‘Viewing Source’. It reads what was heard and then processes this against your phrases entered. If you want a verbal response then you would have to use something like TTS (Text to speech) and this would be announced directly from your PC and not from your Alexa devices. Alexa will respond to whatever you ask as though the app wasn’t there at all. So in most cases you would get a ‘Sorry I don’t know how to help you with that’ so you may choose to simply set the Alexa device volume to ‘1’ so that it can be ignored. However, I have found that if you set up your phrases to detect a single word, Alexa doesn’t actually respond at all but the app will still pick up what was heard and act on it. For example, “Alexa Start Banking Procedure” Would more than likely result in ‘Sorry I don’t know how to help you with that’ and the text would still be written to history and picked up by the app. Whereas, “Alexa Banking” Will probably just flash up the blue light to show that Alexa heard you and will then go out without any announcement. This too is still written back to history and picked up by the app.
Please note that these PC downloads have automated installers which are simple wrappers around an executable program. They will all require Internet access to either function or to simply log in as a user. Because of this some anti-virus applications will throw up warnings but completely without foundation. Users are welcome to email me directly for reassurance.
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Please note: Version 2.0 does not work with the Alexa data uploads page. This requires Version 2.02
Version 2.02 This version has some major enhancements over V2.0 and is now ready for download. Port forwarding has been removed completely offering a much easier method of connecting the app to your Alexa devices. There are now 4 methods of communicating with the app. Directly from the ASC server (most functionality), Directly from Alexa by reading the history page of the Alexa app, From webpages on other devices around your home network that utilise the built in webserver and by manually typing on screen. The main connection to the ASC simply requires a key to be pasted into the bottom right hand corner of the screen and that’s it. (See Alexa data uploads page). You no longer need to add responses to the app as these are uploaded en masse through the uploads page and still work even if your PC is switched off. The Setup screen has also been completely removed too. Phrases that you enter directly into the app are more for controlling PC software where more generalised phrases & responses are uploaded en masse from this website directly to your Alexa devices. Important: Previously built skills for V2.0 will need to be rebuilt in the Amazon development page bacause some things have changed. e.g. End-Point and JSON text. The skill building page on this site has been updated with the changes so you can just repaste into your existing skill if you wish.
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