Inserting Emoji, Symbols or Images into a piston


#1

There are many ways to bring in shapes, symbols, or tiny images to webCoRE…

On Windows, I am a fan of this method:

  • Win+R … charmap.exe … Enter

(over 16 pgs (~3000) shapes can be copied/pasted directly in a piston without using the alt-code)


If viewing in webCoRE, the display can also be colorized, like this:

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#2

Thanks for the tip. Unfortunately, that method doesn’t work for me since I am on a Mac. It did stir me to do a search, though. Found Cmd-Ctl-Space will bring up the Character Viewer on Mac and then I can double click characters to insert them. Thought this might be of interest to future Mac-based readers.


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#3

Great info @guxdude, thanks!

I guess, for posterity, I should also mention that hotemoji.com has a great collection of colored symbols, emojis and images that can be copied and inserted into a piston. Such as:

They work in SMS, emails, piston states, tiles, gauges, logs, and most other locations here in webCoRE.
(don’t try them in a URL though, LOL)


Pro Tip:

The images copied from here may appear slightly different, depending on the viewing OS.
(Win 8, Win 10, Android, Mac etc)


Warning:

Some of these shapes may be new and might not display on older operating systems.


#4

I just use the on-screen keyboard in Windows 10, all the emoji are there as well.

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#5

Thanks Robin, that is also good to know.
(I usually disable that keyboard the moment I install Windows 10)


Of course, it would be unfair if I did not mention FontAwesome:

In an expression box, and inside quotes, we have thousands of choices, such as:
:fa-camera: or :fa-camera-retro:

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This should work with most of the icons found here.


Here is a sample tile (colored):

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#8

I tried to use Font Awesome once. I don’t know if I did it wrong or it just wasn’t available but I couldn’t get it to show up properly. It obviously wasn’t too important or I would have asked a question. :joy:


#9

FontAwesome works, well, awesome… if used internally.
(it’s subscription based, so not so good embedded in SMS or emails)

I typically use FA for Dashboard “piston state”, logs or tiles…

In those cases, FA is more customizable than any other method mentioned above.
(inverted colors, layers, size, boldness etc)


#10

This may be my problem. I tried again displaying something in a gauge. It showed fine in the expression evaluation but did not display on the gauge. Maybe because the gauge goes through google?


#11

I have an Owl :owl: in a Google gauge…
It displays nice in Win10, but as a box in Win8.

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(Note, that owl is from hotemoji.com)

I suspect FA’s symbols will fail in all gauges, but I can confirm that FA does work in hover text…
(AKA piston state)

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Pro Tip:

Keeping in mind that the gauge may take ten seconds to update, if you are failing when trying to insert standard text in a gauge, then I would suggest to do the conversion prior to trying to draw the gauge. (some formulas need to be done in advance)