As for the marketplace I fully agree. It needs an overhaul as badly as these forums do. Vera needs to step up their game and enter the modern world.
Back to topic on Lutron Caseta. I was finally able to get the Lutron RadioRA 2 plugin to work. It took a while and a lot of pateience as it works in the background with NO status information or anything. But it did finally display my switches and remotes was controlling them. I’m testing with some automations to see if it really is going to work. The side note is that this requires a PRO bridge not the standard one you can buy at Lowes or Home Depot. I don’t mind this, as a lot of automation systems have the PRO requirement. But it is sad that other systems like SmartThings and Home Assistant do work and work well with a Caseta bridge without any fuss and does not require it to be a PRO version.
Now back to the shortcomings of Vera. I completely agree that without PLEG Vera automation would not cut it. However I can also say the same about SmartThings that without WebCoRE SmartThings is basically unusable for anything beyond basics, very much like Vera but without the ability to easilly write code for the shortcomings.
In short I think Vera is a very powerful system but is absolutely NOT a user friendly system which I think is why a lot of integrators use Vera and also why it’s not sold at local stores. Whereas SmartThings is more user friendly (at face value) but then becomes NOT user friendly and I don’t even think dev friendly and I’m not afraid of coding.
Speaking of AltUI, well I’ve been playing with Home Assistant a lot and I find it to be a better UI and supplemental rule system on top of Vera than AltUI and the amount of plugins and integrations available are great. I have my core functions (device management, critical automations) running in Vera and my fun stuff (text to speech, multimedia etc) running in Home Assistant. So far it’s working well.