For a detailed description on how to set these properties see the following links:
General (Update Mode, Touch Screen)
A project's general properties apply to the project as a whole, across all module functionality. For a new project, there are many default settings that you can use (see next). For example, there are default settings for the tag provider, database, publish mode, initial comm mode, window editing, and Client launching.
Note: There are a few properties of a project, such as its name, description, and title that are not available from the Designer and you need to set them in the Gateway. To do so, go to the Gateway, under the Configuration > Projects section, click on the edit link next to the project.
Important Concept: Defaults
Under Project > General is where you set the project's Default Database and its Default Tag Provider. It is important to understand how to use defaults effectively for proper project design.
Wherever you use a database connection or a Tag in a project, you are always given the option to use the project's default, or an explicitly named connection or provider. If your project is like most typical projects, it primarily uses a single database and a single Tag provider. By consistently using the default option, you make your project more resilient to change.
For example, suppose you have designed a project, and it has a database connection named
Production_DB. Now you want to adapt the project to a new, similar plant, while leaving the existing project intact. You copy the project and create a new database connection, named
New_DB. If your project consistently used its default database connection, the switchover will be as simple as changing the copied project's default database. However, if you used the explicit
Production_DB connection in your groups and screens, you will need to laboriously switch the bindings over to
The following are a description of the project properties you will see under Project/General in the Project Properties window:
The Tag provider chosen here will act as the project's default provider. To use the default provider, simply omit the source section of a tag path, or leave it blank, for example:
See also: Keeping Tags Organized
- Client Poll Rate
The Client poll rate is the rate at which a Vision Client or Ignition Designer polls the Gateway for updates to its subscribed Tags.
- Default Database
This is the default database connection to use for this project. To use the default database connection, use the special
<default>connection, or in scripting, the empty-string connection
- User Source
Choose the User Source that governs this project's security. The User Sources are all defined in Gateway's Configure section under the Security > User,Roles page.
- Required Client Roles
This profile is for Client logins. You can also optionally specify a list of roles that are required for a user to log into this project. Use commas to separate the roles. Users must have at least one of the roles in order to log in. If no roles are specified, the user only needs to correctly authenticate with the User Source in order to log in.
To define the roles, go to the Gateway's Configure section under the Security > User,Roles page, click the manage users link, and then go to the Roles tab.
See also: Security
- Enable Auditing
If auditing is enabled, audit events will be stored that relate to this project in the chosen audit profile.
- Audit Profile
The audit profile which will store the audit events when auditing is enabled.
- Publish Mode
Here you specify whether or not a project is to have a separate staging and published versions.
Manual: In this mode, you can do a File > Save to update the Staging version, and then a File > Publish to update the Published version.
Auto: In this mode, the only command available for saving your project is File > Save and Publish which saves and then publishes, so the two Staging and Published versions are always the same.
See also: Viewing a Project
- Commit Messages
You can specify whether or not commit messages are required, and if so, under what conditions. You can specify the condition as: None, OnPublish, or OnSaveandPublish.
These property settings are saved on a per-project basis.
- Initial Gateway Comm Mode
Designer starts up in the default Comm Read-Only mode. You can choose any mode you want the Designer to startup in. The options are: Comm Off, Comm Ready-only, Comm Read/Write.
See also: About Communication Mode
Designer/Window Editing Properties
These options affect the operation of the Designer as it applies to the Vision module's window design.
Window & Template Committing
- Commit on Close
Prompt: By default, every time you close a window, you are prompted whether or not you wish to commit the window.
Always: This option allows you to skip the commit prompt, opting to always commit the window on close.
- Template Auto-Commit
On: Automatically commits template masters when switching to another window or template.
Off: In this option you commit the templates manually, it reverts all changes to the last time the window was committed.
These options affect how the user interface acts in manipulating components.
- Constrain to Parent Container Bounds
Disabling the constraint on parent bounds allows you to position components outside of their parents bounds, which can be helpful in advanced layouts.
- Nudge Distance
The number in this box is the distance (in pixels) that a nudge moves (when using the arrow keys) or resizes a component.
- Alt-Nudge Distance
The number in this box is the distance (in pixels) that a alt-nudge moves (when using the arrow keys plus the Alt key) or resizes a component.
Altering the handle opacity can be helpful when dealing with lots of very small components, so that you can see through the resize handles to align the component perfectly.
Default Component Layout
The layout constraints specified here are the layout constraints used for all newly added components.
This mode makes a component's size and location relative to its parent's size and location. When the parent changes size, the component will change accordingly. This creates components that auto-scale.
This mode makes the edge of a component's two axes (horizontal and vertical) anchored to the edge or edges of its parent.
Relative Layout Options
- Maintain Aspect Ratio
If selected, the component's original aspect ratio is preserved. Otherwise, it can stretch tall or wide.
When maintaining the aspect ratio, centers the component with respect to its parent.
When maintaining the aspect ratio, aligns the component with the paper leading edge.
When maintaining the aspect ratio, aligns the component with the parent's trailing edge.
- Scale Font
If selected, the component's font will scales along with its size as the relative layout adjusts the component.
Default Color Mapping
The color mapping defined here will be the initial color mapping when configuring a new number-to-color property binding.
These properties apply to the Vision Client in general.
The Vision Client can emulate any timezone. By default, it will appear to be in the same timezone as the Gateway Timezone. This has the effect of all Clients behaving the same, regardless of the timezone setting on the Client's host operating system. Depending on your project's requirements, this may not be optimal. You can have the Client use the host's timezone by choosing the Client Timezone option, or you may specify an explicit timezone for all Clients to emulate.
This setting affects how Clients receive updates when the project is saved.
This is the default, which means that all running Clients will display a yellow information bar at the top of their display that notifies the operator that an update is available. The update gets installed when the operator clicks on the yellow bar.
This option automatically pushes all project changes and updates to all running Clients with no operator interaction. This is often desirable when a Client is running in a situation where keyword and mouse access is inconvenient, such as in a large overhead display.
All Clients can operate in touch-screen mode. When Touch Screen mode is enabled, clicking on numeric and text entry boxes will pop up on-screen keyboards that can be used for data entry.
- Touch Screen Mode Enabled
By default, this is enabled, which means an operator can activate the mode on the startup screen.
- Touch Screen Mode Active on Startup
This option sets the Clients to start up with the touch-screen mode active.
These settings are helpful for mixed-use projects, that is, those that are launched on both touch-screen devices and traditional computers and laptops.
- Disable Tag History Data Cache
The Clients normally maintain a cache of data retrieved from Tags History, improving repeat operations on graphs and tables. When this option is disabled, no data is cached, and the full queries execute against the Gateway each time data is required.
These properties apply to the Vision Client launch process.
Gateway Launch Page
- Default Launch Mode
The default launch mode determines what kind of launch occurs when the user hits the Launch button that appears next to the project in the Gateway Home page. Each launch mode can also be enabled individually, which will turn the launch button into a split-button, allowing the user to choose the launch mode.
- Windowed Button/Full Screen Button/Applet Button
These properties affect how the launched project will display when launched through one of the Java Web Start launch modes: Windowed, Full Screen, or Applet.
The image specified here is used to represent the project on the launch page and desktop shortcut. This needs to be a path to an image that has been uploaded to the Gateway. Use the browse button to choose or upload a new image.
This property is displayed as the project is launching through Java Web Start, as well as in the JWS application manager.
This property is the height of the Client window when launched in Windowed mode.
The width of the Client window when launched in Windowed mode.
The height of the Client window when launched in Windowed mode.
- Screen Index
The number here is the index of the screen to use for Full Screen mode, it starts at 0. This property is not supported on all operating systems.
- Start Maximized
If the box is selected, when the Client is launched in Windowed mode, it starts maximized. Note that this is not the same thing as Full Screen mode, which is only available when the Client is launched in Full Screen mode. In full-screen mode, the width, height, and start maximized properties have no effect. When launched in Full Screen mode, the user is given an Exit button on the login screen by default. For terminals where the application should not be exited, this button can be removed by checking the Hide Exit Button box.
- Start Centered
If the box is selected, when the Client is launched in Windowed mode, it starts centered.
- Hide Exit Button
If the box is selected, when the Client is launched in Full Screen mode, the exit button is hidden to prevent the application from closing.
The width of the Client when launched in Applet mode.
The height of the Client when launched in Applet mode.
The Initial and Maximum properties govern how the Client uses RAM resources on its host machine.
The initial memory setting is how much memory the Client will require on startup. While this is typically left alone, boosting it a bit can improve performance somewhat.
The maximum memory setting sets a cap on how much memory the Java VM is allowed to use. When you have launched a Client on a machine with plenty of RAM, you'll also need to boost this setting to allow the Client to use more RAM.
See also: Images, Launching Clients
These properties affect how the Vision Client's login process behaves and appears.
These properties affect the appearance of the login screen. By default, the title area of the login screen will contain the project's title (or its name, if the title is blank), along with the project's description. You can override this by entering a welcome message for your project here. You may use HTML to format the message. You can also set an image to use instead of the Ignition logo on the login screen's header. You may also override the text used in the login controls.
By enabling auto-login, you can have the launched Client skip the login process. The Client will log in behind the scenes using the credentials supplied here. If they fail, the login screen will be presented.
Client/User Interface Properties
These properties affect how the Vision Client appears and behaves while it is running.
- Width and Height
Typically, a Vision Client is designed to run on multiple different resolution and sizes of monitors. The various component layout features help design elastic screens, but sometimes you need to set a lower bound as to how small you'll allow the Client's usable area to shrink. This is what the Minimum Size settings are for. You can see these settings visually represented in the Designer as lines on the Vision workspace. Whenever the usable space shrinks smaller than these bounds, scrollbars will appear, capping the width and height to these minimums. This defaults to 800x600.
Client Background Color
This option allows you to specify the color of the Vision workspace, which will be visible when not obscured by windows.
These options allow you to alter the appearance, or remove completely, the menu bar that appears in a running Vision Client.
See also: Component Layout, Menubar