Once the Designer is started, you will be prompted with the login window. Enter your username and password. Unless it was changed by your System Admin, your default Username is 'admin,' and default Password is 'password.'
Once logged in, you can either open an existing project, or create a new project. To learn more, go to the section on Launching Designer and Opening a Project. This section will give you lots of good information about naming projects, selecting from a variety of project templates to use for your project, and also provide troubleshooting tips for web-launch problems.
The Designer workspace is centrally located and organized by panels. Some of the panels include a Project Browser, Tag Browser, Property Editor, and Component Palette. These panels can change depending on the type of resource you are currently editing. For example, if you are editing a Window, your workspace will be the Window Designer. If you're editing an Alarm Notification Pipeline, your window will be the Pipeline Block Editor. If you are editing a Report, your window will be the Report Designer. Each type of workspace has panels that are only valid when that workspace is active. You get the idea!
Designer has a host of tools to help you accelerate building, testing, and deploying your project. Let's talk about a few here.
In addition to all the panels available in the Designer workspace, there is also a Tools menu to help you create your projects.
- Console - used to test and debug Python scripts.
- Image Management - manages and stores images used for your projects.
- Symbol Factory - (separate module) contains a variety of high quality vector graphics symbols that can bring your projects to life.
Previewing the Project
Designer provides the capability to preview, test, and interact with the screens and functionality before you deploy your project. The Designer workspace operates in two distinct modes: design mode and preview mode. Designers can easily switch between these modes to make sure their project is working as expected during the course of development. Simply select Project > Preview Mode to test and interact with the functionality of your project.
Find and Replace
The Find and Replace is a handy tool in the Designer workspace. You can search your entire project for specific components, properties, scripts, and more. You can even use the replace command to make mass changes expeditiously to a project with very little effort.
The Database Query Browser is a very convenient tool that lets you make simple edits in a database table, and interact with all of the databases that Ignition is connected to (i.e., running queries, browsing tables and schemas). It is very common during the course of project design to inspect the database directly, or to experiment with a SQL query to get it just right.
There are a lot of ways to speed up your development once you are familiar with how Ignition works. There are many keyboard shortcuts in Designer that are listed throughout the Designer interface alongside menu options.