You can also create folders to organize your windows. A window's name must be unique among the windows in its folder, but you can have the same window name in multiple folders. A window's name and folder path is very important - it will be how other windows reference it. You can create as many folders as you want, and nest them as deep as you need for your project. The built-in Project Templates use this structure:
Naming and Renaming a Window
In the Project Browser, right-click on the window and choose Rename or press F2. Enter a new name for the window and press <CR>. The window name must be unique in its folder. A descriptive window names is always recommended.
Special Window Properties
In the Project Browser, expand the Windows folder. Right click on About and select the check box next to "About" Window to make the window accessible from the Help > About This Application menu in the Client.
In this Project Template example, the About Window provides some contact information for Inductive Automation.
Open on Startup
By default, most projects open a static set of windows automatically when the client is opened. You can select which windows to open on startup by going to the Designer, right click on a window, and choose Open on Startup.
All windows that Open on Startup have a little box with a green right arrow next to the window name.
Adding Notes on Windows
Through the right-click menu on a window in the Project Browser, you can access the window's Notes. This free-form text field is provided to let you document the purpose of the window and/or any technical information about how the window works.
Exporting and Importing Windows
In the Designer, you can export and import windows from one project to another project using external files. You can even use the Export function to do a backup of your window(s).
Exporting a Window
- In the Project Browser, select a window folder, right click, and select Export. The Export wizard will open.
- Check the windows and the resources that you would like to export.
- Click Export and choose a folder path for your backup file. Ignition will provide a default filename with the file extension ".proj."
Importing a Window
Importing windows is just as easy as exporting. You can replace or restore a window using the exported *.proj file.
- In the Project Browser, select the folder location where you want to add your window. Right click and select Import.
- Select the *.proj file from the folder location where you saved your export, and press Open. Ignition will create the folder path and window if it doesn't already exist, or replace the existing window. That's it!
Default export / import file type ".proj, .vwin"
In previous versions of Ignition, the export file type for windows was .vwin instead of .proj. Because Ignition is backwards compatible, it will accept both the current .proj and older .vwin file types when importing.