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Over the course of development, naturally there are changes and additions to the Ignition software. This page highlights any new functionality or modified behavior, but is not meant as a complete resource for new features. You can find more about these items by following the links on this page.

Upgrading Ignition

Upgrading Ignition is very easy, but there are a few things we recommend to ensure everything goes perfectly. 

See the Installing and Upgrading page for a complete guide.

New Perspective Mobile App Features

This section is devoted to new features introduced to the Ignition Perspective App. New versions of the app are released separately from new Ignition versions, so notable changes to the app will be listed in this section.

Mobile App Changelog

 Click here to see new app features

Updates for version 0.97.2

  • Fixed an issue with the app's login screen when using OpenId Connect or SAML authorization on Android. 

Updates for version 0.97.1

  • Minor bug fixes

Updates for version 0.97:

  • Minor bug fixes

Updates for version 0.96:

  • The app can now be managed remotely via Enterprise Mobile Management services. 

New Ignition Features

This section is devoted to new features introduced to Ignition. Any pages in this user manual that contain features that were added will be accompanied by a display like this:


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New in 8.1.2 

Perspective

Client Permissions on system.db.execSProcCall

The Client Permission Restrictions for the system.db.execSProcCall function have have been changed, and can now be restricted by the Legacy Database Access Permission Type. 

Commissioning

Updated the user manual to include preconfiguring a Gateway for deploying Ignition to another system.

Omron FINS - Support XML Tag Import

The Omron FINS Driver now supports XML Tag imports from programs such as CX Programmer.

Tag Quality

Release 8.1.2 includes a new Tag quality code, Good_Overload.

Tag Editing Permissions on Edge

Edge Gateways can now restrict Tag editing permissions. 

Tag History Query Syntax System Flag

Added a new system flag that dictates the syntax used by Tag Historian queries. 

Alarm Notification Profiles

The "Throttled Message" setting for Twilio Notification Blocks was updated to the more standard term, "Consolidated Message."  

Tag Creator

Added a right-click menu to the Tag Creator's For Provider area. 

MariaDB Driver

Updated the MariaDB JDBC driver that comes bundled with Ignition installation to version 2.6.1. This allows new installation to connect to MySQL 8 databases using a Maria DB connection type. 

TCP and UDP Drivers

Added MessageBytes and WritableBytes (TCP driver only) tags to the UDP and TCP Drivers, allowing the drivers to receive messages as binary data instead of strings. 

Sequential Function Charts (SFC)

As of release 8.1.2 you can include a relative path in an Enclosing Step.

New in 8.1.1

Designer Find/Replace Window

In 8.1.1, the Find/Replace tool received several improvements.

  • Named Queries were added as a search option.
  • Wildcard characters (* and ?) can be used to search across multiple lines of text.
  • Select All check box was added, allowing you to quickly check or uncheck all options in the window. 

Perspective

  • If a page configuration is using a view that does not exist, a Warning icon is now displayed.
  • Expression Structure Bindings now return direct values instead of qualified value objects. This impacts Transforms as you no longer need to append ".value" to access the value passed to the binding.

Gateway Network - Commissioning

Commissioning can now set the Gateway Network port in addition to the HTTP and HTTPS port.

Gateway Network - Security Settings

Added a User Inactivity Timeout setting under the Gateway General Security section which can be set to the number of minutes that must elapse before expiring a user's Gateway Web interface session to inactivity. 

Device Connections 

Added a manual date/time offset setting for the  Omron NJ driver.

Audit Profiles

A Retention field has been added to the Gateway Audit Profile settings. The value in the field indicates how many days you want audit records kept.

Scripting

Identity Providers

As of release 8.1.1, Ignition's 2.0 SP implementation can handle both line-wrapped and non-line-wrapped Base64-encoded SAML responses.

User Sources

Active DirectoryAD Database Hybrid, and AD Internal Hybrid user sources gained a new Referral property, allowing the user sources to determine what to do when a referral from Active Directory is encountered. 

Tag Browser

Added the ability to browse OPC devices from within the Tag Editor in order to add OPC nodes to UDT definitions.

New in 8.1.0

Perspective

Component Updates

  • Added Power Chart component which  collects and displays data based on pens that have been configured on the chart.  It is fully customizable in its appearance, from labels, colors, line widths, legend, scroll bars, text styles, and more.
  • Added a Symbols palette and new components: Motor, Valve, Sensor, Pump, and Vessel
  • Added Wrap in Container option on the Component right-click menu, enabling existing components to be "wrapped" into a container on the same view.
  • The "autoplay" property on the Perspective Video Player component will now mute the video on initial playback on all environments. Earlier versions of the component only muted autoplay on iOS environments. 
  • Added the new 'filterAlarm' extension function to the Alarm Journal Table.

Perspective Workstation

  • Perspective Workstation is a single application that acts as both a launcher, and desktop “wrapper” for Perspective sessions. Users will be able to configure multiple applications via a home screen, and launch into one of those applications. Perspective Workstation has built-in features to run in Windowed mode and full screen Kiosk mode eliminating any distractions from the underlying operating system.  

Session Events

Vision

Device Connections

  • Added a new property to the Modbus TCP Device called Concurrent Requests which is the number of requests that Ignition will send to the device at the same time. 

Installation

  • Introduced the Quick Start Configuration, which can be enabled after installation. When enabled, several configurations and resources will be created in the new system automatically. 

OPC UA Clients

  • A new advanced option, Certificate Validation Enabled, allows you to disable validation of server certificates if needed for troubleshooting. See OPC UA Client Connection Settings.
  • A new Certificates page on the Gateway enables you to download or regenerate certificates currently running on the Gateway.

Scripting

Security  

  • The Vision module now has the option to use Federated  Identity Providers  ( IdP ), allowing users to authenticate against a trusted third party. 
  • Security settings have been consolidated onto a new Gateway page, Gateway General Security Settings.
  • The Ignition Identity Provider now has options for setting a timeout for Session Inactivity, an expiration time for Sessions, and a Remember Me expiration, which is the number of hours a user will be remembered regardless of if they close their browser or Gateway. See Configuring Identity Providers.

Tag Historian

  • Added a new Historian Simulator that can easily generate simulated historical records without the need for an external database. 
  • Added a new DB Table Historian Provider that can expose wide database tables to the Tag Historian, allowing tag history queries to retrieve records from tables generated by external systems. 

Tags System

  • The Tag Browser has been updated with a new design for ease of use. Tags and UDT Definitions now have their own tabs. A Tag Provider Selector enables you to view Tags for a specific Tag provider.
  • Tags with a Document data type can now be bound to from components, which will provide a JSON string. In these cases you can write back to the elements if the binding is set to bi-directional. See the  It's also possible to address certain elements within the document when using a certain syntax. See the Tag Paths page. 
  • Tag Browser Trait icons for various configurations (i.e., Scale Mode, Custom Security, Scripts, Alarms, or History) appear to the right of the Tag name. 
  • User Defined Types - UDTs can be color coded, which applies a color to the Root Node.
  • The Tag Creator allows you to browse a connected device to add  OPC  Tags and create any type of standard Tag. You can even edit your Tags individually or multiple Tags all at once. 
  • Added UDT Inheritance and type hierarchy icons that display UDT types, instances, and properties that overide the parent properties.  

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