Vision Windows are the basic building blocks for all your Vision projects. Each window can contain any number of components that can display Tag values, run scripts, write values to the database, display Tag History data on an Easy Chart, and more. When you publish your project, these windows are loaded into the Vision Client where any number of windows can be opened at one time.
On this page, we'll walk you through how to add components to a Vision Window and bring them to life by showing live values, displaying Tag History data on an Easy Chart, and launching a project in a Vision Client.
1. Adding Components to Vision Windows
Windows are the primary unit of design for Vision Clients and can be displayed as a whole page, as a popup, or docked across the top, bottom or sides of a Client. Components can do everything from displaying text, to showing Tag values, to displaying reports, and more. You can bind components to each other, to Tags, to values in the database, or any combination. Let's drag a few components into your project windows and show some live values .
3. Navigating in a Vision Client
It's important to have a navigation strategy that allows you to navigate seamlessly between different windows in the Vision Client. You can choose from several types of navigation strategies: Tab Strip, Tree View, Menubar, Forward and Back Buttons, and Drill Down. The Navigation Strategies in Vision page provides some things to consider to help you determine the best navigation strategy for your project and your users.
4. Launching a Vision Client
The Vision Client Launcher option can be installed as an "all user" application on a Windows operating system providing launcher access to all users on the same machine from a single installation. The first time the Designer Launcher is installed, you will be prompted to select your install mode: "Install for me only" or to "Install for all users." If the Vision Client Launcher was already installed, subsequent install attempts are treated as an upgrade and you will not be prompted to select the install mode. This option will only appear on new launcher installations or after uninstalling a prior version of the installer. You will see this in the example below.
When installing for "me only," the installer will be found under the "\AppData\Roaming\Inductive Automation" folder.
Now that we created a project with a few windows and some basic navigation, let's launch a Vision Client. There are three ways to launch a Vision Client:
- From the Gateway webpage under the Vision Client Launcher logo, click the Downloads button. This method must be used after you create your first project, typically on a new installation of Ignition and a new release of the Vision Client Launcher application.
- From the Vision Client Launcher executable or a desktop shortcut, if you have used them previously.
From the Designer on the menubar, click Tools > Launch Project > Launch (windowed or full-screen). This method is great if you are both a designer and a user.