|title||Launch the Designer and Create a Project|
- If you are already logged into Ignition, then go to the Home tab of the Gateway Webpage, otherwise login as the user with full / administrative privileges.
Under Get the Designer, click the Download Designer Launcher button.
- Select the Download button for the the platform you are running on: Windows: Mac OS, or Linux. In this example, we are running on Windows.
Run the downloaded file ( DesignerLauncher.exe ) found on the lower-left of the window, or go to your downloads folder and double-click the file to run it.
- The Select Additional Tasks window will open. Here, you can select additional tasks that you would like to setup to perform while installing the Designer Launcher. It's a good idea to Create a desktop shortcut so it's easily accessible when you want to open the Designer Launcher. Click Next.
- Now, you're Ready to Install the Designer Launcher on your computer. Click Install to continue.
- Once the Designer Launcher is installed, complete the setup by checking the box to Launch Designer Launcher and click Finish.
The Ignition Designer Launcher window will open. Here you can select any Designers you have permission to launch. If you are running this for the first time, by default, you will need to add a Designer. Click Open Designer to launch an existing Designer. Refer to the Launchers and Workstation page for detailed information on adding a Designer, including creating a Designer Shortcut, adding to Favorites, and more.
The Designer starts up and the login window is displayed. Enter the credentials for the administrator or user with full privileges for the Designer, and click Login. It should be the same as the login for the Gateway Config section.
The Open/Create Project window is displayed giving you two options: create new project or open an existing one. Let's create a new project by clicking + New Project.
This opens the New Project Setup window. Enter the Project Name (required) and any other configuration settings you need for your project. Most settings are optional.
Refer to the New Project Setup Properties Table below Project Creation Settings table for a description of each property. When finished, click Create New Project.
- When you open the Designer interface for the first time, the Perspective Page Configuration opens if you have the Perspective Module installed. If you don't have the Perspective Module installed, the Vision Designer window will open. You can begin designing in either Perspective or Vision from the Designer interface, as shown in the image below. Expand the Perspective and Vision folders and you'll notice that the folder contents are different. In Perspective, you add components to Views. In Vision, you add components to Windows.
New Project Setup Properties Table
|Project Name||The Project Name can only consist of alphanumeric characters and the '_' (underscore) character. Spaces and other special characters are not supported. |
Note: It is not advisable to change the Project Name after it's been created, instead, change the Title property in Config > Projects if you want to change how the project appears later.
|Project Title||This is the name that will be displayed on the launch page of the Gateway and in the runtime Client or Session, (optional) There are no restrictions on using special characters or spaces. If you do not specify a title, the project name will be displayed on the Gateway launch page and in the runtime.|
|User Source||Controls access to the project. If this field is left blank, the 'default' user source is set. For more information or to add users, see Security.|
|Default Database||Select a Default Database (optional). Any queries to the database will use this default database connection unless explicitly specified otherwise.|
|Default Tag Provider||Select a default Tag Provider (optional). Most installations will likely only have one provider, but in situations where there are more than one, this is the provider that will be used unless explicitly specified otherwise.|
|Parent Project||Each project may have a parent project , and will inherit all of the resources of that parent project, (optional). Click the dropdown list to see all the available options.|
|Project Template||Select a Project Template (optional). There are several pre-built project templates focused on navigation that support either Perspective or Vision: Perspective Menu Nav, Perspective Web Nav, Vision 2-Tier Tab Nav, Vision Tab Nav, and Vision Tree Nav. Click the dropdown to see all the available options.|
Enter a description of the project (optional). Note that once a project is created, this description can be viewed on the Open/Create Project screen when you hover over the Information icon.
Regarding the setting table above, is this not already listed elsewhere? If so, we should just link to the appropriate page instead of listing the properties here. Paul - There is a table on the Project Settings page, but without the more descriptive descriptions here which are helpful to a new user. The table on the Project Settings page is tailored for the Config>Project property settings. I'm in favor of keeping this table here. I think it's more appropriate since this would help a user get started more quickly. Maria
- components to Views. In Vision, you add components to Windows.
Learn more about the Designer, Perspective Designer Interface, and Vision Designer Interface.