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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 Window and bring them to life by showing live values, displaying Tag History data on an Easy Chart,  and launching a project in realtime. Let's get started!

1. Adding Components to Vision Windows

Drag and drop components onto your project windows. 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 create a few components and show live values in the Vision Client.

 Add Components to Your Project
  1. From the Vision Designer, go to the Project Browser and right-click on Windows to create a Main Window . You will be prompted to enter a name (i.e., Main Window 1) for your window, or you can leave the default name of Main Window. (Note: You have the option to create folders for organizing your windows).

  2. The window will refresh and you can begin clicking and dragging components from the Component Palette on the right onto the window. Let's add a Label and a Text Field component.

  3. Double-click on the Label component to type directly into it, or go to the Text property in the Property Editor, and rename it to say "Enter Text." You can also select the Text Field component and click-and-drag the arrow handles to resize them.

  4. Now let's add some Tag values to the window. (Note: This step assumes you are already connected to Generic Simulator. Refer to the Quick Start Guide for Connecting to a Device).
    The simplest way to add Tag values is to go into the Tag Browser and drill down to the Tag(s) you want and drag them onto the window. Select a few Tags (i.e., Sine Tags) and drag them into the window. You will see a popup asking you what type of components you want to use to show these Tag values. Select LED Display.

  5.  Now you can see live values on your window! Don't forget to save your project.

  6. You can Preview your project in the Designer by clicking the Preview Mode button in the top menubar. This allows you to interact with your windows as if you were using a Client. The Preview Mode button changes between a gray triangle and a gray square depending on which mode you are currently in. Look for the gray triangle to go into Preview Mode.

Learn more about Working with Vision Components and Property Bindings

Launching Clients

Now that we've created a project, let's launch a Client to see it in action.

 Launch a Client
  1. If you haven't already, make sure you have a project created.

  2. Go back to the Gateway Home web page.
    Your project will appear in the Launch Projects panel with a big Launch button to its right. Scroll down until you see it and Click on the Launch button to start up a Client.

  3. A loading screen will pop up briefly before the client opens. 

  4. Login to the Client using:
    Username: admin
    Password: password

    By default, a new project uses the same user source as the Gateway, so the admin/password credentials will work.

  5. After you log in, you can see your Client window displaying your project. We are showing the window from the previous step, you may see the default welcome message on this page.

  6. Go back into the Designer, make a change to the window, and click File > Save and Publish
    Your Client will show a notification saying that there are updates to the project. 

  7. Click on the notification and then the Update button and the Client will update itself!

You can launch as many Clients as you want! If you've got other computers on the same network as the Gateway computer try launching on them too. Make sure that your Gateway computer doesn't have a Firewall enabled, or it is allowing traffic on port 8088 - the default port for the Ignition web server. The address to use on other computers is http://ipaddress:8088 where ipaddress is the IP address of the computer Ignition is installed on.


Learn more about Launching Clients!

Create a Graph

You can see the Tag History data we just created by adding a graph to a window. Your graph can include subplots, axes, and a moving average pen. You can view the runtime data in realtime or historical mode.

 Create a Graph
  1. Open your Main Window. From the Charts section of the Component Palette, drag in the Easy Chart component.

    We can add the Tags to the graph the same way we created the status and control windows, that is, through drag and drop.

  2. Drag all the Sine tags from Tags Browser to the graph.

    The tags are displayed on your Main Window but because you have just started logging data, not much data will show up.

  3. To show more data, set the Chart Mode property of Easy Chart to Realtime.

  4. That's it! Now open your client and view your windows.

Learn more about Charts!

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