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The Designer Launcher makes it extremely easy for you to hit the ground running on your projects. The Designer Launcher locates all Gateways that are available on a local network. Each Designer that is added to the My Designers represents a shortcut to a particular Gateway, and once that Designer is opened you can access or create new projects on that Gateway. The same Designer can access all the projects that are available on that Gateway, and you don't need to add the Designer multiple times for different Gateways!

Create a Designer Launcher shortcut on your desktop and you can open your Designer, and create or edit a project in a flash! 

Login credientials/permissions

Keep in mind that just because the Designer Launcher located a Gateway, it doesn't mean you have the right credentials/privileges to login on that particular Gateway.

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Designer Launcher - Download and Install

Use the following steps to do a one-time install of the Designer Launcher from the Gateway webpage:

  1. If you are already logged into Ignition, then go to the Homepage of the Gateway Webpage, otherwise login as the user with full / administrative privileges.

  2. From the Gateway webpage, click the Download button for the Designer. 

    Best Practice

    It's good practice to download and install the Designer Launcher every time you install a new release of Ignition. The Designer Launcher is a separate application and is not part of an Ignition release, so it's important not to have an outdated Designer Launcher shortcut residing on your desktop. So each time you install a new version of Igntion, download and install the Designer Launcher.

  3. Select the Download button for the platform you are running on: Windows, Mac OS, or Lunix. In this example, we are running on Windows.

  4. Run the downloaded file (DesignerLauncherSetup.exe) found on the lower-left of the window, or go to your downloads folder and double-click the file to run it.

  5. The Select Additional Tasks window will open. Here, you can select additional tasks that you would like to setup to perform while installing the DesignerLauncher. It's a good idea to Create a desktop shortcut to pin to your browser's task bar so it's easily accessible when you want to open the Designer Launcher. Click Next.

  6. Now, you're Ready to Install the Designer Launcher on your computer. Click Install to continue. 

  7. Once the Designer Launcher is installed, complete the setup by checking the box to Launch Designer Launcher and click Finish.

  8. 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 only see one Designer
    You have the option to Launch, Create Shortcut, or Launch + Create a Shortcut for that Designer on your desktop.

    If you Create a Shortcut, it will look like the image below with the name of your Gateway on it like the icon below. When you click on the shortcut icon, it will launch the Controller Gateway.

    Since a Designer Launcher icon was created in Step 7 and is aready on your desktop. By clicking the Designer Launcher shortcut, it will open the Ignition Designer Launcher window and display all the Designers you have permission to launch.

  9. 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. Note: Login credentials are set in the Config section of the Gateway Webpage, under Security > Users, Roles.

  10. The Open/Create Project window is displayed giving you two options: create a new project or open an existing one. Since we don't have any existing projects yet, create a new project. 

Configuring the Designer Launcher

There really isn't much to do when configuring the Designer Launcher. The Designer Launcher finds the Gateways, you add the Gateways to My Designers, and the only thing left to do is create your Designer shortcuts. You can create a shortcut for each Designer, or use the Designer Launcher to display all your Designers. Let's open the Designer Launcher to create a few shortcuts

  1. If you followed the steps in the previous section for installing the Designer Launcher, then you already have the Designer Launcher shortcut on your desktop. If you don't, then go back to the Gateway webpage and download and install the Designer Launcher again. Follow the wizard instructions as shown in the previous section. Be sure to check the Create a desktop shortcut on the Select Additional Tasks window. 

  2. Find the Designer Launcher shortcut on your desktop and click it to open the Designer Launcher window. A list of Designers will be displayed that you have permission to open.

  3. You also have the option creating a shortcut for each Designer or launching the Designer directly. Click the dropdown box for one of your Designers, and select Create Shortcut

  4. Go to your desktop and find your Designer shortcut. Creating shortcuts makes them readily accessible for opening a Designer quickly! Click the shortcut to open your Designer. 

Designer Launcher Settings

You have the option of customizing the Designer Launcher Settings.

  1. To access Designer Launcher Settings, click Settings on the top right of any  Designer Launcher window. You can also click the 3 vertical dots next to any Designer, and click Manage to also open the Settings window. 

  2. When the Designer Launcher Settings window opens, you can choose to use the default settings or customize each Designer. When finished, click Save Changes.

    Property SettingDescription
    Default ApplicationWhen set, this application will launch when starting the launcher.
    Logging LevelLevel of logging that will be used for the launcher: INFO, TRACE, DEBUG, WARN, and ERROR.
    Multicast AddressThe address that will be used to listen for multicast broadcasts from Gateways.
    Multicast PortsThe port that will be used to listen for multicast broadcasts from Gateways.
    Auto Exit on LaunchAutomatically close the launcher window when a client is started.
    TimeoutMaximum number of sectonds allowed for any Gateway communication. Any communication that exceess this amount will cause the client launcher to abort the communication and try again if configured.
    RetriesNumber of times to attempt to reconnect to a Gateway if an error occurred during communication. Default setting of -1 causes the launcher to reattempt indefinitely until the launcher is manually closed. A setting of 0 will cause the launcher to abort communication after the first failure and display the Gateway Configuration screen. A setting of 1 or more will cause the launcher to make X amount of attempts before aborting, or attempt to load the fallback project if it is configured.
    Initial HeapAmount of memory to be allocated at startup.
    Max HeapMaximum amount of memory allocation for heap size.
    JVMArguments to append to client startup. These should start with a '-D'  and be separated by semi-colons.
    Export Launcher ConfigExports all Designer Launcher settings.
    Import Launcher ConfigImports all Designer Launcher settings.
    Import Application ConfigImports a Designer configuration from an export file.

Adding Additional Designers

To add additional Designers, open the Designer Launcher and choose the Gateways you want to add using the following steps. 

  1. With the Designer Launcher open, click the Add Designer button.

  2. The Designer Launcher will locate and list all the available Gateways on your local network as well as someone else's on the same network. Select from any of the available networks and press the Add Selected Gateway button.  You can only select and add one Gateway at a time.  

  3. If you don't see the Gateway you're looking for, but know the IP address, you can enter it manually. Click the Manually Add Gateway button in the upper right corner and enter the Gateway URL. It will inform you if you have a valid host name If so, click Add Gateway. Once it's added, it will appear your My Designers list. 

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