FTView ME 9.0: A look back

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Just last week Rockwell released FactoryTalk View Machine Edition version 10.00.01 (word on the street is the initial release was pulled so a patch could be included.)

Before we take a look at what's new with v10 (which we'll do in tomorrow's article,) I wanted to first take a look back to see what was new in v9 since I didn't cover it (as my license didn't include access to v9) when it was released at the beginning of 2017.

New 9.0 Features:

  • New alarm identifier property to identify an alarm message
  • New Pop-up Input Color Setting for keypad, keyboard, and character inputs
  • Persistant version and language setting when creating a runtime file (as oppose to always using defaults)
  • If you may any changes to the RSLinx Enterprise config, a message will ask if you'd like to save those changes
  • New hyperlink animation option ti display a file (PDF, etc), a web page, or launch a program (only certain drawing objects support  hyperlink animation)
  • Logix Designer tag extended properties “Read” support (TagName.@ExtendedProperty)
  • Data communication “Shortcut” inhibit allows missing devices to be inhibited to help reduce load time and network load

Enhancements in 9.0:

  • PanelView Plus 7 Standard applications expanded to allow up to 25 On Top displays, 25 Replace displays, and 500 alarms
  • Up to five graphic displays can be selected to open when an application starts
  • FactoryTalk View installation now much more automated
  • New OS support for Windows 10 Professional and Enterprise
  • New support for KEPServer version 5.19
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Corrected Anomalies in 9.0:

  • Fixed issue where ME Chart control could cause View Studio may stop
    responding
  • Copying and pasting an ME Chart control could cause View Studio to stop responding.
  • Unsaved information or local messages may not be included in runtime applications
  • PanelView Plus 6 stops responding and displays “Unloading application”
  • An .med fil restored from a runtime using a later version of View Studio can't be opened or imported in the earlier version of View Studio
  • Design time application names not showing in Existing tab
  • Importing applications in View Studio may result in the error, “…was created with a newer version… and cannot be imported into this version…”
  • Installation of FactoryTalk View removes the Arial Bold font from OS.

Find out more about ViewME 9.0

If you would like to view the FactoryTalk View Machine Edition 9.0 release notes, head over to Rockwell's Product Versions webpage and search on and then select FactoryTalk View.

Once all the versions are listed, click on the document icon as shown below:



If you'd like to listen to a discussion of the above, check out Episode 38 of The Automation Podcast below:



So, what did you think of the new features in ViewME 9.0?

Did you switch to it in 2017, or stay with 8.2?

You can share your thoughts and opinions by clicking on the “post a comment or question” link below.

Sincerely,

Shawn Tierney
Automation Instructor and Blogger
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Comments:
  1. It was necessary to update to 9 in order for RSView Enterprise to recognize the L81E.
    I cannot remember if this is new on the 9 or 8 , but additional screens can be loaded at startup. This helps with loading the DataStore "always on top" screen. The only problem with adding multiple screens at startup is that, when testing the screen on your desktop, the "Type 'x' to shutdown" does not clear after the startup.
    When using 9 and a runtime application was created for a panel with 8 firmware, the font on the alarm history screens do not conform to the settings. The panel firmware must be updated.
    The new PVP 1000s are now 800x600. This means that 700 and 1000 applications must be separate. It can be annoying when mixing 700s and 1000s on the same job. Resizing works okay, but an extensive "clean up" must be performed to re-align some object. Plus, testing an 800x600 on desktop does not handle the fonts the same. Especially in list objects.

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