How do you get FactoryTalk ViewPoint?


FactoryTalk ViewPoint SplashIn a blog post last week I described ViewPoint as a software package which adds webserver capabilities to the PanelView Plus and FactoryTalk View Site Edition (aka Supervisory Edition.)

However, before you can publish your FactoryTalk View Studio graphic displays using ViewPoint, you'll need to download and install it first. In today's article I'll show you where to get ViewPoint, and how to install it.

Downloading the ViewPoint Administration Tool.

To start, we need to download a copy of the FactoryTalk ViewPoint Administration Tool. To do this we start by visiting this Rockwell website:

http://download.rockwellautomation.com/webupdates/enter.aspx

Once there, you'll need to enter the serial number of your FactoryTalk View Studio development software, as well as your company name:

ViewPoint Download Step 1

Once your company name and serial number is accepted, you'll be brought to the software download page. Type “ViewPoint” into the search box and press enter:

ViewPoint Download Step 2

You'll now see ViewPoint show up in the list below the search box (as seen below.) Select it, and then press the red “Download Now” button:

ViewPoint Download Step 3

Accept the license agreement to continue:

ViewPoint Download Step 4

If you've downloaded software from Rockwell before, you'll already have their download manager installed. If that's the case, you'll be taken directly to downloading the software as pictured below:

ViewPoint Download Step 5

However, if you don't have Rockwell's downloader software installed, you'll be prompted to walk through downloading and installing it before you can download ViewPoint.

Installing the ViewPoint Administration Tool.

Once the ViewPoint Installer is downloaded, you'll need to drill down through the folders until you find the ViewPoint “setup” program shown below:

ViewPoint Install Step 3

Now double click on the “setup” program to launch the installation wizard.

This wizard is fairly straight forward and depending on your version of ViewStudio you'll either have the option to install ViewPoint for ViewME, or ViewPoint for both ViewME and ViewSE (as seen below:)

ViewPoint Install Step 4

Additional installation notes:

– If Windows IIS is required but not installed, you'll be prompted to install it and a link will be provided to do so (this is a handy link – thanks RA!)

– If you've downloaded a version of ViewPoint which is incompatible with the version of ViewStudio you have installed, you won't be able to proceed with the installation and there will be a note pointing out the version incompatibility.

Well I hope the above explanation of how to download and install ViewPoint is helpful. Now that we have ViewPoint installed, for the next blog I plan to walk you through publishing your ViewME project using this software. Until then, if you have a comment or question please don't hesitate to click on the “post a comment or question” link below to post them.

Sincerely,

Shawn Tierney
Automation Instructor and Blogger

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  1. Rockwell wants to charge me almost $6000 to install and configure viewpoint on one computer (2 full days labour). I’ve never seen viewpoint but it seems like something that can be very easily configured without their help, am I correct?

    • Good morning Jason,

      I found installing ViewPoint to be fairly straight forward. If you’ve been able to install View Studio and RSLogix then I see no reason you can’t install ViewPoint.

      The View Point developer is a free add-on for Machine Edition, and the runtime portion is also free for the PanelView Plus.

      However, View Point is purchased add-on for Site Edition.

      As far as configuring ViewPoint, in my opinion that too is pretty straight forward and I believe the PDF manual is fairly well done:

      http://literature.rockwellautomation.com/idc/images/rockwell/pdf_gif.gif

      Hope this helps,

      Shawn Tierney

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      • We have FactoryView Site Edition so ViewPoint needs to be purchased as an add-on. I will have a go at installing it myself. Thanks for your advice Shawn.

        • Jason,

          You’re very welcome – let us know how you make out,

          Thanks,

          Shawn Tierney

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