Late last week Rockwell Automation released its new Studio 5000 View Designer software used to create HMI applications for the PanelView 5500.

PanelView 5500 Product ProfileThe recommended computer specs to run View Designer are the same as Logix Designer v27: Intel Core i5 processor, 8GB of RAM, and 20GB of Hard disk space.
View Designer also supports the same operating systems as Logix Designer v27: Windows 7 Pro (64bit) and Home Premium (32bit) with Service Pack 1, Windows Server 2008 R2 Standard with Service Pack 1, Microsoft Windows 8 and 8.1 Professional (64-bit), and Windows Server 2012 Standard.

What new features does View Designer have?

View Designer and the PanelView 5500 support the following features:

  • Studio 5000 Logix Designer Tags shared with View Designer
  • Logix extended tag properties supported in View Designer
  • Logix based alarms automatically available on PanelView 5500
  • High speed button control interacts with controller at I/O speeds
  • Pre-configured system banner, alarm summary, and diagnostic displays
  • State tables, Real-time Trending, and Alignment guides
  • Built-in graphic elements with advanced animations
  • Built-in navigation buttons and intuitive navigation menu
  • Flexible property binding and command actions
  • Scalable vector graphics automatically adjust to any size terminal
  • Download projects easily without needing separate utility

What limitation does View Designer have?

Rockwell has listed the following limitations for the initial release of View Designer and PanelView 5500:

  • View-Designer-Release-Notes-v2.01-FiOne controller per project
  • Controller must use Logix V27 firmware
  • No historical trending
  • Fifty screens maximum per project
  • Five hundred alarms maximum per project

For more information on View Designer, and to view the official product release notes, search Rockwell's “versions” webpage for Studio 5000 View Designer, and then select the PDF icon near the version number as seen below:

So, what do you think of View Designer so far?
Is the lack of historical trending, multiple PLC support, or compatibility with versions other than v27 something that would prevent you from using the product?
Let us know what you think by filling out the “post a comment or question” link below.


Shawn Tierney
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  1. Hello, do you offer any Training for View Designer?
    I have found the graphic library to be very limited and is very lacking in any type of gauges to display things like Temp, RPM, Load, Voltage, etc.
    Is this accurate or am I missing something?
    I have also not been able to find anything on creating an add on graphic from scratch, only selecting pre created ones.
    Thank you,
    Good morning Michael,
    I don't have any training on it yet, however I do plan on it after v5 is released later this year.
    Unfortunately, I think what you're seeing is that the early releases were very limited when compared to the PVPlus, but I'm told v5 is suppose to have many more standard HMI features.
    Shawn Tierney,
    Instructor, The Automation School