FactoryTalk View ME 8.2: What's new?

Last month Rockwell released version 8.2 of FactoryTalk View Machine Edition, and below we detail its new features:

System Features:

  • FactoryTalk-View-8-Splash-FiElectronic Signature Function to secure and record actions during runtime
  • Enhancements to inactivity timeout functions found under project settings
  • Transfer Utility support for MobileView products

Usability enhancements

  • Switching languages now possible during design-time
  • Using the object explorer you can now hide or unhide objects from your display during design-time, which makes editing complicated screens (like PlantPAx faceplates) much easier.
  • You can now choose the project resolution (or target PanelView Plus) when creating a new project

Expanded functional capability

  • New Chart ActiveX control which works with two user-defined data types (UDTs),
  • CSVDataLog ActiveX control which supports up to a 250ms logging rate, and includes tamper detection strings.
  • CSV Data Log Tamper Detection Utility checks log created with above ActiveX to determine if it was tampered with.

Corrected Anomalies

  • Alarm messages containing commas did not export correctly
  • Application names contains more than 28 characters could fail to restore
  • PanelView Plus 7 Standard terminals with DLR support were not recognized in the device tree

Find out more about ViewME 8.2

If you would like to view the FactoryTalk View Machine Edition 8.2 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:


So, what do you think of the new features in ViewME 8.2?

Will you jump on 8.2 right away because of one of the added features?

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


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  1. Shawn,
    Do you have any information on the ME Chart Control ActiveX, or know where to look? I cannot find anything--mainly I need to know what the UDT(s) are, but I'm sure other information will be important as well.
    Thank you

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    • Good morning Carlos,

      Great question!

      The quick answer is, if you don’t have access to VieME 8.2 then the cheapest way to get it is with an “E-Connect” or “Self-Assist” Automation Support contract from Rockwell.

      A twelve month “automation” contract gets you all electronic updates for RSLogix and FactoryTalk View ME, and typically costs less than any individual product.

      So while you could buy ViewStudio ME again, it would be cheaper to get a 12 month support contract.

      That is if you don’t already have access to 8.2…

      When you buy a copy of Rockwell Software, you get electronic access to the version that was released when you purchased the software, as well as several of the older versions.

      In my case, I purchased FTViewME when v8 was out, so I can only download v8 and older, and do not have access to 8.1 and 8.2 via my registered copy of the software.

      Hope this helps,

      Shawn Tierney

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  1. Lately did upgrade from 8.1 to 8.2 mainly counting on solution with View Point problems. Unfortunately there is of course new version of VP 8.2 which is coming with FTV8.2 but issues still not solved. Since Rockwell decided to use HTML5 everything works slow and there is many bugs on screens in View Point. I even sent them report with problems. Technical support response is you should redone every single screen and HMI element on the screen which is causing issues. Good luck with that if your application has 300 screens…

    • Good morning David,

      Wow that’s horrible advice! If I hear about any fixes I’ll be sure to post them!

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