Happy New Year! Our team here at Inductive Automation is firing on all cylinders and we’ve just sent out the first release train of 2022. Continuing on the upward path of improvement and stability, Ignition 8.1.14 brings updates to the Ignition platform, the Perspective Module, and the Vision Module. Are you ready to take your first look?
Ignition 8.1.14 introduces a couple of platform updates that aid in the use of version control for your Ignition project.
You Audit Know
A while back, we added a Project Update script feature that would fire when a change was made to a project. The goal was to give users an opportunity to run a script when a project was updated. This functionality is most commonly used as a way to set up custom version control support in Ignition.
In 8.1.14, we’re expanding upon the Update script by adding two built-in parameters that can be accessed from the script: actor and resources.
The actor string reports the name of the person who made the change in the project. If, for some reason, the server makes a change, then the parameter will report that the system made the change.
The resources dictionary provides information as to what changed in the project. The parameter will report that a user performed an action such as “added,” “modified,” or “deleted,” and identify which resource was changed. So, if a user adds a new view, the new parameters would report on who made the change, which type of change was made, and which resource was affected.
As usual, this release adds some great features to the Perspective Module. In Ignition 8.1.14, the Alarm Journal Table and the Alarm Status Table get a nice update that you’ll definitely enjoy.
Associated Data and Column Organization
For some time now, we’ve had associated data attached to alarms which enables users to add a custom property to alarm events. This lets developers capture specific defined data when an alarm is triggered and store that alarm event and its associated data.
In 8.1.14, you can now display the associated data within the Alarm Journal Table (AJT) and the Alarm Status Table (AST). Just add an additional column within the properties that displays the associated data with its related alarm event. This is something that was not possible before.
The “Custom Data” column is showing values for associated data on the alarm.
While we’re on the subject of columns, within the AJT and AST, you can now drag and reorder the columns during the runtime.
Yes, Vision Gets Some Love Too!
The Vision Module also gets some updates in Ignition 8.1.14, adding features to the AST, AJT, File Explorer, and Power Table components.
Small but Mighty AST and AJT Updates
In 8.1.14, the AJT and AST now let you align the header to the left, right, or center. The AJT also gets a font formatting property for the header, so you can draw more attention to the header by adjusting its size and style.
More Power to the Table
For years, you’ve been able to customize the Power Table in Vision using the Table Customizer. To access the customizer, you’d just right-click on the Power Table component and select the Table Customizer selection.
Now you can now access the customizer just by double-clicking on the Power Table itself, making it much more convenient to customize the table’s format.
File Explorer Update
Last but not least, the File Explorer component gets a quality-of-life improvement in this release. During a session, you can now right-click on the File Explorer and select the new Refresh option to easily see any newly added files.
Additional Updates to Highlight
Here are a few other updates in Ignition 8.1.14 worth noting:
- Added a “Open Gateway” option to cards in the Designer Launcher.
- User Lockouts are now recorded by the gateway’s audit profile.
- Replaced the “Allowing Proxying” setting on the Gateway Network Settings page with “Allowed Proxy Hops,” allowing you to specify proxy depth between gateways.
You can learn more about these updates and other improvements in our release notes and user manual. As always, we invite your feedback about what you’d like to see in upcoming releases. Before you know it, 8.1.15 will be arriving at the station with more improvements and updates to Ignition.