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  1. Introduction
    1. About myDESIGNER
  2. Tutorial videos
  3. Getting started with myDESIGNER
    1. Creating a project
    2. Workspace management
  4. Checking project
  5. Projects’ visual appearance
  6. GUI/HMI Editor
    1. Creating views
      1. View background
    2. Selecting objects
    3. Drawing primitives
    4. Creating text elements
    5. Inserting images
    6. Poly-lines
    7. Moving objects
    8. Resizing objects
    9. Rotating objects
    10. Skewing objects
    11. Filleting
    12. Combining objects
    13. Fill and stroke
    14. Rulers and guides
    15. Layers
    16. Copying and pasting elements
    17. Object's order
    18. Grouping
    19. Repeated actions mode
    20. View scripting
    21. Used tags
    22. Zooming on zone
    23. Undo and redo
    24. View properties
  7. Components
    1. Default components
    2. Custom components
    3. Used components
    4. Editing components
    5. Replacements
    6. On touch actions
    7. Entering advanced functions (equations)
  8. Components library
    1. Combo box, List box and Text box
      1. Inserting into view
      2. Components parameters
      3. Using components in view scripts
      4. Supported functions
    2. Chart component
  9. Active area
    1. Creating active areas
    2. External web page in active area
    3. HTML code
    4. DIV type
  10. Layout views
    1. Page layout
    2. Adding layout view
    3. Creating new layout
  11. Entering tags and math expressions
    1. Entering tags
    2. Entering mathematical expressions
  12. Tree tags database
    1. Changing tag value
    2. Engineering units
    3. Filtering data
    4. Usage count
    5. MS Excel import and export
    6. Tag import
    7. Deleting unused tags
    8. Restoring tag database
    9. Specifying a new tag during development
  13. Formatting numerical values
  14. Linking views with PLC
    1. Animations
      1. Show value animation
      2. Value to text mapping animation
      3. Visibility animation
      4. Opacity animation
      5. Color animation
      6. Moving animation
      7. Size animation
      8. Scale animation
      9. Rotate animation
      10. Circular sector animation
      11. Zoom visibility animation
      12. Sounds
      13. Sounds triggered by tag value
    2. Effects
  15. Time Sequence
    1. Time sequence example
    2. Triggering time sequences
    3. Modifying time settings
    4. Adding new sequences
    5. Renaming time sequence
    6. Switching among time sequence
    7. Modifying timing
    8. Combining multiple time sequences
  16. Open command
    1. Open type
    2. Target
    3. Popup (face plate) window
    4. View type
  17. Write/Set command
    1. Using batches
    2. Specifying set command parameters
    3. Value options
  18. Scaling set values
    1. Set example
  19. Key shortcuts
  20. On touch
    1. On touch in views
    2. On touch in component
    3. On touch example
    4. Lock element
    5. Lock key
    6. Slider
  21. Parametric views
    1. Opening parametric views
    2. Symbolic text replacements
    3. Symbolic tag creation
    4. Replacing connections
    5. Nesting parametric views
    6. Usage example:
  22. View scripts
    1. Using script in views
    2. Equations in view script using parameters
    3. Declaring variables
    4. Script writing
    5. Using variables in animations and effects
    6. Debugging view scripts
    7. Using debug screen on your view
    8. Using web browsers integrated debugger
    9. Using JavaScript libraries - Includes
    10. Linking external JavaScript libraries – Remote includes
  23. View scripts - list of functions
    1. Dealing with elements
    2. ListBox, TextBox and ComboBox functions
    3. View scripts animations
    4. View scripts effects
    5. Error frames
    6. View scripts zoom
    7. View scripts open command
    8. Users, language and login
    9. Retrieving files
    10. Communicating with server side scripts
    11. View scripts tables
    12. Alarms and aggregated alarms
    13. Data - Log data
    14. Custom charts
    15. Tag info
    16. Other useful functions
  24. Documents
  25. Reports
    1. Creating report templates
    2. Designing report
    3. Inserting text
    4. Adding picture – logo
    5. Table data
    6. Table summary
    7. Previewing report during design
    8. Showing report in runtime
    9. Creating custom report in runtime
    10. Creating report on demand
  26. CAS alarms
    1. Digital alarms
    2. Analog alarms
    3. Alarm window
    4. Alarm history
      1. CAS alarms occurrence - Chart/Table
    5. CAS alarms in view - example
    6. CAS alarms preview of appearance
  27. Data logging
    1. Data - logs
    2. Defining connection
    3. Defining data points
    4. Continuous data logging
    5. Triggered data logs
    6. Triggered logging example
    7. Simple periodic export to CSV and Microsoft Power BI
    8. Data-logs properties
  28. Data - Log views
    1. Data points selection
    2. Data grouping
    3. Data filtering
    4. ✵ 3D chart
    5. Data-logs preview - appearance editor
  29. Aggregated data logs
    1. Creating aggregated data log
    2. Aggregated values:
    3. Time aggregates
    4. Value change aggregates
    5. Aggregates based on alarm activation
    6. Running the aggregation periodically
  30. Advanced trends
    1. Using multiple axes
    2. Advanced trends – visual appearance
  31. Connections
    1. Creating new connection
    2. Creating PLC type connection
    3. Creating database type connection
    4. Creating IoT type connection
    5. Deleting connections
    6. Advanced options - optimizations
  32. User accesses
    1. Access levels
    2. Access groups
    3. User accounts
    4. Limited access for whole project
    5. Limited access for views and trends
    6. Limited access of arbitrary object in views
    7. ✵ User edit in runtime
    8. ✵ RFID
  33. Multi - language support
    1. Providing translations inside a project
    2. Translating names of Views
    3. Translating Data - logs
    4. Translating CAS alarms
    5. Translating advanced trends
  34. * Server-side scripts
    1. Server-side scripts folder
    2. Server-side scripts folder structure
    3. Variables tables
    4. Script data-logs
    5. Global variables
    6. Sources folder
    7. Organizing project into modules
    8. Importing modules
    9. Using the event-driven asynchronous callbacks
    10. Creating server side reports
    11. mySCADA specific functions
    12. Debugging
    13. Script status (on myBOX devices only)
    14. Ser2Net (on myBOX devices only)
  35. View and server side scripts – common tasks
    1. Graphical guides
    2. Read/Write data from/to PLC
    3. Generating report
    4. Other guides
    5. Server side scripts – examples
    6. Reading data from PLC
    7. Writing data into PLC
    8. Timers – eg. run code in given time intervals
    9. Scheduled execution e.g run code every Monday at 2:00 PM
    10. Generating a report at given time interval
    11. Limiting access to generated files
    12. Processing data-log data
    13. Exporting data-log data into CSV files
    14. Using virtual PLC
    15. Sending data from view script into server side scripts
  36. Devices
  37. EtherNet/IP driver
  38. MicroLogix and SLC driver
  39. Modbus driver
    1. Modbus tag name syntax
    2. 32-bit registers in Modbus
    3. Floating point numbers
    4. 32-bit integers
    5. Address mapping
    6. Signed and unsigned numbers
  40. Siemens S7 family PLCs driver
    1. S7 memory types
    2. S7 data types
    3. S7 1200/1500 notes
    4. LOGO! 0BA7/0BA8 configuration
    5. S7-200 (via CP243-1) configuration
  41. OPC UA driver
    1. OPC UA tag name syntax
    2. OPC UA connection configuration
  42. MELSEC-Q driver
    1. MELSEC-Q tag name syntax
    2. MELSEC-Q connection configuration
  43. SigFox driver
    1. SigFox data types
    2. Reverse order
  44. KNX driver
    1. KNX notes
  45. Databases driver
    1. Reading values from SQL database
    2. Examples
    3. Writing values to SQL database
    4. Using SQL connectivity in Server Side Scripts
  46. Export/Import in .CSV files
    1. Translations
    2. .CSV export/import in general
  47. Download/Upload from/to device
    1. Download to device
    2. Upload from device
  48. * Recipes
    1. Recipes Advanced
    2. Recipes - Check changes with device
  49. * Running hours
  50. * Timeline
  51. * mySCADA TIA portal connector

14.2.Effects #

With effects, you can add dynamic effects to your graphic objects, as described in the previous chapter (see the difference between Animations and Effects)

Effects make the graphic visualization less static, and their function is similar to animations. However, they do not reflect the real state of a technological process.  We advise using the animations for visualization of a precious technology state and use the effects to visualize the real-time change of objects.

The states of objects during animating are based on actual values obtained from the PLC. For example, the motor rotation visualized through the Animations behaves according to the values obtained from the PLC, but the rotation visualized with the Effects is based on the values set by you and will use the “hard” data only as a trigger.


b. Select the object you want to set effects on and you can either click on effect icon in the top right corner toolbar or either you can click on “anims” and at the first place you can select effects



2. Now you have a several options what you can do, you can select out of 2 most used effects which are blinking and rotation these can be simply set by clicking on the one we want. On the screenshot we have set Modbus tag which will trigger rotation when the tag value is 0 or 1.


Same can be done with blinking effect if the value of tag H:0@modbus will be 0 or 1 component will start blinking at medium speed.


If none of these options won’t fit your needs you can simply click on advanced and make your own effect or select out of several more options which mySCADA offers to you.


Selecting an effect.

To select an effect, simply click on it. When you click on effect, it is highlighted and you are presented with effects’ properties on the right side of the effects window:


Effects’ Properties:

Trigger – Triggers effect on certain options (click, tag, mouseover etc,…)

Timing – Duration specifies the duration of the effect itself, loops specifies how many loops will effect do (There is also forever option so as an example if the tag will trigger the effect, the effect will be active until tag value won’t trigger it).

You can even combine effects together and specify it’s easing.

Preserve attributes after the finish: when the effect ends, all attributes changed are reverted to the original state as it was before the effect started. If you would like to preserve attribute changes after the end of the effect, check this option.



Effect name:

If you create your own custom effect you can change it’s name by double-cliking on the effect itself

Property changes

The mySCADA effects engine enables you to animate different properties for any element. You can change, for example, color, size, move element, and much more. The properties table shows you which properties will be modified when the effect is run.



This properties table has just one section and one property change. When this effect is run, it will change the element color to red.

You can change multiple properties at once, or you can change different properties during a time. For example, you can create multiple entries per section (Duration), and you can have multiple sections. The following properties table will show how to change multiple properties at once and have multiple sections.



In this example, the fill and stroke color of output elements will be changed to red and yellow. The change will take time in first half of time (Specified by Duration 50.0 %). Then, the element will start to rotate and will rotate by 90 degrees. At the end of the effect, the element will disappear; this is due to the “Reset” section where we have specified opacity = 0.0.

To modify a property, double click on it. The Modify Property Dialog will be shown:



If you wish to modify a Time Section (Duration), double click on Duration label; a new Modify Duration Dialog will be shown:



Modify parameters:

  • Time: this is the duration of the time section shown as a percentage. If you specify the overall time of effect to be 1000 milliseconds and then set the time duration to 20 %,  the animated change will take exactly 200 milliseconds.
  • Easing: specifies the rate of change of a parameter over time. You can choose from several easing functions. To see them all, click on the ? button next to the easing combo box.

To add a new property or section, click on Add Button, and a new dialog will be shown:




Select a property you would like to add and set its value.

If you would like to create a new Time Section (Duration), check “Add New Time Group,” and additional properties will be shown:



Fill in the required parameters:

  • Time: this is the duration of the time section shown as a percentage. For example, if you specify the overall time of effect to be 1000 milliseconds and then set time duration to 20 %, the animated change will take exactly 200 milliseconds.
  • Easing: specifies the rate of change of a parameter over time. You can choose from several easing functions. To see them all, click on the ? button next to the easing combo box.

If you would like to create a Finish Time Section, check the appropriate checkbox:



The Finish section is useful if you would like to set some properties for a given value at the animation end. If you use the Finish section, you should check “Preserve attributes after finish”.


A trigger specifies how an effect will be started.



In the context menu, you can set the effect trigger:

on Click – effect will be activated when the object is clicked

on Down – effect will be activated when the object is pressed        

on Up – effect will be activated when the object is released (after on Down action)

on Down Up – effect will be activated when the object is pressed and stopped when the object is released.

on Mouse Over – effect will be activated when you hover over the object with the mouse pointer and stopped when the mouse pointer leaves the object

Tag – effect will be activated when selected tag value reaches given range and stopped when the value is out of range.

Tag Trigger – effect will be activated when selected tag value reaches given range, but the effect will NOT be stopped when the value is out of range.


If you select Tag or Tag Trigger from the trigger menu, set the tag address and the range of the Min and Max values.




The Inputs section specifies the elements that trigger the effect action. If you, for example, set the action to on Click and then specify multiple Input elements, any of them will act as a trigger effect when a user clicks it.



The “+” and “-” buttons allow you to add or remove Input elements from the list.


The Outputs section specifies the action elements to which the effect is applied. Usually, you want to apply an effect to the same element you have for the action trigger. In this case, you can leave  the default settings as “ThisElement.” If you want to have different or multiple elements, use the “+” and “-“ buttons to select the corresponding elements.



Saving Effect

If you have modified effect properties and would like to save them for later use, press the “Save” button.


Applying Effect

If you would like to set/apply an effect, press the “Apply” button.

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