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Online manuals

  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

14.1.1.Show value animation #



This animation can display tag values in a text element.

If you will set animation “show value” on a text element myDESIGNER will automatically fill in type and parameter from tags database (So if you have a tag which is set as type String and parameter Siemens this will be also applied automatically in the animation once you assign the tag to it).

However, especially with Date parameters, you might want to have somewhere displayed only time and somewhere just date so you can change type/parameter whenever you want.

There are 3 available types to be selected:

  • Value
  • String
  • Date



Value shows the read PLC values in the Decimal, Hexadecimal, Octal, and Binary numerical systems.



By default, Value type shows values in Decimal format. If you are showing a floating-point number, you can specify how the value will be presented by using formatting. For more info about formatting, please see Formatting Numerical values.


String type

String type reads string data type from the PLC and shows the resulting value as a string. You can specify special conditions such as maximum string length or string type.


  • Automatic
    The PLC type used in the tag definition selects the string type automatically. You need to specify only the maximum string length



  • EtherNet/IP
    Rockwell family string type. The string is automatically encoded according to the RA standard. Please specify the maximum length of the string. The provided maximum length must not be longer than the definition in PLC.



  • Siemens – Siemens family string. Please specify the maximum length of the string. The provided maximum length must not be longer than the definition in PLC.



  • General – User-defined. You have complete control of converting a PLC data array into a string. First of all, you should specify the maximum length of the string. The provided maximum length must not be longer than the definition in PLC. Then you can specify which character terminates the string or specify at which position the length of the string is encoded.


  • Modbus – Modbus protocol definition does not define the string type. Most of the PLC makers, however, allow the use of the string in Modbus protocol by providing the values in an array. As there is no given standard for use in Modbus protocol, the user has complete control over how the string is defined. It allows you to convert a PLC data array into a string. First of all, you should specify the maximum length of the string. The provided maximum length must not be longer than the definition in PLC. Then you can specify which character terminates the string or specify at which position the length of the string is encoded. If your PLC encodes two characters into one register, please choose 8-bit characters; otherwise, choose 16-bit characters.



  • OPC – OPC UA family string. The OPC has defined a standard for reading strings. Please specify the maximum length of the string. The provided maximum length must not be longer than the definition in OPC UA server.



Date type

Date type enables you to read date value from the PLC and convert it to the date. mySCADA assumes the date is in unix time – the number of seconds since 1 January 1970.  You can choose to show only date, only time, or both date and time or displaying Interval



Example of Showing Values from PLC:

1. Let’s assume there are three tags in ControlLogix PLC, representing the water levels – level1, level2, and level3.

2. Create the text elements for these three water levels using the Create Text Element tool.



3. Continue adding the text elements responsible for reading values from the PLC. This process is exactly the same as creating the text elements.  The text written in the text element specifies how the value read from the PLC will be formatted on the screen. The format specification is described in the following figure:



  • Note: Any value received from the PLC that does not follow the format specification will be automatically transformed to a set format. For example, if the PLC returns a value of 3.47 and the visualization expects only one decimal place with the format (##.#), then the number displayed will be rounded to one decimal place, showing the value of 3.5.


4. Connect the text elements to specific PLC tags.

Click on the text element that should be animated, according to the data received from the PLC. You will see the animations properties in the Properties window. Select the Anim tab in the Show Value animation section; enter the specific tag address from which the text element will read.

  • Note: If the entered tag address is invalid, the text will be marked in red.


You can also combine a static text element with PLC values.


5. Upload the view to your supported device – the screen should look like the following:



In the example above, we have used the tags from ControlLogix. You can generally use the tags for all supported PLCs, as long as you use the proper syntax (for a brief description of proper tag syntax, see the chapter Basic Tag Syntax).

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