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  1. Add options to the Window Editing page in the Project properties

    Add options to the Window Editing page in the Project properties.
    such as:
    Select a main Font for the whole project.
    Default Font color
    Default background color

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  2. Find and replace for tags in grouped objects

    Right click on a grouped object would show the existing tags associated with the items within the group, and give the ability to assign (replace) with the desired tags without having to ungroup the obect and do each item separately. ex: motor 1 start could be replaced with motor 2 start.

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  3. Intelligently Rename Tags

    One of the biggest problems I've had in Ignition is the lack of ability to rename tags, popups, templates and the like because all links to them are broken. Could a smart rename feature be created that would automatically change all links to a tag when it is renamed, or at least point to all the locations it is used so the user could easily change them? Thank you

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  4. hide the code in the designer and protect it with a password

    Hide the code in the designer and protect it with a password.

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  5. Add Size & Position in Property Editor panel

    When selecting an object in a windows, as in VisualStudio, it would be nice to have size and position properties editable in the Property Editor panel. (Width, Lenght, Top, Left) Instead of doing a right-click and opening the "Size & Position" pop-up.

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  6. Add Data to the Diagnostics Tags For Allen Bradley Control Logix

    Add a Safety, and Standard folder to contain information like safety signature, safety locked, safety locked time stamp, edits present, download occurred, standard program locked, standard program signature.

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  7. Treat Active Directory's Distribution Group as a User

    We'd like to see Ignition treat AD's distribution groups as a user so the DG can be selected from the AD user list when creating On_Call rosters for alarm pipelines. We'd setup the alarming system and have our customers maintain that DG.

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  8. Ad-Hoc Trend Tag Tree object with Mapped Paths

    If using a datatype in ignition if an analog value within that datatype is pulled into an easy chart then only the member name is shown on the trend. Also it can be cumbersome to drill into each folder path to pull an individual tag over on to the trend. For now we have two installations where tags for devices which were originally historized by the datatype had to be recreated in an area->equipment->device hierarchical fashion so they were easy to find in a tag tree in runtime and the device name would appear on an easy chart when dragged…

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  9. Have a way to display the status of the alarm pipelines within the designer & Client

    If current alarm pipeline status' could be displayed a user can then determine if there are any pipelines active. This would help to confirm the system is working and/or if any pipelines are getting hung up in troubleshooting. A user could "test" an alarm condition and verify that the correct pipelines got triggered and verfied that the notification was sent out.

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  10. Allow the audit profile log to use store and forward

    Currently, Tag Historian and Alarm History go through the store and forward and in case of communication failure to Database it buffers the data and push it after connection comes back on. But unfortunately Audit Trail Profiles is not using this feature and you are going to lose your Audit Log records while the connection to DB is in failure. This is a big concern for the validated system and pharmaceutical to lose the Audit record of the system. Thanks in advance!

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  11. USB device Integration on clients

    add functionality to communicate with USB devices that are plugged into the USB ports of the client machine. Read the raw data from the USB device, without requiring a HID output from the USB device.

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  12. Highlight the currently selected object in the project browser.

    When an object is selected in the designer window, automatically highlight it in the project browser.

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  13. Add "Copy Path" to the right click menu for templates

    Add "Copy Path" to the right-click menu for templates.
    When I have a lot of templates with long paths it is difficult to select the template from the dropdown on the template display properties. It would be nice to be able to copy the path and paste it.
    It would also make change it easier to change templates in the template display in scripting without typos.

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  14. Create a Script Function to Evaluate an expression.

    I am trying to evaluate some "Expression Language" expressions in a script. But I dont see a good way to do this. Could you add a scripting function to do this? Something like:

    system.util.evaluateExpression(expressionString, [tagPathString])

    returns value

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  15. Limit exposure of privileged information

    The goal is to limit our exposure of privileged information on public facing implementations of Ignition, particularly the system identifier that is visible before user credentials have been entered on the gateway. In modifying the gateway, we would also like to be able to remove the Designer function from the gateway that non-developer/administrator accounts are served.

    May we either have an option to disable more gateway display elements, or, a method to introduce an alternate authentication portal?

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  16. Support for OPC UA events, methods and PubSub pattern

    Beckhoff PLCs supports the concept of OPC UA events and methods. It would be great if Ignition could emit & listen for OPC UA events, expose & call OPC UA methods and publish & subscribe to OPC UA messages. It would open up for new ways of shop floor communication, without the same need for supervisory control systems to initiate communication and do traditional handshaking. MQTT in all its glory, but OPC UA does a lot more, with MQTT as a possible carrier.

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  17. Edit alarm name,notes and description, etc at UDT level with scripts

    All of our alarm configuration is done in UDT's. There is no way to edit the UDT properties through scripts, only override the properties at an instance level.
    Usage: Let technician add more notes on what to do when alarm happens or revise the name as it appears in the alarm listing so it is more clear from the client.
    Cumbersome: Editing alarms in the tag browser when there are many to edit.

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  18. Override individual alarm configuration attributes from UDT definition instead of entire alarm configuration

    Currently we can only override the entire alarm configuration on a UDT instance, even if we only want to change the setpoint.

    It would be nice if we could leave everything in an alarm configuration inherited from the UDT definition, and override individual alarm attributes.

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  19. 14 day 3-2-2 schedule

    I would like the ability to set up a 14 day 3-2-2 schedule. It is also referred to as the five and two. The setup is ON 3 days,OFF 2 days, ON 2 days for the first week. The second week is OFF 3 days, ON 2 days, OFF 2 days.

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  20. Add MAC address to System\Client\Network tags

    Make MAC address available as a client tag. This would help when using thin clients where MAC address is the only constant value for the client.

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