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  1. Graphics Upgrade

    I would like to see Ignition receive an overhaul in the graphics arena.

    Ignition is awesome on the back end, but pretty lackluster on the front. As a software engineer I understand the time and money involved, this is the first thing that my customers see.

    I would at least like the ability to add any SVG image, as your website states. Instead you can actually on add a limited number of very simple, un-animated SVG's.

    SCADA is about visualizing a process. So let's get the graphics to 2016.

    http://www.softwaretoolbox.com/gadgetwizards/

    Redlion has very similar graphics on all of their HMI's,…

    71 votes
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  3. Ignition Report Excel Export

    Please add the ability for Ignition reports to be exported to Excel with all formatting, fonts, colors, etc.

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  4. Add support for Atlas Copco Open Protocol (ACOP) communication to torque controllers

    ACOP is a standard communication protocol supported by most major torque controller manufacturers. Having a built in communication method would streamline MES solutions for the automotive and manufacturing industries.

    57 votes
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  5. Break points and a good debugger

    It would be awesome if we could get breakpoints, variable inspection and step over / step into features.

    55 votes
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  6. Tags Cross Reference

    It would be nice to have some sort of report that shows where all the tags are being used

    51 votes
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  7. Upgrade Ignition to Use Jython 2.7

    The final version of Jython 2.7 has been released. It would be great to upgrade Ignition to use it. Jython 2.7 requires Java 7 or higher so that would mean dropping support for Java 6 in Ignition.

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  8. Support Python Dictionaries and Python Lists as Custom Properties of Components

    Custom properties can be created on components in Ignition, but the types of these properties are limited to some standard Java types.

    I think it would be really helpful if Python dictionary and Python list types could be used for custom properties.

    Python dictionaries and lists are so extremely useful and convenient that having them as custom properties could significantly improve the ease and flexibility of Python scripting in Ignition

    40 votes
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  9. script editor improvments

    I spend lots of time in script editor...
    7.7 editor include very cool new features, but still need a few add !
    - color marks for todo like in eclipse
    - coor marks for found occurence of a find comment
    - right click on function list to copy full function path
    - auto comment, uncomment lines of code
    - autocompletion for all packages
    - ctrl mousewheel to increase text font size

    39 votes
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  10. Search / Filter tags in OPC Tag Browser

    Add a basic search box to the OPC tag browser so that it is faster to find a tag. On PLCs with thousands of tags it is difficult to browse into specific folders to find the correct tags, and the tree view will collapse every time the window is refreshed which also adds difficulty. Something similar to the tag search feature in RSLogix 5000.

    38 votes
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    This is a good idea, we’ve so far essentially ignored all of the browse filtering stuff that OPC actually does provide. Before accepting this as “planned”, I just want to do a quick feasibility check to make sure for some weird reason it wouldn’t be drastically harder than I expect.

  11. New Data Types: Color and Font

    Add new data types of color and font.

    For example, we would be able to create a memory tag of type 'Color' or and type 'Font' and then link all fonts and colors back to this memory tag, hence making it easy to change the style of our projects quickly and with ease.

    37 votes
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  12. Add retry policy for database connections

    Allow connections to have a configurable retry policy. The policy could include settings such as max retries, max delay between retries, and whether to use linear or exponential back-off.

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  13. Programatic Windows Creation

    It will be very handy if we can generate windows using data in excel. Atleast be able to generate windown from a Excel list of components, X and y positions. Further modifications can be done manually. Or even be able to import an XML or CSV file with component type and x, y postions.

    29 votes
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  14. Browse Clgx Offline

    many times when developing a new project, the online Contrologix PLC is not available, would like the ability to browse the *.ACD file to create new OPC tags.
    This is a feature available in FactoryTalk Studio ME/SE

    28 votes
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    I think the likelihood of us parsing these files is low.

    However, we have another idea that I think would accomplish the same goal. I’m putting this as “Under Review” because I’m not entirely sure we can do this, but here’s the idea:

    We add a new driver, called the “Offline Driver”. To configure this a device using this driver, you’d point it to another device, for example, a CLX device. This driver would use the other device to browse when available, and would remember what was there, so that if the other device isn’t there, it would browse whatever was last seen.

    In this way, we’d have offline development for all devices, not just logix.

  15. Multitouch

    99% of our vision clients run under panel pc's, ultrabooks, smartphones and tablets where Multitouch capabilities are missing in Ignition.
    Drag - Swipe - Zooming - Rotating - Scrolling
    ...they will are new Ignition features

    26 votes
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  16. 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

    26 votes
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  17. Find Replace for selected tags/Objects Only

    It would be nice to find/replace for objects that are currently selected. When you open find/replace it does the entire project which is nice in some cases, but in many situations it would be easier to find/replace based on tags/objects that are currently selected.

    25 votes
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  18. Paste objects regardless of missing bindings

    In designer I would like to always be able to copy group of objects from one screen or template to another, regardless of the bindings assigned. Right now if one of the bindings is missing it won't let you paste. Instead, warn and then comment out the binding, or show bindings that will be removed.

    25 votes
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  19. Ignition SDK on Inductive University

    This would be so awesome!

    24 votes
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  20. Partial gateway backup and restore

    Ability to Backup/Restore Tag providers, user sources, database connections, devices, etc.

    23 votes
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