There are a few different forum questions and feature requests that I think would be possible to solve if we had added some string handling functions, for example comparison of text channel values:
and conversion from integer to text
Anyone else who thinks this could be a good idea?
using MD4 to adjust function parameters within adjust menu, could a pop-up touch number pad be made available as an option to enter a new value rather than scrolling which can take a long time if the adjust range set is wide with a small increment step number
The Description field of the channels and objects work, but one must click on the individual channel to see it, or use the Project Documentation generation to see a more complete list of all descriptions.
In our company we use many times the same code in one application, and in differents target (MD3 and MD4)
for example we receive can bus data from two similar targets, then we do the same transformations for both on the data. Or we do the exact same task on a MD4 and a MD3.
That mean that we have 2 times the same code. We made a function group that we can copy but if we update one we have to update the other. And it is not that easy if the code is complicate.
It would be great to be able to make a kind on "User Function Group Lib", where we can define a function group with inputs and outputs that can be used in the application. Editing the function group in the lib would then update it every where.
Then the ability to export/import this lib to an other project would allow to be sure to have the same code on two different project.
I know that it is a big job but it would be such a great improvement.
It would be nice to have lables with lamp function. Be able to define "Input channel", "ON color" and "OFF color" for lables.It would be easier than making two lables as we do now.
I have an application where I want to show an access platform arm with 2 articulation joints: Lift & Reach. I want to draw 2 lines on the display page and connect them to the angle sensors. If the lift function is active, then the Lift line should rotate. At the same time the Reach line should dynamically recalculate its XY co ordinates to continue position itself at the end of the Lift line. I think this function calls for dynamic co ordinate properties.
We are happy to announce that IQANdesign 5 is released, bringing in powerful features for team collaboration and a brand new look!
Main feature updates
New system layout
The system layout grid view has been replaced by free positioning of the modules and buses.
Tool bars and context menus are replaced by an Add button in all views where you can add components. The Add button has additional features such as component search and hints.
Dynamic block diagrams
Block diagrams now only shows pins that have channels assigned. Also other improvements such as pins showed separately for multi-pin channels and multiple categories for some I/O types, e.g. HS/LS categories for digital outputs.
Solution library added that lets you add ready-made solutions to your applications from the Add button.
A new concept that allows you to place application logic in a file external to the project file where it is used. By doing that, you can reuse code in multiple projects, and also make it possible for two or more persons to work on the same project simultaneously.
Instances of the external function in the main project file can be automatically updated when the function in the external file is updated.
Move image and line controls in runtime
It is now possible to control X and Y positions of images and lines using channels. This will allow you to do simple on-screen animations.
MC4x: CAN routing
CAN routing adds a new concept of rules and exceptions to simplify routing of CAN frames between CAN ports on MC4 modules.
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