ViewSE Basics

Learn to create, edit, and deploy FactoryTalk View Site Edition Station applications using View Studio Enterprise

What you'll learn:

✓ View Site Edition overview ✓ Hardware and software reqs.
✓ Set up and create a new apps ✓ Set up RSLinx Enterprise & Classic
✓ Create & edit Graphic Displays ✓ Live data and Animations
✓ Global Objects and Macros ✓ Derived Tags and Events
✓ Trends and Data Logs ✓ Alarms and Security
✓ Navigation, Viewpoint add-on ✓ Client Setup, Deploying Applications

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Proudly Serving Thousands of Individuals and Companies in Fifty-five Countries:

Learn to confidently configure, create, edit, and deploy applications using Rockwell Software's FactoryTalk View Site Edition in ViewSE Basics

You don't need to spend thousands of dollars and several days in a classroom to learn how to configure, create, edit, and deploy Factory Talk View Site Edition applications. All you need is a Windows PC and our affordable ViewSE Basics Online Course.

ViewSE Basics is the perfect online course for those who want to learn to setup, create, edit, deploy, and troubleshoot FactoryTalk View Site Edition. Taught by a factory certified View expert with over thirty years of experience, in this course you will learn everything you need to know to get a Factory View Site Edition Station application created and deployed with confidence.

Unlike expensive factory training which either requires you to spend a week in a classroom, or provides time limited access to online lessons, our HMI and SCADA courses come with no expiration date and expert instructor support. And if you don't have a copy of ViewStudio Enterprise, we walk you through how to get a full thirty day trial license right from Rockwell – a trial license that after thirty days converts into a demo which you can continue to use for up to two hours at a time.

And for the PLC connections, the instructor provides his PLC Sample Code in MicroLogix, SLC-500/Emulate500, PLC-5, CompactLogix, and ControlLogix formats. He also shows you how to connect to each of these controllers so no matter which one you decide to use (including the free Emuate500) you'll know exactly how to set it up.

Unlike other companies whose job is done once the sale is complete, we're committed to your success and actively encourage our students to post questions in our lesson discussion area, where our expert instructors monitor during the week to answer student questions.

We also invite you to come back and retake any lesson as the need arises, which is made possible by the fact that none of our course come with an expiration date.

And when you finish your course and pass all the quizzes, you'll also be rewarded with an official Completion Certificate from from The Automation School that will list the Professional Development Hours you've earned by completing all of the course content.

Course Topics:

Below is a summary of the topics covered in this course, and a complete lesson listing is also available in a following section:

  • What FactoryTalk ViewSE is, and how to find its documentation and downloads
  • Understanding how ViewSE works, including a look at four sample applications
  • Creating your first ViewSE Standalone Application
  • Graphic Displays and settings, Object Properties, and In-place Editing
  • Testing Displays, Creating Client Files, and Editing running applications
  • Using Drawing objects, Library Objects, and the Symbol Factory
  • HMI System Tags, Numeric Displays, Color and Fill Animations
  • Creating, editing, and duplicating Tags
  • Importing Displays, Using Numeric Inputs and Slider Animation
  • Tag Substitution, Tag Placeholders and Parameters, and On Top Displays
  • Expressions, Derived Tags, and Events
  • Setting up RSLinx Enterprise and RSLinx Classic Communications
  • Direct References and HMI Device Tags
  • Offline Tag Browsing and HMI Tag Importing
  • Creating and using Parameter Files and Tag Placeholders
  • Command Line, and creating and using Macros
  • Creating and Using Global Objects
  • Datalogging and Trending
  • HMI Tag Alarms and Alarm and Event Alarming
  • User, Group, and Application Security
  • Backing up your Application
  • Setting up an Operator Workstation
  • Restoring and Running and Application
  • Setting and Using FactoryTalk ViewPoint

Who should take this course:

Anyone who would like to learn how to create, edit, and deploy ViewSE projects. Note: prospective students should already have some PLC knowledge, and be comfortable using Windows 10.

Instructor Bio:

Shortly after earning a degree in Electronics, Shawn Tierney spent twenty five years working in the field as a Rockwell Automation authorized distributor specialist helping countless Engineers and Electricians learn how to select, setup, program, and troubleshoot Allen-Bradley industrial automation controls.

During his time as a specialist, Shawn attended over fifty weeks of Rockwell training and gained his certification as a Rockwell Automation Specialist and Information Software Specialist, and graduated from Rockwell's STPA Certification program with the highest recorded score.

During that time Shawn also earned his Microsoft Certifications in Server and Desktop Operating Systems, becoming a Microsoft Certified Professional.

Shawn left his job as an Automation Specialist in 2015 to focus on sharing everyting he's learned in affordable, self-paced courses at

Student review: “This is an exceptional course! I really learn a lot, and I’m able to create projects efficiently now (I just finished a bottling plant project) You are a great instructor, thanks!” – CB

Student review: “The course is extremely detailed and very well put together. I both enjoyed and learned a lot from the course. Best investment I have made!” – JG

Student review: “Course completed, and I can highly recommend it! Thank you very much Shawn!” – CF

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  • + MicroLogix Course & 2024 Update
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  • + CCW VFD Quickstart
  • + Master Logix: PLCLogix
  • + Master Logix: FactoryIO Pre-Order
  • + Ultimate SLC Pre-Order
  • + Ultimate PLC-5 Pre-Order

NOTE: To purchase this course as a gift, or for a co-worker to take, please choose the Voucher option at top of the page.

Sample Lesson and Snapshots

In this presentation you'll learn about the different products that make up the ViewSE family, as well as how to find documentation, downloads, updates, and system requirements.

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Lessons and Reviews


Lesson 1.0: Topics, Software, Q & A

Lesson 1.1: What is ViewSE?

Exercise 1.1: ViewSE Review (10 mins)

Quiz 01: What is ViewSE

Lesson 1.2: Applications, Part 1

Lesson 1.2: Applications, Part 2

Lesson 1.2: Applications, Part 3

Exercise 1.2: Open, Examine Samples (10 mins)

Quiz 02: ViewSE Applications

Lesson 1.3: Restoring Applications

Lesson 2.1: New App & Displays, Part 1

Lesson 2.1: New App & Displays, Part 2

Lesson 2.1: New App & Displays, Part 3

Exercise 2.1: Create App, Displays (10 mins)

Quiz 03: Graphic Displays

Lesson 2.2: Adding Objects to Displays

Exercise 2.2: Add Tanks (10 mins)

Lesson 2.3: Color and Fill Animation

Lesson 2.4: Import, Use Molding Library

Lesson 2.5: Memory Tags, Input, Slider

Lesson 2.6: Duplicate, Export, Import Tags

Lesson 2.7: Tag Substitution

Lesson 2.8: On Top Displays

Lesson 2.9: Tag Placeholders, Parameters

Lesson 2.10: Expressions, Derived Tags

Exercise 2.10: Derived Tags (10 mins)

Lesson 3.12: RSLinx Classic

Lesson 3.13: RSLinx Enterprise

Lesson 3.51: Direct Reference & Device Tags

Lesson 3.52: Offline Browse & Import

Lesson 3.53: Adding Emulated PLCs

Exercise 3.53: Import HMI Device Tags (10 mins)

Lesson 4.01: Molding Area Overview

Lesson 4.02: Project Cleanup

Lesson 4.03: Using Parameter Files 1

Lesson 4.04: Using Parameter Files 2

Lesson 4.05: Command Line and Macros

Lesson 4.10: Graphic Objects

Lesson 4.11: Animations

Lesson 4.12: Buttons, Lights, Switches

Lesson 5.01: Using Global Objects 1

Lesson 5.02: Using Global Objects 2

Lesson 5.03: Creating Global Objects 1

Lesson 5.04: Creating Global Objects 2

Lesson 6.01: Live Data Trends

Lesson 6.02: File Set DataLog & Trend

Lesson 6.03: Trend Templates

Lesson 6.04: ODBC Datalog & Trend

Lesson 7.01: Molding Alarms

Lesson 7.02: HMI Tag Alarms (16 mins)

Lesson 7.03: HMI Tag Alarm Logs (10mins)

Lesson 7.04: A&E Tag Alarms

Lesson 7.05: A&E Alarm Log

Lesson 7.06: A&E Instruction Alarms

Lesson 8.01: Graphical Edits

Lesson 8.02: Docked Display, Part 1

Lesson 8.02: Docked Display, Part 2

Lesson 8.03: Find & Replace

Lesson 8.04: Events System

Lesson 8.05: Graphical Changes

Lesson 8.06: Site View

Lesson 8.07: Security, Part 1

Lesson 8.07: Security, Part 2

Lesson 9.01: Backing Up Applications

Lesson 9.02: OWS Configuration

Lesson 9.03: Restoring Applications

Lesson 9.04: ViewPoint

Appendix A: All Downloads (VSE)

Bonus-V: Upgrade View Studio ME (2 mins) *

Bonus-V: Find Your Local Rep (2 mins) *

Bonus-V: Create a Virtual Machine (5 mins) *

Bonus-V: Installing ViewSE (4 mins) *

Bonus-V: Free PLC Emulator (10 mins) *

Bonus-V: Setup SQL Express (07 mins)

Updated RSLogix/Linx/Emulate Download Procedure (0420)

Bonus-V: Rockwell Remote Access *

Bonus-V: FactoryTalk ViewSE v13 – What's New *

Bonus-V: FactoryTalk Linx Update (2023) *

Bonus-V: FactoryTalk View v14 – What's New * New



Course Requirements and Questions

  • Requirements to follow along and/or complete any optional exercises:

Students who wish to complete any optional exercises, or just follow along with the instructor as he teaches, will need the following:

  • An internet connection to take this online course
  • A installed and working copy of FactoryTalk View Studio Enterprise (information on how to request a free 30 day evaluation and demo copy from Rockwell is covered in the course)
  • NOTE: This course is based on FactoryTalk View Studio 9.0, and all of the instructor's example work is provided in version 9.0. That said, the files required to complete optional exercises are also provided in v8.0 and can be found in the appendix

Programmable Controller sample code for Students who wish to complete optional exercises is provided for the following controllers:

  • RSLogix Emulate 500 (Free)
  • PLC-5/20
  • SLC-5/05
  • MicroLogix 1000, 1100, 1400
  • CompactLogix L16 and L23 (v20, can be migrated to a newer controller/version)
  • ControlLogix L61 (v20, can be migrated to a newer controller/version)

Note: The version of FactoryTalk View Studio used in this course is 9.0, and according to Rockwell it supports these Windows versions:

  • Windows 7 Pro
  • Windows 8 Pro
  • Windows 10 Pro

*Students with Windows XP 32bit SP3 may use View Studio v8.0, and required files complete optional exercises are provided in version 8.0 in the appendix.

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