ViewSE Basics Course

In this course students will learn how to create, edit, and deploy FactoryTalk View Site Edition Station applications using View Studio Enterprise, including:
- What View Site Edition is, and what its hardware and software requirements are
- How to setup and create a new application from scratch
- How to create and edit graphic displays with live data and animations
- How to setup comms using RSLinx Enterprise and RSLinx Classic
- How to use Global Objects, Macros, Derived Tags, and Events
- And much, much more! (Over 11 hours of Video Lessons) (click here for full details)


71 Lessons


In this course you'll learn how to create, edit, and deploy FactoryTalk View Site Edition Local Station applications using FactoryTalk View Studio Enterprise.

Instructor: Shawn Tierney
Category: SCADA / HMI

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In this course students will learn how to create, edit, and deploy FactoryTalk View Site Edition Local Station applications using FactoryTalk View Studio Enterprise.

What you will learn:

  • 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

NOTE: All of the course files provided will work with View Studio 8 and greater. That said, since this course is based on View Studio v9, the only application archive (APA) compatible with v8 is the final completed application.

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.

Requirements to complete optional exercises or follow along:

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

1) A working copy of FactoryTalk View Studio Enterprise Edition, and a compatible Windows PC to install and run it on.

Note: Information on how to request a free 30 day evaluation and demo copy of View Studio Enterprise from Rockwell is covered

Note: This course is based on FactoryTalk View Studio 9.0, and according to Rockwell ViewSE 9.0 supports these Windows versions:

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

Note: ViewSE v8.0 is said to support Windows XP Pro SP3 32bit, and all of the provided files required to complete the course are compatible with ViewSE v8.

2) An Allen-Bradley Programmable Controller, or Free PLC Emulator compatible with the above Windows PC and View Studio Enterprise.

Note: How to download and use Rockwell's free RSLogix Emulate 500 is included with this course as a bonus lesson

Note: The instructor provides sample programs for the following Programmable Controllers for use with the course lessons:

  • RSLogix Emulate 500
  • PLC-5/20
  • SLC-5/05
  • MicroLogix 1000, 1100, 1400
  • CompactLogix L16 and L23 (v20)
  • ControlLogix L61 (v20)

What is included with the course:

To see what is included with this course please see the enrollment options.

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Sample Lesson

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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Course Materials

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Requirements for Software, Hardware, and Hands-On: For detailed requirements to complete any optional programming exercises, or to follow along with the instructor as he programs, see the "Requirements..." section near the bottom of the Details tab.


Lesson 1.0: Topics, Software, Q & A

Lesson 1.1: What is ViewSE?

Exercise 1.1: ViewSE Review (10 mins)

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)

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)

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

Bonus 01: Upgrade View Studio ME (2 mins)

Bonus 02: Find Your Local Rep (2 mins)

Bonus 03: Create a Virtual Machine (5 mins)

Bonus 04: Installing ViewSE (4 mins)

Bonus 06: Free PLC Emulator (10 mins)

Bonus 07: Setup SQL Express (07 mins)