InduSoft is always looking toward the future, and we are pleased to announce that InduSoft Web Studio 8.1 is on its way in Q4 of 2017. With major enhancements and big updates on the way, we highly recommend that users of InduSoft Web Studio 8.0 consider purchasing a maintenance agreement with InduSoft in order to qualify for a free upgrade to 8.1.
Don’t want to purchase maintenance? Anyone who purchased or purchases InduSoft Web Studio 8.0 after July 1st, 2017 is entitled to a free upgrade to InduSoft Web Studio 8.1.
What’s in InduSoft Web Studio 8.1?
InduSoft Web Studio 8.1 will make it easier than ever to publish applications online, use OPC UA server on all runtime editions of InduSoft Web Studio, and purchase licenses for thin clients and drivers. Here is an overview of the major enhancements coming in 8.1:
- Support for all native objects in HTML5
Take advantage of an improved Studio Mobile Access client that supports all native objects for web-based applications in HTML5 compatible browsers. Supported objects include Alarm/Event Control, Smart Messages, Pushbuttons, and Listboxes.
- OPC UA Server
Support is now included for the OPC UA Server for InTouch Machine Edition, EmbeddedView, and IoTView.
- Streamlined Licensing
There are no restrictions for the number of drivers, and no restrictions based on the type of thin clients. Licenses are now purchased based only on the number of concurrent thin clients.
InduSoft remains committed to maintaining 100% backward compatibility. Applications designed in any previous version of InduSoft Web Studio can be opened and immediately run in InduSoft Web Studio version 8.1. Users with maintenance agreements will receive free upgrades to 8.1, along with any patches or service packs. For current customers without maintenance agreements, 8.1 will be available for a modest upgrade cost based on current licenses.
InduSoft Web Studio remains platform agnostic
InduSoft maintains dedication to the “Develop once, deploy anywhere” mantra. As with previous versions of the software, InduSoft Web Studio will continue to support all current versions of Windows (Including Windows 10, Windows Server editions, and Windows Embedded editions), and Linux and VxWorks with IoTView. Publish applications to the web easily with the HTML5 based Studio Mobile Access thin client, and send and receive data from almost any data source, either locally or on the cloud.
With over 250 communication drivers and an available driver toolkit API, you’ll be able to connect to nearly any hardware or communicate with most common protocols. Your system can use ‘best in breed’ hardware, regardless of protocol, and legacy applications will be easy to update as technology changes. InduSoft remains committed to supporting the growing number of protocols and open standards. InduSoft Web Studio 8.1 adds support for the OPC UA server in this version, on top of the current support for the OPC UA client, and OPC DA, and HDA.
Got Legacy FactoryTalk™ ME/SE or PanelMate™ applications? Import them into InduSoft Web Studio without rebuilding them
InduSoft Web Studio already offers import wizards for FactoryTalk™ ME/SE and PanelMate™. With these, you’ll be able to save up to 90% development time by importing your legacy applications into InduSoft Web Studio. Once you’ve imported them, take advantage of all the native security features and robust communication capabilities of InduSoft Web Studio 8.1.
Template applications save even more time
InduSoft also offers template applications that can further reduce development time. Simply plug into existing applications or use them as standalone applications that require limited configuration to get up and running. InduSoft offers a Business Intelligence Dashboard, an Andon template, and a PackML template for machine builders and users in the packaging industry.
Got questions about InduSoft Web Studio 8.1?
Contact your InduSoft Web Studio representative to discuss adding a maintenance agreement to ensure free access to 8.1, or find out how easy it is to upgrade to the newest version of InduSoft Web Studio. We recommend that users always use the most recent version of the software in order to ensure access to security updates, additional features, service packs, and patches.