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Hardkey or Softkey? What you need to know about InduSoft Web Studio License Keys

There are two types of license keys for the InduSoft Web Studio HMI SCADA software. Hardkeys and Softkeys. The type of key you’re given will depend on how you intend to use your SCADA software, and whether you want to develop applications, or merely run them in industrial machines. Continue reading

InduSoft Symbol of the Week – Colored Push Buttons

InduSoft is always busy improving the tools that make developing applications easier and quicker, and we want to share our efforts with you! We’re working on creating one new symbol each week that you can employ in your applications. Please feel free to modify and share these symbols, and tell us what you want to see! We’re always interested in hearing from you what symbols or symbol libraries you’re looking for. Continue reading

Using Sample Applications to Fine Tune InduSoft Web Studio Projects

InduSoft Web Studio is a powerful HMI/SCADA software with many different tools available to develop HMI and SCADA projects. Some of the best opportunities for casual training in InduSoft Web Studio are available right on the site in the form of sample applications. Feel free to take advantage of this resource for ideas on how to approach challenges using InduSoft’s tools. Continue reading

Service Pack 2 for InduSoft Web Studio 8.0 Available for Download Now

The long term goal for InduSoft Web Studio has always been the capability to develop once and deploy to multiple operating systems, including IoT devices. In Service Pack 1, InduSoft Web Studio sees several major improvements. HTML5 capabilities have expanded to include horizontal trends, and custom widgets, adding the flexibility and capability to interface with web based controls like never before. When you need more than a simple HMI, take advantage of the expanding, open ecosystem that InduSoft has created. Custom widgets allow users to host third party applications within the InduSoft Web Studio environment without necessitating Microsoft specific Active/X and .NET controls. Continue reading

Tips for Designing Multitouch HMI Applications in InduSoft Web Studio

Designing a top-notch interface for a touch-screen panel PC involves some careful planning. In addition to designing an HMI that is easy to use and intuitive, developers should also bear the medium in mind. Touch-screen technology represents some unique challenges to interface design, but by paying attention to details such as the physical environment the workspace and by adding in a margin of error, developers can design truly effective HMIs for touch-screen PCs. Continue reading

The difference between SCADA and HMI – Making Sense of the Automation Acronyms

Are HMI and SCADA related to each other? How?

HMI and SCADA two terms for distinct industrial automation interfaces. HMIs are subsets or components of a SCADA system. Additionally, a DCS or Distributed Control System is very similar to a SCADA system, and may also use one or more HMIs as well. All these components are classes of, or describe parts of, an ICS or Industrial Control System, which is the general description of Automation. In modern control systems, there is a great deal of overlapping technology and functionality between these two classes of ICSs. Continue reading

InduSoft Web Studio v7.1 + SP2 Adds New Development Languages

InduSoft Web Studio SCADA software offers many tools for the localization of applications and the development of HMI or SCADA applications in multiple languages. InduSoft Web Studio allows applications to be translated and accessed during the runtime in any language, using the native language tables in the software and a translation tool such as Google Translate. This allows any application to be easily localized for use by operators with a variety of native languages. Continue reading

Using Images In InduSoft Web Studio

There are two ways to use images in InduSoft Web Studio. The first way is to copy the image from a program such as MS Paint to the clipboard and use to paste it onto a screen (Figure 1). This type of image becomes a Bitmap Object and is now part of the screen file. The graphical information also increases the screen file size accordingly. If the image is of considerable size, then the new screen file size will also be correspondingly larger (Figure 2). Continue reading