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Proficy* HMI/SCADA - iFIX C R E A T I N G P I C T U R E S

V e r s i o n 5 . 8

N o v e m b e r 2 0 1 3

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Table of Contents

About this Guide .......................................................................................................................... 1

Reference Documents ......................................................................................................... 1

Introduction ................................................................................................................................. 2

Picture Coordinate Systems ..................................................................................................... 2

Creating Pictures with Purpose ................................................................................................ 2

Getting Started ............................................................................................................................ 4

Before You Begin .................................................................................................................... 4

Creating and Opening Pictures ................................................................................................ 4

Opening Existing Pictures .................................................................................................... 5

Saving Pictures .................................................................................................................... 5

Picture Coordinate Systems ..................................................................................................... 6

Logical Coordinate System .................................................................................................. 6

Enhanced Coordinate System .............................................................................................. 7

Zoom to Fit .......................................................................................................................... 7

Button Caption Converter ..................................................................................................... 8

Coordinate System Summary............................................................................................... 8

The Object-oriented Nature of Pictures .................................................................................... 9

How Objects Behave in Pictures ........................................................................................ 11

Using Basic Drawing Tools .................................................................................................... 13

Using Drawing Cursors ...................................................................................................... 14

Using Toolbars................................................................................................................... 16

Using the Toolbox .............................................................................................................. 18

Using the Object Pop-up Menu .......................................................................................... 19

Using the Properties Window ............................................................................................. 24

Using the Color Box ........................................................................................................... 26

Using the Find Mouse Coordinates Tool ............................................................................. 27

Creataing Pictures

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Using the Animations Dialog Box ....................................................................................... 28

Using Basic Functions in Pictures .......................................................................................... 30

Showing a Picture .............................................................................................................. 30

Refreshing a Picture .......................................................................................................... 31

Refreshing a Thumbnail ..................................................................................................... 31

Closing a Picture ................................................................................................................ 31

Using the Picture Pop-up Menu .......................................................................................... 31

Using the Picture Properties Window ................................................................................. 33

Defining the Picture Height and Width ................................................................................ 33

Setting the Picture Background and Fade Colors ............................................................... 34

Setting Gradient Fill Properties ........................................................................................... 34

Viewing Your Picture in the Run-time Environment ............................................................. 38

Upgrading Pictures to Enhanced Coordinates .................................................................... 39

Upgrading Hardcoded Values in Animations....................................................................... 41

Converting Button Captions ............................................................................................... 42

Restoring a Picture to the Logical Coordinate System ........................................................ 44

Selecting Zoom to Fit ......................................................................................................... 45

Performing Advanced Functions in Pictures ........................................................................... 46

Sharing Picture Files .......................................................................................................... 46

Changing the Picture View ................................................................................................. 46

Tiling and Cascading Pictures ............................................................................................ 47

Creating Pictures without Title bars .................................................................................... 49

Overview Checklist ................................................................................................................ 49

How Do I................................................................................................................................ 50

Changing Your Window Size .............................................................................................. 51

Setting the Fade Type of a Picture ..................................................................................... 51

Setting the Gradient Angle of a Picture's Fade Type ........................................................... 52

Zooming In and Out of Pictures ..........................................................................

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