Object Format options make personailizing your screen objects simple. Select the colors, frames, and background effects with just a few clicks of the mouse. Choose from the default color templates or create and save your own templates to use as often as you like. Backgrounds for many objects support gradient fill effects that make them stand out.
C-more takes advantage of several design improvements, which result in much better looking objects:
Here are just a few of the more than 50 types of objects in the standard Object List.
HMI screens are created by "dragging" objects from the object list and "dropping" them into the workspace.
Objects can be sized to a grid, or freeform. Objects can be ordered and grouped. See the toolbar section for more about object manipulation.
Objects are even allowed to overlap. For example, you can put a bitmap graphic on top of a screen change pushbutton. The bitmap will display, and the underlying button will function when pressed. But be careful, If two touchable object are overlapped, only the object on top will function when touched.
C-more allows you to build your own objects and save them in the User Library. Here is an example of a user object:
This gauge was created using 12 separate C-more objects, as shown on the right. below.
Once you've programmed an object, give it a name and save it in the User Library. Store objects, graphics, and sounds (even entire screens) in separate user libraries. You can save objects with or without the PLC tag info. Share objects from your library with other C-more users on our Operator Interface forum. We've even got some bonus objects, graphics, and sounds you can download from our online library.
C-more also allows you to import and export your user libraries. Use this feature to share your custom objects with other developers.
Drag and drop your completed screens into the Screen Library for future use. You can elect to keep all the tag information associated with each screen, or save the screens without the PLC tag info. In your next C-more project, just drag the screen from the Library and drop it into your project - how much time will that save you?
Object animation lets you control movement, rotation, and size of objects on the screen in several convenient ways. You can even use a progression of different bitmaps to show an object changing shape as it moves (and rotates and changes sizes). Best of all, the animation process is very straightforward. You will be animating your first object in as little as a few minutes!
Animations of machine motion and factory processes can enhance comprehension, and give operators a visual representation of the desired motion of products, and machinery on screen. In fault conditions, operators can quickly see the relationship of product or machine position to sensors, or fault zones. Animation can be used to teach operators the correct relationships between mechanical elements or product positions.
Position can be specified two ways; Axis Animation (relative screen coordinates), or Point Animation (along a path you define).
PLC tag values dictate the actual screen position of an object. Move objects along a single axis or use different tags for simultaneous X-Y position control.
Define a path with up to 64 points for point-to-point object motion, or use "ratio" mode to move smoothly along a path. Scaling of PLC tag values to the path positions is optional.
Control rotation of an object based on the value of a PLC tag. Also allows scaling of tag values to angular values.
Control the size of an object based on PLC tag values. Independent X and Y-axis scaling of object size is possible, along with scaling of the tag values.
Change the shape of an object with the "multi-state" function. Load up to 16 different bitmaps into either the Animation Bitmap Object or the Multi-state Bitmap Object, and use a PLC tag to select which bitmap is displayed.
While technically not a form of animation, the ability to turn the visibility an object on or off can be very useful when combined with the other types of animation list here. C-more supports object visibility on all objects.
In the conveyor belt example shown above, the motion path and rotation for several cardboard boxes is defined and animated. To emphasize how easy this is to setup, here are the dialog boxes used to create a portion of that animation.
Let's look at the dialog box for the animated box object at the lower left
It's using "Point Animation" (Click "Moving Line Setup" to see the path)
On the Moving Line Setup screen a series of white dots are placed to define the path
C-more has a built-in symbol library with over 4000 symbols. Simply select the "Symbol" button from within any of the Bitmap Object dialogs to access the Symbol Library.
Create Pop-up Message Boxes in the Event Manager. You define the trigger criteria, and then select "Message Box" as the "action". You can type in a short message to appear in the box, and select an icon to display with your message. You can even include tag data, and date/time information in the message. The operator must click the OK button in order to clear the message box. You can also log an alarm at the same time the message box is activated via the event manager (along with many other actions). More about the Event Manager here.
C-more offers nice looking, sizeable text, with all the standard options: bold, italic, underline
Some HMI products use only block character text styles, based on pixel size. And they offer limited sizes of these blocky type styles. The screen on the left shows example of block style text.
C-more allows text to be displayed in familiar windows-style typefaces, like "Arial", and "Times New Roman". More than 10 complete font families are available, with all the standard bold, italic, and underline styles that you're familiar with in other Windows applications. You can also elect to display your text in almost any size, as shown on the right-hand screen.
BTW: C-more supports those block text styles too if you want to use them.
Three symbol fonts are also included: Symbol, Webdings, and Wingdings. Symbol fonts provide some very useful characters such as:
And artistic characters, like:
AND hundreds more.
Now you can make the text fit the available space more easily, use fonts that make text more readable, AND make text stand out:
In addition to all the typefaces and fonts that are loaded on the C-more panels, C-more also has a bitmap text object, which allows you to create text using any font you have loaded on the programming PC.
C-more also introduces the concept of a "default font". If you create your project using the "default font" for each object, you can then make global text style changes by changing the "default font" for the entire project, without having to edit every object.