Tuesday, March 24, 2015

Choosing between InTouch Machine Edition Standard and Compact Runtime for your HMI Application

InTouch Machine Edition is an integrated development environment, which allows you to design, develop, troubleshoot, and maintain HMI applications and deploy them into different platforms/ operating systems. Even though the development environment and the application is the same for any platform, Wonderware InTouch Machine Edition offers different runtime editions suitable for technical and commercial constraints on each platform: InTouch Machin Edition Standard and Compact  runtimes for up to 3000 tags. Here is a quick comparison of these runtime editions in order to help you better chose the version you need.
Choosing between InTouch Machine Edition Standard and Compact Runtime for your HMI Application


Feature comparisonThe following table focus only on the main differences between the runtime editions supported by InTouch Machine Edition. The vast majority of features are supported by all runtime editions, so they are not illustrated in the following table
(1) Encryption supported by InTouch Machine Standard, but not supported by InTouch Machine Compact.
(2) The vast majority of the built-in functions are supported by all Runtime Editions. However, specific 
functions are not supported on specific platforms. The complete reference is available in the 
Technical Reference manual at "Appendix: Built-in Scripting Language>List of available functions".
(3) Even though the ODBC worksheets (legacy) are not supported, the Database/ERP worksheets are supported.
(4) Multi-thread not supported (single thread supported).
(5) The vast majority of the native communication drivers are supported by all Runtime Editions.
However, specific native drivers are not supported on specific platforms.
The complete reference is available through the actual product (Project Explorer > Comm > Drivers >
 Add/Remove Drivers)
(6) Studio Mobile Access Tabular supported. HTML5 not supported.
(7) The screens can be converted to a different resolution by using the command "Home > Convert Resolution".
(8) Fill effects are supported for Rectangle objects.
(9) The following formats are supported: BMP, JPG, and PNG, as long as the image of the device 
supports these formats as well.
(10) The style type Ellipse is supported, but the style types Arc, Chord, and Ring are not supported.
(11) The Hint field will update the Hint System Tag. The graphical tooltip will not be automatically displayed 
on InTouch Machine Compact runtime.
(12) The Command Events "On Down", "While Down", and "On Up" are supported. The remaining 
Command Events are not supported.
(13) The rotation animation is supported for Closed Polygons, but not for Pictures.
(14) InTouch Machine Compact does not support "Zoom and Pan gestures on project screens" and 
"Gestures with Rotation animation".
(15) The Hardware from the WiBu manufacturer is supported by all Runtime Editions. 
The Hardkey from Sentinel is not supported by InTouch Machine Standard/InTouch Machine Compact.