Snap to grid
Wish there was a snap-to-grid option
At this time, this item is not currently scheduled for a release of PI Vision. If this changes, this item will be updated to reflect the current status.
Ramit Singh commented
Customer requested this feature during VPSD training session.
Its already possible to align objects: In edit mode select at least two objects and then a drop down in the top center is activated allowing you to align or distribute objects.
Also need to implement the ability to align objects! This is basic functionality.
Tony Perovic commented
Open a new display. Now draw a vertical or horizontal line. You can't, can you?
I'm absolutely appalled that this is not only not available, but that it is not even being planned to be implemented.
This is an absolutely basic requirement.
It is one of the main reasons we are looking at using other ways of displaying information.
Brian Hargett commented
Yes please! This feature is needed if PI Vision is going to be a success. The displays look terrible without this.
Robin Verhoek (INACTIVE - DO NOT USE) commented
yes, please.... like it was in the old days.... (ProcessBook) snap to grid and gridsize
Stefan Battermann commented
In response to Jim Gavigan, "@Ryan - this is literally the only visua..."
I second Jim's comments. Snap to grid is very basic functionality and is a
glaring gap in Vision's toolset. I've spent countless hours aligning and
realigning displays as a result.
Justin Lambeck commented
@RyanMcErlean, i would like to get in touch with you. This functionality is so easy to build in PI Vision that it took me a little bit less than 5 hours to get this working on a test server on my own. Please contact me so i can share some details. This is such a must have in PI Vision that i can not understand that it is still not possible to do so. Thanks for getting in touch.
Jim Gavigan commented
@Ryan - this is literally the only visualization tool I have used in my 24 years that didn't allow a grid for aligning objects. EVERY HMI and SCADA tool I have worked with since 1995 has had it, Autocad had it, Visio has it, Power BI and Tableau have it. It is literally a must have and just can't be that hard to incorporate.
I see lots of poorly done displays because people don't know or take the time to do alignment, and it is easy for them to drift slightly when selecting. We as consultants and integrators spend non value added time lining things up properly. It is painful.
I respectfully ask that you guys reconsider this functionality.
Stefan Battermann commented
This would save many hours on screen development efforts.
Vitor Marcelino commented
This can be very useful to development, YES!
Ferran Pruñonosa Cerdan commented
Sometimes is difficult to create a good quality PI Vision Display due to disalignment of elements on the screen.
It could be useful to have an optional base grid on the screen to alineate the elements, sizes, and so on. It could be polarized or not (elements fits to the dots of the grid or not).
For me it could be a good tool, and could provide good quality to the displays presentation.
Ryan Simpson commented
Please please please add snap to object and snap to grid for creating graphics. Creating complex graphical layouts is painstakingly slow without any snap features.
Eric Johnson commented
Yes please! It was my first question I had in a demo I attended today. We need a static or dynamic grid function in Vision. I'm really OCD about nicely lined up elements and love my snap to grid in ProcessBook for nice neat displays.
Creating a paste in place function to help with accurate layouts for integrated displays. (Can also be a ruler function)
Jagdish Konathala commented
A grid background like in ProcessBook would greatly help aligning symbols like others said. If there is a custom symbol hack to get this working, let us know.
In response to James Lewis, "Microsoft PowerPoint and Visio have the ..."
Step 1: do at least something to save me from painstakingly trying to align objects on a display.
Step 2: yes, like the dynamic grid very much! But first ease the pain before i can fall in love.
James Lewis commented
Microsoft PowerPoint and Visio have the concept of "Dynamic Grid" which is better than snap to grid. "Dynamic grid guides assist in the sizing, spacing, and alignment of shapes in relation to one another.".
It snaps an object into alignment with others close by and shows dotted lines when they are. It also snaps an object and shows spacing arrows when the spacing between it and a second object matches the space between the second object and a third. You'll know what I mean when try it.
My vote is for that.
Janos Petro commented
I thought there is! ...
Just be it nice please, not that actual-zoom-dependent-mess like in Procbook!