Layering functionality for PI Vision similar to that of ProcessBook
PI Vision currently does not support any functionality for layers. It would nice to be able to create custom layers that could toggled on a single Vision display. ProcessBook currently has layering feature that is very useful for simplifying a complex display when not all of the information is necessary for every user.
Having the use of layering you can also make one display appear to be multiple displays. This is useful when you have a bunch so data that needs to be displayed but having it all on one display is just information overload. You can pair down the information into the layers and then have the layers turn on and off. We have a Processbook display that uses VB timers to turn on and off the different layers so it looks the screen is scrolling through eight displays when all it is doing is just turn off one layer and displaying the next in a loop.
We have setup buttons to activate or deactivate a layer. For example one layer is called "Tags" which shows all the PI tagnames by the values. This is very beneficial for printouts and keeps the displays clean.
Layers in ProcessBook is used heavily in our displays and a move to PI Vision would be greatly hindered without that capability.
Greg Davis commented
Yes, this would be very useful indeed!
Jørgen Foss commented
This would be very useful!