Many significant changes have been introduced in the PROMOTIC 9
version. These changes aim to simplyfy the application creation process and has major impact on future development of the PROMOTIC system.
This chapter describes these important changes. It is highly recommended to all application designers to get familiar with this text especially if they have been using older PROMOTIC versions and now want to convert their applications into PROMOTIC 9.
- The OS Windows XP/Vista/2003Server are no longer supported..
- Panels (PmaPanel
objects) in VBScript
language are no longer available for WEB viewing
. The InternetExplorer
in versions lower than 11 is also no longer supported for Web viewing.
New folder structure and new utility PmManager
New different folder structure is recommended to be used with PROMOTIC 9
compared to older versions:
The older PROMOTIC versions have been located in the "/Pm" folder (e.g. C:/Pm) and the applications were placed in other folders (e.g. C:/PmProj etc.) It often happened that the application designer had to work with multiple PROMOTIC versions simultaneously. It was necessary to have e.g. folders /Pm75, /Pm80, /Pm83 for individual versions. Before launching the application the designer had to remember which version is corresponding to the application and had to use such PROMOTIC version.
Now it is recommended to use new folder structure as follows:
All PROMOTIC versions and applications are stored in the \Promotic folder. This folder contains:
- Subfolders containing individual PROMOTIC versions. For example Pm70500, Pm80301, Pm80327, Pm90000 etc.
- Subfolder Apps (as Applications), where all PROMOTIC applications are stored (created in various PROMOTIC versions).
- Manages multiple PROMOTIC versions on the computer. It is no longer necessary to switch between individual PROMOTIC versions.
- While launching an application the utility detects which PROMOTIC version was used to edit such application and launches that corresponding version.
- Manages a list of applications that are present on the computer.
- Can convert applications from older PROMOTIC version to newer version.
- Can also launch older PROMOTIC versions (since version 7.3.9) and corresponding applications.
- The .pra file type is associated with this utility. It means that by clicking the mouse on .pra file launches the PmManager.exe program. In previous versions this action launched currently registered PROMOTIC version.
The new folder structure and the PmManager
utility aims to make creation and management of PROMOTIC SCADA applications much easier. This concept is suitable not only for designers managing multiple applications but also for simple usage with a single SCADA application.
See Folders and files of the PROMOTIC system
Development environment and runtime are now separated and both are available also in 64-bit versions
In previous versions both the development environment and runtime environment were a single program (Promotic.exe
In PROMOTIC 9 the two environments are separated into programs (the attribute 32/64 means that it is a 32 or 64-bit program):
One of the advantages of such concept is the possibility to develop an application while it is running.
See 32-bit and 64-bit version of the program
Removed obsolete objects
Some obsolete objects have been removed in this version. Some have been removed without replacement, some are coverted into another objects. Any of such cases is clearly indicated to the application designer.
Following objects were removed:
: This object allowed by the PmaComm
object to communicate via telephone lines. This approach is considered obsolete and is no longer used.
: This object represented a window containing a progress bar. It is now much better to create such window by the PmaPanel
object with the progress bar represented for example by the PmgBar
: This object provided the graphics of the PmaPanel
object into Web in the png
format. This was used in times when old PROMOTIC versions could not provide dynamic html pages of corresponding graphic panel.
See Web panels.
: This graphic object was used in the PmaPanel
object to render bmp, png, jpg ...
files. It was replaced by PmgRasterImage
since version PROMOTIC 7 (year 2006). When converting the application this object is partially converted into PmgRasterImage
In order to improve clarity and simplicity some objects were renamed:
- All objects in the tree of Pma objects
now have the Pma
" as application). For example the PmaData
object was named PmData
in the older versions, the PmaPanel
object was PmPanel
- All graphics objects
in the PmaPanel
object now have the Pmg
" as graphic). For example the PmgBar
object was named PmiBar
in older versions.
Some objects were renamed completely (not only suffix) or were separated into multiple objects.
List of modified Pma objects
(not only the suffix was changed):
List of modified Pmg objects (not only the suffix was changed)::
language only in the script of Pmg object
s (in order to make these scripts functional in Web browsers).
A conversion tool has been created for conversion of existing scripts written in VBScript
language - see Object script conversion
language is obsolete, is not functional in Web browsers nad lacking many modern commnads. Therefore it is possible that the support for such language will be terminated in the PROMOTIC system in future.
Unification of Application editor and Panel (GUI) editor into a single environment
In all previous versions the PmaPanel
object graphics have been edited in an independent program.
Since this version the graphics is edited directly on the "Graphic" tab of the PmaPanel object (this tab can be expanded to the whole workspace). Editing a graphic panel is now simpler and easier to access.
The graphics editor functionality has also been significantly expanded:
- A tree of Pmg object
s is now available (similar to the tree of Pma object
s in the development environment.
- and many others additional fixes and functions have been added.
Graphics ActiveX objects PmTable and TrendsView were transformed into standard PROMOTIC graphic objects
These two objects were created as ActiveX
objects (contrary to other PROMOTIC graphic objects). It used to be advantageous because such objects could have been used directly also in Web panels for InternetExplorer
. The ActiveX
technology is no longer supported in standard Web browsers (Chrome
...) due to security reasons. Therefore since version Pm8.2.0
these graphic objects were emulated for the Web in html pages as standard PROMOTIC graphic objects.
In version PROMOTIC 9
these objects are converted into standard PmgWTable
objects. This bring much easier configuration of such objects in the development environment because the configurators of such objects are now directly accessible the same way as for other Pmg object
Alarms and events - new concept
In previous version there was a single object (PmAlarmEvent
) that managed both alarms and events. There was also a system alarm/event viewer that was fixed and impossible to modify by the application designer.
There are two individual objects now: PmaAlarmGroup
for alarms and PmaEventGroup
These objects has similar basic function - to save alarms and events and providing these for viewing. But these object do not provide the viewing function.
There are three new graphic objects (Pmg object
s that can be placed into the PmaPanel
These graphic objects can now be used to view the alarms and evens as required by the application designer. This new approach unifies the concept of viewing of alarms and events with other viewers such as trends, real time data etc.
Alarms/events conversion from older versions:
The PmAlarmEvent object is automatically converted into PmaAlarmGroup or PmaEventGroup (based on current setup) and automatically following items are created in this object:
This way the old application is converted into new version allowing the designer to modify the alarm/event viewers as needed.
Some communication drivers were removed
Since version Pm9.0.0
the following communication drivers were removed (these drivers are still available in older PROMOTIC versions):
: Driver for communication with PLC devices Siemens Simatic S5
via PG port
For communication with these old Simatic devices it is better to use the S5-LAN converter, see Communication with Simatic S5.
: Driver for communication with PLC devices PROMOS
manufactured by the Elsaco
These devices now support the Modbus protocol and therefore it is better to use the PmModbusMr communication driver.
These devices use communications compatible with TECO devices and therefore the PmTeco communication driver can be used.
: Driver for communication with PLC devices MicroUNIT
New devices (since 2011) support the Modbus protocol and therefore it is better to use the PmModbusMr communication driver.