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FactoryTalk Software Version History

Need information on incremental changes made to software releases? Or need specifics on major features that have recently been added? Check out the FactoryTalk® version information below to see what we’ve been up to lately.

FactoryTalk AssetCentre

Version 10

Features Benefits
Asset inventory reports firmware release metadata
  • Improve device management by quickly accessing firmware release notes, product notices, and product safety advisories.
Disaster recovery support Rockwell Automation PF755T and E300 Ser. B devices
  • Manage more Rockwell Automation devices with the system.
Modernized text comparison
  • Integrated WinMerge to improve UX.
Increase supported system size
  • More agents, agent groups, concurrent clients.


Version 9


Features Benefits
Secured communications – IPSec adoption or CIP Secure
  • Secured communications between components.
Disaster recovery support for FactoryTalk View and Stratix switches
  • Manage more Rockwell Automation devices with the system.
Improved third party support
  • Expanding support for third party disaster recovery.
Asset inventory include I/O modules
  • Increase the assets that can be lifecycle managed.
Extended asset properties
  • Expanding the properties of assets


Version 8


Features Benefits
Import/export utility
  • Expand asset content quickly.
Lifecycle management
  • See Rockwell Automation lifecycle status.
Silent upgrades
  • Easier upgrade of existing systems.
FactoryTalk directory assets
  • Additional assets like the FactoryTalk® directory.

FactoryTalk View Machine Edition

Version 12

Features Benefits
Modernized design environment and usability enhancements
  • New FactoryTalk View Studio look and feel that matches Studio 5000 Logix Designer® software. New display folder and subfolder hierarchy, searchable object toolbox for display elements, common keyboard shortcuts for zooming in on display elements, and additional enhancements that improve design-time ease of use.
X-Y Plot enhancement provides functionality to show the CAM profile and actual position on the HMI
  • Industry-specific enhancement for automotive industry enables users to display the actual versus desired position of a machine as it is working.
Audit message to track recipe value changes in a recipe file
  • To help meet the data integrity requirements of validated industries subject to regulations such as 21 CFR Part 11, value changes in a recipe file are now tracked in an audit message to the FactoryTalk® AssetCentre system.


Version 11

Features Benefits
Support for additional displays on PanelView™ Plus 7 Standard
  • Display limit increase to 100 per application provides more flexibility in application development and migration
Application backup version identification
  • New tools assist developers working with different versions of FactoryTalk View Machine Edition
Optimization of audit messages logged for operator actions
  • Creates a more readable operator action audit log
  • Reduces frequency of onboard audit log manage


Version 10

Features Benefits
Improved legacy project support
  • Makes it easier for users to manage legacy application versions, with support for restoration on a 64-bit OS
Design-time improvements
  • Support for docked tools such as Object Explorer and object Property Panel increases productivity when editing highly complex displays, such as faceplates
Onboard audit trail for PanelView Plus 7 supports regulated industry applications
  • Up to 10,000 operator actions can be stored on the operator terminal
  • Enables FactoryTalk View Machine Edition and PanelView Plus 7 in applications requiring regulatory compliance such as US 21CFR Part 11 or EU Annex 11


FactoryTalk View Site Edition

Version 12

Features Benefits
Modernized design environment and usability enhancements
  • New FactoryTalk View Studio look and feel that matches Studio 5000 Logix Designer® software. New display folder and subfolder hierarchy, searchable object toolbox for display elements, common keyboard shortcuts for zooming in on display elements, and additional enhancements that improve design-time ease of use.
New secondary server catalog numbers
  • New offerings with a list price at 50% of the primary server of the same size lowers the cost of implementing redundant HMI systems.
Improved presentation of SQL server data to operators
  • New SQL database connector and Data Grid object provide both terminal-based and mobile operators with access to the data they need to make good decisions.
FactoryTalk® Alarms and Events enhancements
  • Version 12 provides the operator with access to automatic device diagnostics such as disconnected I/O or fault messages that are generated by the Logix controller in a system.
  • Automatic Diagnostics are supported in Studio 5000 Logix Designer version 33 ControlLogix® 5580 controllers, CompactLogix™ 5480, and CompactLogix 5380 controllers.
Support for Scalable Vector Graphic (SVG) objects
  • SVG objects provide operators with a better visual representation of the system they are working with, and make it easier for designers to resize images to the desired height and width.
  • New Symbol Factory 3.0 provides an enhanced SVG object library with graphic content easily adopted for graphic displays.


Version 11

Features Benefits
Integration with FactoryTalk AssetCentre software version 9.0 Disaster Recovery
  • New FactoryTalk SE asset for FactoryTalk AssetCentre adds support for fully automated application backup, change management, and a compare report showing changes between versions
  • Backup running applications, store and access multiple versions, and compare projects version to
TrendPro updates: overlay operator actions on trend, ISA-101 styling, and OSI PI data source integration
  • Add operator actions to live and historical control system data, system diagnostics, and alarms to create a comprehensive tool that puts context around changing setpoint data, alarms triggered, and operator actions that were taken
  • Configure TrendPro to comply with ISA-101 recommendations for display graphics
  • New OSI PI data source allows display of historical data stored in OSI PI database
Extended system sizing with support for up to 120 clients
  • Deploy a successful system architecture for large systems
  • Tested extended system sizing recommendations and design considerations provide guidance for scaling up to a large system
Licensing integration with ThinManager®
  • Simplify HMI licensing costs for operator workstations managed by ThinManager
Runtime enhancements
  • Pin popup displays to keep a display open while you navigate to different displays in the background
  • Recipe Pro enhancements
  • FactoryTalk Diagnostics Viewer control allows operators to view system diagnostic messages within the HMI
Production events
  • New event type option in FactoryTalk Alarms and Events for capturing production events that aren’t classified as “alarms”
  • Appear in alarm summary, no acknowledgment required


Version 10

Features Benefits
TrendPro updates: new FactoryTalk Alarm data source and new ability to save ad-hoc trends to the HMI server
  • Overlay FactoryTalk Alarm History and Events with real-time and historical data on a trend to build a highly effective troubleshooting tool
Design-time improvements
  • Support for docked tools such as Object Explorer and object Property Panel increases productivity when editing highly complex displays, such as faceplates
  • Customize a trend view with runtime ad-hoc trends, share them with other users to enable a common view of system actions
MultiMonitor™ framework enables support for up to six monitors with one FactoryTalk View SE client
  • Extend your runtime client to multiple monitors, in any configuration
  • Give users more information with within one application to enable them to make good decisions
ThinManager integration with pass-through authentication from ThinManager to FactoryTalk View SE clients
  • Operators log on to ThinManager, are automatically logged into their HMI
  • Reduce frustration and wasted time with multiple logons for users
Support for Logix tag-based alarming
  • Seamless integration of HMI display controls with to FactoryTalk Alarms and Events systems
  • No configuration of software alarms
Embedded HTML5 browser control
  • Embed webpage content directly on HMI displays
  • Aggregate visual content from different sources in one HMI application


FactoryTalk ViewPoint

Version 11

Features Benefits
Mobile FactoryTalk Alarms and Events commands and remarks
  • Allows mobile device users to capture operator comments when an alarm is resolved
  • Gives mobile users same alarm functionality as users on a full FactoryTalk View SE client
Mobile trend with Alarm events
  • Mobile trend object support for overlay of FactoryTalk Alarms and Events with production data allows mobile device users to see alarms in context with production data
Server options
  • New options for inactivity timeout, automatic synchronization of displays, and maximum tag update rate make it easier to manage global server settings

Version 10

Features Benefits
New recipe control lets mobile users select, preview, and download recipes from their mobile devices
  • Gives mobile users access to recipes, with a native HTML format optimized for web browsers on desktop or mobile devices
Mobile alarm history
  • Adds FactoryTalk Alarms and Events support for mobile users – see alarm history on a web browser or device with ViewPoint Mobile
  • Allows users to analyze alarm history from any FactoryTalk Alarms and Events database in the system


Studio 5000 Application Code Manager

Version 4

Features Benefits
Documents templates
  • Save time by streamlining the process to create document templates that automatically populate based on their associations.
Library object import wizard
  • Conveniently instantiate library objects directly into the Studio 5000 Logix Designer (LD) application, avoid manual exports of files from Application Code Manager (ACM) to LD, and easily combine workflows between software environments.
OPC tag import/export
  • Conveniently use the Configuration Workbook to read/write tag values in a controller and update parameters in ACM database with the online tag values.
Additional software support
  • ACM version 4 now supports the following software to further simplify workflows and processes: FactoryTalk View Site Edition VBA, FactoryTalk View Machine Edition Alarms, Studio 5000 Logix Designer Version 33, and Logix Parameter Connections.

Version 3

Features Benefits
Library links
  • Use hierarchical relationships to create associated sub-objects automatically when creating an object.
Expanded command line interface
  • Streamline project creation or object additions by making batch calls to Application Code Manager from the Command Line.
Logix tag-based alarming
  • Create and configure Logix tag-based alarms for objects.
New version indication
  • Be notified when a newer version of an object is available in your library.

Version 2

Features Benefits
Class view
  • Easily see all the library objects (and their instances) for each controller.
  • Ease development cost and time by merging content into existing Logix Designer projects.
Controller preview
  • Display all the project data for an established node, including controllers, tasks, programs, AOIs, and I/O modules.


Studio 5000 Architect

Version 4

Features Benefits
Enhanced Data Exchange
  • Import from your CAD package with improved network layout arrangements on the Studio 5000 Architect® canvas.

Version 3

Features Benefits
Data Exchange
  • Jump start your projects with device information from CAD packages that leverage he AuomationML data standard.
New Hardware Support
  • Compact 5000™ I/O
  • FLEX 5000™ I/O

Version 2

Features Benefits
Modernized User Interface
  • Use an updated UI that uses common elements and terminology across the Studio 5000 family of products.
New Hardware Support
  • PowerFlex® Drives
  • CompactLogix™ 5380
  • ControlLogix® 5580
  • Various Kinetix® Drives



Studio 5000 Logix Designer


Version 33

Features Benefits
Hardware Support
  • Support for the ControlLogix 5580 controller redundant capability, process controllers, no-stored energy controllers, and iTrak 5730.
Process Applications
  • Use updated and embedded process instructions, a pre-made task model, instruction usage reports, and highly integrated HART for improved project workflows.
Automatice Diagnostics
  • Send project device diagnostic information directly your FactoryTalk View SE 12 diagnostic frame without additional programming.
Productivity Enhancements
  • Introducing data preserve download, default FactoryTalk® Linx communications, extended tag properties (AOIs/alarms), display task period, enable/disable embedded webpage, and more.  Includes version 32 feature expansion: 64-bit data types, function block functions.

Version 32

Features Benefits
64-bit Math and Data Types
  • Calculate precise values with higher resolutions using new datatypes such as long integers.
Function Block Diagram Functions
  • Drag and drop these functions into your project that do not require a backing tag. Simplify troubleshooting by viewing the symbolic visual instead of digging through code.
  • Now available for use with ControlLogix 5580, CompactLogix 5380, and CompactLogix 5480 controllers to leverage high performance architecture in batch applications.
Productivity Enhancements
  • Define a UDT with capacity and rename the unused members online. Manage projects by rapidly opening recent files and closing all except the one you need.
New Hardware Support
  • Kinetix® 5700 Servo Family

Version 31

Features Benefits
User Interface Update
  • Work in a modern user interface across the various Studio 5000® products, including tabbed editing windows.
Enhanced Editors
  • Use visual indicators to identify exactly where errors are in code. Expand your coding toolbox by seeing code snippets that preview how to use a command and more.
Tag-based Alarming
  • Reduce memory and programming by associating an alarm with a specific tag.
Productivity Enhancements
  • Easily arrange your Logix Designer application windows the way you want across multiple monitors.
New Hardware Support
  • Compact 5000 I/O
  • FLEX 5000 I/O
  • GuardLogix® 5580
  • Compact GuardLogix 5380


Studio 5000 View Designer


Version 7

Features Benefits
Alarm History Viewer
  • The PanelView 5000 now stores up to 40,000 alarm transitions and maintains them through downloads and power cycles. This allows users to easily see troublesome alarms that occur multiple times, forensically evaluate shutdown events, etc.  The Alarm History Viewer supports sortable columns, filtering by alarm transition type and by time, and has a details pane for more information about a selected alarm transition.
Alarm History Export
  • Export the alarm history to an SD card or USB drive for external analysis or storage of historical alarm transitions. The alarm history export is in the form of a zipped CSV file.
Configurable screen update rates
  • A new UpdateRate property on screens and popups allow you to configure the update rate to 100 msec, 250 msec, or 500 msec for better visualization of higher speed data or for smoother movement animations.
2500 states in a state table
  • State tables now support up to 2500 states for applications such as displaying error code strings.
Larger keypad and keyboard option
  • Select between the normal size or a larger size keypad and keyboard as part of Project Properties. The larger size is useful for easier touch operation, particularly for gloved operators.


Version 6


Features Benefits
Email Notification
  • Keep remote personnel alerted to machine issues by using PanelView 5000 email notification.
Load Firmware from Removable Media
  • Recover from downtime events faster or even setup of a new panel without requiring a PC. Load both a new project and a new set of firmware if required from an SD card or USB.
Project Events
  • Easily drive HMI actions based on controller values. Project Events trigger and execute commands regardless of the screen currently displayed.
Alarm Enhancements
  • Support larger, more complex applications:
    • up to 4000 tag-based alarms per controller
    • 16,000 alarms total for a PanelView 5510
    • New properties:
    • FilterIndex can be used to launch an AlarmSummary pre-filtered for specific machine conditions
    • SelectedAlarmName shows the name of the selected alarm on the alarm summary
Usability Enhancements
  • Easily copy multiple screens or popups between projects.


Version 5

Features Benefits
Logix Tag-based Alarms
  • New functionality in Logix V31 (and later) means that instruction-based and tag-based alarms appear automatically in the alarm summary and alarm manager. Tag-based alarms can now be embedded in AOIs, take up less memory, and have less scan time impact to the Logix controller.
Auto Logoff
  • Secure terminals that are no longer in use by enabling and configuring auto logoff.
Usability Enhancements
  • Drag and drop images, add-on graphics, and PDFs directly from the Project Explorer to the canvas and take advantage of new inline editing functionality.
General Enhancements
  • PanelView 5310: supports 100 screens as well as the PDF viewer
  • PanelView 5510: supports larger, more complex projects
  • Pop-up captions can now be changed programmatically




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