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Setting up Designer and Project
In this lesson, we'll learn to reset the trial, install the Designer Launcher, and create a project.
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[00:00] Welcome back. All right. It is time to install the designer launcher and then create a project. Now before we do that, you may notice at the top of my gateway here, that my trial has expired. I had a, to do some stuff in between recording and do some minor editing. So your trial is probably running, still if you've been following along with the video series this far. So when this happens all you have to do is make sure you're signed into the gateway. You can come over to the... Really any of the sections actually have this banner. Wherever you see this banner, just click reset trial. And you're good for another two hours. Okay. Let's begin by installing the designer launcher. I'll click on the little home section here, for those of you that are new to Ignition, we're installing the designer launcher, which then allows us to open the designer. And designer is an application you use to build your projects. On this page here, there's a download designer launcher button. I'll click on that. On this page here, we see a set of instructions on how to install the designer launcher, including a big download button.
[01:06] So I'll click the download button. I will save the installer file and then once my browser is done with it, I'll go ahead and run that file. Now this page may look a little different to you, depending on, the operating system your browser is running in. So, we do have different downloads and instructions for different operating systems. I'm on windows, so I am getting the windows instructions. I'm going to move my installer window back into frame here. And I'm actually just going to keep clicking next, using the default options all the way. And once it finishes there, we'll click the finish button. Now that should do a couple things. One, should open up a, empty instance of the designer launcher. The other thing it should do, I'll go ahead and bring this down here. I, you'll have a little desktop icon, that will open up the design launcher for later. Now, when you first opened the designer launcher, you'll get a little prompt here, asking you if you wanted to add, an entry for the local gateway.
[02:01] Go ahead and click yes, but if you don't, for some reason, you're not seeing it, that's okay. You can always click the add designer button here. Here we see a list of available gateways that the designer launcher has detected. So you can use this instance of the designer launcher to launch designers from multiple different gateways. In our case here, I'll just select local hosts and click the add designer button. And there it is. So now our designer launcher has this little box and this little box will allow us to, launch the designer against the gateway we selected earlier on. So you can either double click the box to launch the designer, or you can just select it here, and then click the open designer button. All right. So after a little bit of learning on my other monitor, I'm going to move this over. Just see a little login, screen here, and go ahead and sign in with those credentials we created when we were installing Ignition. Let me move that back over one more time there.
[03:05] So, we can see that, basically what we're looking at here is sort of the project listing. I'm actually going to get the designer launcher, out of the way. So we can just kind of look at this little designer screen here. So this will list all of the projects that are currently configured on the gateway, that you launched your designer against. So our gateway, we just installed. If you had existing projects, you'll see them listed here. If you opted into that quick start, configuration, you'll see this sample quick start project here. But we are going to create our own project, for the series here. So I'm going to click the new project button here, and let's give this a little name here. So we'll use the same naming convention we use for that gateway configuration. So I'll do BIP underscore name project. And now, this is just how the name, what the name of the project is, on the gateway. If you want to have like a nicer, more readable name for your users, that's what the project titles for. So you can come down here. Project title is technically optional. If you ignore it, then your users will see the project name, but this can be something that has support for more characters.
[04:05] The project name is pretty restrictive. It doesn't like extra spaces, and you kind of see, there it kind of gives you warnings, if you put things in there that it doesn't like. But the project title isn't as restrictive, you can put a lot more characters in there. So, a lot of different other characters, like extra spaces and stuff. So, you say building in perspective, will be the project title. And then we do have some other configurations we want to make, I'm not going to talk about user sources and identity providers. Those are just kind of ways to log in. We'll just use our admin user for this series of videos, but we do have other videos on inductive university if you wanted to learn more about those. We did create a database connection. We have that SQLite database connection. So we'll click the drop down. We'll grab our BIP, SQLite connection. We did create a tag provider. We have the BIP tag provider we created. If we scroll down a little bit more here, you can see that there's some extra fields. We're not using project inheritance. That's what this little, parent project is...
[05:02] And we do have a bunch of project templates that we can use. So these are basically like, pre-built sort of screens that have different sort of examples and demonstrations, and that's beyond, what you'd find in the quick start configuration. So, I'm not going to use those. We're going to build our own screens for the series here, but those are actually kind of useful because they can give you some ideas on how to implement different approaches. Especially when it comes to like navigation and such. So we can leave that alone there. And then we can just type in a description if you want, about projects or the building and perspective series. And let's scroll down and create the new project. And, there we are. We should see the designer. All right. And that about wraps up this video. So we installed the designer launcher, which allows us to launch the designer. And then we created a project. Now we have a blank project that we can go ahead and start using for the rest of the series. Now in the next video, we'll go ahead and we'll actually take our device simulator, that we configured in the prior video. And we'll get some of the data points from there, just so we can see what the live values are.