Updates to Opto 22's groov Improve Interface Development and Expand Mobile Device Support

Oct. 20, 2014
Web-based mobile operator interface software groov 2.2 improves screen design tools and options,expands real-time trending, and adds custom views for mobile devices.

Industrial automation manufacturer Opto 22 has announced groov version 2.2,a significant update to the company's groov web-based mobile operator interface software.groov makes it simple to build and use effective,scalable operator interfaces on smartphones,tablets,and other mobile devices so that authorized users can monitor or control almost any automation system. groov 2.2 adds and improves dynamic screen objects {gadgets),expands real-time trending gadgets with multiple pens and data buffering,and makes several time-saving tool improvements to the screen-building and editing environment. groov 2.2 also improves the ability to customize separate screens for PCs and mobile devices in the same groov project, so the best interface is used for each size platform.groov lets industrial automation end-users,system integrators,machine OEMs,or any authorized person quickly and securely manage automation,building,and other control systems from a mobile device.

groov 2.2 screen gadgets include a new Momentary Button gadget that works like a normally­ open/normally-closed mechanical button, writing a value once when it is pressed and once when it is released.The Momentary Button gadget is useful in applications where a push-hold­ release button is well suited for a task such as jogging a drive feed or panning an IP camera.
The groovTrend gadget has been significantly expanded to extend real-time trend durations to seven days and to use up to four pens per chart. Longer update rates allow users to build trends to meet their specific needs,and trended data is now buffered.This buffered data can survive a reset or power outage,ensuring no trend data is lost,which can be critical in applications  or environments where viewing long data trends is vital.

groov Build,groov's interface development tool,adds multiple new color backgrounds for screen design,including several dark backgrounds up to black.Darker backgrounds generally produce less glare when an interface is used in environments with dim lighting.Along with these new background choices,on-screen gadgets,text. and other objects now automatically change color for best visibility on the current background.This greatly speeds up interface development because the screen developer/designer can quickly test many different background colors without needing to change any on-screen objects.

Also in groov Build are improvements for editing objects and gadgets,including new sizing handles, easier selection of z-order (depth) for on-screen objects,and a new Edit menu that puts related commands in one place.Together,these improvements can reduce the time to build interfaces by up to 50%.