SOFTWARE/HARDWARE: Red Lion Controls announced Crimson® 3.0, the latest version of their popular, free operator interface configuration software. With a redesigned interface and many new features, Crimson 3.0 facilitates simplified design and implementation of attractive and powerful user interface solutions. The new software works with the company’s popular G3 Series and G3 Kadet Series operator interfaces, Modular Controller and Data Station Plus. Crimson 3.0 also delivers global support via five built-in languages: English, Spanish, German, French and Chinese-with more languages planned for future release.
The numerous new features of Crimson 3.0 allow users to simply perform the following tasks:
Drag tags onto the screen to create instant objects
Create hundreds of tags using smart copy to auto index register addresses
Achieve faster programming by using quick menus that provide a short list of the most common tasks
Utilize anti-aliased fonts for improved user visibility
Select from many new images added to the database of already more than 4,000 images
Add data and text to any object; use new looks and better color fills
Stop worrying about mistakes with an unlimited number of undo commands
Create master slides to share objects with other pages and shorten editing time
Combine multiple dynamic objects together to create a single working widget; share widgets with other users around the globe
Mass edit tags to modify the following attributes: color, security, alarms, format, mapping, scaling and triggers
Convert an application database written for a large HMI to a smaller HMI with the easy conversion utility
Manage the entire database of fonts or images through a single utility
Truchard will be presented the award at the 2014 Golden Mousetrap Awards ceremony during the co-located events Pacific Design & Manufacturing, MD&M West, WestPack, PLASTEC West, Electronics West, ATX West, and AeroCon.
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