Greetings Opto Forum Fans.
We have yet another tasty EPIC Firmware release for you to sink your teeth into and push your data in more ways than ever.
The big news with this release is the addition of an OPC UA server, so you can now ingest all your EPIC PAC Control tags to your existing SCADA systems via that very popular protocol…. As usual, that is just scratching the surface, so let’s bullet point our way through some of the highlights.
- Data Services. OPC-UA server, multi MQTT broker, SNMP I/O options.
- Updated Ignition, Ignition EDGE and module versions.
- Security updates and patches. (Linux Kernel and library packages)
- Updated root certificates in the store.
- Re-name a few groov Manage menu items.
- Update Node-RED version to 2.2.2 (See Terry’s Blog/Forum).
- Add groov View management/status screen in groov Manage.
- Add ‘Make Public’ option to MMP scratch pad area.
- Add option to download all status and configuration files in one download (mostly done for the Opto22 Support Group - but handy for keeping a record of what any given EPIC is running).
- Add option to send MQTT Sparkplug alias or tagname.
- More information added to the ‘About’ page in groov Manage.
- More information added to the Web Server Certificate page.
- Add I/O Diagnostics page in groov Manage.
- PAC Control email enhancements - add ‘From’ and ‘Importance’.
- On PR1 hardware, when running Ignition, its Java memory allocation is bumped to 320Mb
- On PR2 hardware, when running Ignition, its Java memory allocation is bumped to 1024Mb
- FTP duplicate data and ‘dir’, ‘get’, ‘del’, ‘appe’ command fixes.
- Improve Node-RED status screen in groov Manage when Node-RED is busy.
- Network port stability improvements.
groov View 4.4
Build Mode / Editor Improvements
- Added rulers and layout guides, accessed from the View menu. Add viewport grid size data in view mode to help you know your custom screen size.
- Pasting or duplicating gadgets improvements.
- Z-ordering in general got a refresh.
- The tag browser has been given a facelift.
View Mode Improvements
- Folder based Page menu option can be enabled in Project Settings.
- You can now hide the Events page for Kiosk users, and a Back button was added to the Events page for those users who are running without any browser UI visible. (for example, on the PRx touchscreen)
- Text Box Input gadgets now support an option to hide the entered text (ie, ***** mode).
Other Bug Fixes / Notes:
- #89845 - A resource leak was identified in the Video Gadget image proxy service, which could lead to the server becoming unresponsive over time.
- #90109 - It was possible for Events to get into a broken state, preventing you from editing them.
- Log4J has been removed from groov View’s server and replaced with Logback.
groov View 4.4 will be the last major release to support:
- Internet Explorer in Build mode
- Microsoft Edge prior to version 79 in Build Mode
Ok, that’s the overview for this update.
The only other thing I’d like to mention is that due to the global supply chain issues we had to make the choice between shipping products with a firmware tweak, or not shipping products at all. Obviously, we went with the former.
So what’s the tweak? Some EPIC hardware will have different chips and those that do will have this 3.4.0 release as their minimum installable firmware version. You will be able to see that clearly in groov Manage about page, so it won’t be a mystery what the lowest version that can be installed at any point. We also block installing lower versions so you won’t waste your time in that regard either. In other words, we have tried to make it as seamless as possible.
The performance is exactly the same, just the firmware ‘drivers’ are different… so no super charged EPIC processors… yet……
As usual, hit up manage.groov.com to download the latest firmware for your PR1 or PR2.
(And yes, we are working on the 3.4 update for the RIO family).