Technical Reference

Advanced Viewer processes.

Item attributes

Advanced Viewer limitations.

Advanced Viewer Processes

The following processes need to be running for the Advanced Viewer to work. If there is an issue you can check the Windows Task Manager to see if the following files are running.


File Listed in Task Manager



OPC Communications program


OPC Server selected for the Advanced Viewer

Depends on selected OPC Server.



Item Attributes

Based on what the OPC Server provides for item attributes, the following attributes will be available through the Advanced Viewer.

Point type


(For array points) Array size

Display limit high

Display limit low

(When configured) Enumeration strings

Engineering units (EU)

Advanced Viewer Limitations

The Advanced Viewer currently has the following limitations.

You must enter item ID' s for user interfaces; there is no browser to find the tags.

Security is the responsibility of your OPC server.

The following are not currently provided with the Advanced Viewer.

Logging for values collected through the Advanced Viewer.

Alarming for these items.

You cannot use Advanced Viewer item ID tags in EMRP scripts; they can be used in CimEdit scripts.

Array set points are not supported in CimView.

You must manually configure the ptopc_config.xml file.

The Advanced Viewer system does not recover if the Advanced Viewer service crashes. You must stop and restart the Viewer.

Note: You can stop the Viewer in the CIMPLICITY Options dialog box or stop the Router in the Task Manager; you may have to stop your OPC Server.

More information

 About the Advanced Viewer.