Step 1. Configure Public or Private Variables

Variable configuration.

Example: CIMPLICITY gauge with predefined variable IDs.

Variable Configuration

  1. Open the Properties dialog box for the object that is at the appropriate level for creating a variable.

  2. Select the Variables tab.

  3. Click Add and enter the following for each variable you want to create.




Unique name


Declares variable for a linked object as public or private.




Variable value can be entered at different locations




Variable value cannot be changed at different locations.


(Optional) Value can be a:


Partial point

Text String in an expression


Opens the Expression Editor


Displays a Popup menu to:




The Select a Point browser.

The Point Properties dialog box for a selected point.

A New Point dialog box.

The Expression Editor.

Display extended menus with the expression operations that are associated with the selected category.


A Point by Address dialog box.

A System Sentry Address builder

The Select Variable browser

Note: You can delete any variable by selecting it and clicking the Delete button.

  1. Click Apply.

Result: You now have the Variable IDs available for the selected item and any item below it in the configuration hierarchy.

 Tip: Take advantage of CIMPLICITY's many graphic objects in the Symbols and Smart Objects Library that come with predefined Variable IDs.

Example: CIMPLICITY Gauge with Predefined Variable IDs

  1. Select a pressure gauge from the Smart Object Gauges library.

A SmartObject Configuration dialog box opens.

  1. Enter a Value.

  1. Click OK.

The gauge is placed on the CimEdit screen.

  1. Open the gauge's Properties dialog box.

  2. Select the Variables tab.

Result: The pre-defined variables display on the Variables tab.

You can edit and / or set the values according to your needs.

More information

Variables configured and used.