Pen Style dialog

This dialog allows you to configure the style of the pen used to draw the data Point values on the object during runtime.

Accessing the dialog

To access the Pen Style dialog for a specific data point, first access the Points dialog and then click the Style column for that data point.

Also, it can be launched during runtime, allowing the user to customize these settings on-the-fly.

The dialog in detail

Figure 1. Pen Style dialog

The Pen Style dialog includes the following elements:
Table 1. Elements in the Pen Style dialog
Area / Element Name Description
Line Settings State You have the option of defining a Hi Limit and a Lo Limit for each data Point, with the Options dialog. The Pen Style Dialog allows you to configure different settings for the pen (e.g., color), both when its values are within the limits (Normal State) and not within the limits (Out of Limits state).
Use Normal Settings Available only for the Out of Limits state. When checked, the pen will always be displayed with the settings for the Normal state, even if the data point values are not within the limits configured for it.
Type The type of line (e.g., solid, dashed, dotted) that connects the data points.
Weight The weight of the line that connects the data points.
Expansion The algorithm used to connect the points, as follows:
  • : Consecutive points are directly connected to each other by an analog line. This option is suitable for numerical values.
  • : Consecutive points are connected only through horizontal or vertical steps (depending on the orientation of the trend display). This option is suitable for Boolean values.
Marker The shape used to mark each data point. If no shape is selected, then only the connecting line between points is displayed.
Marker size The size of the data point marker.
Color The color of the trend line and data point markers.
Fill Fill Type The type of fill between the trend line and the number line.
Pattern File The graphic file used to fill the trend area. Available only Fill Type is set to Custom Pattern.

Click the browse button to open a Windows file browser and then select the desired graphics file. The file should be located in your project folder.

See below for an example of trends with custom fill patterns.

Color The color used to fill the trend area. Available only when Fill Type is set to Solid Color.
Fill Transparency (%) The transparency level of the fill. (If the fill is transparent, then other trends behind it can be seen through it, making the entire graph easier to read.) Available for both Custom Pattern and Solid Color.
Note: When viewing your project on either a Windows Embedded device or a Thin Client (any OS), the Pen Style dialog — available during runtime — allows the user to change the pen color only.
Figure 2. Trends with custom fill patterns