Nick Mudge Ignition Software Consulting & Development

I am happy to announce the release of PerfectChat. It is a new product from the Perfect Abstractions Ignition development team.

PerfectChat is instant messenger and chat functionality that is very easy to use and add to any existing Ignition project that uses Ignition version 7.7.5 and up.

PerfectChat is freely available to anyone who wants to use it.

It takes less than a minute to install. It does not use a database connection so no database setup or configuration is needed.

It has no configuration. It just works. Here's what the chat window looks like:

Chat Window

Chat messages are stored in memory. They are collected and available as long as the client is running.

Messages can be sent to individual users or to a group chat room.

People can chat with each other even though they are using different projects. The projects need to be running on the same Ignition Gateway.

PerfectChat includes a south-docked notification window that gets displayed when the chat window is closed and a chat message is received. It notifies a user that he/she has received a message. It looks like this:

Chat Window

Clicking on the notification window will close it and at the same time open the chat window and select the user that the message came from.

Installation

An Ignition template with a button is used to install PerfectChat. Pressing the button executes special functions from the PA Power Scripting Module that ensure PerfectChat resources are installed without overwriting any existing resources in the project. This enables PerfectChat to be installed in any existing project safely. Here's what the "PerfectChat Installation" template looks like:

PerfectChat Template

The installation of PerfectChat requires that the PA Power Scripting Module is installed. The PA Power Scripting Module does not need a license to install PerfectChat. There is absolutely no license or cost for installing and using PerfectChat. It takes 2 minutes to download and install the PA Power Scripting Module.

Here's how to get PerfectChat running:

  1. Download this project file: PerfectChatInstallation.proj.
  2. Using an Ignition designer import the project file into an Ignition project.
  3. Open the "PerfectChat Installation" template that was imported.
  4. Put your Ignition designer into preview mode and click on the "Install" button.
  5. Installation is complete. You are done and there is nothing to configure.

You can now launch a client and open the chat window from the client menu. Here is what the menu looks like:

PerfectChat Template

The "PerfectChat Installation" template can also be imported from Inductive Automation's public cloud templates repository. It exists in the "Chat" category.

I created a video that shows the installation and PerfectChat in action. Video link: PerfectChat for Ignition Projects

The PA Power Scripting Module does not need a license for installing PerfectChat because all scripting functions provided by the Power Scripting Module work without a license when run in the Ignition designer. Since installation of PerfectChat is done in the Ignition designer all of the functionality of the Power Scripting Module can be used without any cost or license. PerfectChat itself does not use the Power Scripting Module.

I do suggest purchasing a license for the Power Scripting Module if its licensed functionality will be useful to you and/or save you time. Here is an article about some of its features: PA Power Scripting Module

PerfectChat was developed by the Perfect Abstractions Ignition development team. Please, feel free to contact us on any question about the chat usage or any development needs or consultation.

Some discussion and improvements are in this forum thread: Add Instant Messaging and Chat Functionality to Any Project

Comments

Dylan Johnson
14 June 2016

Hi is it possible to use PerfectChat to chat between users on different gateways. I have a project where I will have many gateways and I would like to have the ability for all of the users to communicate through the client.

P.S. PerfectChat is awesome well done!!
Patrick
4 November 2015

I could not find this in the Marketplace. Is it still there or a part of another package?
Nick Mudge
4 November 2015

Hi Patrick. You need to download the project. A link to download the project is given in the "Here's how to get PerfectChat running" instructions in the blog post. You can find the Power Scripting module in the module marketplace.

Read the above blog post thoroughly and let me know if you have any questions.
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