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What would you like to do.The Adept DeskTop software for the PC is distributed on CD-ROM. The media contains installation programs to properly install the software on the PC. The following software will be installed: Microsoft.NET Framework 2.0 Adept DeskTop Help Files Before Installing Adept DeskTop Software Before you install Adept DeskTop you must complete the following steps: 1. Install the Adept controller. 2. Uninstall any previous Adept DeskTop versions installed on your computer before installing the new version. Installing Adept DeskTop Software To install Adept DeskTop: 1. Insert the CD-ROM into the CD-ROM drive of your PC. If Autoplay is enabled, the Adept DeskTop CD-ROM menu is displayed. If Autoplay is disabled, you will need to manually start the CD-ROM. 2. Click Read Important Information. Information about the CD-ROM, the Adept online documentation, and any last-minute release notes is displayed. 3. After reviewing the information, click the 'Close' icon in the upper-right corner of the information window to close it. 4. Follow the instructions on screen. 5. Do not change the default destination folder to which Adept DeskTop will be installed. After installation, Adept DeskTop can be started from the Start menu bar in Windows. Adept DeskTop Online Help 2 Your operating system may require more. Monitor: SVGA, minimum resolution 800x600 Ethernet card and networking hardware required for Ethernet connection. Serial-interface cable required for serial connection. Operating System (OS): Windows XP (SP1 or SP2) or Windows 2000 (SP3 or SP4), with latest critical updates for the version of Windows that you are running. Microsoft.NET Framework version 2.0 (included in the Adept DeskTop installer) Microsoft Internet Explorer version 5.01 or later. Necessary for viewing Online help. Typically, IP addresses are allocated by your IT department. Adept DeskTop Online Help 3 You can set up a basic Ethernet installation between one PC and one Adept controller.

Or you can set up more complex systems involving multiple PCs and controllers. Open the Installation topic to view numerous subtopics on installing and configuring Ethernet and NFS servers.For example, you must connect to a controller to create or edit programs.see Connecting to a Controller. Before Starting an Adept DeskTop Session If you are currently running TFTP, you must stop the session. TFTP is integrated in Adept DeskTop and running TFTP separately will interfere with some functions, such as the File Manager utility. Verify if you will need an Access Level password. See the Access Levels section. See the Access Levels section. 8. Connect to a controller. This is necessary to access the full functionality of Adept DeskTop. See Connecting to a Controller. 9. If needed, configure personal preferences in the Options form. See Setting Adept DeskTop Options. 10.See Using Adept DeskTop Interface for information on the Adept DeskTop environment. Related Topics Using Adept DeskTop Interface Opening and Displaying Control Windows Adept DeskTop Menus Adept DeskTop Online Help 5 The appearance of the Adept DeskTop interface can be modified using the multiple document interface (MDI) functionality. You can modify and save the configuration of the desktop as 'layouts'. See Adept DeskTop Layouts. This section illustrates and explains different parts of the Adept DeskTop interface, including: Menus, Toolbar, Status bar, Program Editor window, and Control windows. Menu Toolbar Toggle 'pushpin' icon to autohide a docked window 'Hidden' Control Windows Control Windows Status bar Keyword description Program Editor Figure 1 Adept DeskTop - Docked Windows Menus The following drop-down menus are available in the menu bar: File, View, Utilities, Tools, Windows, and Help. See the Adept DeskTop Menus topic for more information on these menus. Toolbar The toolbar appears directly under the menu bar. Icons in the toolbar provide quick access to Adept DeskTop controls.

Hover the cursor over an icon to see the name. Status Bar The Status Bar displays the information on the following: Access Level (on bottom left) Controller OS version IP Address Connection State (icon at bottom right) Adept DeskTop Online Help 6 Controls interfaces can be docked almost anywhere in the interface as shown in Figure 1. For additional help on docking or displaying windows, see Opening and Displaying Control Windows Most control windows provide a toolbar, for executing processes and tasks to the control. Other interface elements that can be found in control windows are message boxes, displays, status bars, and context menus. It also provides debugging functionality. See the Program Editor topic for more details. The Program Editor cannot be moved or docked in the interface. However you can open multiple pages (program windows, as shown in Figure 2.) Adept DeskTop toolbar Control window toolbar Various program windows are currently open in the Program Editor Connection status Figure 2 Multiple Program Editor Windows Displaying Various Programs Adept DeskTop Online Help 7 The positions and state of control widows can be saved: See Adept DeskTop Layouts. Control windows can be placed in several different positions and configurations relative to the main window of the Adept DeskTop interface: Docked Windows: A dockable window can be connected to the border of the primary interface window to create a docked window. To dock a window, drag the title bar of the window to an edge of the main interface window. To undock a window, drag the title bar of the window away from away from the edges of the main interface. Tabbed Window: Windows can dragged on top of each other and combined to form a single tabbed window. There is no limit to the number of tabbed windows the user can put on top of each other. However, it may make it difficult to see the complete description of the tab if there are too many.

Floating Window: Any docked window can be dragged off to become a separate, floating window. You can drag and add other controls window to a floating window. Auto Hide Mode: Windows in auto-hide mode are automatically hidden when not in use. To auto-hide a window, click the pushpin icon at top right of the window (See Figure 1.) The hidden window is visibly identified by a tab. To display a hidden window, hover above the tab that identifies the window To remove the auto-hide mode, hover over the tab to display the window and click the pushpin icon. You cannot auto-hide a floating window. Related Topics Adept DeskTop Layouts Adept DeskTop Menus Adept DeskTop Online Help 8 Depending on your system, setup, and user licenses, the menus in your interface may differ from the descriptions and images below. File Menu New Program: See Creating a New Program. Connect: Establishes communication between DeskTop and the controller. See Connecting to a Controller. Disconnect: Halts communications between Adept DeskTop the controller. Change Access Level: See Access Levels. Layout: See Adept DeskTop Layouts. Page Setup., Print Preview., Print.: Provides options for printing documents (programs) that are open in the Program Editor. Exit: Closes Adept DeskTop. Adept DeskTop Online Help 9. Auto-Start: Opens the Switches and Parameters Control. Debug Tools: Watch Variable: Opens the Watch Variable Control. Monitor Terminal: Opens a Monitor Terminal window. See Monitor Terminal Control. Switches and Parameters: Opens the Switches and Parameters Control to the Auto Start switch. Variable Manager: Opens the Variable Manager Control. System Information: Opens the System Information Control. Adept Graphics Window: Opens the Adept Graphics Window Control. The remaining selections can be toggled on or off the displaying of Adept DeskTop controls. See related sections on controls. For AdeptSight, see the AdeptSight online help.

Utilities Menu The utilities available from this menu depend on the type of system and the active licenses that are installed on the system. The following are usually available to all systems and users. File Manager: Opens the File Manager Utility. License Manager: Opens the License Manager Utility. Pick and Place Wizard: Opens the Pick and Place Wizard. Adept DeskTop Online Help 10 See Setting Adept DeskTop Options. The following may be available depending on the Access Level of the user. Access Level Manager.: See Access Level Manager. Controller IP Config.: See Controller IP Configuration Wizard. Operations Manager.: See Operations Manager. Windows Menu Shows list of all windows currently open in the Program Editor and provides options for closing these windows. A dot indicates the topmost (active) window in the Program Editor. Adept DeskTop Online Help 11 An Access Level is a set of parameters that define user access to Adept DeskTop controls, utilities and functionality. An Access Level includes a name, a password, and permissions. Permissions for controls and utilities can be set as Full, Read-Only, or Hidden. Only a system administrator can change and create passwords, and create and modify Access Levels. A system administrator logs in at the Level 1 access level. The Level1 access level cannot be deleted. It is strongly recommended that on the first Adept DeskTop session, the system administrator create a password through the Access Level Manager. Once additional levels have been set by the Administrator, subsequent Adept DeskTop sessions will display the Access Level of the user of the previous Adept DeskTop session. Figure 6 Enter Access Level and Password Entering an Access Level The Enter Level Access form allows you to enter an Access Level, with a valid name and password. Access Level Enter a valid Access level, or select an existing access level from the dropdown list.

Password If an incorrect or non-existent Access Level is entered, the error message shown in Figure 6 appears. Passwords can only be created and assigned by a top-level administrator (Level 1 access level). Passwords are encrypted. If an incorrect password is entered, the error message shown in Figure 6 appears. If you have lost or forgotten your password you must contact the administrator of your Adept DeskTop software for a new password. If you are the top-level administrator and have lost your password, you will have to contact Adept Customer Support. Adept DeskTop Online Help 19 This tool is restricted to the top-level administrators of the system, who are logged in at Access Level 1, by default named 'Admin'. Note:If you are not logged into the session as the 'Admin' system administrator of Adept DeskTop, the Access Level Manager is not available. Purpose of the Access Level Manager The Access Level Manager is used to manage the list of access levels and add, delete or edit the settings Access levels. List of all currently existing access levels Figure 7 Access Level Manager Using the Access Level Manager The Access Level manager displays the list of existing Access Levels. Use the New, Edit, Clone, Delete buttons to make modifications to this list. In this dialog, you can also enable Adept DeskTop to 'lock' after a certain time of inactivity. New Opens the Access Level Editor for creation of a new level. Permissions to all controls and utilities will initially set to Hidden. Edit Opens the Access Level Editor for editing of the selected Access Level. Adept DeskTop Online Help 21 The administrator level cannot be cloned. Delete Deletes the selected Access Level. The administrator level cannot be deleted. Lock when not used for When enabled, Adept DeskTop will lock when it has been idle for the set number of minutes. Once locked, the user must log in with an access level name and password.

If you reenter at the same access level as before the lock up, your session will continue. If you enter another access level, your session will be closed and a new session will be opened with the new access level. Related Topics Configuring and Adding Access Levels Adept DeskTop Online Help 22 Level 1 administrators can modify all settings but cannot modify the permissions for Level 1, which is the administrator level for Adept DeskTop. Relative value assigned to the current level. Higher numbers indicate more restrictions. Lower numbers indicate less restrictions Drop-down menu provides permission options Level Figure 8 Access Level Settings Levels values range from 1 to 10. The permissions associated with each level are relative and can be set by the Administrator. Only Level 1 permissions cannot be modified. Level 1 is the top level and is reserved for administrators of the system. You cannot delete Level 1, nor change the permissions for this access level. The only changes allowed to Level 1 are modifications to the name and password. You cannot create another Level 1 access level; if you try to create another Level 1, it will be automatically changed to Level 2. Name The name assigned to the Access Level should reflects the status or function of users who will use the Access Level. When Adept DeskTop is installed, there are initially four predefined Access Levels, which can be modified by a Level 1 administrator. Admin. Level 1. Full access to all controls and utilities visible in the Access Level Editor. This is the only level that can access the Access Level Manager and a few other tools such as the Operations Manager and the Controller Network Configuration Utility. Adept DeskTop Online Help 23 Cannot administrate or configure Access Levels. Maintenance.Level 5. Full access to most controls. Read only access to Program Editor and variables. Operator. Level 10. Full access only to Operator Control, Robot Control and Adept Graphics Window.

All other controls and utilities are hidden. Passwords are optional, but strongly recommended. Note:If you are a Level 1 administrator make sure that you do not lose your password. If you forget or lose your administrator password, you will need to contact Adept Technical Support. Controls and Utilities The Controls and Utilities tabs display elements for which permissions can be set. Use the drop-down list to set permissions for the Adept DeskTop controls and utilities. The available permissions (Access Type) are: Full: Full capacity to use, edit, and set properties of a controls and utilities. Read Only: the user can open a control or utility but not modify properties. Hidden: A hidden control or utility cannot be opened nor seen by the user. To modify the permission on a control or utility: 1. Select an item from the Control or Utilities tab. 2. Double-click in the Access Type column. 3. Select the permission type (Access Type) from the drop-down box. 4. You can also set all access types (permissions) to a same value from the context menu. See Figure 9. Adept DeskTop Online Help 24 OK Makes changes to access level settings and parameters, and closes the form. Adept DeskTop Online Help 25 In such a case, Click 'Off' in the Windows Firewall window. This will add Adept DeskTop to the list of exceptions, and unblock scanning and connecting. If another computer is already connected to this controller you will be prompted to choose between continuing or cancelling the connection request. 6. The connection status is displayed in the Adept DeskTop status bar. Adept DeskTop Online Help 17 This appears only if the selected System Type is SmartController. COM Enter, or select from the list at right, the COM port of the controller to which you want to connect. This appears if the selected System Type is Cobra iseries or Smart Axis. Scan Scans the network to find the ethernet address of available controller. Addresses found by the Scan procedure are displayed in the list box.

Connect Initiates the connection to the controller and closes the form. The status connection icon appears in the Adept DeskTop status bar. See Figure 5. Cancel Cancels changes and closes the form.This allows you to position child windows in the main Adept DeskTop window (docked) or in separate windows (floating). Docked windows can be displayed at all times (standard tabs) or auto-hidden (side tabs). The layout of the user interface refers to position and state of windows in the Adept DeskTop user interface. You can configure layouts to suit different needs. For example, the system programmer can create a custom user interface layout for programming tasks, and create a different desktop for the workcell operator. Toggle pushpin icon to auto-hide a docked window Move (hover) cursor over tab to display windows that are 'hidden' (Auto-Hide) Docked windows can be repositioned by dragging with the cursor Status bar Figure 10 Adept DeskTop - Docked Windows Default Layouts There are three default layouts installed with Adept DeskTop. These layouts cannot be deleted nor modified. Adept DeskTop Default: Shows the controls and windows most commonly used to create and edit programs and tasks. Empty: Useful for creating a completely new layout. See Creating a Custom DeskTop Layout. Operator: Useful for configuring a layout that corresponds to an Operator access Level. See Operator Layout. Adept DeskTop Online Help 26 22 Operator Layout The default Operator Layout contains only the windows that are enabled when the default Operator Level user access is enabled. These controls are those typically required for basic operation-level tasks in a workcell: The Robot Control The Operator Control Note:Selecting the Operator Layout will NOT log the user into the Operator Access Level. Available layouts are the default Adept DeskTop layouts and any layouts you have saved. Saving Layouts At any given moment, you can save the layout information as a new layout.

See Saving DeskTop Layouts for more details. Default layouts do not appear in the list because the cannot be deleted. See Default Layouts. Adept DeskTop Online Help 28 24 Creating a Custom DeskTop Layout Adept DeskTop allows you to create and save custom desktop layouts. After a desktop layout is created and saved, it can be loaded through the Adept DeskTop menu bar. This allows you to create layout that is tailored for your application, or for a specific type of user. For example, a system designer may create a custom desktop for programming tasks, and create a different desktop for the workcell operator. Robot Control window is displayed on the desktop. 3. Continue placing items on the desktop until it contains everything required for your application. 4. Position each item on the desktop by clicking the title bar of the item and dragging the item to the desired position. The position of windows and items will be saved in the layout. 5. To remove an item from the desktop, simply click on the item to select it. Then, click the Close icon (located in the upper right corner of the item window) to remove the item. After you have arranged items on the desktop; save your layout so that you can reload the layout at a later time. For more details on saving the current desktop, see Saving Layouts. Related Topics Saving DeskTop Layouts Adept DeskTop Online Help 29 25 Saving DeskTop Layouts A configuration of windows and controls in the Adept DeskTop interface is called a 'layout'. Layouts can be saved to memory and recalled when needed. There are three default layouts provided in Adept DeskTop: Adept DeskTop Default Operator Layout Empty You cannot delete default layouts but you can use default layouts as a basis for creating custom layouts. Figure 12 Adept DeskTop - Saving a New Layout Layout name Enter the name of the layout. OK Saves the current layout with the new name and close the form. Cancel Cancels changes and closes the form.

For example, from this form, you can: Set the text size and colors for the Program Editor. Set the text size and colors for the Monitor Terminal. Set startup options and other program preferences. Options are classed into three categories: Controls, Desktop, or Controller. 2. Settings and parameters for the selected option are displayed on the right side of the Options form. 3. For more details on configuring options, refer to the following topics: Setting Controls Options Setting Desktop Options Setting Controller Options Adept DeskTop Online Help 12 27 Setting Controls Options Use options in the tab to set the colors, fonts and other appearance properties of the Program Editor and the Monitor Terminal. The Sample display shows the effect of the selected settings. Font Opens a Font properties form in which you can select font type, color, and size. Display items This lists allows you to select an item and view or select the color that is used to display the item in the Program Editor or the Monitor Terminal. Color Click this button to select and change the color that will be used to display a selected item in the Program Editor or the Monitor Terminal. This enables you to easily identify elements in a program and helps debug and identify syntax errors. By default, syntax highlighting is enabled. To modify syntax highlighting colors: 1. Select a category in the Display items list. 2. Click the Color button. 3. Select or create a color in the Color picker dialog, then click OK. Legacy keyboard shortcuts Enabling this check box applies the legacy shortcut keys used with the Adept Windows SEE editor. By default Adept DeskTop 4.3 applies standard Windows shortcut keys. Long-time users of Adept DeskTop may prefer to use the legacy shortcuts. To do so enable this check box. Table 1: and Table 2: illustrate some standard keyboard shortcuts and legacy keyboard shortcuts. Single step operation that skips stepping through a subroutine call.

Single step operation that will enter a subroutine call. The current position of the cursor becomes the next point the program starts from. Pause the program task execution. Retries the current line. Proceeds the task until the next break point or program terminates. If the Monitor Terminal window is already open, there is no effect. If this option is selected and there is active output from a program, you will not be able to close the monitor window. Load Utilities When this option is enabled, Adept DeskTop loads external utilities. Disable this option to speed up loading of Adept DeskTop or when debugging the system. Show Version in title bar When this option is enabled, the Adept DeskTop software version is displayed in the title bar of the Adept DeskTop window. Maximize DeskTop on startup When this option is enabled, the Adept DeskTop interface window is maximized in your monitor when you open an Adept DeskTop session. Help Location Adept DeskTop has integrated online help that you can access at anytime by clicking F1. However, to access additional Adept documentation that is not included in the integrated online help, you can use this option to set the location of documentation that is located elsewhere, such as on the Adept Online Manuals CD. Open Connect dialog on startup When this option is enabled, the Connect to Controller dialog automatically opens when you open an Adept DeskTop session. Adept DeskTop Online Help 15 30 Setting Controller Options Automatically connect using the last connection When this option is enabled, Adept DeskTop will automatically connect to the controller through the last used connection method. This option is enabled by default. If DDT is not detected, Adept DeskTop attempts to connect to the control during system startup. Disabling DDT detection can speed up connection time. On Error These options affect the actions performed by Adept DeskTop when the controller encounters an error. By default, Ask user for directives is enabled.

Close the connection When this option is enabled, Adept DeskTop automatically closes if there is a communication error. The error is logged to the file before exiting Adept DeskTop. Ask user for directives When this option is enabled and an error occurs Adept DeskTop will ask the user what action to take. All communication errors are logged to a file even if they are ignored. Adept DeskTop Online Help 16 31 Program Manager Control The Program Manager control allows you to create, load, store and delete programs. Also, from the Program Manager you assign programs to specific tasks by dragging programs to tasks in the Task Manager. Typically, it is docked above the Task Manager window to facilitate dragging programs to the task list. Program Manager toolbar To assign a program to a task, drag program onto a task in the Task Modules and programs currently on the controller. Programs are not stored as files, instead they are saved as a block, on the controller, in NVRAM. The module that contains one or more protected programs is a protected module that shares the same restrictions as a protected program. Cut and Copy functions are not active on protected items. Programs cannot be added to a protected module. A protected program in a module cannot be deleted. This preserves the integrity of the module. You cannot create a code clip from protected elements nor copy the element to a clipboard. You can drop a protected item to a task in the Task Manager. Program Manager Toolbar and Context Menu The actions or tasks described below launched from the toolbar or the context menu. Adept DeskTop Online Help 32 33 Toolbar Context menu Figure 15 Program Manager Toolbar and Context menu Edit selected program Opens a selected program in the Program Editor. If the program is already open, it becomes the active program in the Program Editor. If there is an error in the program code, the icon changes to a question mark to indicate this condition.

Create New Program Opens the New Program dialog that asks for the new program name and module name. See Creating a New Program. Open Program Opens a existing program file and adds it tho the Program Manager. See Opening Programs in the Program Editor. Save As. Saves files to PC or Controller. If this file has been previously saved, a dialog opens showed to ask for a filename. Unsaved modules appear in bold type in Program Manager list. A dialog opens for each filename that is not yet defined. The values are stored to the specified destination, with the file extension 'rv'. Adept DeskTop Online Help 33 34 Save All Locations Saves to file all location values currently in the selected program. The values are stored to the specified destination, with the file extension 'lc. Save All Strings Saves to file all string values currently in the selected program. The values are stored to the specified destination with the file extension 'st'. Cut Program Removes a selected program so it can be pasted to another module. If the program is not pasted elsewhere, it is permanently deleted. Delete Permanently deletes the selected program so it can be pasted to another module. Zero contents of controller memory Clears from memory all programs and variables that have not been saved as well as any changes made to programs and modules since the last 'Save'. Rename Enables you to rename a selected program. This function is not active on protected items. Refresh Refreshes the list of programs in the Program Manager. Help Opens Adept Online Help to the Program Manager section. Note:There is no 'undo' for the Zero Memory operation. A warning prompt is displayed, with an option to cancel the operation, before this command is executed. Refresh list of programs Updates the list of modules and programs.

Related Topics Creating a New Program Using the Program Manager Control Saving Programs and Modules Adept DeskTop Online Help 34 35 Using the Program Manager Control From the Program Manager control you can manage programs, create new programs, and assign programs to tasks. From this list you can carry our various operations on programs through the toolbar, the context menu, or by dragging elements in the interface. Programs in the Program Manager are physically on the controller. Until a program is saved, it exists in volatile memory (RAM) only. The file will automatically be loaded into the memory of the connected Adept controller. From the toolbar, select Open Program. In the Open form, browse to find a file on the controller or on the computer. Creating New Programs See the section Creating a New Program. Adept DeskTop Online Help 35 36 Deleting Programs Programs that are assigned to a task cannot be deleted from the Program Manager. For this reason you cannot delete a module that contains a program that is in a task execution stack. You must first clear the task execution task, then delete the program or module. See Using the Task Manager Control. Opening Programs in the Program Editor To open and edit a program in the Program Editor: Select a program in the list, then click the Edit Program toolbar or context menu. You can also double-click on a program in the list to open it in the Program Editor. Assigning a Program to a Task To assign a program to a task, select a program and drag it onto a task in the Task Manager. From there you can use the Task Manager operations to modify or manage the task. Renaming a Program To rename a program, select a program and then select Rename from the context menu or click F2. Alternatively, you can click on the program name in the list. When the name of the program is edited, the arguments and the parentheses are removed and only the name can be modified. The arguments and the parentheses are added back after editing.