Horner XL4 Cscape Software Setup – All In One

The Horner XL4 OCS all-in-one controller is programmed using Cscape. Cscape (Control Station Central Application Programming Environment) We will now set up the Cscape software so we can easily communicate and program our controller.

Previously we discussed the following in our Horner XL4 Series:
System Hardware
Installing the Software Cscape

We now have the Cscape program installed. However the software is very adaptable, so let’s take some time to set up the program so you can be on the same page as we go through this series on this controller.

Starting a New Program – Horner Cscape Software

Start the Cscape software by either the desktop icon or by selecting the Start | All Programs | Cscape | Cscape 9.70
Horner PLC Cscape Setup 005-min

The initial screen will look like the following.
Horner PLC Cscape Setup 010-min

Select from the main menu File | New. You could also use the Ctrl + N on the keyboard.
Horner PLC Cscape Setup 015-min

Your screen should now look like this.
Horner PLC Cscape Setup 020-min

Application Settings – Horner Cscape Software

We will now change the application settings by doing the following. From the main menu select Tools | Application Settings …
Horner PLC Cscape Setup 025-min

The application settings window will now appear. These are the default settings.
Horner PLC Cscape Setup 030-min
Now change the following settings in the application settings window. Under the Advanced Ladder Program, uncheck ‘Use Classic Toolbars for Logic Element Selection’. Also, check the ‘Support IEC Editor Programs. Your Application Settings window should look like the following.
Horner PLC Cscape Setup 035-min

Select Apply and then OK to continue. Your main window will now look like this.
Horner PLC Cscape Setup 040-min

Project Navigator – Horner Cscape Software

We will now add the ‘Project Navigator’ to our programming environment. Select from the main menu Tools | Project Navigator.
Horner PLC Cscape Setup 050-min

This will bring the project navigator window into your main window.
Horner PLC Cscape Setup 060-min

The project navigator will display a lot of information about your project. This includes the program and subroutines, screens, networking, etc. We can minimize the project navigator window by clicking on the pushpin icon next to the ‘X’ exit. Our screen now looks like the following with the project navigator to the left side of our screen.
Horner PLC Cscape Setup 070-min

Project Toolbox – Horner Cscape Software

We can now add the Project Toolbox to our main window. Tools | Project ToolBox
The steps involved are similar to adding the project navigator.
Horner PLC Cscape Setup 080-min

The project toolbox will allow us to add logic to our program in a simple way. Clicking on the pushpin will move the project toolbox to the left side of the main screen.
Horner PLC Cscape Setup 090-min

Editor Options – Horner Cscape Software

We will not look at some of the editor options. Select Tools | Editor Options…
Horner PLC Cscape Setup 100-min

The Advanced Ladder Editor Settings window will now appear. Under the Function Blocks select ‘Allow OR around Functions’. You can modify the logic editor from this window which includes the compiler errors and warnings.
Horner PLC Cscape Setup 110-min

On the left-hand side of the Advanced Ladder Editor Settings, you can select the Ladder Numbering or Color.
Horner PLC Cscape Setup 120-min

The color setting will allow you to change the background color of the editor.
XL4 Programming Application

Toolbars – Horner Cscape Software

The last thing that we will do is set up the toolbars. On the main menu select View | Toolbars | Standard Tools
XL4 Programming Application

This will show the standard tools on your main window.
XL4 Programming Application

We can now move this to the top of the ladder logic form and dock it. The other toolbar that is very useful is the ‘Unit Communication Tools’. View | Toolbars | Unit Communication Tools
XL4 Programming Application

We can dock this beside the standard tools.
XL4 Programming Application

We have completed setting up the Cscape programming software. You will notice that this now looks similar to other PLC programming packages.

The programming and reference manual for Cscape can be downloaded at the following URL:

Next time we will look at establishing communication.

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