The Recorder instrument is designed to show the time-history like the traditional strip chart recorder,but with enhanced display and analysis capabilities.

When you select Recorder instrument in the design or run mode, following settings will appear on left and right part of the screen:

Control properties

For detailed information about Recorder Control properties: grouping, number of column, Add / Remove, transparency,…see -> Control properties.

Recorder settings

Typical Recorder setting are:

Available appearance setting for Recorder instrument in Run mode are:

For detailed information about assigning / reassigning channels to/from Recorder -> see -> Display settings.


Appearance on screen

The Recorder element offers all important information:

  • channel name(s)
  • unit(s)
  • time information
  • zoom functions…

For detailed information about instruments positioning, size and transparency see  -> Screen edit functions.

Display type

Because the Recorder is typically used to show longer periods of time - minutes or even hours or days - it has the added ability to show data in one of several fashions: Real Data, RMS, or Average.


This is useful when monitoring AC signals, which are going to look like a solid band when a long duration is shown - not very useful to look at (unless you‘re just looking for overall amplitude envelopes or obvious drop-outs). Changing the display type for this graph to RMS will show a more useful representation of the data.

For noisy DC signals, selecting Average can clean up the display. 

WARNING: Be aware that all these display types represent only statistic values for the online display. The settings have no influence on the other displays or the data storage.

Select any graph by clicking on it, and then select the Display type from the selector:

  • Real value
  • Average
  • RMS

Just have a look at the following screen where you can see the difference between the three display types.


Use the Show events check-box to enable or disable view of event markers. You can also see all your events - keyboard, notice, and voice types - on the event list at the top right, directly below the replay control buttons.

For information about Events see -> Analyze -> Working with events.

Use the Interp. async channels check-box to interpolate the asynchronous channels. If an asynchronous data source like CAN is used, the values are interpolated between two sample points. But for digital signals (for example states) this is not wanted and with this option, we can disable the interpolation and the value will stay at the same level until next value is available.

Use the Draw sample points check-box to display individual sample points in analyse mode.

Single value axis

The Single value axis check-box can be used to set all active channels of a recorder grid to only one Y-axis. If set, all channels will use the same scaling and as a visual result, there will be only one axis with values left.

This function is very helpful when there is only small space for channel names and scaling and the channels use the same scaling. If this option is not used, recorder can display 4 channels at the same time. With this option, it can display up to 16 channels.

Improve visualization

To improve signal visualization please take a look at the link: