February 17, 2020


Factory I/O 2.4.0 released

Shareable Licenses

Starting at Factory I/O v2.4.0, legacy floating licenses (on-premise and cloud) are now replaced by a redesigned cloud based licensing system which is more robust, flexible and easier to use.

Each license can now be used as a standalone or floating license. This means that you can choose on how to use you license pool without needing to perform extra configuration steps. For example, from a pool of 10 licenses you can use 2 as standalone licenses and the remaining as floating licenses.

You can now give access to your license pool by using a Share Code (floating licenses only). This means that only users who know the current Share Code are allowed to use licenses. At any moment, a Share Code can be changed by the license owner returning all floating licenses to the license pool - great feature for sharing licenses with students!

On-premise license servers and old cloud license files are now deprecated. You will still be able to use legacy on-premise license servers on v2.4.0, but we highly encourage you to move to the new cloud licenses since we will not be able to provide maintenance updates for license servers in the future. Migrating to cloud licenses is free of charge and it won't require any intervention from you.

If you still prefer to use on-premise license servers, please contact us and we will send you instructions on how to setup your license server and Factory I/O v2.4.0 installation.

Monthly Subscription Plan

Due to high requests and demand, Factory I/O is now also available on a monthly subscription plan (Automgen, MHJ and Starter editions not included). Subscription plans include free support, updates and access to all releases for subscription period. One-time payment includes free support, updates and access to all releases of Factory I/O 2.x.

Update Now

You can download Factory I/O v2.4.0 at the download archive. We strongly recommend all Factory I/O users to update to this latest stable release.

Release Notes

  • New cloud based licensing system. Learn more here.
  • Fixed 3D Tags visual issues when using a timescale different than 1.
  • 3D Tag tooltip now shows the tag data type with a color.
  • Improved 3D Tags performance and visual quality.
  • Fix camera focus when setting FOV value.
  • Fixed warehouse flares not working correctly.
  • Major graphics performance improvements.
  • Improved overall graphics quality.
  • Deprecated Run In Background option. Factory I/O always run in background when window loses focus.
  • Performance improvements when using many parts on a scene.
  • Improved Open Scene performance.
  • Fixed incorrect scene changed detected.
  • Improved compatibility with Factory I/O v1.x scenes.
  • Heavily reduced memory usage.
  • Current Windows audio output device correctly detected.
  • Fix configuration reset when closing the application immediately after opening it.
  • auto.cfg file can now be placed in ProgramData\Real Games\Factory IO (recommended).
  • Turntable in bistable mode does not rotate when both tags are switched on.
  • Stacker crane forks move to center position when both tags are switched on.
  • RFID Reader now allows custom defined range.
  • Fix belts, rolls and chains not displaying movement correctly on heavy load physics scenes.
  • Double clicking on operators no longer sets camera focus.
  • Improved stiffness of Two-Axis Pick & Place.
  • New OPC Classic and OPC UA drivers. OPC UA drivers now support user identity and secure server endpoints.
  • OPC Browse operations no longer clear mapped tags.
  • Renamed Siemens driver I/O points in order to be consistent with Siemens terminology.
  • Added feature to export mapping of scene tags and driver I/O points. Data is exported as csv file for all supported drivers except for Siemens which are exported as TIA Portal compatible xml. This feature is implemented in Allen-Bradley, Automgen, MHJ, Modbus and Siemens drivers.
  • Improved tab completion.