SPARK® Software Manager Frequently Asked Questions

What is SPARK?

SPARK is the name for Enovation Controls' cloud computing and communications platform.

What is SPARK Software Manager and how is it different from PowerVision Configuration Studio®?

SPARK Software Manager is a piece of software that makes it easy to download and install the latest version of PowerVision Configuration Studio.

PowerVision Configuration Studio® is Enovation Controls’ integrated development environment for its line of HMI display and control solutions.

If I have already purchased a PowerVision Configuration Studio site license (Key ID) do I automatically get access to SPARK Software Manager?

No. SPARK Software Manager requires a separate, single-seat annual license that is separate from the Key ID site-license used for PowerVision Configuration Studio versions 2.9 and below. Key IDs are not upgradeable or transferrable into SPARK Software Manager licenses.

If I already have PowerVision Configuration Studio version 2.9 or earlier do I need to move to SPARK Software Manager?

Not necessarily. The only reason to move to SPARK Software Manager is if you wish to take advantage of new feature updates or develop on newer products that PowerVision Configuration Studio versions 2.9 and earlier do not support. Some products, such as monochrome platform products (PV350, PV380, MPC-10, MPC-20, TEC-10), will not be supported by the newer versions of PowerVision Configuration Studio available on SPARK Software Manager and will continue to be programmable from version 2.9. Refer to other questions in this document for more information.

How does the annual licensing and billing work?

A purchase order (PO) must be sent to Enovation Controls by the direct customer of Enovation Controls to activate another year of licensing.

Can I use one license for multiple people within my organization?

No. Each user license is for one individual and should not be used as a site license.

If I have an older version of PowerVision Configuration Studio already installed on my computer, can I install SPARK Software Manager on the same PC?

Yes. You can install and use older versions (2.9 and below) of PowerVision Configuration Studio on the same PC as SPARK Software Manager. Older versions of PowerVision Configuration Studio are not available through SPARK Software Manager and will remain on your PC until you uninstall them.

If I move to SPARK Software Manager will I still be able to use and install old versions of PowerVision Configuration Studio?

Yes. Any older versions of PowerVision Configuration Studio installed on your PC will remain on your PC and be available for software development until you decide to uninstall them. Older versions of PowerVision Configuration Studio (2.8 and below) are not available for install from SPARK Software Manager, but if you have a valid Key ID you will still be able to download them from our Help Center and install them on your PC. (Note: PowerVision Configuration Studio version 2.9 for color displays has been made available on SPARK Software Manager as a courtesy to our customers.)

Can SPARK Software Manager licenses be moved to a different computer (i.e. a new or repaired PC)? 

Yes. SPARK Software Manager licenses are tied to the user's login and can be moved from PC to PC by simply logging into the application

Do I need to make changes to my firewall settings to connect to the SPARK Software Manager authentication server?

No. Most users should not need to set up special firewall rules because SPARK Software Manager communicates over the web using standard Web Protocols (HTTPS) to domains in Microsoft Azure. There are no special required network ports you need to open in order to connect.

What Operating Systems does SPARK Software Manager support?

SPARK Software Manager supports the same operating systems supported by PowerVision Configuration Studio. At this time, that includes Windows 7 through Windows 10.

Do I need Administrator rights on my PC to run and use SPARK Software Manager?

No. SPARK Software Manager installs the applications to the user's application folder and where they should run without the need for administrator rights. If needed, the installers can be downloaded by an administrator to install on user PCs and then users could use their SPARK Software Manager account to validate the install.

What browsers are SPARK Software Manager compatible with?

SPARK Software Manager does not currently use a browser for any features with the exception of viewing release notes.

Will installations of PowerVision Configuration Studio installed with SPARK Software Manager work offline after the annual licensing expires?

No. When you open SPARK Software Manager, it connects to Enovation Controls’ authentication server and places a token on your PC that allows you to work online or offline for 30 days or the remainder of your license term (whatever is smaller). To make sure you do not lose access to SPARK Software Manager, connect to the Internet at least once every 30 days.

What products are not supported by SPARK Software Manager?

Monochrome platform products (PV350, PV380, MPC-10, MPC-20, TEC-10) are not currently supported in the newer versions of PowerVision Configuration Studio available on SPARK Software Manager. These products will continue to be programmable with version 2.9 of PowerVision for Monochrome Displays and PowerVision for Controllers.

Will products not supported by SPARK Software Manager continue to receive software updates?

Yes. The monochrome platform of products will continue to get periodic updates with feature additions and engine support within PowerVision Configuration Studio version 2.9.

If I need technical assistance can I reach out to Enovation Controls for assistance?

For technical support, please contact the supplier who sold you SPARK Software Manager.