PAC Project Software Suite Comparison

The following table compares the features in version R10.3 of PAC Project Basic™ and PAC Project Professional™. Download this table as a pdf.

Feature   Basic Pro
Included software PAC Control™ Basic x x
PAC Control Professional   x
PAC Display™ Basic x x
PAC Display Professional   x
PAC Manager™ x x
OptoOPCServer™   x
OptoDataLink™   x
SoftPAC™   x
Control Software: PAC Control
Compatible controllers groov EPIC processors x x
SNAP PAC controllers (S-series and R-series) x x
SoftPAC software-based controller x x
Compatible I/O Built-in I/O unit (in groov EPIC and SNAP PAC R-series controllers) x x
groov RIO modules (with groov EPIC and SNAP PAC) x x
SNAP PAC brains x x
G4EB2 brains  (with groov EPIC and SNAP PAC) x x
E1 and E2 brains  (with groov EPIC and SNAP PAC) x x
Serial mistic™ brains/bricks: B3000-B, B3000, SNAP-BRS, B100, B200, G4D16R, G4D32RS, G4A8R (with SNAP PAC)   x
Network Controller to PC: groov EPIC and SNAP PAC—Ethernet x x
Controller to I/O:
groov EPIC—Ethernet only
SNAP PAC S-series:
—Ethernet to R-series controllers and EB brains
—Serial to SB brains
SNAP PAC R-series—Ethernet only

Controller to I/O:
SNAP PAC S-series:
—Serial to mistic brains
Controller to third-party devices: Ethernet or serial2 x x
Support for Ethernet link redundancy or segmented control network   x
Support for controller redundancy (SNAP PAC S-series only)   x
Main features Flowchart programming x x
OptoScript programming x x
Subroutines (debuggable) x x
Graphical debugger x x
Conversion utility for OptoControl 4.1 strategies   x
Support for serial mistic I/O units1   x
Ethernet link redundancy (with S-series controllers and R-series I/O units)   x
Controller redundancy3   x
Maximum charts running at once
On groov EPIC (plus host task) 64 64
On SoftPAC (plus host task) 64 64
On SNAP PAC S-series (plus host task) 32 32
On SNAP PAC R-series (plus host task) 16 16
Proportional-integral derivative (PID) loops PID algorithms for Ethernet I/O units 4 4
PID algorithm for mistic serial1 -- 1
Loops per SNAP PAC brain 96 96
Loops per groov RIO module 4 4
Loops per mistic brain/brick1 -- 8
Graphical tuner for Ethernet PID loops x x
Graphical tuner for mistic1 PID loops   x
Ethernet link redundancy Primary and secondary IP addresses on groov EPIC processors and SNAP PAC controllers   x
PAC Control commands can be used to control redundancy algorithm   x
Controller redundancy3 PAC Redundancy Manager utility   x
Checkpoint blocks    x
Additional toolkits4 Modbus Integration Kit (serial and TCP) x x
Controller Area Network (CAN) Integration Kit x x
Other Integration Kits (BACnet, TL1, DNP3, IEC60870-5,Allen-Bradley DF1) x x
HMI Software: PAC Display
Main features Alarming x x
Trending x x
Logging x x
Operator authentication and login x x
3000-graphic library x x
Additional graphics tools for PID and embedding web pages   x
Data logging to MySQL, Microsoft® SQL Server, and other ODBC databases   x
Conversion utility for OptoDisplay projects   x
Primary and secondary IP addresses for control engine   x
Primary and secondary scanner   x
Controllers supported groov EPIC processors5 x x
SNAP PAC controllers x x
ioProject controllers x x
OptoControl controllers with Ethernet interface   x
OPC Server: OptoOPCServer
OPC version OPC DA 2.0-compliant   x
Database Connectivity: OptoDataLink
Databases supported Microsoft SQL Server, Microsoft Access, MySQL, and ODBC-compatible databases   x
PC-based Control: SoftPAC
Compatible I/O groov RIO modules x x
  groov I/O (EPIC processor) x x
  SNAP PAC (R-series and EB-series) x x
  Ethernet I/O units (E1, E2, UIO, EIO) x x
  G4EB2 brains x x
 1 Requires SNAP PAC S-series controller(s). 
 2 On a groov EPIC, serial connections require a USB-to-serial adapter.
 3 Also see the SNAP-PAC-ROK Redundacy Option Kit.
 4 For more information, see the Communication Tools & Protocols for Opto 22 Products Technical Note (form 1820).
 5 PAC Display projects can include groov EPIC systems and their groov RIO modules. PAC Display does not run on an EPIC processor's built-in touchscreen; it runs on a Microsoft Windows PC.
 6 Requires that the SNAP PAC controller run firmware 10.3a or higher. groov EPIC must run firmware 2.0.0 or higher.