I just finished laying out 3 boards and so I have some suggestions to make things easier in the future...
1) Add a 'net' column to the SMT Pads and THT Pads tabs, to show which net the pin is attached to. This is documented here:
It would let me see at a glance whether certain pins are actually connected to the nets they should be connected to
2) Add the ability to click on an error circle on the board and have Ultiboard highlight the error in the spreadsheet. It works the other way around (click on the error in the spreadsheet view and you jump to the error on the board. But it would be nice to go in the other direction. I had problems with vias hitting incorrect traces and the spreadsheet details exactly which traces are connected, but I wanted to work on a specific problem on the board and didn't know which spreadsheet error this corresponded to. This happened a lot.
3) Change the highlight color in the spreadsheet. For some reason on my computer, I can barely see when a row is highlighted in the spreadsheet. This is the same for Multisim and Ultiboard. The background in my spreadsheet tab is white, and the highlight color is a very light gray. If I look at the monitor at an angle so that the light hits it just right, I could see which component was highlighted. But my neck started to hurt after awhile.
4) Have a button to turn on/off all layers at the same time. I had an 8 layer board, and I alternated between just looking at the layer I was routing on to looking at all layers to figure out where to drop a via. Double-clicking on each layer got very tedious.
Filename are different in Embedded Data Logger and Waveform Logging (VeriStand 2014) :
Embedded Data Logger : <Hour>_<Minute>_<Second>__<Day>_<Month>_<TwoDigitY
Waveform Logging : <FourDigitYear>-<Month>-<Day>_<Hour>-<Minute>-<Sec
Why timestamps are differents?
The format of Waveform Logging should be prefered, with year on four digit, month and day first (sorting file is immediate), hour in 24 format.
MS current only allows embedding of bmp graphic files. Quit often it has memory errors with even moderate bmp file sizes, and other often fatal bugs after you've installed a couple bmp graphics.
It would be great if it could support more modern graphics file types that can preserve detail without requiring such large file sizes.
How about just supporting PNG's at least?
I have a circuit that simulates very slowly and when I look at the Windows 7 performance of my I7 computer it is using only 2 to 4% of the processor power. In reality it is only using one thread at 50 to 60%. I understand Multisim was written back before multicores were available but I request that this be one of your priority improvements.
To show how slow it is running after letting it run over night it has run less than 1 second of simulated time.
I have searched the web and found many people frustrated with the Multisim's slow simulation speed and the fact that the processers are 90% idle.
Give a slider control for those that want to slow down the simulation for whatever reason.
One of my biggest irritants is waiting to see if my circuit change fixed an issue and knowing the software is not even stressing the computer. Years ago I was using Pspice with a single core processor and when you click simulate it used about 95 to 98% of the processors time until it finished the simulation. Now I have unused power and still have to wait.
I hope someone at NI will read this and make multithreading a priority requirement for Multisim.
Please add your comments, the more people that comment the more I believe NI will listen.
Dear NI community,
let me describe you one of my ideas.
It would be good to have a feature of "copy-paste" simulated devices in NI MAX. One creates a device, setups it, selects it, copy Ctrl+C and paste Ctrl+V - and device will appear below in the list of hardware.
For example, I was now adding four 1-slot cDAQ chassis, with measurement module. Chassis are the same, modules also - we have such setup (don't tell, if something, that we could use 4-slot chassis, b/c it was requirement to have 4 separate chassis). So, I had to do the same operations (create chassis, add device, rename) four times, and it took like 2 minutes approx. But in case of copy-paste feature, it would take 30 seconds, no more.
Right now, Update Service will not update the current installation of LabWindows/CVI but install the new version in parallel.
An option to choose if I would like to upgrade or keep the old software would be much more convenient.
i would like to propose the idea to apply labview in raspberry pi
you have a robot lego called mind storm can you use labview in raspberry?
raspberry is a bery fast growing community it would be very interresting to apply labview in it
When we have to develop add-ons for Veristand, we need to search into examples and existing add-ons to find how to implement some basic or advanced functionalities.
For example : using the node browser control in a labview dialog box, or finding the list of the optional inputs for custom workspace.
This is really time consuming !
Veristand is missing documentation for add-ons developpers. It would be good to have a Reference Manual like in TestStand.
Just in order to know if an operator deployment license (no editor nor stimulus profile editor) is schedule for the next releases of VeriStand ?
This would be helpful for users who don't need these functionnalities on the the deployment computer.
Thanks in advance,
It would be really nice to have the ability to create groupings for the Remote Systems in MAX. Below is the list of my current targets. While I'm sure there are many people that have a longer lists of targets, I find this list a little bit unmanagable already. Additionally, we are either planning or working on projects that will about double this list.
Please add the ability to group the remote systems so that they can be managed in their own tree (or somthing similar)
right now, if I invoke nivlm.exe /exportClientPermissions C:\foo\bar.txt, I don't get any information about disconnected licenses.
It would be great if it had a column for disconnected license expiration date associated with each item (that would be empty/null if no disconnected license was assigned).
Would also be helpful if there was also information about home use licenses grated against a user.
It would be nice for RF simulations if the 0dBm reference on the spectrum analyzer was referenced to 0dBm in 50 ohms (0.224V) versus 600 ohms (0.775V). Maybe a solution would be to make it user defined.
Thanks for consideration.
I was told I should post this idea here for a greater chance of it being acted upon. The original discussion is http://forums.ni.com/t5/Circuit-Design-Suite/Multi
I'm interested to know if there are many others who would be interested in a Multisim viewer. I'm hoping engineering see's this and it pricks their design creativity. In my business, it would be very handy to have a low-cost viewer that our techs could use as they trouble-shoot the board. It's not cost effective for us to buy complete licenses for techs that will only view, but not change the schematic. Right now we print out the schematics, but not every value is available (it would be too crowded on the schematic) and the comments are hidden. Plus you can't zoom in on printed paper. The competition (read Mentor Graphics) have free viewers available.
Some other suggestions:
- The ability to have the values of a part pop up when the mouse is hovered over it. (Should be able to be switched off).
- The ability to group parts so that they can be oriented as a group. (Similar to how it is available in the component wizard).
These would be great enhancements. Anyone else think so?
the company I work for designs automotive infotainment products, and we used products from NI extensively in product validation an testing, including TestStand, Labview, DIAdem, FPGA, RT. etc...
In order to simplify license management, we chose to used the NI Volume License Manager (VLM). This provides centralized managment of licenses, including easy addition and removal of licenses, as well as license recovery from PCs no longer in service (broken or decomissioned by IT).
Since I am the technical lead for test system development, it falls to me to perform license capacity planning, request disconnected licenses, manage license groups, and all the other administrative things that go with license management. I am not, however, in the IT department, and since the VLM runs on a Virtual Machine inside the VM park, I always have to request license changes from our IT specialists.
I would very much appreciate it if there were a tool to remotely administer the VLM. This would allow the IT department to give me access to just the VLM to perform administrative duties there, sort of like the MMC in Microsoft Windows Server lets users administer remote servers.
attached is a MAX view from a typical process control application: There are dozens of cDAQ-modules there and hundreds of Global Channels.
The question is for instance: which cDAQ-modules have any free inputs? There is currently no easy answer to this without physically accessing the cabinet
Would it not be very easy to provide a tab in the right-hand part of my MAX-view where I can sort my Global channels based on the physical channel that they refer to ?
I had a feedback from customer that when using Channel Group Log step on Stimulus Profile, the "Channels" list is too small.
When dealing with a lot of channels, the list should be able to expand itself in order to accomodate for larger volume of channels.
Also, it may be tough to keep track of channel to channel group binding, so it'll be nice if there's a window that allows to see a list of channels for each channel group as the following:
Dear NI R&D folks.
It is wrong the time zone for Caracas at the Time Settings configuration (MAX 14.0) . Since december 30, 2007 has been changed to -4.5 UTC. I will appreciate if you correct this bug in future LabVIEW versions.
This is a bit of a feature request for the service request manager and/or as a stand-alone (my NI web) tool!
It is needed because the NI webpage makes it terribly hard to search for CAR#'s and a CAR# is only listed when solved, and only listed for the one version where it was resolved, making it nigh-on impossible to check lists of (new) CAR#s and get notified when they are resolved.
For example, I know this CAR exists, but I'm not sure if it has been resolved and the NI search just didn't find it, or if does not exist (user input error for example) or anything..
As far as how it relates to the service request manager, I would prefer a separate tool but that it also can link to the service request manager as outlined below:
A small but significant number of tickets either relate to, or create one or more CAR#'s (or at least mine seem to create a large amount of CAR's).
When a support tech adds / associates a ticket# with a CAR#, ideally this CAR# would be automatically added to the user's CAR Tracking list..
In addition it would be great if the back-end database tracked CAR#'s and offered up a list of these numbers in the webpage overview, for example next to the "status" column. Taking it a step further, it would be very nice if NI could make it simpler to check if a CAR has been resolved and if so, what version of LabVIEW it was resolved in/with. This information could be displayed in the same web page table, or a new page to itself. The "Status" column could then also be expanded with a green check-mark if (all) associated CAR#'s have been resolved..
Tracking CAR's and manually trying to search and check them off lists locally is labor intensive, especially since the web-page "search" does not do even a passable job when you enter CAR numbers.
I got a cDAQ 9184 connected to a PC running Vision Builder. The IO-Channels on the 9184 are connected via global virtual DAQmx channels. These channels are available on Vision Builder.
When power is cycled on the 9184, Vision Builder does not reconnect to it. You have to close and restart Vision Builder to get it running again.
My Wish is that Vision Builder is able to reconnect automatically.