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Control browser with type & name filtering, custom tags, preview etc.

Once you start to have hundreds of custom controls (thanks to people like Prabhakant Patil for making libraries like this one) the task of finding the best candidate for your user interface grows impractical the way the control palette and search works today. It should be possible to flatten the palette hierarchy and browse by type, name..even rating could be an option.

 

Let's say that I need a boolean. Now instead of digging into all the sub-palettes to see the different booleans there I simply want all my boolean controls to show up as thumbnails that I can browse through. I can add a search phrase as well to limit the results to controls with a certain phrase...However as I seldom decide the name myself I would also want to be able to easily tag controls with my own description and use that to search it later on.

 

The interface could be very similar to the glyph browing functionality we have in the VI Icon Editor. You can select a category, filter by name, see previews of the glypsh that match the criteria etc, but the experience should be closer to what you have available in picture organizers. Resizable window etc. A very crude example (based on the mentioned glyph browser):

 

 

 

control browser.png

 

An alternative or addition to this would be to include a preview in the operative system. This way if you browse a folder where you have lots of LabVIEW controls you could see them as pictures instead of anonymous files.

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Well this certaily sounds interesting, I will definately will have to give it  a try!

 

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An alternative or addition to this would be to include a preview in the operative system. This way if you browse a folder where you have lots of LabVIEW controls you could see them as pictures instead of anonymous files.

 

This quote pushed me to finally suggest something I had been playing around with:  snippets from front panel objects.

 

http://forums.ni.com/t5/LabVIEW-Idea-Exchange/Front-Panel-Snippets/idi-p/1640260

 

I currently roll my own snippets to use the front panel image for snippets which only contain terminals for customized controls.  This way I can use the OS browser in thumbnail mode to organize them.  Works well, as long as I remember to drag to the BD.  I view this as an addition.

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This Idae should be on fire.