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Icon Editor API

Status: Completed
by Active Participant jgcode Active Participant on ‎06-03-2010 09:06 AM

A native Icon Editor API seems a natural evolution for interacting with the new icon layers that appeared in LabVIEW 2009.

The current API is the only way (I know of) to interact programmatically with the Icon Layers.

This is a very handy API that should be polished up and included with LabVIEW. 


You can download the current version here:http://decibel.ni.com/content/docs/DOC-8647 


Status: Completed
Available in LabVIEW 2012
by Active Participant jgcode Active Participant
on ‎06-03-2010 09:12 AM

Some of my feedback and ideas for a public Icon Editor API: http://decibel.ni.com/content/thread/7502

by Trusted Enthusiast Trusted Enthusiast
on ‎06-03-2010 09:24 AM

In the past six months, that API has been downloaded 5 times. I would hestitate to vote for putting R&D resources on a project without general mass appeal nor apparent commercial benefit. Are there benefits to being able to interact with the VI icon programmatically (assuming I'm not cranking out dozens of new VI's a day, warranting some type of automated icon builder)?


Just playing devil's advocate, giving you an opportunity to sharpen some salesman pitch skills.

by Active Participant ThSa
on ‎06-03-2010 09:27 AM

In the past six months, that API has been downloaded 5 times



Actually, that is not true. I have updated the ZIP file multiple times and whenever a new file is uploaded, the counter is reset.


by Trusted Enthusiast Trusted Enthusiast
on ‎06-03-2010 09:33 AM

I stand corrected.


Actually, for that counter to be reset is a bad deal. When I'm looking at utilities to download, oftentimes I base judgement on simply how often it has been downloaded. Very Generally Speaking... few downloads equals untested and unpopular, many downloads equals tried and true and popular. Would it be possible to have a cumulative download counter, or leave past revisions with their download count as part of the page?

by Active Participant jgcode Active Participant
on ‎06-04-2010 02:17 AM

Hi JackDunaway


Yes, resetting the download counters is not the best idea and given that the code was just updated the other day it does skew the data. Therefore, I have been speaking with NI directly to find out the actual times this API has been download and it turns out it is a whopping 1438 times! I think you have been left behind due to your gross generalisations. After all, Eric Bogosian did say in Under Siege 2 that assumptions are the mother of all mess-ups! I recommend downloading it now! 


Kind regards 



by Active Participant G-Money
on ‎03-06-2012 05:00 PM
Status changed to: In Beta
by Active Participant G-Money
on ‎02-01-2013 09:53 AM
Status changed to: Completed
Available in LabVIEW 2012
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