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I have no pretension to originality here but could there be some flexibility in our wiring options? I know there is a fine line between a cluttered VI with bad architecture and true limitations of the LabVIEW editor, but let's see where this thread goes...
- allow straight but not vertical/horizontal wires to be drawn (I am not suggesting Bezier curves although that would be neat!):
The cross above is both illustrating a bad wiring example (but I hate to have to draw a svastika each time I am in this situation) and a possible solution. This opens the way to a lot of potential abuses (think spider web) but IMO it is more than compensated by the added flexibility.
- allow bundling of wires, as electrical companies are doing to neatly bury cables.
by that (imaging nice tube parts at the intersection of horizontal and vertical sections):
In other words a simplified bundle/unbundle object that would allow compacting a lot of wires together in a "tube" for display purpose only (so at compile time it would actually NOT bundle/unbundle anythings at all).
- Better yet, I would suggest following the "buried cables" image a step further and offer the option to "burry" wires like this:
- Am I starting to suggest a 3D version of LabVIEW (with a backplane and a front plane in the diagram)?