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Display more struct member information during source editing and during debug.



While editing source code, CVI only displays the struct members, but no information regarding the type of the member (or declaration information, line file and line).

Add a tooltip to the right of the pop-up displaying the struct members in the source editor to display this information. Similar to this picture:


Also add support for displaying nested structs and even display the member values while debugging, in form of a tree, when execution is suspended (CVI currently only displays the memory address of that struct variable).


As discussed here and here, CVI does not re-open workspace files in the order they were when CVI was closed; I am referring to confined workspace, not freely floating windows.


As a result, starting CVI one first has to locate all the files, where did the include file go...? If you happen to have some more tabs this is a waste of time.


Also, as Roberto mentioned, you can not easily use the short cut keys Ctrl-1 etc. because of the changing assignment.


So, in short, I am asking to improve this behavior and maintain the tab order of CVI workspace files, that is, re-arrange/re-open the tabs in the order they were when CVI was closed.



Size of UI Controls

Status: New
by Trusted Enthusiast on ‎06-17-2014 08:48 AM

This issue is that old that we all forgot about it... Smiley Wink


But this thread brought it back to my attention and I'd like to suggest two improvements:


Setting the width or the height of a control does not always succeed because there are limitations concerning the minimum and maximum size.


Suggestion 1:


If a function fails it should return a warning. However, calling e.g. status = SetCtrlAttribute ( panel_handle, PANEL_RING, ATTR_WIDTH, 5 ) returns success (0) even though the width of the ring control will be much larger than 5 pixels. For checkboxes, the situation is even worse because checkboxes are drawn right aligned to a transparent rectangular frame. So calling status = SetCtrlAttribute ( panel_handle, PANEL_CHECKBOX, ATTR_WIDTH, 500 ) will result in a transparent drawing rectangle of width of 500 but with the checkbox size remaining at the default size. Since the checkbox is drawn right aligned to this transparent frame the checkbox eventually may disappear from the panel (setting the width to say 10000 will not draw anything).


Suggestion 2:


Complement the documentation, the idea is given below:


Constant: ATTR_WIDTH
Data Type: int
Description:  The width of the control body in pixels.
Valid Range: 0 to 32767
Control Type Restrictions: Not valid for controls of type CTRL_VERTICAL_SPLITTER and CTRL_VERTICAL_SPLITTER_LS

For checkboxes, the minimum size is ... pixels, and the maximum size is ... pixels.

For ring controls, the minimum size is ... pixels.

LabWindows/CVI Compatibility: LabWindows/CVI 3.0 and later

Control Types:  All

My CVI application started to generate linker errors immediately after I upgraded from CVI 2012 to CVI 2013. A number of other people have reported exactly the same problem, with the linker unable to resolve symbols found in IMAQdx or nivision.


This means that the final release of the new version of CVI cannot have been tested when using the image acquisition or image processing add-ons.


I suggest that, in future, new versions of all tools are subjected to automatic regression tests against the examples distributed by National Instruments before release. Because it obviously doesn't happen now.

If the thread that FileSelectPopup (and similar) is accessed is multithreaded, wacky things happen. The programmer can fix this by creating a new thread that is itself not multithreaded and pass information back to the current threrad. It would be helpful if the current functions were designed to default to create such a thread,  return the value(s), and garbage collect removing the programmer from the loop.


In the case of MultiFileSelectPopup, it is not clear to me what would be the best practice given the unknown number of results. I guess one could assume a limit for the number of results that may change as the Windows API does.


Other possible solutions can include an added parameter (variable switch) or with a whole new function. I could see the default case as an effective solution for legacy code that is partially refactored for multithreaded performance.

From UI editor to UI browser

Status: New
by Proven Zealot ‎03-06-2015 02:48 AM - edited ‎03-06-2015 02:51 AM

(Coming from this forum discussion)


If you double click on a UI browser element you'll go to the corresponding panel or control in the editor. That's good! Smiley Happy

There doesn't seem to be a way to go the opposite direction (i.e. from a control in the user interface editor to the corresponding item in the user interface browser tree) Smiley Sad : this could be useful in case of complex UIR files with several panels and controls, especially if you have more than one control array in it.


So I suggest to add two options to the control context menu to locate the control in the UI browser ad to locate in a control aray if it is included in any of them.

I'm thinking to something like that:


 Screenshot 2015-03-06 09.26.41.jpg


It would be handy if these new items could be assigned a shortcut key too: ctrl+U and ctrl+R could be a good choice (presently ctrl+U is not used in the UIR editor and ctrl+R is not active at design time)

Beautiful tooltips

Status: New
by Trusted Enthusiast on ‎09-10-2014 10:13 AM

Adding to the many pending feature suggestions for tooltips (here, herehere, here and here) I'd like to suggest one more: please make tooltips more beautiful, i.e., drawn with rounded rectangles and with a shadow, see below.





Currently, when a CVI application is deployed on a PC with a DPI setting different than the development machine, the application will generally not look like how the programmer intended as the fonts get resized while the other UI elements do not, leading to overlapping text, awkwardly resized controls, etc.  One way that DPI scaling could be implemented in CVI would be to use the same functionality as the 'Scale Contents on Resize' option for panels, where internally CVI could resize the panel and use this scaling to rescale all the UI elements (including fonts) on the panel to the appropiate size per the Windows DPI setting.  This would make the panel look a lot closer to what the programmer intended and would generally make most applications usable with different DPI settings without any additional work from the programmer.  Per my other suggestion, I would request that the programmer has the capability of disabling this functionality so they can handle DPI scaling themselves should they wish to do so.



Following this idea already implemented, it could be good to add up/down keys to rows and columns selectors.


At present, if the table is in hot or normal mode you can click on a cell in the table preview in the Quick Edit window to select the corresponding row/column: going to editing them is made easy this way. However, if the table is in indicator mode you cannot click on the cella to select row and column. The same applies if you want to reach a column/row out of visible area of the table: the only solution to that is to double click on the column or row selector and type in the number you want. Not easy  nor fast, and prone to errors. Much better to click on a button and increment / decrement the active column index


I'm thinking to something like that:


Data Tooltip Should Display Function Name Of Pointer To Function Variable

Status: Under Consideration
by Member Johannes_T ‎09-05-2013 09:08 AM - edited ‎09-05-2013 09:09 AM


Data Tooltip should also display the name of the function, when displaying the value of a function pointer variable.



While debugging a CVI application, when hovering the mouse cursor over a function pointer variable, the Data Tooltip displays the address of that function, referenced by the variable.

It would be very useful in cases when you have multiple function pointer variables referencing several different variables, to have the Data Tooltip not only display the address of those functions, but the name of the functions as well.


Data Tooltip With Function Pointer


Go to Next/Previous function in source files

Status: Completed
by Active Participant vix on ‎10-22-2010 04:01 AM

Using CVI I can't find an easy way of moving inside a source code file.

Based on my experience with other C editors, I suggest these 3 little features that I think are really useful:

  • a shortcut to jump to the beginning of previous function in the same source file (CTRL + PGUP, for example)
  • a shortcut to jump to the beginning of next function in the same source file (CTRL + PGDWN, for example)
  • the current function where the caret is, displayed in the toolbar. It will be nice if you use a combo so that the user can jump to a different function with a simple mouse click (see attachment)

I have thease features in an open source C/C++ editor (Code::Blocks) I use for other projects, and I think they're really useful to reduce the coding time.

When you have large source files with a lot of functions, with CVI is't difficult to easily see where you are inside the file; moreover it's quite common scrolling the file jumping from a function to another.

Status: Completed
Introduced in LabWindows/CVI 2013

Improved/Accelerated Graphic Performance

Status: Under Review
by Member gvan on ‎02-15-2011 04:56 PM

We have recently dropped CVI (as of 2009) as an option for use with our many data visualization applications.  The graphic performance is just too slow and clunky to put up with any longer and gets worse as we add features or try to make 'native looking' applications (that resize, animate, etc).  


Things like dragging/updating cursors is noticably clunky when you have more than one graph updating (linked cursors across more than one graph).  


Updating datasets in large tables is slow enough to watch it step through the rows.  Even using suggest tips like using ATTR_CTRL_VAL instead of SetTableCellVal, when a large table has to update... it's painfully noticeable. Basically any operation that updates a large portion of the UI.


Another example, try to resize and move controls (as most other applications do) on the EVENT_PANEL_SIZING?


I'm going to go out on a limb and guess that CVI doesn't use any graphics card acceleration? since workstation or netbook doesn't seem to make much difference in graphic performance.  


Our clients notice when our applications look 'clunky' and 'slow' when compared to smooth, responsive apps/interfaces from competitors.  It's often the little things that make a big difference in appearance.



Status: Under Review

Auto Indent Code

Status: Completed
by Member jdubs on ‎11-16-2011 12:34 PM

While developing code, having correct indentations is very helping in making sure you have all the right brackets and to see where your structures are nested easily.  Sometimes, whether by copying and pasting or just rapidly getting out a section of code, a whole segment might have incorrect indentation, which is tedious to correct.


This is where an auto indent tool could be a big time saver.  From somewhere like the Edit menu, where similar functionality is located in other development environments, you could select Format Selection to do a highlighted section or Format File to do the whole file.  Then, CVI can format the tabs for you:




Although this is a simple example, auto indent becomes even more useful when you have multiple nested structures and decide, for instance, to add or remove another nested loop.

Status: Completed
Introduced in LabWindows/CVI 2013

Adding C++ programming abilities to CVI

Status: New
by Member Felicy on ‎08-15-2012 02:28 PM

Customer who has used CVI for years and likes it was looking a Mstudio for the reason that a lot of his new engineers can't or don't do the regular C programming.  He likes Mstudio as an idea but, with the extra cost of adding MS Visual Studio and dealing with a they support/We support issues of having two SW pkg from 2 different companies gives him pause about purchasing.  He stated he likes CVI because if there is an issue (even if rare) he know that NI will help to figure it out. I let him know I'd provide the feedback.


Status: Under Consideration
by Trusted Enthusiast on ‎10-24-2013 01:22 AM

As suggested by Daniel (D-Cubed) an improved version of GetCVIVersion is needed in order to determine the patch level programmatically. Right now, no simple approach exists for an executable to determine if the CVIRTE is a patched version or not. For example, GetCVIVersion returns 1300 both for the patched and the unpatched 2013 release.



As of CVI2013 data tooltips and variable view do some kind of automatic rounding but based on 15 digits only... This prevents tracking numeric / rounding issues. Unfortunately, no possibility exists to show the full precision of doubles... Phrased more drastically one you cannot use CVI to debug numeric issues...


So I suggest to urgently add



  • as a minimum version the possibility to show true numbers, not rounded numbers, allowing true debugging
  • as a more general version the possibility to adjust the precision of displayed numeric values



When operating graphs in Labview, it is easy to change the scale of an axis of a graph (at runtime): to change e.g. the maximum value, you select the current maximum value with your mouse, type in the maximum number you want and hit enter. To achieve the same in Labwindows, you have to use a numeric control and a button, which is a bit cumbersome. The same applies for zooming: In Labview, you can click a small button attached to the graph and select the way you want to zoom, and then just use the mouse. In Labwindows, you have to know that zooming is done using the ctrl button, ctrl+space restores the previous setting, etc. It would also be nice to be able to enable autoscale by right-clicking on an axis and having a popup menu which allows to do so (just like in Labview). And if the user changes e.g. the maximum value while autoscale is enabled, it would be nice to automatically disable autoscale (unlike in Labview).


So in general, it would be nice to have more comfort in operating graph controls.



Knowledge base Vs forum

Status: New
by Member john_cvi_user on ‎11-19-2014 03:46 AM

What is differnce between the forum and the knowledge base ?

As far as I see the forum is where users ask questions and answers are provided, often by NI representatives.

The Knowledge base appears also to be where questions are aksed have solutions provided.


This means that I could search the knowledge base when the same question/solution is in the forum and vise-versa. Can these be in some way combined with a better search function .


It would also be useful to remember search location based on user login - The amount of times I end up with a solution using LabView (I do not use and hopefully never will use Labview).



In CVI there are two kind of buttons:

  • the classic text button (i.e. a button with a text where you can't insert an image)
  • the picture button (i.e. a button with an image where you can't add a text)

But if you try to design a modern interface (like the MS Outlook 2010 ribbon, for example) you need a button where you can have both

  • an image statically or dynamically  loaded from file)
  • a text string localized through the UIR localizer

Even in the new CVI 2010 SP1 there isn't a convenient workaround (see here, for example).

In LabVIEW, otherwise, this kind of buttons can be easily created.


An interesting feature would be also a setting to set the text position referred to the picture (top, bottom, left, right).

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