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Improve Breakpoints Window

Status: Under Consideration
by Member Johannes_T on ‎03-13-2012 04:46 AM

Summary:

Improve the Breakpoints Window, so that breakpoints can be more easily managed.


Description:

1. Change the Breakpoints Window, from a modal dialog to a dockable window (similar to the Watch Window). Debugging can be more easy this way.

2. Allow breakpoints to be grouped, disabled/enabled and edited in user defined categories. This allows users to easily collectively manage several breakpoints at a time. It also helps the user to logically group breakpoints, depending on various issues issues that he might be working on.

3. Breakpoints could also be sorted from a pop-up menu by filename, line, hit count, etc.

 

Breakpoints Window

Find / Replace parameters and lost time

Status: Under Consideration
by Member LucianoAssirelli ‎05-11-2012 11:20 AM - edited ‎05-11-2012 11:22 AM

I have had severe problems in development, due to a high synergy between my lack of attention and CVI behavior in search/replace dialogs.

I am talking about the fact that Find/Replace parameters [namely search directories] are stored at REGISTRY level, so that they remain the same across different workspaces.

Having to work with different version of the same software product, I have found myself looking into the wrong sources, or even doing mass updates, due to the fact that different projects have identically named sources and includes, just in different directory trees, and rapidly switching from one workspace

to the next I didn't "mind the step"

My suggestion, thus, is to store find/replace parameters at workspace or project level, so as to avoid the aforementioned inconvenience

I made this suggestion some time ago - unfortunately I had combined it with another, related idea. The other idea was implemented so now the complete issue is dead, sorry, completed. Smiley Surprised

 

This suggestion is meant to revive the unfulfilled request of two new attributes, allowing to dim and hide a specified entry in a ring control. This would be convenient as it avoids to programmatically rebuild the control.

 

Thanks!

 

 

Email with user authentication

Status: Under Consideration
by Member blakney on ‎02-11-2011 01:07 PM

I realize that there may be open source solutions for this but I would love a robust easy to use email function on completion. Essentially, I am gearing up to run some larger batched analysis routines on a remote workstation for our user group. The analysis time and queue length will vary from minutes to hours (hopefully not days yet). I would love the option to email the user on completion, failure, or email me if something really goes crazy.

 

The problem with the current simple email solution (unless authentication was really recently implemented) is that almost every SMTP server requires additional  authentication to combat spammers I suppose.

I would like to have the possibility to store the uir-file not as a tui-file (old-fashioned ini file), instead as a xml file.

I noticed that LabVIEW has two ways to download instrument drivers: direct downloads from IDNET and through the NI Instrument Driver Finder.

 

[NI Instrument Driver Finder Menu Option Image]

 

instr1.png


[Alternative NI Instrument Driver Finder Menu Option Image]
instr2.png

 

 

When downloading drivers directly from IDNET, the file must first be unzipped and then placed in the <National Instruments>/labview xxxx/instr.lib folder.

 

The easier option when working with LabVIEW, the NI Instrument Driver Finder, downloads the files, unzips them, and instantly gives you access to example code or palette of VIs for communicating with said instrument.

 

If possible, could we add a similar tool to LabWindows CVI?  It would be nice to have a menu option which would open a CVI Instrument Driver Finder.

 

The interface could then allow users to easily find a driver, download it to their Instruments Folder, see example code and start work.

 

Since probably 30% of all LabVIEW adoption comes from driver downloads and driver development, maybe this is an investment of resources worth looking into?

 

[Image of NI Instrument Driver Finder]

IDfinder.png

 

 

[Image of Instrument Driver Finder example code, project access, and palette access]

IDfinderexample.png

 

Cheers,


Shawn Shaw

integrate tooltips into GUI editor

Status: Completed
by Trusted Enthusiast on ‎06-20-2011 10:54 AM

Hello,

 

imho the nice tool tips feature provided by the Programmer's Toolbox leads a miserable existence, because it is extra effort integrating it into a GUI.

 

I would love to see the tool tips integrated into the IDE, that is, when editing a control in the GUI editor, I would like to be able to also set the tool tips text and if it is initially enabled, just like it is possible to enter a control label text. This would include moving the tool tips from the Toolbox to the regular user interface library.

 

Many Thanks!

 

 

Status: Completed

Improved DirSelectPopup function

Status: Under Consideration
by Trusted Enthusiast on ‎11-03-2011 12:29 PM

Even after using CVI for many years I still find the DirSelectPopup confusing, because it provides a file selector, displays files, and even allows to select files...

 

I would prefer an improved/modified function such that the DirSelectPopup only shows directories, does not provide a file selector, etc.... This should make it much more obvious that one is selecting a directory, not a file...

 

Thanks!

If you have, say, three controls called MAX_1, MAX_2, MAX_3 arranged vertically. If I select them all, copy and paste, the new controls appear as MAX_4, MAX_5 and MAX_6 but in the wrong order to what you would expect.

i.e.

MAX_1

MAX_2

MAX_3

 

becomes

 

MAX_1

MAX_2

MAX_3

MAX_6

MAX_5

MAX_4 

 

A similar issue occurs with assigning a group of controls to a control array, they always seem to be in the wrong order, usually reversed.

Right now if multiple controls are selected you cannot jump to the code with "View control callback" menu option or Ctrl+B accelerator even if they have the same callback. It could be handy to be permitted to go to source if selected controls have the same callback.

 

Consider this scenario:

On a panel you create two buttons, select both of them and edit their properties assigning a (unique) callback to both. Next with both controls selected you generate the callback using "Generate Control Callback" or Ctrl+G. Now you would like to go and code something in the callback but you're not allowed to: you need multiple clicks to go to source: one click anywhere on the panel to deselect controls, one to select one of the buttons and finally the right click or accelerator key. Not very handy...

I know we used to have this web server feature 6-7 years ago.

I would request a function where we can export designated panel which user can control from web. Also provides an option to have read only or read/write access. Also password options.

 

Something like this.

 

ExportPanelToWebServer (panelHandle, READ_ONLY_FLAG, PASSWORD_FLAG, PASSWORD);

//This starts web server automatically and ready for connection on port 80.

 

This opens door to lots of applications which requires web control. I think LabVIEW has similar feature. (Web publishing tool)

Status: Under Review

Goal:

Extend function PoyFit() available in package Advanced Analysis Library regarding the fitting method.

 

Details:

Up to now the above mentioned function is available with fitting method "Least Square" only, which is not always the best approach depending on the data and fitting problem. The fitting method "Least Absolute Deviations" (LAD) resp. "Least Absolute Residuals" (LAR) should be offered as well.

 

Hint:

There already exists a LabView-VI called "General Polynomial" which offers the selection of the fitting method: see link

we are daily dealing with "constant name" field's values that canNOT exceed 21 characters due to restriction on labwindows/CVI.

even the latest CVI/2009 SP1 v9.1.1 (450) has this restriction.

 

this is very tedious because our software makes use of this value to make cross searches in the registers' table of our component.

as such, if the "constant name" field's value must be trimmed down to <=21 chars to comply with CVI restriction above, this makes the cross-search unusable.

 

please increase this limit up to 32 chars (at least).

 

Pascal Janin

STMicro Grenoble France.

It has been suggested much earlier here, but obviously passed out of mind:

 

When using 'Go to Definition' (CTrl+I) while in release configuration, CVI tells that no source code information was found for the identifier '...', because 'Browse information is not available in the Release configuration'... (still true for CVI2010)

 

This can and should be improved!

 

And it might be a good opportunity to also add the reverse process, 'Goto Declaration', suggested here

Status: Completed
Introduced in LabWindows/CVI 2013

Tooltips for menu bars

Status: New
by Member mmeinders on ‎09-19-2013 01:56 PM

The place where tooltips are needed most is on menu bars, since the text you can put there is fairly limited and right clicks can not be used to provide help as can be done with buttons. I would love to see this added to CVI soon.

Similiar to LabVIEW, I would like to have a "save as" option to store all files within the prj-file to a new location (maybe also for store a cws, res all mentioned prj-files).

Would make it easier to handle over a CVI-project.

Currently, there is no way to access the historical data on a stripchart.  The only way to manage this data is to maintain a separate buffer and update it whenever you add data to the strip chart, which is inefficient and tedious. Accessing data is possible for graph controls using the data attribute:

 

GetPlotAttribute (panel, PANEL_GRAPH, plotHandle, ATTR_PLOT_XDATA, &data);

 Something similar should be implemented for the strip chart, either as an attribute in the getTraceAttribute function, or as a standalone function (getTraceData, etc.)

Seriously, NI should look over the newer Visual Studio IDE's as well as NetBeans for some good ideas ...

 

Here's a few:

 

1.  When using the F2 function to find a previously marked spot, you can't easily look for the next bookmark going backwards or restricitng the search to the current module.  You can in Viusal Studio.

2.  There's no clue offered for the extent of a block - other IDE's either backlight the match braces (VS 2008) or draw vertical lines showing the block extent (a popular VB add-in tool does this).

3.  Refine the search selection to be current module, current project, or current workspace ...

4.  Allow concurrent builds of multiple projects within a workspace - VS 2008 allows this, in fact, the default is to build everything in the current solution (solution = workspace).

5.  Allow toggled commenting of multiple lines of selected text, rather than the "exclude" option that won't let you save excluded lines without commenting them - then the IDE lets you comment them, but not until then.  Same thing with un-comment.

6.  Implement a lazy background re-compile that re-compiles as you type - saves you a jillion CTRL-K keystrokes to do it yourself.  Couple this with near real time notification of compile errors as you type.

7.  Fix the &*!)$@^ CVI linker to allow 16 byte alignment.

8.  Implement full C99 (MS hasn't done this though and apparently never will).

9.  Dim conditionally compiled source that isn't going to compile - nothing is more irritating to me when editing than forcing yourself to ignore conditionally compiled code that's not going to compile.  It's tricky to make this work right but it'd stil be worth a try.  VS 2008 kind of does this.

10. Provide a pull down menu of functions within a module - this is better than the CVI source browser which is a PITA to use - ti's no wonder to me that this is the most requested improvement so far.

Please conisider supporting multi-touch screen gestures in a similar manner to the mouse events.  Windows 7 Mulittouch capabilities are a good place to start. http://msdn.microsoft.com/en-us/magazine/ee336016.aspx

 

The GUI of the future will most certainly be touch screens, and users expect to be able to use gestures such as pinch, fling, spread, rotate, etc.

 

 

 

 

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