because I had installed CVI2010 on a brand new Windows 7 machine, I was curios to find out about all the service processes running on the system.
It seems that there are quite a few NI services that start after log-on. Some of them seem superfluous, such as the Lookout Citadel service (no LabVIEW, no Lookout installed), but due to the lack of any information I did not bother trying to stop them
1) NI should critically review the services and only start the services that are absolutely needed.
2) Services that are optional might be selected by a checkbox during installation or from the Options / Environment setting
3) NI should provide some documentation / explanation of each service and why it is needed.
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).
Extend function PoyFit() available in package Advanced Analysis Library regarding the fitting method.
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.
There already exists a LabView-VI called "General Polynomial" which offers the selection of the fitting method: see link
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.
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:
At present, you cannot edit text attributes when several controls are selected. It would be nice to be able to set text attributes the same way as we can set other attributes (e.g. status of leds or min/max limits for numerics and so on).
I am interested both in attributes for control text and control label.
As CVI evolves (in age and functionality) I feel that additional efforts are required for maintaining the product, i.e, keeping it 'consistent' and avoiding a 'mosaic look' as if assembled by different engineers in different decades...
A simple example but also one I would like to see resolved is entering data types in the UI editor vs in a function call (PlotIntensity in this case):
So, for example, long long translates to int64... Why not simply use the identical terms??
I agree it could be worse but I also feel that this is a valid suggestion for future improvements...
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.
Attaching controls to a splitter in the UIR editor can be a pain if the panel has several controls on it. I'll make an example using CVI example SendMail: trying to add a vertical splitter and attach all controls to it in order to rearrange the panel when the user resizes it. This is the original panel, you can see the vertical splitter in the upper right corner:
First of all, if several controls are selected, they overlap in the right panel of the editor in a way different from the original panel. Here you can see that the decoration indicated by the arrow overlaps two string controls that I'm not able to operate on to select desired attachment mode. This means that I need to proceed to attach controls in steps, hoping new controls added are not overlapped by previous ones. Alternatively I can move controls in the right panel to encover hidden ones, but this ingenerates confusion as controls are no more in the original position besides being a waste of time.
Second item: if selected controls are on the "wrong" side of the panel, they are all grouped (and possibly overlapped) on the closest boundary of the right window. See this example: Send and Quit buttons are only partially visible on the lower left corner of the right window and additionally they are overlapped (in the small box how they appear if I select one of them and move it upwards):
I suggest that this function is improved with these additions:
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.
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.
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:
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.
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.
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.
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.
I have a table with several columns. Let's assume I want to modify properties of column 5. It would be nice if when clicking on column 5 in the UI editor this column would be preselected. Right now, the table editor opens and one has to manually select a column...
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
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.
Improve the Breakpoints Window, so that breakpoints can be more easily managed.
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.
In CVI there are two kind of buttons:
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
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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