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
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.
usually I work on my projects on two different computers (home/work or development/lab). I would like to see a possibility to more easily move my project back and forth, say by providing two new menu commands
File / Import Project and File / Export Project
I imagine that the Export command generates a zip file consisting of all files required to build the executable (and a distribution) and also exports the editor preferences (probably without the window positions because different computers may have different screen resolutions) etc. The Import command then should load the *c., .cds, .cws, *.fp, *.h, *.prj and *.uir files, import the editor settings, adjust the library menu and load any instruments.
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.
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]
[Alternative NI Instrument Driver Finder Menu Option Image]
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]
[Image of Instrument Driver Finder example code, project access, and palette access]
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.
right clicking in the source code brings up a popup menu, see below.
Some of its items are dimmed or adapted to the context. For example, 'Format File' versus 'Format Selection'. This is nice and as I would expect it for a context menu!
Unfortunately, there are some entries that are available even if they are more ore less superfluous.
For example, 'Edit DAQ task' shows up even if no DAQ is installed. Selecting this menu entry only shows 'This feature requires DAQmx' - so why not dim it if no DAQmx library is available?
The same is true for 'Edit IVI Specific Driver Attributes...' and the IVI library.
But also 'Recall Function Panel', 'Browse Identifier' and 'Find UI object' don't care about their context.
'Open Quoted Text' for example, does! (which is good)
So I would suggest to have the popup menu act more consistently and only provide commands that are meaningful.
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).
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.
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.
The shortcut "Ctrl+Space" is for changing the input method in the some system.
Even we can change the shutcut, this function is so often to use.
The ideal is to make it like the way in some common source editor: when typing from any space position, the completion shows automatically.
This could be an option, to toggle on or off in Edit>> Auto Completion menu item .
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.
building on this suggestion I'd like to see a more comfortable panel of the UI editor for editing label/value pairs, see below:
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
While it is possible to programmatically add a menubar to a tab page with LoadMenuBar, it is not possible to do that in the UIR editor.
Sometimes I use a tab control to display different scenarios to the user hiding tabs so that he's not aware of the pages not shown: this permits to have a single panel with all elements properly placed and designed on the different pages and programmatically choose which page to display depending on operating conditions or other characteristics. In such a case the tab page behaves like a "normal" panel, but while you can have a standard child panel with its own menubar, you cannot add one to a tab page other than programmatically.
It would be a handy to be able to add a menubar to tab pages too in the editor.
Starting from CVI2010, the User Interface Browser and the Attribute Browser are both located on the right of the UIR editor in the Workspace window.
I'd like to be able to hide these windows when required: when working on small screens like when you use a laptop these windows occupy a lot of space even if you reduce their size at the minimum.
In addition, the ability to choose which window to display on the bottom left could be a good option: up to version 2009 the bottom left side of the workspace window switched between the library tree (source editor) and the attribute browser (UIR editor).
Ideally, while in the UIR editor I would like to be able to:
Please make the UIR editor WYSIWG again.
It's difficult to size and position controls if they get a (slightly) different size when the program is run because they use an other font than the editor.
See example here.
If you can't, at least make the editor use the same replacement as the runtime.
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.
The option tooltip is very good feature what is the problem is it is only for the controls. If I want to show tooltip for listbox then it is fine but what if someone wants to show tooltip for active rows. It simply doesn't.
This is very basic but one of the disadvantage of labview over .NET.
This needs to be fixed
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...
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.
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