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Hello,

 

following the discussion here I suggest to (more clearly) indicate the number of allocated rows and columns in the UI table editor.

 

I imagine something like

table-editor.png

 

where the left number indicates (as now) the currently selected row, and the right number (11 in my quick example) indicates the number of all table rows.

 

The same might also be added for the number of total columns.

 

Thanks.

Status: Completed
Wolfgang

status bar control

Status: Under Consideration
by Trusted Enthusiast on ‎02-18-2011 07:14 AM

Over the years the look of CVI's control elements got closer to native Windows controls, e.g. by the direct use of native Windows controls such as the File Select Popup, which I would consider a welcome visual improvement.

 

What still is not available is a control element providing a Windows-like status bar, e.g. like the one of CVI's IDE.

 

I imagine a status bar which is similar to use as a menu bar, i.e. with a LoadStatusBar command, similar editing capabilities and the possibility to define the number and type of elements (text, image,...). Also the lower right part should resemble the typical Windows 'triangle', see figure below.

 

status.jpg

 

Thanks!

vix

Creation of subfolders in the project window

Status: Completed
by Active Participant vix on ‎10-13-2010 01:49 AM

In the project window you can organize the project files into some "virtual" folders (Source Files, Include Files, ...)

If you right-click on the project name, you can add a folder with the item "Add Folder...".

If you right-click on one of these folders, you can add one or more files files.

 

But it's impossible to create a subfolder of one of these folders.

 

Every large project has a lot of files (sources, ini-files, images, icons, ...), so I think it's quite common having them saved into different "real" folders and subfolders. If you don't explicitly add these files to the project, you can add them to the distribution kit browsing your hard disk "real" folders, but in this situation the absolute path of the files is used. And if you move all your project from a PC to another one you won't be able to recreate the distribution kit without errors if you don't save the whole project to the same folder you use in the first PC.

And this is a really big problem.

For files explicitly added to the project, instead, the relative path is used, and this is OK, so the best situation is to add all the files in the project window.

So it's necessary create a full structure of virtual folders and subfolders.



Status: Completed
Introduced in LabWindows/CVI 2013
ZVS

Button with picture and text

Status: Duplicate
by Member ZVS on ‎10-27-2011 07:49 AM

Command / toggle button with text and picture like this: Button with text and Picture (sorry for Russian text :smileywink:)

Status: Duplicate

It has been suggested earlier (here) to provide the LabVIEW feature of a display format 'SI notation' allowing to directly enter 100 kHz (instead of 100000 or 1e5)

Wolfgang

polar plots

Status: Under Consideration
by Trusted Enthusiast on ‎10-28-2010 05:34 AM

It has been discussed a few times in the forum so it might be appropriate to also ask here for the implementation of a native polar plot, i.e. plot r versus theta, with radial grid lines and all the corresponding ingredients.

Wolfgang

Allow for smaller distribution kit sizes

Status: New
by Trusted Enthusiast on ‎09-17-2013 02:37 AM

As discussed here, distributing the code of

 

#include <ansi_c.h>
int main ( int argc, char *argv [] )

{
    printf ( "%s", "Hello world" );

 

generated in CVI2013 results in a distribution kit of 74 MB minimum...  Using the NI default settings results in 219 MB...

 

Yes, I do have TB drives, but I dislike bloated software.

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:

TableRowColSelectors.png

vix

Specify the configuration to include into installer

Status: New
by Active Participant vix on ‎12-12-2011 01:14 AM

Using CVI 2010 you can create different Custom Configurations

But I think that if a developer creates a new Custom Configuration (debug or release, x86 or x64), he wants to distribute it to a target machine. I don't create a Custom Configuration to have it run on my developer machine!

I've already asked to NI Support, and this can't be done in an automatic way.

 

So I suggest a new feature in the "Edit Installer" window to specify which Configuration (Default or Custom) to include into the installer (see attachments)

Status: New
kevin.key

Tree Control: Copy Selected Rows to Clipboard

Status: Under Consideration
by Member kevin.key ‎04-28-2011 07:27 AM - edited ‎04-28-2011 07:30 AM

It would be nice if you could copy the selected rows of a tree control to the clipboard.

 

tree example.png

Wolfgang

Goto Declaration

Status: New
by Trusted Enthusiast on ‎11-11-2011 09:36 AM

In the process of developing a function one typically has to change the number (and type) of parameters. This has to be done both for the function and the function declaration. Hence I would consider it useful to have an option 'Goto Declaration'.

 

Right now the IDE provides the right click menu 'Goto Definition', so if I change the declaration it is easy to jump to the function and adjust it accordingly. It would be nice if the reverse process would also be possible...

 

Thanks.

Peter_Prinzen

Sizeable dialog for batchbuilt

Status: Completed
by Member Peter_Prinzen on ‎04-07-2011 02:53 AM

I want the batchbuilt window sizeable.

 

My cws consits of 51 projects, and the configurations-list is no longer useable. I just can see the project names, but not able to see the "release/debug/..." additional informations of the projects to be built. The list looks like

" c:/../../Task_AutomaticMeasurement.prj - D"

" c:/../../Task_FullAutomaticMeasurement ..."

Status: Completed
CVI currently jumps to the first entry in the build output window, whether this is a warning or an error. I'd like to suggest an option to see the point of the first error, if there is any, before any warning. Maybe they could be color coded, too. When starting a new project I usually place some TODO messages (#pragma message) and if this is in a global header file I always see this and not the build error.

Hi,

 

it has been discussed a few times in the forum of how to implement a check box control in a table, e.g. here. At present, this type is not natively supported. In principle, as second best possibility, one could use suitable image controls, but the 'correct' image of a check box depends on Windows version, theme, etc. Hence it would be much nicer to have a native check box control - thanks

Johannes_T

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

Summary:

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

 

Description:

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

 

From the CVI Help:

 

Some Interface to Win32 Application Programmatic Interface (API) functions have the same name as some LabWindows/CVI functions, causing a naming conflict. You must include the Interface to Win32 API include files before the LabWindows/CVI include files. LabWindows/CVI automatically resolves the conflict by using the LabWindows/CVI implementation of the function. To use the Win32 API implementation of the function instead, define the SDK_CONFLICT_PRIORITY macro in the Compiler Defines section of the Build Options dialog box.

If you enable the SDK_CONFLICT_PRIORITY macro, you cannot use the following LabWindows/CVI functions and should use the Win32 API implementation instead.

Formatting and I/O Library

  • CloseFile
  • OpenFile
  • ReadFile
  • SetCommitMode
  • WriteFile

Utility Library

  • Beep
  • CopyFile
  • DeleteFile
  • GetFileSize
  • GetFileTime
  • GetSystemTime
  • SetFileTime
  • SetSystemTime
  • inp
  • inpd
  • inpw
  • outp
  • outpd
  • outpw

 

Based on my experience these name conflicts have no advantages, and create a lot of problems: usually I use the CVI implementation, but it happens that after some time I need the Win32 API implementation of one of these functions (GetSystemTime(), for example).

In this situation I must heavily modify my code, changing the calls to all the above functions.

 

I don't like these naming conflicts at all.

I suggest that a "_CVI" prefix (or something like that) is added to the CVI implementation: an old project will recompile perfectly simply adding this prefix to the calls, without modifications to variables, structures, ...

Wolfgang

Allow longer constant names for tabpanels

Status: Duplicate
by Trusted Enthusiast on ‎06-10-2012 04:42 AM

Hello,

 

right now, the length of the constant names assigned to tab panels in the UI editor seems to be limited to 10 characters, e.g. TABPANEL_10 does not work anymore.

 

I suggest to lift this limitation.

We're currently in the era of the large widescreen monitor.  Can we have the title bar in the IDE show the full path name of opened instead of abbreviating it with '...' if the window is large enough to show the full path name?  Thanks.

Status: Completed

When designing a new user interface it would be very helpful to have the ability to lock a control's position within a panel.  It is far to easy to inadvertently select and move a control that you have already spent time precisely positioning within a panel.

Hello,

 

searching through the C code for specific controls first and foremost requires the knowledge of the control's name... If there are some hundred it may get difficult to remember and thus I typically have to check the UI for the constant name. Clicking on the control shows its name in the status bar, a welcome feature, but unfortunately I cannot directly use this text for searching...

 

statusbar.png

 

What I suggest is allow copying this status bar field using CTRL+C; then it's possible to switch to the C code, press CTRL+F and CTRL+V... (The property browser is not really useful here because it only lists 'NUMERIC_7' and misses the associated panel)

 

Another, even more powerful feature would be to add a right click popup menu either to this status bar field ('Search C code for this constant') or to the control popup itself: Besides 'Generate control callback' etc. I'd like to see another entry 'Find control in C code'

 

Thanks!

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