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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

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

 

Hi,

 

sometimes it woud be useful to have plot symbols available that are larger than the fixed standard size. Hence I suggest providing a plot attribute ATTR_TRACE_POINT_SIZE where one could set the point size (e.g. in pixels)

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

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.

 

Thanks!

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.

Hi,

 

I would like to see an configuration of batchbuilt process. I have a big workspace with many projects; and would like to create different setups, like "compile only all server projects" or "compile all client projects". The workspace contains a big server-client -based software packages; some dll-projects used for server side only, some only client side.

 

Peter

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

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

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!

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.

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

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

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.

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)

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

Right now it is possible to set the color, and since CVI 2013 also the line style, of all grid lines collectively.

 

I would like to distinguish between major grid lines and minor grid lines, e.g., draw major grid lines with dashed lines / light grey, and minor grid lines with dotted lines / dark grey.

 

Thanks!

 

 

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

Improved Array Display

Status: New
by Trusted Enthusiast on ‎05-14-2014 01:58 AM

In CVI 2013 the array display has changed (for the worse, in my opinion).

 

There are two minor inconveniences and one acute shortage I would like to see improved (hopefully prior to CVI2020 :smileywink:)

 

First, the right click context menu: If I want to see values of a numerical array, it offers a 'Graphical Array View' but no 'Array View', so one first has to chose 'View Variable Value' and then 'Array Display' - maybe one could save one step and already provide the 'Array Display' in the first case...?

 

Second, the new Array View table still is very slow, not extremely slow as prior to SP1 but still very slow...

 

Most importantly, at present it is impossible to debug large arrays, large meaning arrays with more than 10000 elements. The current implementation requires to select a slice of data - but this makes it impossible to check or compare say array indices 5, 10005, and 20005...

Of course I agree that there is no need to simultaneously see more than 10000 data values - but why not have a table with say 100 rows that can be turned over, e.g.  displaying either elements 1-100, 101-200, ... this way one could access and inspect all array values...

'+' sign in numeric controls

Status: Under Consideration
by Trusted Enthusiast on ‎11-01-2010 03:06 AM

As suggested about two years ago (http://forums.ni.com/t5/LabWindows-CVI/Is-it-possible-to-have-an-explicit-sign-in-numeric-controls/m...) I am still looking for a possibility to explicitly show the positive sign of a numeric value in numeric controls, i.e. the control should display '+6.789' instead of '6.789'.

 

Phrased differently I would like to have one more attribute 'SHOW_POSITIVE_SIGN' that could be set to

 

0: don't show the plus sign, i.e. display numbers as is implemented now, default

1: show plus sign for positive numbers

2: show plus sign for positive numbers and zero

 

 

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