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jtagg

Split-screen in DIAdem SCRIPT

Status: New
by Active Participant jtagg on ‎10-04-2013 06:32 AM

When working in DIAdem SCRIPT, it is often necessary to work on more than one file at once. The way this is implemented at the moment is with tabs:

 

script before.png

 

However, it can be quite tedious to switch back and forth between 2 scripts for things like copy/pasting, comparing code or simply editing code on 2 files concurrently.

My suggestion would be for a SCRIPT editor with split screen functionality, roughly like this:

 

script after.png

 

With many users working with widescreens today, this would better make use of screen real-estate.

e.ono

3D axis diplay on VIEW

Status: New
by Active Participant e.ono on ‎07-27-2014 07:49 PM

Hello.

 

I have a customer who would like to use 3D Axis systems on VIEW section.

 

This function is for Report section.

As you can see below.DIAdem_Report.png

 

He would like to realize this function on VIEW section as well.

 

I wish this function would be made for VIEW section as well.

 

 

 

Eisuke Ono

NIJ AE.

jtagg

DIAdem VIEW zoom improvements

Status: New
by Active Participant jtagg on ‎10-04-2013 06:22 AM

I'd like to propose a few improvements to the zoom functionality in DIAdem VIEW that are sorely missing usability-wise:

 

  1. Vertical band zoom: This would allow one to zoom in on a specific part of the y axis without touching the x axis. We have the horizontal, why not vertical?
  2. Sticky zoom button: When I want to zoom in to a specific part of a graph in successive steps, I have to click on the zoom button each time. It would be great to be able to click on it once to activate the zoom tool and to be able to zoom several times. (Not sure what the best mechanism is, but maybe a click with modifier key? Ctrl+click on zoom button keeps it active?)
  3. Zoom stack with undo: Following on from point 2, when I zoom in in successive steps, it would be nice to be able to go back to the previous zoom level. Right now I can only do a generic zoom out or cancel all zooming. It could simply be an extra button in the zoom palette that goes back up one level in the zoom stack (like an undo. It could even be integrated into a more generic undo functionality if it ever comes about.)

 

I think that for points 2 and 3 there are several ways this could be done. I think the focus should be on usability. The user needs to be able to navigate the data as quickly and as efficiently as possible and the current zoom implementation is clearly impractical for many users.

ivoG

Code completion across different script files

Status: New
by Member ivoG on ‎04-30-2013 02:08 AM

It should be possible to use the code completion functionality for classes one has written, even when the class is in another VBS file and included by “ScriptInclude”. Now that competion feature works only if the class is defined within the same VBS file as one writes the code which uses this class. That would make the developers live much easier, I am sure I am not the only one who writes code which is distributed over several files :smileywink:

Phex

Scalable Help window

Status: New
by Member Phex on ‎02-04-2013 06:42 AM

Just a very tiny feature I would wish would be a scalable window for help topics. Browsing through a large number of found topics for one keyword is not really ergonomic.

 

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Rather than a channel that has a "fixed" value (numeric or string), this new "calculation channel" type would be a function of other channels.  Currently, if Channel3 = Channel1 + Channel2, and then I change the values for either Channel1 or Channel2, I have to re-execute the calculation

 

ChnCalculate("Ch(""Channel3"") = Ch(""Channel1"") + Ch(""Channel2"")")

 

Now, if there was a "calculation channel" where I could define Channel 3 as "Channel1 + Channel2", I wouldn't need to perform this re-execution! 

 

Another way to explain is to have a channel that works like Excel calculation cells.  The cell calculation stays the same, and when the input cells change, the result cell is automatically updated. 

 

I'm not sure if I explained this well, please ask for clarification if necessary. 

Kevster

Being able to draw a pie chart

Status: New
by Member Kevster on ‎02-08-2012 12:26 PM

As the title says, DIAdem should have the capability to draw simple pie charts in the report section.

Daniel-E

Link Between Pages in a PDF Report

Status: New
by Active Participant Daniel-E on ‎05-31-2013 02:07 PM

It would be great to be able to make a link between different pages in a DIAdem report, and have those links carry over into a PDF version of the report. For example, if I had a very large report, it might be useful to be able to create a Table of Contents with links to the different sections of the report.


Currently, the PDF creation process will create bookmarks for the pages, but a link within the document might be easier to use when examining the report.

JoshRew

Script Interface Conveniences

Status: New
by Member JoshRew on ‎08-23-2013 10:44 AM

I've been spoiled by using other scripting environments lately, and thought I'd suggest a few features that I feel would make scripting in DIAdem a little more convenient:

  • Check for un-dimmed variables when Option Explicit is turned on
  • Check for unused dimmed variables (very helpful for cleanup)
  • Check for variables that are used, but never initialized to a value

I feel these would be really useful for identifying and fixing bugs (especially for inexperienced script writers) and cleaning up old scripts, while not requiring major changes to the interface (although they could get really annoying if implemented incorrectly, may be difficult to implement in the back end, and may even require manual compilation to detect?).

 

Thanks!

-Josh

TCPlomp

Add auto-save to SCRIPT, REPORT and VIEW

Status: New
by Trusted Enthusiast on ‎11-23-2010 09:39 AM

I was fiddling with some DIADem Scripts and manage to crash DIADem twice, unfortunatly my VIEW, REPORTS and SCRIPTS weren't auto-saved.

 

That is kinda bad, so please add an autosave option.

 

Ton

JuliaDawkins

Allow hyperlinks in REPORT layouts

Status: New
by Member JuliaDawkins on ‎07-28-2011 09:39 AM

I would like active hyperlinks to be allowed in REPORT layouts.  For example: http://www.ni.com/diadem/.  Clicking on this link (in the REPORT layout) would result in the user's default internet browser to open to the link.

Jesse_D

Programmatic copy function

Status: New
by Active Participant Jesse_D on ‎11-19-2012 09:08 AM

Diadem currently has a copy function for curves within the user interface, as shown below: 

 

 

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However, there is no copy function within the scripting api. This means to duplicate a curve programmatically multiple functions. one for each of the properties in the curve, need to be called as shown below: 

 

Dim oMyReportObj, oMyNew2DCurve,

Set oMyReportObj = Report.ActiveSheet.Objects.Item(1)

Set oMyNew2DCurve = oMyReportObj.Curves2D.Add(e2DShapeLine, oMyReportObj.Curves2D.Item(oMyReportObj.Curves2D.Count).Name &"_copy")
oMyNew2DCurve.Shape.XChannel.Reference = oMyReportObj.Curves2D.Item(oMyReportObj.Curves2D.Count-1).Shape.XChannel.Reference
oMyNew2DCurve.Shape.YChannel.Reference = oMyReportObj.Curves2D.Item(oMyReportObj.Curves2D.Count-1).Shape.YChannel.Reference
oMyNew2DCurve.Shape.Settings.Line.Width = eLineWidth0100

...

 

It would be far easier if there were a call to copy a curve directly: 

 

Dim oMyReportObj, oMyNew2DCurve,

Set oMyReportObj = Report.ActiveSheet.Objects.Item(1)

Set oMyNew2DCurve = oMyReportObj.Curves2D.Copy(1)

 

 

 

JoshRew

Configurable Default View Graph Settings

Status: New
by Member JoshRew on ‎08-01-2011 02:00 PM

Rather than asking for a change to the "Repeat Marker" to plot all the points (we'd prefer "Repeat Marker" in DIAdem VIEW to be "Every N Points" where N = 1 rather than "Up to N Points" where N = 100), I think it would be great if we could have a configurable DIAdem default set of VIEW items that could be saved via usercommand, script, or a file configuration so we could conveniently spread it to our users.

This could include colors, points and/or lines, "Repeat Markers" configuration, line width/size/fill.

 

The "Repeat Markers" option is the most important to us because we have had users in the past who didn't realize that they were only seeing 100 points of their data, which can be a very bad thing (for example if you've turned off curve color and are looking for outliers in 150 points of data).  On the other hand, I can understand not wanting to plot 2 billion points on a graph, hence the ability for an administrative body (or individual users) to configure the graph defaults.

 

-Josh

Phex

Allocation of page IDs in VIEW / printing options

Status: New
by Member Phex on ‎08-20-2013 08:18 AM

When you have loads of pages in VIEW and would like to print a specific one, there is

 

1. no option in the print menu to print "selected page", and

2. no way to find out which page number you are currently on, except for counting manually or per script.

 

Even in the "manage" menu you get no information about it. So any ID link would be great.

JoshRew

Copy VIEW Sheet

Status: New
by Member JoshRew on ‎10-17-2011 03:46 PM

In DIAdem 2011 we now have the ability to conveniently Copy REPORT sheets and Append VIEW sheets, now it'd be great if we could Copy VIEW sheets (with script accessibility, of course).

 

I know this has been mentioned before, but doesn't have an "Idea Post" so thought I'd add it so it doesn't get lost.

 

-Josh

I've noticed that the easiest way to relate a channel calculation back to the original channel is to append to the channel name:

iH_EngSpeed_rpm

iH_EngSpeed_rpm_RegX

iH_EngSpeed_rpm_RegY

iH_EngSpeed_rpm_1

iH_EngSpeed_rpm_2

iH_EngSpeed_rpm_Filtered

 

Filtering for *engspeed, or *engspeed_rpm will return all of the above channels, but in my experience I rarely want to see all the additional channels...With enough channels, it can effectively obscure the channel you're looking for!

 

The simplest way I can think of to obscure these with the current functionality would be to have a stop character ("\"?) to prevent the filter from grabbing anything beyond that point:

*EngSpeed_rpm\ would return anything ending in *EngSpeed_rpm

 

Another way would be to get rid of the assumed * at the end of the filter, forcing people to put one on themselves when necessary (but that would be changing the current functionality and would likely confuse users at first):

*Engspeed_rpm would return anything ending in *EngSpeed_rpm

*EngSpeed_rpm* would return everything with EngSpeed_rpm inside it

 

This would also be nice for looking for channels that end in something, like anything ending in *nm\ rather than anything with nm in the name...

MartinMcD

Simple Copy of Plot from View/Report to Clipboard

Status: New
by Member MartinMcD on ‎01-30-2012 09:09 AM

I would like to be able to copy a plot to the clipboard, either from View or Report.  At the moment I have to use a screen-capture tool like Snippy.

I am introducing DIAdem to our company at the moment and all my colleagues are surprised that DIAdem cannot do this.

JoshRew

Channel Table Inserts

Status: New
by Member JoshRew on ‎12-16-2011 12:32 PM

When dragging and dropping a channel into a View or Report table from the Data Portal, no matter where you release the channel, it's always appended to the end.  This can be frustrating if you have a large number of channels in the table, forcing you to rearrange the table after each channel is added.

 

I would like to propose the ability to drop channels in-between columns of the table, OR append channels on the end.

I would think that the area you drag the channel into would decide where it inserts:

  Between 2 channel headers (anywhere in the "Selected Channels" section or above) = Insert

  Anywhere on the "Channel Contents" section, row numbers, or blank area without channels = Append to end

 

Thanks!

-Josh

pcloadletter

Save Icon (vs. Save As or Save All)

Status: New
by Member pcloadletter on ‎02-23-2012 12:49 PM

In the DIAdem interface, there are menubar buttons available that allow the user to "Save ___ As...", whether it's a script, SUD, layout, etc.  In the script editor, there is also a "Save All" button that saves all of the opened scripts.  However, 9 times out of 10 I just want to save the current layout/script/whatever.  It would be great to have a standard "Save" button either in addition to or in place of the "Save As..." button in the menubar.

 

(Yes, I know I can use the keyboard shortcut "Ctrl+S" or click "File --> Save" but these options are not as readily apparent as the "Save As..." or "Save All" icons, so I find myself clicking one of those and then having to click several more times just to get out of it...when all I wanted was a one-click save.)

 

An added benefit would be (like in the Script editor), if the file has not changed then the "Save" icon could be grayed out.  That way the user would know that the current state of the current script/layout/etc was saved to disk.

Naity

Moving channels "on the fly" in REPORT

Status: New
by Active Participant Naity on ‎04-04-2011 04:38 AM

Hi,

 

Still on the toppic "Making Diadem more user friendly", Diadem is really limitated when it goes on X offsets. Somebody who wants in a report to superimpose two curves who do not begin at the same X value have to calcute the offset and set up 2 time chanells to get the whished result. Being able to move the curves yith the öouse or have a dedicated function in report could be helpful.

 

The easiest (to use and, I suppose, to develop) would be something alike to the "offset korrektur"/"offest correction" but applied for 2 curves. One can either chose a minimal, a maximal or both on the 2 curves and make those 2 to 4 points superimpose. With the 4 points choice, one can imagine that the curves will auto-rescale.

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