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Multisim viewer

Status: New
by Member Circuit_Rider on ‎04-08-2015 10:24 PM

I was told I should post this idea here for a greater chance of it being acted upon.  The original discussion is http://forums.ni.com/t5/Circuit-Design-Suite/Multisim-viewer-and-other-suggestions/m-p/3116428#M1728...

 

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I'm interested to know if there are many others who would be interested in a Multisim viewer.  I'm hoping engineering see's this and it pricks their design creativity.  In my business, it would be very handy to have a low-cost viewer that our techs could use as they trouble-shoot the board.  It's not cost effective for us to buy complete licenses for techs that will only view, but not change the schematic.  Right now we print out the schematics, but not every value is available (it would be too crowded on the schematic) and the comments are hidden.  Plus you can't zoom in on printed paper.  The competition (read Mentor Graphics) have free viewers available.

 

Some other suggestions:

- The ability to have the values of a part pop up when the mouse is hovered over it. (Should be able to be switched off).

- The ability to group parts so that they can be oriented as a group. (Similar to how it is available in the component wizard).

 

These would be great enhancements.  Anyone else think so?

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Hi,

 

the company I work for designs automotive infotainment products, and we used products from NI extensively in product validation an testing, including TestStand, Labview, DIAdem, FPGA, RT. etc...

 

In order to simplify license management, we chose to used the NI Volume License Manager (VLM).  This provides centralized managment of licenses, including easy addition and removal of licenses, as well as license recovery from PCs no longer in service (broken or decomissioned by IT).

 

Since I am the technical lead for test system development, it falls to me to perform license capacity planning, request disconnected licenses, manage license groups, and all the other administrative things that go with license management.  I am not, however, in the IT department, and since the VLM runs on a Virtual Machine inside the VM park, I always have to request license changes from our IT specialists. 

 

I would very much appreciate it if there were a tool to remotely administer the VLM.  This would allow the IT department to give me access to just the VLM to perform administrative duties there, sort of like the MMC in Microsoft Windows Server lets users administer remote servers.  

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Hi

 

attached is a MAX view from a typical process control application: There are dozens of cDAQ-modules there and hundreds of Global Channels.

 

The question is for instance: which cDAQ-modules have any free inputs? There is currently no easy answer to this without physically accessing the cabinet :smileysad:

 

Would it not be very easy to provide a tab in the right-hand part of my MAX-view where I can sort my Global channels based on the physical channel that they refer to ?

 

Thanks HU

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I had a feedback from customer that when using Channel Group Log step on Stimulus Profile, the "Channels" list is too small.

When dealing with a lot of channels, the list should be able to expand itself in order to accomodate for larger volume of channels.

 

Stimulus Profile Channel Group Channels.png

 

Also, it may be tough to keep track of channel to channel group binding, so it'll be nice if there's a window that allows to see a list of channels for each channel group as the following:

 

Stimulus Profile Channel Group UI.png

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MyRIO wrong time zone for Caracas-Venezuela

Status: New
by Member jesushidalgo on ‎01-12-2015 08:37 PM

Dear NI R&D folks.

 

It is wrong the time zone for Caracas at the Time Settings configuration (MAX 14.0) . Since december 30, 2007 has been changed to -4.5 UTC. I will appreciate if you correct this bug in future LabVIEW versions.

Best regards.

 

Jesús Hidalgo.

 

 

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VLM - Verbesserungsvorschläge

Status: New
by Member znarf on ‎12-18-2014 06:48 AM

 

  1. Es ist nicht leicht herauszufinden, welche Rechner gerade eine netzexterne Lizenz haben. Die einzige Möglichkeit ist, unter Computer in der Spalte „Ablauf der netzexternen Lizenz“ ein Datum einzugeben. Leider findet man da erst mal überhaupt nichts. Dann muss man rechts unten „Filter bearbeiten“ anklicken und hier ein zweites Datum eingeben. Das nenne ich „selbsterklärend“ L Probieren Sie bitte auch mal das Eingeben eines anderen Datums: warum muss ich da 2x klicken, bis der Kalender erscheint?
  2. Möchte man also einen PC neu anlegen, um eine netzexterne Lizenz zu verlängern, muss ich den Namen und die Nummer neu eingeben. Also mache ich einen Screenshot, bevor ich den bisherigen lösche oder schreibe mir die Nummer ab. Beides hat die Problematik, dass Name und Nummer wegen der Kursivschrift sehr schlecht lesbar sind. Mein erster Versuch, eine neue netzexterne Lizenz zu erzeugen scheiterte also schon mal an einem Lesefehler (versuchen Sie mal eine 8 von einem B zu unterscheiden)!! Und das bei einem PC, der sich gerade nicht auf dem Firmengelände befindet. Das ist sehr lästig und aufwendig und für NI doch super leicht zu ändern.
  3. Da wäre es gleich besser, wenn man eine Möglichkeit hätte, die netzexterne Lizenz zu verlängern, ohne den PC löschen zu müssen …
  4. Die Filterphilosophie habe ich noch nie verstanden: Der VLM merkt sich z.B. beim Suchen eines PC immer die letzte Suche. Wenn man die Software neu startet und bei „Computer“ in die Spalte „Computername“ z.B. 34 eingibt (weil ich weiß, dass mein gesuchter PC diese Nummer im Namen hat), dann finde ich ihn nicht. Erst ein Blick auf die Statuszeile ganz unten offenbart, dass vom letzten Benutzen der Software noch der damalige Filter zusätzlich drin steht und mit UND verknüpft ist. Warum lenkt mich dann das Suchfeld oben nicht gleich auf die Maske, wo ich ALLE Filter sehe und ändern kann. Aber ehrlich gesagt, ist das auch keine Lösung, denn es ist völlig unnötig, sich den Filter von damals zu merken. Ich habe heute noch nie eine Suchanfrage von gestern benötig.
  5. Wenn Sie PCs in Gruppen haben, dann sehen Sie beim Aufklappen der Gruppe mit dem „+“-Zeichen nur die Computernamen. Dabei ist die Zeile soooo lang, dass die Anzeige weiteres Metadaten nicht nur möglich, sondern auch sehr sinnvoll wäre. Das gilt auch für das Aufklappen beim Bereich Lizenzen.
  6. Zudem habe ich mir das Aufklappen von Infos mit dem „+“ schon abgewöhnt, weil es wenig Info bietet und wenn ich dann etwas daran ändern möchte mit der Aufklappliste nichts bearbeiten kann. Also klicke ich gleich doppelt auf die Gruppe oder die Lizenzüberschrift

 

This is a bit of a feature request for the service request manager and/or as a stand-alone (my NI web) tool!  

 

It is needed because the NI webpage makes it terribly hard to search for CAR#'s and a CAR# is only listed when solved, and only listed for the one version where it was resolved, making it nigh-on impossible to check lists of (new) CAR#s and get notified when they are resolved.

For example, I know this CAR exists, but I'm not sure if it has been resolved and the NI search just didn't find it, or if does not exist (user input error for example) or anything..

no car in search.png

 

  1. The tool should reside on "my NI" but it should be possible to export/share the list of monitored CAR's (so colleageus/companies can maintain one master list of company relevant CAR's).
  2. The tool should connect/check against NI (ideally directly to a back-end database) and return any "public" information related to a CAR, such as "in progress", "known work-around", "details" etc. along with driver/software version where it was resolved (if any).
  3. The tool should present a clear list (ideally with green checkmarks / red cross icons) showing the status of each CAR and maybe a synopsis/one-liner from the description to indicate what problem the number is for.
  4. wish-list added feature:  allow (on a per user basis) the user to add personal notes to a CAR (e.g. this affects projects x, y and z, once resolved, refactor those projects to remove performance intensive work-arounds!) or similar.
  5. e-mail notification (optional/configurable) when the status changes on any of the tracked CAR's.

 

 

As far as how it relates to the service request manager, I would prefer a separate tool but that it also can link to the service request manager as outlined below:

 

A small but significant number of tickets either relate to, or create one or more CAR#'s (or at least mine seem to create a large amount of CAR's).

When a support tech adds / associates a ticket# with a CAR#, ideally this CAR# would be automatically added to the user's CAR Tracking list..

 

In addition it would be great if the back-end database tracked CAR#'s and offered up a list of these numbers in the webpage overview, for example next to the "status" column. Taking it a step further, it would be very nice if NI could make it simpler to check if a CAR has been resolved and if so, what version of LabVIEW it was resolved in/with. This information could be displayed in the same web page table, or a new page to itself. The "Status" column could then also be expanded with a green check-mark if (all) associated CAR#'s have been resolved..

 

Tracking CAR's and manually trying to search and check them off lists locally is labor intensive, especially since the web-page "search" does not do even a passable job when you enter CAR numbers.

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Hello,

 

I got a cDAQ 9184 connected to a PC running Vision Builder. The IO-Channels on the 9184 are connected via global virtual DAQmx channels. These channels are available on Vision Builder.

 

When power is cycled on the 9184, Vision Builder does not reconnect to it. You have to close and restart Vision Builder to get it running again.

 

My Wish is that Vision Builder is able to reconnect automatically.

 

Best regards,

 

Klaus

 

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We are doing testing of our complex Logic devices (CPLDs and FPGAs).

 

With this effort we are finding from the FPGA designers, that to cover testing requirements for the CPLD we need to generate 100’s of code files that validate all the test cases per our requirements.

The designers then creates 100s of VCD files from ModelSIM that Test Engineering then has to convert to HWS files using the digital Waveform Editor 3.0 in order to run on the HSDIO cards.

Since the effort is currently manual, we were looking to automate the importing tools from DWE 3.0.

as my project grows the amount of files to test wil grow to 1000's of files. Automation of the import and export wizard would help substantially.

 

However, Digital Waveform Editor 3.0 does not support scripting or provide LabVIEW APIs to do so.

We are currently looking at a Windows scripting engine to do this by mouse clicks but would prefer a LabVIEW API implementation to control this operation.

 

It would be great to create APIs that can script the import and export functions of the DWE 3.0

I see that the .LLB libraries are there in the DWE directory but no documentation to use for scripting. I believe this is possible to script but not without a lot of trial and error on my part.

 

Is NI looking into creating APIs with hooks into Digital Waveform Editor (DWE) for scripting conversions from VDC files to HWS files?

 

This is my thoughts on the API from the Import Export wizard.

API functions:

Import File

<ctl>VCD or ASCII (enum)

 

Import Wizard Select Signals

<ctl> Array of Signal Names

<indicator> Array of selected Signal Names

 

Import Wizard set Signal Name Type

Drive, Compare, or Bidirectional (Enum)

<ctl> Array of Signal Names

 

Import Wizard Sample Method - On Edge of VDC signal

Select Sampling Method

Select VCD Signal

Sample on: Rising Edge, Falling Edge, Both Edges (Enum)

Delay After Rising Edge (sec)

 

Import Wizard Sample Method - Fixed timebase or Rate

Cycle Time for Sampling (sec)

Sampling Start Position (sec)

Frequency (Hz)

Retrieve from File (T:F)

File Path (path)

 

 

 

 

Export File

Save As: HWS or ASCII or Binary (enum)

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I write C# code and I tend to write wrapper classes and methods like: DmmHelper.MeasureDcVoltage( DmmRange range  = DmmRange.TenVolt, DmmDigits digits = DmmDigits.FiveAndHalf): double 

This routine instantiates, configures, measures and disposes the DMM instrument.  That way I can load Test Panels at breakpoints debugging.   DAQs are handled with a using {} statement,  the inputs or output are valid only within the brackets otherwise the instrument is shutdown and outputs go to 0. 

 

 I write unit tests to test my code.   It would be nice to use a simulated instrument that I could programmatically configure so that it would measure values that I programmatically inject:  Data like:  DC voltages, current.  AC voltages and current,  Digitized voltage or current waveforms,  and Resistance etc.   I inject the data and when I get measurement the simulated instrument returns the data.  The simulation seems to extremely simple stuff but I have not found a good programmatic interface that supports the entire capability of the PXI instrument (Dmm, DAQ, switch matrix, power supply etc.)

 

Either that or I need to be able to derive my own simulated instrument.

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Tools Network

Status: New
by Proven Zealot on ‎09-03-2014 02:31 PM

As seen here The tools network does not offer a means to filter downloads by highest product version actually installed

 

Perhaps some nice filters so VIPM Tools Network View can automagically find these for us too?  That would be sweet!

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Real-time sequence console out

Status: New
by Member Frisbee on ‎08-27-2014 08:06 AM - last edited on ‎08-28-2014 11:49 AM by Member dcarva

[Edited on 8/28/2014 by moderator Diego Carvajal (dcarvaja)] [Image included in original post as requested] To help debug medium and large real-time test sequences, it would be very useful if there was a sequence step that allowed the user to specify a console message.

 

Much like the Print Debug String VI helps debug issues when building custom devices, this step would allow the developer to insert specific console flags and see what part of his/her real-time sequence is executing.

 

Stimulus profile debug mockup.png

Status: New

VeriStand suppot 32 and 64-bit aligned fixed point data&colon; http://zone.ni.com/reference/en-XX/help/372846G-01/veristandmerge/creating_custom_fpga_configuration...  Please add support for FXPU8, FXPI8, FXPU16, and FXPI16.  This can potentially reduce the number of DMA reads/writes by 4.

I was thinking for very large systems that use the same channel configuration for multiple channels on the system configuration can be very tedious. A work around for this is the API to build a system definition file but for those customer's with limited or no LabVIEW or .NET experience this isn't valid. 

 

Since we can test the IO channels in MAX by creating tasks for all of our hardware I would like to add the ability to pull the configuration information from a task we've created in MAX and apply them to our channels in VeriStand. So in stead of setting MIN, MAX, input configuration, shunt resistor location and value for 100 channels I can configure it in one location (MAX) and apply the settings to all my Current Channels. Task configuration.PNG

The other issue is if the channel doesn't support all the configurations from each page then we need to contact NI support to add functionality. Recently I worked with a LVDT sensor for a SCXI chassis. This allows customers to have an instant workaround rather than having for NI to allocate resources to update the page.

 

Current VeriStand.PNG

 

By adding MAX task to act as the template for our channels we can edit the parameters for all channels of the same setup from one location (MAX) vs each individual page. This also allows you to test individual channels instantly in MAX to make sure the configuration is valid without resolving other errors across the whole system definition.

MAX Task for VeriStand.PNG

 

Again this is more for deployments where they have 100s of channel similarly configured where configurating each channel is tedious but they are not unique.

Include RAD into MAX ...

Status: New
by Active Participant manu.NET ‎06-13-2014 06:55 AM - edited ‎06-13-2014 06:57 AM

Hello,

 

It would be nice to add a tool like RAD (NI Replication And Deployement utility) directly into MAX.

But a RAD compatible with all Targets LabVIEW Runtimes.

 

... a kind ok target cloner, saver , restorer ... :smileyhappy:

 

Rad.png 

 

Manu.

Automated creation of volume license installers when new software is released by NI

Status: New
by Active Participant Mads ‎06-11-2014 06:40 AM - edited ‎06-11-2014 06:41 AM

I was asked to post this here instead of in the VLM forum:

 

Every time there is a new update of LabVIEW we typically hunt down the installation disks from ni.com as soon as they are available, and start the process of making volume license installers...(Or, if the update seems less exciting, we wait patiently for the shipped DVDs). 

 

I wish it the whole provcess could be made smoother. Based on the volume license installers we have, the VLM could simply subscribe to newer versions.

 

When 2014 comes out, the package would automatically go out to all the VLMs out there, and new volume license installers would pop up on our local VLM as soon as the software was ready...OR, alternatively, the VLM could be hosted by NI instead (possibly supported by a local VLM for offline use), so that the process of creating new installers were really done by NI (or automatically by NI hardware that is) based on whatever setup we as VLM admins had chosen...and the source material from NI.

 

(This idea came about as a side note to this related discussion about LabVIEW cloud services).

 
MTO
 
PS. Why do I have to assign this idea a label when the only available labels (I'm not allowed to create a new one) is unrelated to MAX, Veristand or the System Config API?

VLM: Send quarterly VLA log automatically

Status: New
by Active Participant BasvanDijke on ‎05-16-2014 03:58 AM

Send the VLA log automatically as notification to the VLM administrator. 

The VLM log can send the logfile automatically to NI, however this is not an option when the server is not connected to the internet. In this case, emails can be send to the administrator. It would be great if the VLA log will be attached to the email, so that the administrator can forward this to NI. 

Veristand - Resizable System Explorer Windows

Status: New
by Member AndreStu on ‎05-07-2014 12:07 PM

Please change the System Explorer Windows to be resizable.

 

Best Regards,

Stu

 

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When running a stimulus profile in NI Veristand, there is currently no direct way of enabling/disabling  Alarms in real time sequences. It would be great to have this capability for use in real time sequence when you are transitioning a channel value with an initial set of abort limits to a new set of abort limits. With the current set up while transitioning depending on the rate of change of the channel value we may hit the upper or lower limits to an abort condition and trigger a procedure even though we actually meant to change the channel to different value with new channel limits.

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Adding new hardware to NI Max

Status: New
by Member daufdi13 on ‎04-02-2014 02:59 PM

It is always a pain finding new hardware in NI MAX.  You never know the IP Address.  It would be great if MAX had the capability to find hardware and configure network settings via ethernet Data-link layer 2.  You should be able to identify all NI hardware with your common vendor MAC prefix and communicate network settings.  I have seen other companies use this to find and configure their hardware on the network regardless of the ethernet adapter configuration.