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Tool to create Sequence from Highlighted Steps

Status: New
by Trusted Enthusiast on ‎08-04-2010 01:38 AM

It would be nice to be able to create a new sequence from highlighting steps in a sequence and performing a right mouse click, "Create New Sequence...", this would be a kin to Create SubVI in LabVIEW.

 

This action could display a dialog to give possible options such as, to copy the Setup and/or Cleanup group, Create in a New SequenceFile or in Current SequenceFile, the option to Move or Copy highlighted Steps. It could also include creating any locals and /or  FileGlobals (if creating in a new SequenceFile) used by those highlight steps.

 

Right-Click Insert and Delete Array Elements

Status: Completed
by Member Joe_H1 on ‎10-26-2010 03:50 PM

Right-clicking on an element of an array variable provides options to "Insert Element Before" and "Delete Element" as can be done with LabVIEW array controls and constants.

 

 Insert Delete Array Element - Final.JPG

Status: Completed
With the release of TestStand 2012 a number of enhancements were made to increase the drag-and-drop functionality of arrays within the Variables pane, including the ability to be able to delete elements. For more details on this new feature, check out the "Manipulating Array Elements and Array Element Values" section in the NI TestStand 2012 Help under What's New in TestStand>>TestStand 2012>>New Features. Thanks for the feedback! Lars

Often times a sequence file ends up containing dozens (or even hundreds) of sequences.  Currently they all show up in the sequence editor Sequence Window as a flat list.  It sure would be nice to view them organized in folders so that, for instance, all my sequences dealing with Rs485 communications or whatever could be group together in a "folder" called "RS485".  Also it would be great if there was a displayable property for each sequence showing the date/time last modified.  Then you could sort the list on that and see which sequences have changed. (really helpful if you have multiple guys who might be making changes.)

Context Aware AutoComplete

Status: New
by Active Participant warren_scott on ‎09-10-2013 10:59 AM

Background --

I LOVE the autocomplete feature within any of the formula windows.  Start typing Locals.F, and it allows you to autocomplete to Locals.Foo.

 

However, if you have Locals.Foo1, Locals.Foo2, Locals.Foo3, etc, you need to keep typing until you get enough to uniquely match the one you want, or start using the arrow keys in the list (or select with a mouse).

 

The problem is that if you just type Locals.F, the list of items that shows up is the entire list of Locals.*, in the order they are in Locals.*  In reality, once I've typed Locals.F, I should only get the locals variables that start with F, so I don't need to down arrow through all the other Locals.Bar1, Locals.Bar2 that are inbetween Locals.Foo1 and Locals.Foo2 (because for some weird reason I really want the order of my locals variables to be Foo1, Bar1, Bar2, Foo2, Foo3).

 

So, let's restrict the autocomplete function to only show the items that match what I have already typed, or at least regroup the matching variables at the top of the list so they are easier to select from.

 

Even better would be to have it context aware.  If the formula I am typing is "Locals.MyNumber = 3.1415 * Locals.F", and Locals.Foo1 is a string, Locals.Foo2 is an array of booleans, and Locals.Foo3 is a number, then it should skip over Locals.Foo1 and Foo2 because the context requires a number.  Foo1, Foo2, Foo3 should all be in the list of items to choose from if I want to arrow up or down in the list (or use a mouse to select), but Foo3 should be the "defaulted" item that is used if I just hit enter after Locals.F.

It would be helpful to be able to change the font colors that are displayed for steps in the sequence editor.  This would allow users to identify steps quicker for more efficient editing and debugging.

 

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Ability to create user built-in StepTypes

Status: New
by Active Participant j_dodek on ‎07-05-2010 01:51 AM

Hi,

 

I think this Thread should be placed here.

http://forums.ni.com/t5/NI-TestStand/How-to-create-a-build-in-User-StepType/m-p/1134151

 

The aim of this is that users can create the same powerful steps like that once which comes from NI.

Biggest enhancement of this would be that i can get rid of the "edit" - button and there is no floating panel

somewhere else.

The second enhancement is that i may use drag and drop between the edit and variable panel (if this is neccessary).

 

Like Manooch_H I am interrested in comments, too

 

Regards

 

Juergen

Define Variables as Constant

Status: New
by Trusted Enthusiast on ‎06-19-2010 03:19 PM

It would be nice to beable to define a variable as constant.This could apply to Locals, FileGlobals, StationGlobals.

 

Once set mark it so as to be easily identifible as a Const.

 

The API would also need to include either a Property or Method so that one could determine if a variable is a Constant.

 

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User Defined Expression Functions

Status: New
by Trusted Enthusiast on ‎06-14-2010 02:00 AM
Wouldn't be nice to beable to define one's own set of Expression Functions. This seems to be the one area of TestStand that cannot be customised. eg. Locals.name = NameOf(Step), Locals.IsValid = DoSomethingNotDefinedByDefaultFunction(Locals.name),.....(carry on with expression) Regards Ray Farmer

Hello all TestStand fans, 

 

For my recent project i had to modify the frontEnd callback.

 

=> According to the TestStand help, the only path where this file can be created is in TestStand default path or in the corresponding user path.

.... But no where else !!!! Smiley Mad

 

It would be nice to be abble to configure the frontEndCallback path in the configure options !

 

=> Doing so, the path of this callback could be placed everywhere ! (In the configuration path would be nice !)

=> Doing so, it would be possible to create a frontendcallback for each configuration !

 

I am a TestStand developper, a NI partner, not a TestStand end user.

My work is to provide custom sequencer for my customer.

On my computer i had to manage many different sequencer !

 

  • If file are threated as global ... i had to customize my computer to switch among my different sequencers ! (Or to create virtual PC's : Virtual box / VmWare ... ) Smiley Mad

 

  • If all TestStand configuration files where identified in the "Configuration directory", my only work to switch from 1 project to an other would be to point on a different Configuration path ! Smiley Very Happy

I think that if it is impossible to do so, today, is because this callback is loaded before the "Station configuration" is loaded ?  

 

My ideas should be applyed to all global files ...

  • Station callbacks
  • Localization file
  • ... i dont't know the behaviour of all files !

 

  • Please get rid off all "Global files" ! Smiley Sad
  • Replace them by files, with path configuration in the "Station options" ... and located in the "Configuration path" Smiley Happy

Doing so, will also simplify the deployement process !!!! Smiley Happy

=> A single path copy ... is quite easyer as a complicate deployment process ! Smiley Wink

 

Thanks for your help.

 

Manu.net

 

Add Quick Drop to TestStand

Status: New
by Active Participant Manooch_H on ‎06-22-2011 03:43 PM

How many of you would benefit from the addition of a feature similar to LabVIEW's Quick Drop?

The functionality that initially comes to mind would be typing to search for your desired step type or step template and dropping it into the sequence you are developing. Please add comments for any additional functionality you might like to see in a TestStand step Quick Drop (for example, you may want TestStand to automatically navigate to the Step Properties of a step after it is dropped from Quick Drop).

Please also add comments for any other situations/scenarios (outside of adding steps to a sequence) where you might benefit from a Quick Drop-like functionality. Thank you.

When you set the Post Action On Pass | On Fail in a step to use Call sequence, the only ways to pass data to this sequence is either use some sort of Global (StationGlobals / FileGlobals) or use Locals with the setting "Propagate to SubSequence".

 

There should be a cleaner way and that is to beable to pass parameters as you do with SequenceCall step type.

 

new Post Action.PNG

 

 

regards

Ray Farmer

Code Module Filepaths in TestStand Workspace

Status: New
by Member ATEandy on ‎01-07-2014 09:44 AM

Within the Teststand workspace it would be reall useful if the "Code Modules" under the sequence could auto-populate and also if it could display the filepath of the code module. That would make it much easier to keep track of what code a sequence is calling and where from on disk.

Having the ability to have line numbers for all steps in the left hand gutter would help in troubleshooting, code reviews, and any time when communicating about a sequence.  There seems to be a gutter there already, so adding there seems to be a place for them already.  Error messages can also post the line number too.

 



See last changes at Undo Button

Status: New
by Member TobiasT on ‎03-30-2012 01:04 AM

During development of sequences I often do "trivial" changes in order to check parts of the sequence that I do not want to save afterwards  (e.g set Run Modes of steps to Skip). It would be very helpful to see the last changes that can be undone before clicking the Undo-Button arrow (the same applies for the Redo Button of course). This feature would have two major advantages, since one could...

  • ... decide whether it makes sense to save the last changes or whether those were only for trial reasons and hence should be neglected
  • ... undo several changes in one step

This is implemeted in Microsoft Office programs for example (see screenshot from MS Excel) and I use it there pretty often.

Make the property loader window resisable

Status: New
by Active Participant MimiKLM on ‎08-17-2013 03:00 AM

Hi,

 

Exactly as in the subject.

 

Sometimes the names variables are long and could be deeply nested into containers.

 

Now it is difficult to use them as both windows: the main one and Selected are unresizable.

 

After proposed change the property loader would have all default features(behaviours) as you can expect from the window at this place.

 

Current situation presented on the picrure below.

 

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Beable to Group variables

Status: New
by Trusted Enthusiast on ‎11-08-2011 01:38 AM

When there are a lot of variables defined an Sequence / Sequence File, it would be nice to beable to group them to help use and readability.

group_of_variables.png

It would be nice when entering in the Find: control to beable to pop open the Variable dialog (as in the expression editor) to select variable names. It could be linked to the Limit Search to: control. Like wise on the Replace control when that window appears. 

 

I know you have that drop down facility on this control but that only remembers what you have previously entered.

 

Find_Replace.png

Drag and drop from LabVIEW function palette

Status: New
by Member Levic on ‎04-29-2011 08:38 AM

For simple operations would be nice to have possibility to drag and drop functions from LV functions palette directly (default step type can be Action)

 

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