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.
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.)
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.
I think this Thread should be placed here.
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
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
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 !!!!
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 !
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 ...
Doing so, will also simplify the deployement process !!!!
=> A single path copy ... is quite easyer as a complicate deployment process !
Thanks for your help.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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...
This is implemeted in Microsoft Office programs for example (see screenshot from MS Excel) and I use it there pretty often.
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.
Hello all TestStand users,
How often i had to debug my sequences ... to find out after many minutes that some of my steps are Skipped !
It would be nice to highlight the skipped steps by default ... (Without having to customize something in TestStand)
Thanks for your help ...
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