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The VeriStand System Definition API allows you to edit a definition file. While it is mostly used as an offline API, it is also often used in custom devices code, notably thanks to the Item Reference to Pointer function that gives your access to the SystemStorage namespace, an internal representation of the SystemDefinitionAPI.

 

Unfortunately, there's a hiccup with that. If you want to edit existing nodes in your system definition, it works. If you want to add/remove nodes or sections (say, automatically add an alarm when you add a given custom device channel), the underlying API calls will work but you can't see the modifications in the System Definition tree: my alarm won't show up in the tree although it exists in memory. You'll have to manually save and reopen the *.nivssdf file for that. This can't be a decent workaround for end users.

 

Would NI R&D be nice enough to provide us with a public function that refreshes the tree (or parts of it if we feed the node reference)?

 

--Eric

 

Nb: I currently have a working solution, in case anyone urgently needs this feature.

 

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Hello! 

 

It would be extremely usefull and would save lots of frustration if the Veristand Sequence Editor (and all of verstiand for that matter) had undo and redo functions. It is surprizing that software of this caliber does not have such a basic function. I posted this in the main veristand forum and wanted to also make sure it made it into the Idea Exchange.

 

Thanks!

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When using VeriStand with Source Control SW paths for Real-Time Sequences in the Stimulus Profile Editor need to be customized on every check out because it’s not possible to use a relative path for a Real-Time Sequence in a Stimulus Profile Editor.

Even if the Real-Time Sequence is in the same folder like a Stimulus Profile itself it isn’t found and the path has to be be adjusted.

 

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So it would be awesome if it would be possible in VeriStand 2017 to use relative paths for a Real-Time Sequences in a Stimulus Profile Editor.

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I would like to able to build Simscape models successfully using the VeriStand Model Framework for my real-time targets. 

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Hello,

 

Mapping in VeriStand 2011 consists of only text, but user could grasp the whole mapping if the number of connections is increasing. So, visualized mapping tool like dSPACE ConfigurationDesk as below image must be good user interface for users.ConfigurationDesk.png

Regards,

 

Saku

 

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I created a VI and wrote the description thinking I will retrieve it later in Veristand but it is not the case.

I have to copy and paste it into Veristand.

 

It would be nice to have teh direct copy.

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Currently when trying to see errors we need to enlarge the window, scroll through the items, and then take a screenshot of the dialog. This was encountered when trying to share my errors with support. We should make this easier through the proposed ability.

 

 

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In LabVIEW, we have a lot of options for saving our projects as seen below:

 

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In VeriStand, currently, you only have the option for a normal save (as shown below). I think it would be nice to have a "Save As" for saving a copy of the project and, if possible, a "Save for Previous Version".

 

 

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[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

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For security reasons, many customers using Volume License Manager to administer licenses to client machines do not authorize users to download and install anything from the web. Therefore, if a critical patch is released, the client machines are unable to download this unless it is distributed by the administrator. It would be useful for the VLM administrator to be able to configure the Update Service such that all Users can run the Update Service but the service has been configured to point to an internal network share rather than an internet location outside the firewall. This way, the administrator could make critical updates and patches available for the client machines and the clients can be notified and install them.

The only way to edit the order of VeriStand workspace screen pages once they're created is to edit the cryptic XML file where screen pages are referred to by numbers. I'd like to be able to reorder the screen pages from within the workspace. Thank you.

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Benefit: Simplify the process and reduce errors when using FPGA personalities

 

Idea: Querry the user-generated FPGA diagram and automatically create the XML file.  Additionally, have some kind of editor/viewer for the XML file that would present the information similar to how it is presented in the System Explorer but allow the user to edit certain values (or just make it editable in the system explorer).  Some items would be read-only (items specific to the bitfile communication) and others would be editable (heirarchy, scaling, etc). 

 

Ultimately, the process for using FPGA Personalities would be:

 - create FPGA VI using NIVS interface/template

 - select interface in "utility/view" or System Explorer (XML file automatically generated)

 - edit default settings if desired

 

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If you want to exchange a model you have to reconfigure many things. You could use Aliases to reduce the effort for the Workspace and Workspace Tools.

But in the System Explorer you can only use Aliases for Calculated Channels.

Please make it possible to use Aliases also for Mappings, Alarms and Procedures.

 

Thank you,

 

Frank

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The custom Device allows to include in the name of generated files a timestamp, with this format: %<%I_%M_%S_%p_%d_%m_%y>T

 

Today, my customer prefer something like %<Y%m%d_%H%M%S>
Tomorrow? I don't know.

 

Having a format string configurable from System Exlorer would be really convenient.

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Currently there is no specific upgrade path for VeriStand. This affects code reuse and portability when trying to keep up with the latest version. It's understandable that there are going to be limitations, but lack of documentation makes this task very difficult. 

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Editing the NI VeriStand Workspace is a very time-consuming job. Especially after arranging a huge number of controls and indicators it is a pain to drag and drop each object in order to move the whole arrangement to another place.

 

Improvement:  If the user could mark multiple objects at one time he could move them all together. The selection could be done by holding the Shift or Ctrl key or just by framing them with a selection box.

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Like how user channels can be grouped into folders, I'd like to be able to group Calculated Channels into folders. Thank you.

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I have many procedures that check for certain conditions before completing its intended function. If a precondition is not met, the procedure exits. It'd be nice to be able to pop up dialogs as necessary. Right now, in order to do so, I have to have the procedure call other alarms if I want any sort of feedback/popup which gets convoluted pretty quickly. Thanks.

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Although user channels and alarms can be created under folders for better organization, I don't see a way to:

- move channels/alarms in folders out of folders (without first deleting them and recreating them outside of the folders)

- move channels/alarms out of folders

Being able to drag and drop in and out of folders would make organization easier. Thank you.

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Hello,

I'd like to see the Calculated Channels in System Explorer displayed in something other than the evaluation order. I'd like to sort by name due to the large number of calculated channels that I have.

Thanks.

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