I am migrating and updating some of my favorite tools to LV10, and one of the first to make the move is always my Connector Pane Editor. This is a homemade tool I have had around since LV8.2, which allows me to quickly wire the connector pane in a style reminiscent of the Icon Editor. I use my version constantly and can not live without it at this point. I would like NI to adopt something similar for a few reasons. 1) I am a UI pragmatist, and this could probably use a little help in this regard. 2) It is hard to incorporate tools like this into the IDE. Right now I use the Tools menu which is ok, but I'd like to get this into the Right-Click menu that we currently use to edit the connector pane. 3) It drives me nuts when I am on a computer that does not have this.
Here is a screenshot of my version and zoom on the right-hand side.
Features I like about my current version:
1) No squinting and carpal tunnel issues trying to land on tiny terminals
2) Auto increments controls, when one control is placed, the target is automatically incremented so the next control is ready to go. Arrow keys allow you to skip controls.
3) Front panel image shows which control is currently being wired, which one is currently attached to a terminal when the mouse is over it, and is clickable to choose which control to wire.
4) Control descriptions are editable at the same time.
5) Shift-click grabs the currently wired terminal. If you want to move a connection, Shift-click to pick it up, move to the new location, click to drop.
6) Clicking on a currently wired terminal replaces that connection with the current target, and makes the previously wired control the new target. Swapping terminals is a two-click process.
7) Optional autowiring, Error In/Out as well as references/paths can be autowired according to my preferred style.
In short, even my crude attempt is an incredible timesaver, I can wire a ConPane in a matter of seconds, without the back and forth trips between the FP and the ConPane with the wiring tool. A little NI-ification, as well as integration should make it even better. If it gets screwed up, at least it should be similar to the Icon Editor which can be modified by those who want to badly enough.