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  1. Browse by label or search in the LabVIEW Idea Exchange to see if your idea has previously been submitted. If your idea exists be sure to vote for the idea by giving it kudos to indicate your approval!
  2. If your idea has not been submitted click Post New Idea to submit a product idea to the LabVIEW Idea Exchange. Be sure to submit a separate post for each idea.
  3. Watch as the community gives your idea kudos and adds their input.
  4. As NI R&D considers the idea, they will change the idea status.
  5. Give kudos to other ideas that you would like to see in a future version of LabVIEW!
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Labview Version-Dependent name extention, not just .vi

How come you can't tell which version a .vi was created in until you open it? How come you can't just tell whether it was created for 7.1 or 2010? An idea is to have it save a different .vi extention, much like in Microsoft Office, for exampe, a 2003 version would not open a 2007 version, and you can tell before opening because of the .xls or other extension.  For labview, it could be like for 7.1 it was .vi71 and for Labview 8.2, .vi82, and for 2010, how about .vi2010?

Maybe this could come in handy for those who are looking for certain vi's of a certain version.

Knight of NI

well this helps.! Smiley Happy

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Grant H.
National Instruments
LabVIEW Product Marketing Manager

Microsoft provides for metadata to be added to file properties.  If you right-click on any file in Windows and click on Properties, one of the tabs is Summary. This would be the ideal place to put version creation information.


This is VITAL information.  I have opened a LabVIEW 8.5 file in LabVIEW 2010 by mistake, changed NOTHING, saved NOTHING, and subsequently been unable to open the file in LabVIEW 8.5.   Need I mention it wouldn't work in Labview 2010 either.

Knight of NI



You must have actually saved it, whether you realized it or not.  The old file doesn't just get updated and overwritten because you opened it.