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Ever tried to parallelize a loop?

You just have to place your mouse over what feels an approximately 1 pixel wide area on the left side of your loop and press the right mouse-button without moving the mouse. If there was no input or case terminal around a context menu opens that gives you access to the function you need.

Point anywhere else and the contect menu doesn't contain what you need.


The context menu entry could also show if the mouse hovers over any other parts of the loop as well to make the area easier to point at.

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Good day forum


Proposal: add "retain value if unwired" option to shift registers. particularly useful to reduce wire clutter inside and outside of loops.LIX.png

Have a great day



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I think it would be useful if you could double click on the items in "Referencing Items" to open the VI on the resolve conflicts dialog.

Resolve conflicts dialog.jpg

As an aside, the dialog should also remeber its last position and size. I have to expand it every time to see the full path.


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I just ran into a situation today where I had a case structure with approximately 64 frames in it, 48 of which I wanted to remove.


The method of right-click the selector, select "Remove Case" (This step is right beside the "Insert Case" which is frustrating), repeat 48 times while the mouse is wandering all over the screen between the case selector and the menu selection..... cue carpal tunnel problems.


I really wished I could just either use the "delete" and "insert" buttons to mimic the appropriate menu selections


Be able to select multiple cases from the "Rearrange cases" window and select "Delete".

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Currently there are no officially supported frameworks for Unit Testing in LabVIEW for Linux.


A lack of a unit testing framework on LabVIEW for Linux reduces LabVIEW's usability in widely-recognized and industry standard software engineering practices.


A Unit Test Framework created by NI already exists, as well as a 3rd-party tool for free, VI Tester by JKI. However, neither of these are available for desktop Linux (or Macintosh).


NI LabVIEW Unit Test Framework Toolkit


VI Tester - JKI 

Currently (LV 2016) performing a "cut" on a file in the project explorer will warn the user that the file will be deleted from the project. Performing a "paste" can often result in an "unable to paste the contents..." message. This leaves drag and drop as the only method to reorganize code in the project explorer, but this is very cumbersome if there are a large amount of files and scrolling is necessary.


This idea is to propose windows-like cut + paste, where the "cut" item has ghosted text, but is not deleted. Once pasted, it is moved to the new location. This should have the same end effect as the current drag and drop feature.

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In "Case Structure", when we use "Linked Input Tunnel" and select one end of the tunnel, is it possible to highlight the opposite end? as is the case with "Shift Register".


case.pngWe have crossed the wires on purpose, because it isn`t always possible to make a straight line. 


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Originally suggested by RavensFan.


LabVIEW scripting makes it possible to automate repetitive tasks in LabVIEW, but it is often difficult to find the properties and invoke nodes to accomplish the task. It would be great to have a recording feature that watches what you do in LabVIEW, and then generates the corresponding code for it. I'm sure the engineers at NI could design it much better than any more specific ideas I could throw out, so I will leave the rest up to them. 

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If you are using TCP to communicate to a different code environment, you may want to set some of the socket options. For example, for responsive control, you will want to disable Nagle's algorithm. There is currently no obvious or easy way to do this. TCP Get Raw Net in <vi.lib>\utility\tcp.llb will provide the raw socket ID, but you then need to call setsockopt() on your particular platform using the call library node. You can do this with the code provide here. A much better way would be adding a property node to the TCP reference that allowed you to set and query the options directly.

My suggestion is that a Polymorphic VI should be able to contain Malleable VIs - as of LV 2018 this is not possible, and I don't think I've seen it suggested before.


The particular use case I have in mind is for a VIM which computes the average angle of an array of such angles, but changes a constant depending on whether angles are in degrees or radians.  The desired option is a polymorphic selector for Degrees/Radians which would then select the appropriate VIM.  The only available option currently is to add an Enum to the VIM. (A VIM is used to cope with representation and number of array dimensions).

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Many Real-Time Testing (RTT) systems require a mechanism to store data in one central location that can be accessed by the different parts of the application. The Buffered Variable Table (BVT) is a set of LabVIEW VIs that developers use to store and retrieve data asynchronously from different parts of an application.


Normally, when I program applications in RTT, I need store data in one central location that can be accessed by the different parts of the application, for this, I usually use "queue operations" with a fixed size.


But sometimes, I need to insert an element at the beginning of the queue, but if it is full, it is necessary to dequeue and queue again.


To solve this problem, I could use a code similar to the image, but the applications could become unstable.



For this reason, my proposal is that labview provides the function of "Lossy Enqueue Element At Opposite End".


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One of the fiddly things I seem to do more than I'd like is adjust the bottom of block diagram comments to the right height. At a minimum there, but also for similar text boxes on the front panel or subdiagram labels, etc. I'd like to have a snap feature that sizes to a multiple of the text height. Examples:


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Instead of right click on the Array to Cluster for Cluster Size, double click will be ease for the programmer to select the size of cluster


Double click should enable this pop up.


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I've got some calls to low level VIs that rely on windows system dlls within a larger top level VI. To make that application work on Windows and Linux, I've put conditional disable structures around the dll calls. When I open the top level VI in Linux, I have to click through a bunch of "Find missing file" dialogs for the Windows system dlls. If I cancel through all the dialogs, the VI still compiles and runs correctly in Linux, so the Conditional Disable structures are doing most of what they should, but the dialogs are annoying and can cause problems with automated builds and other hands-off activities. Since the code is inside a conditional disable structure, it seems to me that LabVIEW has all the information in needs to know it shouldn't load that stuff, so it would be great to get rid of these nuisance dialogs.

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Currently, while inserting node by default insert quick drop Ctrl + I, it inserts node without considering wire branching. Check the picture - first is target place, and second - where it is actually inserted. Using insert menu from right-click menu works fine, b/c it inserts function exactly to proper place.


Pic 01.pngPic 02.png

It would be nice to update this quick drop, to have the same behaviour, as non-quick drop functionality.


Sincerely, kosist90

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Good day forum


Proposal: to have a option to check for properties that can behaviourally change during deployment.




Case: recently built a VI that is called from TestStand and encountered error during execution in the end-user PC (installed with TS and LV RTEs) and found this property that can behave differently in RTE environment. Retested in LabVIEW through application build but received no incompatibility or possible error notifications. Installer builds (with automatically select recommended installers checked) also did not indicate the necessity of having the Development System environment.


A optional check on this type of property could be nice.

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Thank you Smiley Happy

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When a 1 Dimensional array of any type is showing only a single element, LabVIEW forces a horizontal scrollbar. I couldn't find any documentation or reasoning behind it. It's really annoying and ruins UI design that Vertical is the normal scrolling direction for just about everything else ever and LV messes that up for some seemingly arbitrary reason.

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Citation from LV help: "LabVIEW categorizes user interface events into two different types of events: notify and filter.".
But, User Events could be registered just as notify events.
Idea is to implement to LabVIEW possibility to handle User Event as Notify event (as it is done now), and as Filter event.
Usecase: Actor Core is used as user interface, and multiply instances are displayed in multiply subpanels. They receive Name + Data payload by same user event, and need to process just their payload (if actor's name == payload's name). If they receive payload without their name, they drop event, do not process data. Currently one could solve it with case structure or something like this, but while having Filter User Event, it would be possible just to filter out event, and drop it.

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This idea came to me from Darren's Nugget 2-23-2018 on Data Agnostic Probes I thought it might be useful to write a Probe.vim or specifically, a data type malleable probe to gain the ability to have some access to the data itself in a general smart probe and maintain the ability to display the data in a type specific manner.


One example would be a "Data History Probe" that displays the history values of any data type.  I'm sure there are other good uses.