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LabVIEW Roadmap 2022 Q3

can the community version open and view VI or projects using other modules such as Vision, Real-Time or FPGA? without breaking or missing subVIs?

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It's this kind of emergency stopgap measure - I mean, Community Edition to view business code? - that has me losing faith in NI.  I don't know which scenario I am more afraid of: That they didn't have the foresight to understand that being locked out of code would be detrimental to the maintenance of critical code, or that they didn't care and are just responding to customer "concern" about it?

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@TiTou wrote:

Yes, but currently it is incredibly difficult to - both - download AND activate the community edition.


I tried Community Edition for the first time just this past week and had tons of difficulty - turns out there was a bug somewhere on NI's side that should be fixed now.

 

When things are working as intended, you just login to your NI account, download Community Edition, install it, and login to your NI account when the Activation prompt comes up. That's no worse than paid-for LabVIEW these days, and it seems like a reasonable way to get a free (basically Pro) license for home use.

 

If I could change anything about the CE availability, I would show it as a 4th license option (e.g. Base, Full, Professional, Community) to improve discoverability. Right now you basically need to know it exists and go looking for it.

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As a side note LabVIEW on Linux (at least until v. 2020, haven't check more recent versions) doesn't have any activation management.

Installing LabVIEW on Linux is not always easy and comes with some restriction but at least you're free from activation bugs on Ni's side.


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@billko wrote:

It's this kind of emergency stopgap measure - I mean, Community Edition to view business code? - that has me losing faith in NI.  I don't know which scenario I am more afraid of: That they didn't have the foresight to understand that being locked out of code would be detrimental to the maintenance of critical code, or that they didn't care and are just responding to customer "concern" about it?


Whichever scenario it is, I hate that the discussion was framed as "we need a way to look at the code if we stop paying". I didn't buy LV so I could look at my code. I bought it so I could create my deliverable, which is usually an executable. Not being able to edit the code and rebuild is the real issue, and I don't want to have to be dependent on NI for that.


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@BertMcMahan, Thanks for correcting me. I can't seem to edit my posts once posted anymore. I would redact that sentence then. Agree that the process of purchasing / activation has to faster and smoother. LabVIEW hangs for ages on startup if a license is expired while it sorts itself out and prompts you to continue or activate. 

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@Kiwi-wires wrote:

@BertMcMahan, Thanks for correcting me. I can't seem to edit my posts once posted anymore. I would redact that sentence then. Agree that the process of purchasing / activation has to faster and smoother. LabVIEW hangs for ages on startup if a license is expired while it sorts itself out and prompts you to continue or activate. 


No worries. It's not like it's particularly clear anywhere. As far as I know you have to have stumbled across it in one of these giant threads.

 

And I think there's a time limit on editing posts. I don't know how long it is but I think it's a day or less, maybe a few hours.

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@BertMcMahan wrote:

And I think there's a time limit on editing posts. I don't know how long it is but I think it's a day or less, maybe a few hours

From my own experience it’s an hour or so. I sometimes wish it was longer as some typos and errors only can be seen after reading a post a little later again. Right after writing something I often read what I wanted to say, rather than what I wrote and that includes even pretty bad typos. 

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