I'm in the middle of writing a report that discusses the LabVIEW program I've been working on, I was wondering how I export an image of the block diagram and front panel to include in my report? I hoped it would simply be a case of copy and then paste into clip art or similar but LabVIEW only lets you copy individual objects.
I don't understand what you mean. LabVIEW let's you copy groups of objects, select them, press Ctrl+C and then open Paint and Paste it there, all the selected ojects will be there. Of course you have allways the PrintScreeen option and the documentation features of LabVIEW.
Use the report generation VI's to create a report and append front panel and block diagram images. You can set it up to print as a HTML document and edit to suit inside Word. You can also append other items such as VI description, hierarchy and so.
Let me know if this makes sense and if you want an example (I'm running 7.1)
While your Front Panel is running, [Alt]+[PrtScr] will capture the FP (window). Open paintbrush, and perform a paste [Ctrl]+ V
As for the Block Diagram, first of all, make sure that the diagram of interest in with the screen (not out of screen). Then, perform a [Ctrl]+[PrtScr] for a full screen capture or [Alt]+[PrtScr] for a window capture.
I prefer to simply get the FP and BD image using invoke nodes. The attached simple demo (LabVIEW 7.1) will ask for a VI, then create PNG images of the front panel and block diagram of any VI you select. The image of it's diagram below was just created with it. 🙂