This project provider now ships with LabVIEW! If you are using LabVIEW 2015 or later, you already have this add-on.
When I wrote the original Message Maker for the Actor Framework, I wanted to make its functionality available from right click menus in the project. At the time, many knowledgeable people within NI told me that would be very difficult. In the interest of getting a tool into the hands of the community, I changed tactics and developed the wizard that currently ships with LabVIEW.
Since then, I have gotten to know some folks on the LabVIEW Product Partners team, who have done amazing work in making project provider development more accessible. With their help, I have been able to port the Message Maker into a new project provider.
This project provider adds a number of useful Actor Framework wizards to the right click menus of your LabVIEW project. It includes the functionality of the Actor Framework Message Maker that currently ships with LabVIEW, and adds the ability to make zero-coupled messages. You can also more easily add actors to a project. You access all of these features through right-click menus in your project. For instance, to create a message, right-click on an actor's public method, and...
There now. Isn't that better?
This package replaces your existing Actor Framework Message Maker. A new version will still be available from the Tools menu. You can restore the original Message Maker by uninstalling the project provider package.
Please consider this to be an alpha release of the provider. It is provided as-is, and is not officially supported by NI (please see the license agreement). I have tested it as best I can, but you may still find some issues. I want to hear about them from you.
I also suggest, at least for the first few iterations, that you manually back up your existing Message Maker, just in case there is a latent bug in the uninstall operation. I recommend copying it to a zip file in a separate location. You can find it in your <LabVIEW>\project folder. Back up Actor Framework Message Maker.vi and the folder _Message Maker.
There is no guarantee that this provider will ship with any future version of LabVIEW. This community release is for the ongoing innovation in the Actor Framework. This version may be dropped if the community doesn't like this modification or comes up with a better solution than the one developed thus far.
Please try this out and let me know what you think. I look forward to your feedback.