NI is making its LabVIEW engineering and development software available free as a full function community edition.
National Instruments (NI) has released community editions of its LabVIEW and LabVIEW NXG software that can be used on personal projects.
Free for most non-commercial uses, the LabVIEW Community editions offer the same features as the professional version of the popular systems engineering software without watermarks. They include an updated version of the LINX toolkit to help engineering hobbyists interface and/or deploy LabVIEW applications to popular computing targets used by developers.
“We are thrilled to encourage the power and potential of our LabVIEW community members who are involved in home and hobby projects,” said Jeff Kodosky, co-founder of NI and inventor of LabVIEW. “We created the LabVIEW Community editions so engineers could use the software for free — to pursue their personal ventures, experiment with programming ideas and create and share IP with their peers.”
The LabVIEW Community editions also replace LabVIEW for Secondary Schools and provide an engaging way for students in grades K–12 to learn more about science, technology, engineering and mathematics.
The LabVIEW NXG Community Edition also includes the LabVIEW NXG Web Module to help users with little to no web development skills create web applications. By using the software’s graphical programming language, they can create applications in LabVIEW that run entirely in a web browser without the need for additional software. A SystemLink Cloud evaluation is also provided for hosting and sharing web applications.
“LabVIEW Community Edition and LabVIEW NXG Community Edition put the software’s intuitive graphical language in front of a growing number of engineers,” said Chris Cilino, founder and president of GCentral and consultant at Composed Systems. “I am excited to see how these editions will empower developers to unleash their initiative and ingenuity and collaborate in new ways.”
Over the past few months, users of the beta version of LabVIEW Community have demonstrated new ways to apply the software, including with a crowd-source controlled robot, a tablet user interface for a robotic arm and a digital twin of an actual device used for simulated testing.