New features for LabVIEW

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LabVIEW is at the core of NI test and measurement instrumentation and software

National Instruments (NI) has made a significant upgrade to its flagship software product LabVIEW.

For nearly 40 years, LabVIEW has been in use in the field of data acquisition, instrument control and automation. These latest improvements further enable engineers in their use of test insights and data to drive product and business performance. The latest improvements include a zoom for block diagramme, quick change for faster object creation, double-click to create control or indicator from a wire, visual improvements to “Highlight Execution” and options for execution speeds, faster re-building of applications and packed project libraries as well as virtual environment support for Python and LabVIEW users.

According to Eric Reffett, Director of Product Management at NI, the new version of LabVIEW was demonstrated at the NI Connect event, with a high level of interest from participants.

“Additions like Zoom and quick change are meaningful in a graphical development environment, and we appreciate the engagement we got from the user community during its design,” he says.

In addition, NI and LabVIEW developer company, JKI entered a long-term collaboration to focus on improving package-related workflows in the software. This included expanding VI Package Manager (VIPM) features, making it more robust and versatile for developers, as well as the addition of Dragon. This initial release is focused on using projects and packages, and the relationship will continue to improve the way developers share and re-use code.

According to Jim Kring, CEO of JKI, the company first created VIPM to help LabVIEW developers build and reuse LabVIEW code libraries, and it has since helped developers for over a decade.

“This collaboration with NI expands both the functions available to all LabVIEW developers in VIPM, as well as the access developers have to resources available,” he says.

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