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Mark Balla's Icon Editor V2.7>= LV2017

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Mark Balla Icon editor V2.7
December 2020
Author: Mark Balla


This is a text based vi icon editor 

The purpose is to help quickly create text base icons.
The editor can be used in place of the standard NI icon editor or as a stand alone vi. see instructions.

Version 2.7
Updated font table to recognize the standard "Small Font" letters used by the NI icon editor. This will improve the OCR function when importing icons generated by the NI Icon editor.

Version 2.6
Added quick drop code to allow the user to switch between NI and custom editor.
QD_Swap Icon Editor.vi and support folders will be placed in the LabVIEW quick drop folder
..\National Instruments\LabVIEW 20XX\resource\dialog\QuickDrop

To switch LabVIEW to a custom icon editor that uses the lv_icon.vi set a shortcut key to call the QD_Swap Icon Editor.vi. Ctrl-Space Ctrl-<<assigned letter key>>

To switch LabVIEW to the NI icon editor that uses the lv_icon.lvlibp use the same shortcut key with the Shift key
Ctrl-Space Ctrl-Shift-<<assigned letter key>>

Version 2.5
Fixed install bug where lv_icon.lvlibp was not being renamed after LV 2016
2.5 was set to 2017 or later.


LV 2017 to LV2020 + Ver 2.7 +

Here is the intended process.

  • Download package from LAVA
  • Install Package
    • Package will install MB icon editor files
    • Package will install QD_Swap Icon Editor.vi in the QD plugins folder
    • Package will copy the lv_icon.lvlibp And rename it to COPY_ lv_icon.lvlibp
    • Package will delete the lv_icon.lvlibp
    • Popup will show stating you are using the custom editor.
  • Open LV
  • Open QD, click configure and select the  Ctrl-Key Shortcut Tab at the top
  • Assign a control key to the QD_Swap Icon Editor and click OKWhen you select Ctrl-Space  Ctr-<<Assigned Key>> the QD vi will setup the IDE to use my custom editor.
    • The vi will verify there is a copy of the  lv_icon.lvlibp And if not create it.
    • The vi will delete the lv_icon.lvlibp From the  ..\National Instruments\LabVIEW 20XX\resource\plugins folder
  • When you select Ctrl-Space  Ctr-Shift-<<Assigned Key>> the QD vi will setup the IDE to use the NI editor.
    • The vi will copy the COPY_lv_icon.lvlibp and rename the copy to lv_icon.lvlibp

LabVIEW will use the lv_icon.lvlibp If it sees it in the plugins folder. If it does not see the lv_icon.lvlibp It will call the lv_icon.vi which is the name of my icon editor.

LV 2010 to LV 2016 Ver 2.4

Install using JKI VI Package Manager

LV 2009 Ver 2.3

1:Rename the curret LabVIEW 2009 Icon editor LabVIEW 2009\resource\plugins\lv_Icon.vi to a different name so it will not be overwritten.

2: Place the three files (lv_icon.vi, color templates.bin and the folder lv_icon_Subvis) in the LabVIEW 2009\resource\plugins directory.
The next time the icon editor is called LabVIEW will use the lv_icon.vi instead of the standard one.
There is a button on the editor that will allow you to use NI's editor (Old editor not the new one) when a text icon is not desired.

For LabVIEW 8.2 Use the "MB Icon Editor_V2.3_LV82.zip" file
For LabVIEW 8.5 Use the "MB Icon Editor_V2.3_LV85.zip" file
For LabVIEW 8.6 Use The "MB Icon Editor_V2.3_LV8.6.zip" file

What's New in Version 2.4.0   See changelog


  • Version 2.4:
  • 1: Created for LV 2010
  • 2: Number of templates saved was changed to 100
  • 3: Inital VIPM Package was built
  • 4: Added version number to FP
  • Version 2.3:
  • 1: Icon Sizing and Positioning: Now Icons to be sized smaller than 32x32 by changing the “Rows” and “Width” controls. The icon can then be positioned using the “Position” control. My thanks to tcplomp for the Idea.
  • 2: Static or Auto sizing Icons: If the “Icon Sizing selector is set the Static the icon will only draw the number of row indicated by the “Rows” control. If the selector is set to Auto the icon will adapt to the minimum number of text lines filled in.
  • 3: Selectable Header: The icon header can be removed or enabled by changing the state of the “Header” checkbox.
  • 4: Header and Sizing Information Saved: The header and sizing information are now save in the template files and are displayed at the bottom in the “History” array. The sizing and header settings are shown in the icon text of each template icon the when room allows. The history array now saves the last 50 icon templates to the template file
  • 5: Color Picker Will Save Current Color in History: To get the color picker to save a new color in the color history array click on the “Current Color” box and it will be added the color history.
  • 6: Improved Text Fitting: Text fitting inside the icon has been improved
  • 7: Improved Text Recognition: Text recognition of the icon characters had been improved
  • 8: All key presses are ignored until the icon is created and text is in the string controls.
  • Version 2.2:
  • 1: A new color picker was added. The standard NI color picker has been replaced by one that will only show the legal 221 colors allowed by LabVIEW for icons.
  • My thanks to Justin Goeres for the idea.
  • 2:Key navigation has improved. The key navigation will only set focus to the text boxes to navigate between boxes use the tab, enter, up and down keys.
  • My thanks to boone_93 for the idea.
  • 3:Improved UI. The buttons and current and previous icons have been relocated for a more intuitive look. I have also added tip strips to the buttons and history array.
  • My thanks to ahull for the idea.
  • 4:Random color picker. A random color button has been added to help pick colors.
  • My thanks to Dave Graybeal for the idea.
  • 5: FP auto centers. The icon editor will now open in the center of the primary display.
  • My thanks to tcplomp for the code.
  • 6: The ability to read the text in the icon was added. If the icon to be changed was previously created by this icon editor the program will automatically detect the characters in the icon and convert them back into strings. This function allows for small changes like color changes and spelling mistakes to be changed without having to type all the text over.
  • This one was all mine.
  • 7:Bug with Panel close fixed. When the user presses the x in the upper right corner the editor will shut down gracefully instead of locking up.
  • I made a avi file that shows some of the new features for Version 2.2 which I posted the support thread.
  • Version 2.1:
  • 1: In addition to the 2 color format in version 1 the icon editor now supports a 5 color format (Frame, Header text, Header Back, Body Text, and Body Back). This is the standard frame that many programmers use.
  • 2: Last 10 icon color sets are saved in a binary file and are recalled each time the editor is open. These color sets can then be selected and reused.
  • Version 1
  • 1: Auto compression of text
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