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  1. 11 points
    You know how you can change the wire appearance for a class in the class properties? As it turns out, LabVIEW internally allows for more flexibility than that dialog gives you. So I made an advanced wire editing tool...and unlike a lot of stuff I post, you can actually use this for serious projects, because it does not use any private/unsupported LabVIEW functionality! With this tool, you can set wire size without limits (with results similar to this), customize both wire layers with any 8x8 monochrome pattern, and also mess with different draw options. Strangely, a few of these settings seem to have no effect, and many of the options for one of them actually crash LabVIEW. (These ones are disabled in my tool, but you can re-enable them by editing a typedef.) Given that this is actually a documented, supported property that's officially supposed to work, I've reported this as a bug to NI; if any NI engineers see this and feel like investigating, you can refer to service request #7762024. Latest version: Wire Studio 2.zip Old versions: Revision 1
  2. 9 points
    Hey folks. this year we're trying something new. All Videos for NIWeek 2019 can be found here: https://labviewwiki.org/wiki/NIWeek_2019 Feedback welcome. Thanks to @Mark Balla and other volunteers for recording the videos. Edit: We're starting to add the back catalog to YouTube. NIWeek 2018 videos are also up.
  3. 7 points
    Greetings Friends of LAVA, colleagues, cohorts, and Wireworkers Extraordinaire -- it's LAVA BBQ time! Date: Tuesday, May 21, 2019 Time: 7:30-10:00 pm Location: Uncle Billy's Brewery and Smokehouse, 1530 Barton Springs Rd, Austin, TX 78704 (1.5 miles from Convention Center) Cost: $25 Early Bird (through April 30th) $30 Regular Admission (through May 20th) $35 Door Price (May 21st) Meal Options: Expect to enjoy your choice of meats (brisket, turkey, ribs) with sides like street corn, cole slaw, and bbq beans. A vegetarian option is available when purchasing tickets. Cash beer bar. Who: Everyone is welcome, including spouses traveling with you. Even if it's your first time, expect to recognize many faces/names from the forums and NI R&D. What to wear: It's a covered, outdoor venue in Austin during Spring, so dress for the weather and comfort. Door Prizes: We will have a drawing to give away prizes. All attendees are eligible and will receive a door prize ticket upon entry. See below about sponsoring a door prize yourself to share the love. Hope to see you there! Chime in once you buy tickets to let everyone know you're coming. ------------>>------------>> Get LAVA BBQ 2019 Tickets Here <<------------<<------------ The venue is a 30 minute walk from the convention center, or a $6 Uber. Get together and carpool, people are typically gathering at Challenge the Champions in the Expo Hall, which is great fun. There is a free parking garage behind the building. We'd love for you to sponsor a door prize - Continue Reading: If you or your company want to sponsor a LAVA BBQ door prize, please post a reply below. You can also include a small blurb about your company and a link to your website in the post below. By donating a prize you and your company will receive a small announcement of your choosing, during the event. We will ask you to write the announcement on a post-it note and will attach it to the prize to be read before awarding it. We love the door prizes, but we love time for socializing too. Here are some guidelines to keep our event balanced and streamlined. Single item donations work best. If donating more than one item, then multiple identical items is strongly preferred. If donating non-tangible items or something that is not physically with you, then please bring a card with your contact info and instructions on how to collect the prize. This will be given to the winner. Donations are typically $25-$200 in value. Not recommended: Apparel (hats, t-shirts, underwear, etc.) - never the right size Software licenses (Toolkits, add-ons, LabVIEW) Branded trade show booth type giveaways (mouse pads, pens, keychains, etc.) Jokes or something meant as a gag and not a real prize
  4. 7 points
    There are a bunch of objects in LabVIEW that aren't exposed in the default palettes, and are normally inaccessible except through scripting. I made a Quick Drop plugin that exposes all of these. Many of these are no longer supported, and others never were supported in the first place. Hidden ones are displayed with an "X" next to them to warn you: as I often say, be careful with these, and don't use them in any code you care about, as they can cause crashes, data corruption, and who knows what else! Download the LLB below and place it in your <LabVIEW install dir>\resource\dialog\QuickDrop\plugins folder. Then press Ctrl+Space, Ctrl+S to open this dialog. Select an item from the list and click OK, and there you go. There's some interesting/strange stuff in here! EDIT: Couple things I forgot to mention. The first time you open this (and whenever you rebuild the list) it uses two private properties on the app reference, to get the list of controls and indicators in the palette. Since this is just a property read, I'm sure the worst that could happen is a crash when you try to open the dialog, but I can't make any guarantees. Also there's some false positives for hidden items, mainly with front panel controls/indicators that come in different styles. Place by Style.llb
  5. 6 points
    You people are so laid back and forgiving. I’m an editor on multiple wikis across cyberspace, and none of the others are anything less than draconian. Capitalization whatever?! Wow. I’m going to need to wear my oversized Hawaiian shirt and cargo shorts when I’m editing, just to get in the right state of mind! 🙂
  6. 6 points
    We'll grow into it eventually 😋
  7. 6 points
    I just started down the rabbit hole of making a new XControl recently. Oh man such a pain. Here is a little graph I made complaining about the XControl creation process, and the time needed to make something useful. Any alternative is appreciated.
  8. 5 points
    After I made this post I decided to bring the LabVIEW Wiki back online. It was not easy and took several days of server upgrades and hacking. The good news is I was able to bring up all the original pages.. The even better news is I talked with @The Q and @hooovahh and we are all on the same page as to how to move forward. @The Q did a great job of stepping forward and trying to fill the void that the LabVIEW Wiki's absence had left. He's agreed to migrate all the new content he created over to the LabVIEW Wiki, from Fandom and continue to develop new articles and content moving forward on the new site. He will also help in moderating the Wiki and will be promoted to Admin rights on the Wiki. His help is much appreciated. The LabVIEW landing page created here on LAVA is awesome but the forums don't lend themselves to static content creation. Instead @hooovahh has agreed to move the old landing page to here. That will be the new home for the landing page. This will become a valuable resource for the community and I hope all of you start pointing new people in that direction. With many editors, it can only get better and better over time. Where do we go from here: Logging in. - The old accounts are still there. If you're a LAVA old-timer, then you can try to login using your LAVA username. If the password doesn't work then reset it. You can also create a new account here. I'm going to announce a day when new accounts can be created. I'm limiting it for now because of all the spam accounts that can be potentially created. There's an issue with the current Captcha system. if you are super-eager to start creating content now and want to help, send me a direct message on LAVA and I can manually create an account right away. - New account creation is now open. Permitted content: - I'm not going to put restrictions on content at the moment. Obvious vandalism or offensive\illegal content will not be tolerated of course. However, the guidelines will be adjusted as time goes on and new content is created. There's just not enough content right now to be overly concerned about this. We need content. Discussions about the Wiki. - Each article page has an associated discussions page where you can discuss issues related to that article. Please use that mechanism (same etiquette as wikipedia). General Wiki issues\questions and high level discussions can be done here. So now, if you need to add content, you can do it yourself. Feedback as always is welcome.
  9. 5 points
    I think this is a valid comparison: (from https://forums.ni.com/t5/LabVIEW/Global-Variables-Are-Better-than-Functional-Globals-So-There/td-p/1528392/page/5) You are either Novice or Guru 😋
  10. 5 points
    The best thing about a UDP joke is I don't care if you don't get it.
  11. 5 points
    The preference to use init methods instead of non-default class constants is so strong, LabVIEW NXG is planning to never support the feature. Any class constant there will always have only the class’ default value.
  12. 5 points
    I found it! Unfortunately it's deprecated. It takes dotted inputs as either names or ID codes.
  13. 5 points
    Proud to say that lavag.org and labviewwiki.org both get an A rating from an SSL labs security check. Even better than ni.com which is getting a B rating. 😎
  14. 4 points
    You can extract the labels from the type descriptor, once you know where to find them in the array. I added support for it in this open source DataManipulation library. Check out the OpenDescriptor palette. You can install the latest release (1.1.0.5) from here: https://github.com/LabVIEW-Open-Source/DataManipulation/releases/tag/1.1.0.5 (download VIP file and install with VIPM). Once installed, you'll find the "List Element Names" method under Addons>DataManipulation>OpenDescriptor palette. (It can list enums and cluster elements as well, although those are natively supported under the Variant Utilities palette.)
  15. 4 points
  16. 4 points
    Writing the notes forced me to watch the videos closely. I'm going to use the notes as a quick-ref whilst getting started and hoped others might have a go if they had them too. Feel free to make changes/fix wrong stuff in whatever way you like - expect you're a busy man. I'm happy to own the doc and expand it given the info. It's written in libreoffice writer, which exports a good pdf. Now looking fwd to cooking up a few actors. LabVIEW_Messenger_Library_-_Programmers_Notes_v1.7.pdf LabVIEW_Messenger_Library_-_Programmers_Notes_v1.7.odt
  17. 3 points
    Hello everybody! During a few last years I received multiple appeals to release AES library that I developed in 2011 into open-source. So, I've just done exactly this: https://github.com/IgorTitov/LabVIEW-Advanced-Encryption-Standard I released it under MIT license (which means that there are no restrictions whatsoever). No VI passwords, no uglification. LabVIEWishly Yours, Igor Titov.
  18. 3 points
    Version 1.2.0.6 released. https://github.com/LabVIEW-Open-Source/DataManipulation/releases/tag/1.2.0.6 Added support to return a list of Event reference types (class of event) for Event Registration Refnums Controls, Panes, Splitters, VI References and Application References. Array is empty for all other datatypes. ** Please note that this does not drill into clusters of Event Registration Refnums. This is only one-level deep. I have not tried, but I assume that getting the cluster elements and then looping on those should work...
  19. 3 points
    My first ever meme prompted from this post
  20. 3 points
    Have the topics been converted to the lava forum with the same topic id? If so, you can just enter the topic-id in the url and add a - with anything behind it https://lavag.org/topic/1524-anything-you-want works just fine
  21. 3 points
    NI is bringing 2 NI myRIO devices for Door Prizes.
  22. 3 points
    am I doing this right?
  23. 3 points
  24. 3 points
    Dating will always be a problem for software engineers.
  25. 3 points
    I agree with James. That could be achieved through composition and adding an abstraction layer. (Sink and Source in the diagram below)
  26. 3 points
    1. Place a control refnum 2. Right-click, Select VI Server Class, Generic, GObject, Control, Pixmap 3. Now it's a "Pixmap Refnum". Right-click again, Show Control 4. Drag the control out. Unfortunately, I first noticed this control in the VI Scripting style ring, where it was labeled as "warning: dangerous" or something like that. But the class isn't marked private, and it can be placed in the manner I described without any kind of warning, so maybe that warning is obsolete and it's been fixed? Then it would probably be in the palette, I guess, but I'm curious to hear what NI has to say. Maybe it's a bug that it can be placed that easily without generating any warnings. :p
  27. 3 points
    Let's take a look inside labview.rsc first... Four of the connector pane patterns actually have names: 4833: "monnie pleaser" 4834: "super monnie pleaser" 4835: "monnie would be pleased-er" 4836: "add supports 2 ddt" I guess this book wasn't lying. Two cursors with rather...interesting names: 64: "order sucker" 65: "order squirter" Someone at NI has a dirty sense of humor 😛 There's some resources that correspond to the style values for VI scripting. Some of them aren't in the style list; unfortunately attempting to use these just gives an error: 2051: "Comment Node" - says "Case" in the data, and gives "Unable to create new object" instead of the usual "object not found" error 2358: "Line of Script" 3902: "Growable Node with Header" 3905: "ExtFuncTerminalTipStrings" - data says "External Function Node", and has names for "path in", "path out", and the standard error in/out terminals 9008: "Select Menu Item" - with all the menu nodes. Looks like at one point they were working on a primitive for programmatically activating menu items. Someone found some hidden structure types a while back. All but one of them didn't work, and that other one is now an official part of LabVIEW. I found the image for the "Race Structure", which I've posted to that thread: There's also this super-minimalist "Alternate Splash Screen": And some monochrome sprite sheets—looks like the old Boolean constant graphics are still there. From what I know about internal VI data structures, I wouldn't be surprised if those were still used if you load a VI created in an old version of LabVIEW. Just thought I'd share. Curious if anyone has seen these before!
  28. 3 points
    Loving this central location of organized and searchable LabVIEW knowledge! (Just like LAVA.😁) I've made a couple of small contributions to this so far. Mostly clicking on "Random Article" and reviewing it for typos and broken links. I set somewhat of a personal goal of trying to do this at least once per workday. Every little bit helps, right? Granted, they're not contributions on a grand scale yet, (i.e I'm not creating articles, etc.) but maybe I'll get there. This is my first time contributing to a Wiki of any kind, so I'm a n00b at it.
  29. 3 points
    Does anybody know how to get a LabVIEW built application to ignore the scaling setting in Windows? I have some code designed to fit nicely in 1280x1024 pixels, but some of my customers say that even on a 1920x1080 display the menu bar at the top is cut off. I guess this is probably because their windows scaling is set to some number other than 100%. In my experience LabVIEW looks really rubbish when run on Windows 10 with this setting to anything other than 100% (blurry and inconsistent). I suppose is to be expected from an application like LabVIEW that is approaching retirement age! Am I missing something obvious here? Although I always set my Windows scaling to 100% on all the PCs I control it is not really practical for me to expect ask my clients to change this setting as some of them have probably gotten used to seeing Windows text nice and big at 125 or 150%. Edit 1 I have done quite a bit of googling and not really come across anything LabVIEW specific. The closest I got was some NI KB about LabWindows. Edit 2. Success! https://knowledge.ni.com/KnowledgeArticleDetails?id=kA00Z0000004A7eSAE Note a newer Windows update adds a few more options which are now tucked away in a separate dialogue. I have not tried playing around with the other options yet as this fix works fine on my PC. Edit 3. And this is how it can be done programatically: https://blogs.technet.microsoft.com/mspfe/2013/11/21/disabling-dpi-scaling-on-windows-8-1-the-enterprise-way/ (i.e. as part of an installer action)
  30. 3 points
  31. 2 points
    Just in case someone else stumbles across this problem... It turns out the the cRIO-9056 has TSN capability built in so it will automatically try to slave the AI sample clock to a 1588 master if one is present on the network. In my case the master clock is not disciplined which wrecks havoc on the AI HW timing as it is only software based for the purpose of syncing the cRIO to the PC's clock for uniform relative accuracy. The solution to the is to use an obscure DAQmx property as follows... Add a DAQmx Channel Property Node to the task, select the General Properties >> Synchronization Unlock Behavior property and set it to Ignore Lost Sync Lock.
  32. 2 points
    One possible option with a bad hardware driver is to make your actor an independent exe, using the NetworkMessenger for communication Then you can kill the entire exe and restart cleanly. I've never done that, though.
  33. 2 points
    So I got very excited when I saw that LabVIEW 2019 has a new native map type (aka hash array, associative array, dictionary) and so decided to have a play and see how it compared to my home-rolled LVOOP has array that uses variant attributes and I must admit that I'm slightly underwhelmed.... I've now benchmarked the 2019 native map class and a simple variant attribute by creating maps of 1 million elements of randomly generated 8 byte keys and then reading back 10,000 randomly selected elements and fairly consistently the native map is about an extra 50% slower than the variant attribute for both read and write operations. I'll admit my benchmark code is quite naive, but it's still a little disappointing that there is quite this performance hit.... Can any of the NI folks here comment on the performance - is it just that in fact variant attributes are blazingly fast? I know I shouldn't be churlish and it's really great that 2019 has so many new features and a native map and set type have been long overdue... Edit: and yes I've spotted that the variant type conversion was wired wrong and I should have been generating an array of 10000 I32 not error clusters - but no it doesn't make a significant difference....
  34. 2 points
    No problem, I just want to make sure people know the difference between "Darren the G programmer says _____" and "Darren the NI employee says _____". In my "Don't Wait for LabVIEW R&D... Implement Your Own LabVIEW Features!" presentation, after I clarify that I'm presenting my personal opinion and not an official NI position, I contraindicate XControls because of numerous stability issues I've seen with them in large applications over the years. You can see my slides and watch a recording of the presentation here: http://bit.ly/dnattlvhooks
  35. 2 points
    working on it
  36. 2 points
    Disclaimer The following details are oversimplified for the sake of clarity. Feel free to point out important details that aren't covered by this post. --- There is a higher chance of finding better results by searching for "labview reference". Here are a few examples. https://labviewwiki.org/w/index.php?search=reference&title=Special%3ASearch&go=Go https://labviewwiki.org/wiki/Control_References http://www.ni.com/example/28769/en/ That said, you should be familiar with the normal data flow in LabVIEW. Data goes from one end of a wire to the other. A branch in the wire will create a copy in memory if either branch of the wire is changed. Loosely speaking, a wire represents the data. A refnum on the other hand doesn't represent the data, but the location of the data in memory (*). It is similar to a pointer in C-like languages. This changes the behavior of the wire Data still goes from one end of a wire to the other. Each branch of a wire receives exactly the same value as the other (no copy is made). (**) In order to access the data you need to make use of Property Nodes, Invoke Nodes and more. The benefit is, that you can access the same value from different places in your program. Even better, this is not limited to controls. It works for controls and indicators, VIs, objects, the project, the whole application and everything. https://labviewwiki.org/wiki/Refnum http://zone.ni.com/reference/en-XX/help/371361R-01/lvconcepts/controlling_front_panel_objects/ However, it doesn't work for variables and due to its nature, race conditions can occur if you don't take care of the execution in your program. This is why for variables there is a more specialized type of reference, the data value reference (DVR). It allows you to access the same variable in memory from different places in your program. http://www.ni.com/product-documentation/9386/en/ There is obviously much more to it than these few points. However, the links above should give you some insight. (*) Here is some information about the memory structure of a refnum. https://knowledge.ni.com/KnowledgeArticleDetails?id=kA00Z0000019ZT5SAM&l=en-US (**) Technically speaking a copy is still made if you change the "value" on either branch of the wire, but since it is a pointer you shouldn't change it under any circumstances.
  37. 2 points
    Well. I didn't even get one like, let alone 10 points
  38. 2 points
    Apollo 13? (It's a NASA saying)
  39. 2 points
    For a while I've been tinkering with the idea of building a LabVIEW client that could to talk to Jupyter kernels for interfacing with Python having been previously a user of RolfK's OpenG LabPython package. Although this, and now the native LabVIEW 2018 Python support have many uses (and indeed I use them in my 'production' code), there were a few things that a Jupyter kernel client can do: Not be tied to particular versions of Python - LabPython got stuck for me around 2.7.10 and I think was fussy about which compiler have been used. The 2018 native support is restricted to 2.7 or 3.6 I believe (3.7 defintiely doesn't work) Not being tied to the same 32/64 bits of LabVIEW Being able to offload the Python to a remote server, or go cross platform I haven't investigated the Enthought package (too much hassle to get a new vendor set up on my University's purchasing system and not really able to justify spending tax payer's money on playing!) which I suspect might be doing something similar. Anyway, the attached zip file is a proof of concept - it includes a test vi that will try to find an ipython executable and fire it up and you can then interact with it. There's lots of things not properly tested and probably a slew of bugs as well. To run it you need several dependencies: OpenG Toolkit libraries, particularly the LabVIEW Data, string, error and array libraries The JKI JSON library - I had to pick a JSON serialiser and the JKI one seemed as good as any and better than some... The JSONText JSON serialiser library available via VIPM The Zero-MQ Labview bindings - libzmq is the underlying network transport used in Jupyter and there is an excellent LabVIEW bindings library for it. The attached SHA256 implementation so that the communications messages are properly HMAC signed. LabVIEW 2018 - sorry I'm only writing in 2018 now and this code uses malleable vi's with type specialization and asserts in use - so it may not be easy to backport There's a few things that I'd still like to figure out - primarily the client protocol is very much focussed (reasonably enough) around the idea that the client is sending strings and is interested in string representations of data.I'd like to figure out an efficient way to transfer largish LabVIEW data structures backwards and forwards. I think this probably means developing a custom message handler and registering it with the kernel when the code starts and writing some Python 'flatten to string' and 'unflatten from string' code - but that's only this week's concept.... If you use it, please note that this probably only alpha quality at best - it may or may not work for you, it may not be safe to use, If it causes any loss or damage or eats your cat then it's not my fault.... Edit 6th March 2019: I've switched the JSON parser to JSONText, found and fixed a few bugs, managed to build a VI package for it that should have the correct dependencies and installs the example client in the LabVIEW example finder. Edit 19th April 2019: Added more options to connect the example client to remote and already running kernels (and not to shut them down on exit!). Some other fixes as well. university_of_leeds_lib_sha256-1.0.5.3.vip university_of_leeds_lib_jupyter_client-1.1.0.6.vip
  40. 2 points
    So, I've gotten word that some of y'all are concerned about me because in the last year, I basically vanished from both the LAVA forums and the NI forums other than the Idea Exchange. One person at the CLA Summit in Europe last week wondered if I'd died. Honestly, I had no idea that I'd dropped my post frequency down so low. What happened was that in May the forums that I monitor exploded with content. This is generally a good thing -- says the community is vibrant. But it meant that I went from having tens of posts in each forum to hundreds of posts, and the deluge overwhelmed me, and I started ignoring the backlog. That's just turned into a natural attrition. I'm going to try to get back to reading (and posting) the forums. I doubt I get back to the high rate of read that I had before -- I've got a lot more internal-to-NI stuff that I deal with on a daily basis these days -- but I intend to get back to posting at least every couple days instead of every couple months. And, just to be clear: no, I'm not dead. :-)
  41. 2 points
    Short version - you're running a 32 bit process on a 64 bit OS which causes a mess as to how to correctly run LPR. Here are a couple of relevant links: https://knowledgebase.progress.com/articles/Article/Running-OS-COMMAND-LPR-EXE-from-within-32-bit-OpenEdge-the-Procedure-Editor-fails-on-64-bit-Windows https://docs.microsoft.com/en-us/windows/desktop/winprog64/file-system-redirector The first one suggests a solution, although I haven't tried it myself.
  42. 2 points
    Could you use an adaptor around the DVM that inherits from the desired abstract classes? That has been my solution to this problem in the past.
  43. 2 points
    Here is a small and borderless picture frame, along with smaller array. https://forums.ni.com/t5/LabVIEW/One-pixel-frame-for-picture-control/m-p/3716581#M1046089
  44. 2 points
    You know the 3D Picture control? I was messing with it and I noticed there wasn't any way to merge objects together except by chaining "Add Object" subVI's, which can be annoying if you have a whole lot of objects. I was thinking it could be a good idea to have a growable node to do it, so I decided to make one. Yes, a simple For loop (perhaps in a subVI) combined with a Build Array node would work just as well—and would really have simplified the code generation if I had thought to do it before—but I like making XNodes, and thought this would be a fun one. And yes, the usual disclaimer about XNodes applies—use it at your own risk; XNodes aren't supported by NI. Merge 3D Objects.zip
  45. 2 points
    Wait, what about the person who already had the name Bryan?
  46. 2 points
    You can also use Quick Drop Replace to replace multiple items at once. Select all the controls you want to replace > Ctrl-Space > Type name of new item > Ctrl-P to replace them all.
  47. 2 points
    The context help for the "RemoveXnode" method says "Removes the XNode from the diagram. The contents of the diagram of the XNode are merged with the diagram" However if you try it, it may or may not work. That's because this method just calls the "ReplaceSelf" ability; so if an XNode doesn't have a "ReplaceSelf" ability, the "RemoveXnode" method will do nothing. So if you want your XNode to work with the "RemoveXNode" method, you must create a "ReplaceSelf" ability. Fortunately doing so is very trivial: Your ReplaceSelf ability only has to call the "GenerateCode" Ability; like this: Paul Cardinale P.S. Note that the "ReplaceSelf" ability of some NI Xnodes doesn't work properly. For instance if you call "RemoveXNode" on the "Match Regular Expression" function, it will make a mess, breaking the VI.
  48. 2 points
    Maybe it's a new version of the Marshmallow test.
  49. 2 points
    Check out the awesome home page updates that @The Q has made. Huge improvement. I love it! https://labviewwiki.org
  50. 2 points
    Well after some research, this is what i came to. Sending the email in html format with the following VI to transform Unicode from LabVIEW to HTML character. I think it will work in most of the case. Benoit PS: Thanks for your help. Unicode to html.vi


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