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  1. I don't think I've ever had just a single version of LabVIEW installed on my main development machine.  Things like the custom LabVIEW icons help differentiate between versions.

    This may not be needed for much longer  :shifty:



    These actually sound like good freebie options, maybe time to renew @jgcode's Team LAVA initiative.  I'll have to contact the devs to see if they are interested.  

  2. Hey LAVA.  For those who don't know me, my name is David Ladolcetta and I work at NI on the LabVIEW Tools Network team.    A few months ago, Grant Heimbach posted a blog on the LabVIEW News blog about 10 Add-ons (Some Free) That Every LabVIEW Developer Should Use.  However, as the new year is ramping up, I was trying to get some ideas on what the next big thing will be for us in 2014.  So I would like to probe this forum full of the worlds best LabVIEW developers and propose a follow-up question to this post:
    What third party tools do you actively use that are NOT on the LabVIEW Tools Network?  These can be toolkits, hardware drivers, IDE extensions or even stand alone applications that are built in LabVIEW or help with your daily workflow related to LabVIEW.  I'm looking for great free or paid tools and I'm also open to shameless plugs.  If there is some tool or product you or your company is working on that you think would be a good fit for the LabVIEW Tools Network, please let me know and we can get in touch and start this conversation (either on the thread or in a private message if it's still a work in progress).


  3. Hi James,


    It depends on how you define "Active".  There hasn't been a Team LAVA submission to the LabVIEW Tools Network in quite a while, but that doesn't mean the movement is dead.  If you have something you'd like to submit, by all means please do.  You are also welcome to submit it under the LAVA name (assuming you follow the guidelines laid out by jgcode) or you can submit it under your own company (assuming it follows the Compatible With LabVIEW guidelines).  


    Let me know if you have any questions about the process.


  4. The LabVIEW Tools Network team will be donating 2 swag bags consisting each of a Business card holder, notebook, water bottle, thumb drive, pen and an Alliance Partner Network Nike Dri-fit polo (L and XL) all in a fancy reusable shopping bag.

  5. If you want to avoid the overhead of developing a custom licensing solution and supporting the server infrastructure, NI created the Third Party Licensing & Activation Toolkit which I think does exactly what you are looking to do. Since it's off-topic to what you actually asked here, I won't go into too many details but check out ni.com/licensingtoolkit for details or feel free to send me a PM if you have questions on it.

  6. index.php?app=downloads&module=display&section=screenshot&id=205

    Name: Multiple File Path Control

    Submitter: David_L

    Submitted: 17 Feb 2012

    Category: *Uncertified*

    LabVIEW Version: 2011

    License Type: BSD (Most common)

    This Multiple File Path Control is similar to the default File Path Control in LabVIEW 2011, however you can select more than one file at a time. The data type on the block diagram is an array of File Path Control.

    Right click on the MFPC to have it display the full paths or just the file names.

    I'll try to post this in pre-2011 but because it uses silver controls, I'll have to make some significant changes.

    Click here to download this file

  7. Haha, yes, my final thoughts were be to create an XControl with a string control and a boolean button that would call the File Dialog with multiple files. Then it could populate the string control with all the paths, separated by commons. However I was hoping to avoid that if there was some easier workaround.

    Thanks for the ideas though!

  8. Hey,

    I've been doing some tinkering and can't seem to find a nice solution to this problem. Does anyone know of a way you can select multiple files from a path control? I know this can be done with the File Dialog Express VI, but I'd like to do it more gracefully from the front panel control. I don't think it's possible, but maybe someone here has some neat trick.

    Alternately, is there any way to capture the drag event from multiple files dragged from Windows? I know a single file dragged into a File Path Control will populate it with the correct path, but maybe there's a way to drag multiple files onto an array of paths or something.


  9. In case anyone is interested, I wrote a short blog post on the Add-on Dev Center (ADC) blog about Team LAVA and the LAVA Code on LabVIEW Tools Network project. For those who don't know the ADC is a NI community group hosted by the LabVIEW Partner Program team that contains (hopefully) helpful documents on creating a third party add-on for the LabVIEW Tools Network. This is also where all of the Compatible With LabVIEW information and requirements are posted and kept updated as we make changes. We occasionally post blog updates with interesting information or tips that would interest those creating LabVIEW add-ons. Feel free to join the ADC community, follow the blog updates and provide us with any feedback you have on anything you see.

    Link to the blog post:

    LAVA Code on LabVIEW Tools Network


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  10. Xavier,

    As JG mentioned, the LabVIEW Project Provider framework is a private, unsupported feature. It has traditionally been an NI Internal feature and therefore may not be completely documented and has the possibility of being changed in future versions of LabVIEW. We have recently begun to expose the API to some partners who are creating tools for the LabVIEW Tools Network, but on a case-by-case basis. If you are interested in learning more, please contact the LabVIEW Partner Program team with some information on how you plan on using it. If you have any other specific questions on the provider framework, you can also email us and we'll be glad to answer them the best we can.


  11. Well here is my bootleg workaround, but it works. Read an Image, load that image into a 2D picture control without a frame, export 2D image control to clipboard. Then in the VI in question delete the image you want to replace and paste the new image to the same location...


    Not ideal by any means, but it does the trick I believe.

    I also made the assumption that there was only one image on the block diagram already, and you want to replace it with a PNG. But that's easy enough to fix I'm sure.

    Change Block Diagram Picture.vi

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