Sneak Preview: 3 New Features of LabVIEW 2014

Friday, July 11, 2014

With NIWeek less than one month away, you’re probably eager to learn how LabVIEW 2014 will make your life better as a LabVIEW developer. Here’s a preview of three new features of LabVIEW 2014.


1. New Icon

At NI, we’re committed to making LabVIEW as visually intuitive as possible. As LabVIEW has improved over the years, it has become increasingly common for developers to have multiple versions of LabVIEW installed on one machine. To prevent confusion and make the LabVIEW version more transparent, we’ve created a beautiful new taskbar icon. In addition to making your taskbar look great, it will also help you keep track of which LabVIEW is which.

 

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2. Guided Error Debugging

LabVIEW is designed to accelerate the rapid iterations that are part of the engineering process. Error dialogs are one way that underlying problems are exposed to the developer so they can be addressed. When you see an error dialog, what is the first thing you want to do?

 

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You want to search for more information to explain what is happening and learn how to fix it. That’s why in LabVIEW 2014, every error dialog will include a link to search ni.com for the error code to uncover KnowledgeBase articles and forum threads that can help you finish your program even faster.

 

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3. Auto-Wire Quick Drop Shortcut

The only thing more fun than wiring a block diagram is letting LabVIEW do it for you.


As we mentioned last November, the World's Fastest LabVIEW Programmer Darren Nattinger created a Quick Drop shortcut that allows LabVIEW to automatically connect references and error clusters between functions in a way that makes sense.

 

To save you development time, this functionality is included in LabVIEW 2014. You'll find it especially useful with standardized APIs like DAQmx - watch out, express VIs!

 

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These three features are just a small sample of how LabVIEW 2014 will improve your development experience. To be ready to download and install LabVIEW 2014 as soon as it releases, be sure to renew your membership to the Standard Service Program (SSP) so that you can have immediate download access to LabVIEW 2014 when it releases on August 2.