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There are many ways to replace items in a VI; however, Paste-Replace gives you more control than the often unpredictable Replace function alone.


In most cases, LabVIEW will attempt to preserve the label, caption, value and dataflow direction (control/indicator). It may also try to preserve other things, such as the numeric representation, size or color. It’s hard to say what will be preserved without actually doing the replace. Luckily, you can Undo if a right-click replace operation fails you. But what next?

 

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Paste-Replace is a method of replacing a control without preserving any of its appearance attributes. It will, however, preserve things like connector pane placement, wire connection and associated block diagram elements (such as local variables and implicitly-linked Property/Method nodes).


If you’ve been struggling with the unpredictable nature of Front Panel Replace, this post from the Eyes on VIs blog walks users through a satisfying alternative.


 

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Windows 8 takes an inspired new approach to its user interface. The latest OS changes the way you'll interact with your PC—and your test and measurements. If you’re worried that this change will cause complications: don’t. For the most part, software that works in Windows 7 will transition seamlessly to Windows 8.

 

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National Instruments has done extensive testing with our application software and hardware device drivers to ensure that customers who move to the new OS will have few problems. And in 2013, National Instruments will officially support Windows 8 as an OS option for our controllers.

There are also some great features available in this OS. One we’re most excited about for NI is the upcoming Surface Pro tablet, which will run the same version of the OS as desktop PCs. It will allow customers to plug in their USB DAQ devices and run LabVIEW applications on their tablets. The Surface Pro will release in Q1 2013.


National Instruments will also have a version of the NI Data Dashboard available for Windows RT on the Surface tablet in the next few months. Data Dashboard 1.0 for Windows RT will allow engineers to create custom dashboards to monitor LabVIEW applications remotely.

 

>> To access FAQs and an extensive white paper offering an overview of Windows 8, visit our web page.

What’s keeping you from coding fast? Your routine.

 

At least, that’s what Darren Nattinger proposes. The NI LabVIEW researcher and developer and five-time undefeated LabVIEW Coding Challenge champion lives and breathes the program. But that’s not what makes him fast. Nattinger understands which tools maximize the efficacy of LabVIEW system design software—they’re tips, he says, that anyone could adopt. “People fall into old habits, and it’s tough to change them,” he said. It’s foresight and flexibility that make a good programmer great.

 

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Darren talked with NI News about his best practices and goals for the future of LabVIEW. Read the full story here.

Thanks so much to all the faithful readers of the LabVIEW In Action blog.

 

With the release of LabVIEW 2012, we are re-engineering our blog strategy. We’re consolidating from four blogs to one. Don't panic, though—all of the same great real-world LabVIEW application posts that you have come to love will be on the new blog, too.

 

You can find the new blog here. We hope to see you there!

 

In the meantime, check out the Sweet Apps blog if you’re looking for other great resources.

Thanks so much to all the faithful readers of the Training Resources blog.

 

With the release of LabVIEW 2012, we are re-engineering our blog strategy. We’re consolidating from four blogs to one. Don't panic, though—all of the same great training and certification posts that you have come to love will be on the new blog, too.

 

You can find the new blog here. We hope to see you there!

 

In the meantime, check out the NI Training and Certification page if you’re looking for other great resources.

Thanks so much to all the faithful readers of the Example Programs blog.

 

With the release of LabVIEW 2012, we are re-engineering our blog strategy. We’re consolidating from four blogs to one. Don't panic, though—all of the same great LabVIEW example program posts that you have come to love will be on the new blog, too.

 

You can find the new blog here. We hope to see you there!

 

In the meantime, check out the NI Code Exchange page if you’re looking for other great resources.

Thanks so much to all the faithful readers of the LabVIEW News blog.

 

With the release of LabVIEW 2012, we are re-engineering our blog strategy. We’re consolidating from four blogs to one. Don't panic, though—all of the same great news posts that you have come to love will be on the new blog, too.

 

You can find the new blog here. We hope to see you there!

 

In the meantime, check out the NI News page if you’re looking for other great articles.