Austin, TX —The simultaneous launch of National Instruments Labview™Version 6 i (for Internet enabled) and Labview Player™, a dedicated browser plug-in freely downloadable from www.ni.com/labview, adds new capabilities to the graphical programming software. Not only can users distribute applications to development partners via the Web, they can publish plant data or share it within an enterprise.
Measurement intelligence. Labview Version 6 i integrates measurement hardware, sensors, and software to automatically configure available measurement components. This concept of "measurement intelligence" extends connectivity beyond data acquisition and instrument control by including image acquisition and motion control libraries.
When developing a system in v6 i , users configure and manage all their instruments and measurement devices from a single location, known as Measurement and Automation Explorer. Once configured, there is easy access to any of the configured devices letting users build applications in fewer steps.
A waveform data format (WDF) further accelerates development by reducing the amount of code users have to write. Designed to simplify data flow between functions, WDF integrates measurement data and hardware connectivity throughout acquisition, analysis, and visualization. Standardization on this waveform data type enables quick connection of data acquisition, measurement, file I/O, and display functions to produce immediate results.
Built-in Internet tools. In addition to sharing virtual instruments (VIs), users of v6 i and Labview Player can share test results and measurement data with colleagues worldwide. A web page with links to Player VIs will immediately launch and execute in the Labview Player.
Users can publish data from any interface control to other applications or web pages. Users can also publish or subscribe to data for control of their data connections. For example, an application could choose to publish data when it exceeded a threshold or encountered an alarm condition. Reports can be published in HTML format, incorporating graphics, panels, bulleted lists, and tables.
In terms of ease of operation, v6 i delivers 3D user interface controls for developing measurement systems. Labview 6 i also adds MS Windows-style controls to the conventional Labview format, providing context-based information which users can assign to any control or indicator. Other new features for developing user interfaces include multi-axis charts and graphs, rotated text labels, and a digital I/O graph to represent timing data and digital patterns.