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Wow - It's hard to believe that the end of year is only a few weeks away! Looking back, there are so many things that have made 2014 a great year. See our attached holiday card for a few highlights.



View our holiday card



From our family to yours, wishing you a joyous and blessed season.


Happy Holidays!


The LabVIEW Tools Network Team



Calling all LabVIEW developers!



myRIO is an NI embedded hardware device that enables students to learn about and design real, complex engineering systems more quickly and affordably than ever before.  If you are experienced in creating software for embedded devices or for educational purposes, we need your help. The myRIO app ecosystem is growing, and the potential market is expanding rapidly. Creating a myRIO app is an excellent opportunity to establish your company’s name as a premier go-to in the educational software space.


These apps run right out of the box, transforming the myRIO into an Oscilloscope and Function Generator, Lock-in Amplifier, Audio Equalizer, and more.  To download and run any of these apps, visit


Interested in creating an app?  Visit and join the myRIO App Development Community, where you can find numerous valuable resources, including an example myRIO app, developer’s tutorial, detailed requirements, and a discussion board to assist with the process.


Your software, developed for myRIO and available on the LabVIEW Tools Network, can educate and enable students in diverse application areas like never before. Help us empower the next generation of engineers and scientists.




The best way to differentiate products on the LabVIEW Tools Network is based upon feedback from customers.  To capture this information, partner product listings contain a tab for Ratings & Reviews as shown below:


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What we've not seen in a Tools Network product to date is any direction from the product to submit a review.  This is something many of you are probably familiar with when using third-party applications on your computers, mobile phones, or even following an purchase.  Why not have a similar experience for the Tools Network?  Now you can. 


To facilitate linking your product to a Ratings and Reviews entry on the LabVIEW Tools Network we've created a subVI (saved for LabVIEW 2010) you can drop into any existing LabVIEW code (attached below):


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The default behavior is to prompt the user with a pop-up dialog after executing 10 times to ask the user to review your product.



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  • Selecting 'Rate now' will direct the customer to the Ratings and Reviews tab of the configured product page and never prompt the customer again.
  • Clicking 'Ask me later' will wait another 10 executions (configurable using the 'Number of Times to Wait' input) and prompt the customer again
  • The 'No, thanks' option will never prompt the customer again



This example can be dropped into your toolkits and applications as-is, customized to modify the text, etc.  It is up to you!


We would like to announce the latest version of the LabVIEW Third Party Licensing & Activation Toolkit.  Along with various bug fixes and improvements, Third Party Licensing & Activation Toolkit 2014 now includes support for deactivation, which allows you to move licenses between computers and reactivate add-ons.  Details on the new release can be found in the Readme and the new version can be downloaded from theLabVIEW Tools Network.  Help and support is available on the Third Party Licensing & Activation Toolkit community group.




Note:  The new deactivation features are only supported in LabVIEW 2014 and later.  You may still enable deactivation in your product built in older versions of LabVIEW, but only customers using LabVIEW 2014 or later will be able to deactivate their license. 


Also, Third Party Licensing & Activation Toolkit 2014 supports LabVIEW 2011 through LabVIEW 2014.  If your product requires support for LabVIEW2010, you may use Third Party Licensing & Activation Toolkit 2013 to license your product. 


by Penny Wright – MarCom Manager, LabVIEW Tools Network


28 new products launched on the LabVIEW Tools Network at NIWeek 2014, as well as 5 products were honored with top awards.  Download one for free today



Product of the Year Award Winners


Software Apps for myRIO –

Our community of expert LabVIEW developers helped to jump start a new library of apps for myRIO. With these products now available the LabVIEW Tools Network, we are opening doors and inspiring students and educators to take their myRIO to the next level. If you are interested in submitting your myRIO add-on application for certification, visit


Some of the new apps include:




Additional product launches include:


Symmetric and Asymmetric Encryption API

        New Add-ons:

    • cRIO Driver for iDAQ
    • iDaq - XNET-CAN for iDAQ
    • Easy Datalogger for iDAQ


Industrial Protocols Educational Software

Improved Yield, Quality, and Decision Making


Enhance your projects with these and more on the LabVIEW Tools Network, the NI app store for engineers and scientists.


Today, the NI Alliance Partner Network welcomed hundreds of integrators, consultants, and product developers to Alliance Day 2014. Kicking off the annual NIWeek  conference, the day offers the opportunity for partner training, sales collaboration, and recognition of achievements.

Each Alliance Partner company is sponsored by NI sales to ensure collaboration on key regional opportunities. Four partner companies differentiated themselves in their regions, winning the coveted Partner of the Year award:



Avionics Interface Technologies received the award for Product Partner of the Year for their outstanding work. Additionally, this year marks the tenth anniversary of NI CompactRIO. Ten companies are recognized for highest achievement in CompactRIO based-solutions, with Lime Instruments winning the award for NI CompactRIO Partner of the Decade.


Each year, we also acknowledge our Alliance Partners' commitment to proficiency by honoring the most certified partners for each partner level with the outstanding technical resource award. This year's Outstanding Technical Resource Award Winners include:



The LabVIEW Tools Network, the app store for engineers and scientists, recognizes software add-ons and applications which create value for customers based on NI technology and graphical system design. For outstanding achievement in expanding the NI ecosystem of products, the following were recognized:

  • Test Product of the Year – by Virinco
  • Embedded Product of the Year –LocalGrid PQA by LocalGrid Technologies
  • DAQ Product of the Year – XLR8 by DATA AHEAD
  • LabVIEW Innovation Product of the Year – LabSocket System by Bergmans Mechatronics LLC
  • Community Product of the Year – Scout TDMS Editor by Signal.X


Once again, we would like to congratulate all of our Alliance Partners, Product Partners, and LabVIEW Tools Network developers for their outstanding work!

>> Learn more about the NI Alliance Partner Network program by visiting or download apps on the LabVIEW Tools Network at


It's getting close to that time of year again!  NIWeek is a time when most of NI R&D, Marketing and Sales are all in the same place at the same time as many of our customers and partners.  It's a great opportunity to have face-to-face meetings with groups that you don't usually get to talk with outside of an email or phone call. 


The LabVIEW Tools Network team is preparing for NIWeek by clearing our schedule and setting up times to talk with our developers and partners about their existing and upcoming LabVIEW add-ons.  If you will be in town and are interested in setting up some time with us during that week, please let us know.  Send us an email at with the following information:


  • Name
  • Company
  • Agenda topics you would like to discuss
  • Times when you will be available to meet


Of course, due to busy schedules, we can't promise to meet with everyone, but we'll do our best to fit you in.  Hopefully we can get you in touch with the right people for moving forward with creating/publishing/selling your product.


Also, don't forget to stop by our NEW LabVIEW Tools Network pavilion on the NIWeek Expo floor to see how we're elevating awareness of tools to NI customers. There will be opportunites before the week is over to sign up your product for a kiosk at NIWeek 2015.


We look forward to seeing you all there!

The LabVIEW Tools Network Team


Stop by Booth #705 at NIWeek 2014 - Near the Expo Floor Main Entrance


We are excited to host our very first NIWeek pavilion! Come by to explore these product demos and meet the developers. For more information, contact


Featured Products

Build Licence Track (BLT) by Studio Bods

LabVIEW Deployments Made Easier With Automatic Updates, Licensing, Remote Tracking & Debugging


daqloud by DATA AHEAD

Manage Your Measurement Data Online


GTT LTE RBS Toolkit by Gefle Testteknik

Complete toolkit for RBS testing covering all common 3GPP measurements.


INERTIA Add-on for NI VeriStand by Wineman Technology

Test Cell Control and Automation


LabSocket System by Bergmans Mechatronics LLC

Access LabVIEW VIs Over the Web or a LAN From Any Browser


LabVIEW Localization Toolkit by S.E.A. GmbH

Create and Distribute Multi Language LabVIEW Applications


MajX-DSA by Signal.X Technologies LLC

Sound and Vibration Analyzer


Robotics Libraries by DigiMetrix

Directly Control Denso, KUKA, Epson, Kawasaki, Mitsubishi, Motoman, and Toshiba Robots


RTI DDS Toolkit  by Real-Time Innovations (RTI)

Fast, Scalable and Secure Data Sharing Between LabVIEW VIs and Other Applications


Scout TDMS Editor by Signal.X Technologies LLC

Free TDMS File Viewer/Editor


SigmaDAQ by Aledyne Engineering, Inc.

Configurable Data Acquisition and Reporting Suite


Spreadsheet Express by Aledyne Engineering, Inc.

Automate Excel Data Processing and Charting From NI LabVIEW


Universal Pointer Touchscreen Interface by Aledyne Engineering, Inc.

LabVIEW Touchscreen Interface for Multi-touch Applications



Read and Write Microsoft Excel Files From NI LabVIEW



The 2014 Alliance Partner and LabVIEW Tools Network Awards ceremony will recognize companies and products which create value for customers based on NI technology and graphical system design. Finalists and winners will be celebrated on Alliance Day during the awards luncheon hosted by the Alliance Partner Network team and attended by NI global sales and executive leadership.


Congratulations to all the LabVIEW Tools Network - 2014 Product of the Year finalists in the following catagories:





Embedded Control and Monitoring



Automated Test



Data Acquisition (DAQ)






Thank you to all the companies who submitted products this year, and we look forward to celebrating these finalists and announcing the winners on Alliance Day 2014!


Penny Wright

MarCom Manager

LabVIEW Tools Network




Don't Get Lost In the Noise

Posted by penrenpo May 28, 2014

So you've registered for NIWeek, what's next? Maybe you have a new product ready to show off and have even booked booth space on the expo floor. Or maybe you are presenting in a technical session or forum. A booth is great, but do you have a datasheet or company overview to hand out?  Your new product may be awesome, but are you planning a press release and social media push to announce it? What else should you be thinking about so that NIWeek customers see you, know what your company provides, and how to contact you after the conference?


One of our preferred agencies, JH&A Advertising, provides full marketing solutions and is offering discounted promotion packages to help get your company ready for NIWeek and beyond. The good news is that creating assets now can help support future activities such as events, customer visits, website updates, etc.


Marketing doesn't have to be a dirty word or ugly process. Consider that you are one in a sea of many and you should trust an expert to take your awareness and visibility to the next level.


Take a moment to review the discounted packages and a la carte options attached below, and email Crystal Bristow, call the JH&A office at (512) 444-0716, or let me know if you would like more information.


As always, we are looking forward to hosting you in Austin for Alliance Day and NIWeek 2014!



Penny Wright

Marketing Communications Manager

LabVIEW Tools Network


Changes to Compatible With LabVIEW

Posted by RDR May 19, 2014

As the LabVIEW Tools Network continues to evolve, we would like to announce some exciting updates to the Compatible With LabVIEW program.


NI continues to build a consistent and cohesive global brand to grow our market share and strengthens the appeal of our products and services. Products on the LabVIEW Tools Network play a key role in this effort, however, our research has found that customers may be confused and unable to differentiate the Compatible With LabVIEW levels. Additionally, with the exponential growth of products, we have determined that our certification process needs to be revisited to create efficiencies for scalability.


To improve the Tools Network experience, we will no longer have a breakdown of compatibilty levels and products will instead differentiate based upon customer ratings and reviews.  We encourage you to follow-up with your customers in order to populate your product ratings.


On the Compatible With LabVIEW front, we have consolidated the requirements into a single level, divided them into product types, and performed an audit to remove ambiguity. The long-term goal is to have the highest quality products available, reduce the level of effort required for the certification process, and provide a concise experience for customers. The new requirements are already in use for products currently under review and we will roll them out in our annual recertification audit of existing products later this year. Web updates to will be phased over the next 2-4 months.


We welcome your feedback and invite you to review the new requirements document and let us know what you think.


Compatible With LabVIEW


Thank you,


-The LabVIEW Tools Network Team


Greetings from Austin! We're already preparing for Alliance Day and NIWeek 2014, and May 30th is an important date you might be interested in. If you have any questions, feel free to contact the LabVIEW Tools Network team.



Developing a New Software Add-on?

If you are working on a new product and are interested in offering it on the LabVIEW Tools Network, the product must be reviewed and certified Compatible with LabVIEW. In order to have a new product considered for certification prior to NIWeek, we must receive your submission by May 30th.




Apply Now for the 2014 LabVIEW Tools Network Awards

Each year, NI executive leadership selects outstanding software apps for achievements in innovation. These awards are presented on Alliance Day and finalists receive one (1) Full Conference Pass to attend Alliance Day and NIWeek. Don't miss this opportunity to win a Product of the Year award - apply today! Deadline to apply is May 30th.  Finalists will be notified by June 27th.


All finalists receive:

Product exposure to the global conference attendees and NI sales and leadership

One (1) Alliance Day and NIWeek 2014 Full Conference Pass

Your datasheet/company overview included in NIWeek 2014 official press editor kit

Article highlight in NINews and NI Social Media outlets

Personalized achievement award



It's that time of the year again.  The LabVIEW 2014 beta 1 has officially been released and it's time to sign up.   We are working on a few new features that will directly benefit LabVIEW Tools Network products which you should especially test out:


(Note: links below will not work until you have been accepted to the LabVIEW 2014 beta program)



Even if you don’t plan to use these new features right away, it is important to test your products with the 2014 beta to ensure their compatibility with the new version and make sure no unexpected issues are introduced into your product (we don't usually do this on purpose, but mistakes happen!).  The sooner you do your testing, the better chance we can fix any bugs before 2014 is officially released.


You can sign up for the new LabVIEW 2014 beta at  Please sign up, test your products and give feedback via the beta forum. 


Cool Toys for Big Kids

Posted by penrenpo Dec 19, 2013


Let’s face it, the holidays are for kids - sons, daughters, nieces, nephews, and grandkids, all wide-eyed and squealing with laughter on Christmas Eve or morning about the gifts that Santa delivered. But what about the big kid on our shopping list?  As a mom and marketer, I’m inundated with the flashy, full-colored print ads in the mailbox, and online ads in my inbox for every retailer on the planet. However being married to a gadget geek, I still struggle with finding that cool gift for my tech savvy husband and not ending up with the traditional shirt/tie box set, new video game, or favorite collegiate or pro football clothing or gear. We’re really all just big kids living vicariously through our younger generation and the evolution of technology they can access.  And who needs another pair of Darth Vader lounge pants?


Get the big kid on your list what they really want – new software “toys” from the LabVIEW Tools Network!  These cool tools will give you hours of LabVIEW playtime and hopefully an excuse to escape the “assembly-required” part of kid’s holiday gifts.  Grab some hot cocoa, sneak off to your computer hide-out, download from the list below, and get started.



Electronics Prototyping - LabVIEW Interface for Arduino Toolkit

Interface Your Microsoft Kinect with LabVIEW - Kinesthesia Toolkit for Microsoft Kinect

Control Your Synthesizers, Musical Instruments and other Multimedia Devices - Open Sound Control for LabVIEW

Build VIs for Drones - AR Drone Toolkit for LabVIEW

Create a Robot with Your Roomba Vacuum - iRobot Create for LabVIEW



LabVIEW Hacker, creators of the AR Drone Toolkit and iRobot Create, have some exciting software toys designed to interface with a variety of cool devices:


Use the Leap Motion Controller to Capture Gestures with LabVIEW - LabVIEW Leap Interface

Send and Receive Tweets Without Leaving LabVIEW - i3 Twitter Toolkit for LabVIEW

Utilize the Sensors of an Android Device Directly in LabVIEW - LabVIEW Android Interface

Pull Motion Data and Button Actions from a Nintendo Wiimote into LabVIEW - LabVIEW Wiimote Interface



Have fun and Happy Holidays!



Penny Wright

Marketing Communications Manager

LabVIEW Tools Network


The holiday season is the time of the year when people are traveling, spending time with family, and using up last minute accrued vacation hours before they expire in the new year.  Because of this, you may have a lot of down time in which you are hankering for some juicy LabVIEW nuggets to keep your expertise fresh and continuously growing.  The good news is that TONS of developers out there love LabVIEW so much that they spend time each week writing their thoughts down about their favorite graphical programming language.  In the spirit of holiday sharing, I wanted to let you all in on some of the blogs I personally follow so you can all be as informed as can be.  Here's a few of my favorites:


LabVIEW News


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As the official LabVIEW News blog, Laura Arnold and her team gather LabVIEW content from around the web in all topic areas (as long as it's about LabVIEW).  This is the same news feed that shows up in your LabVIEW Gettering Started Window each day.


Eyes on VIs


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Christina Rogers is a developer in LabVIEW R&D and active member of the LabVIEW community.  Her blog tends to focus on hidden LabVIEW tips and tricks and new features of LabVIEW that she is excited about.





VI Shots is a podcast by LabVIEW Champion Michael Aivaliotis.  Each post, Michael will interview someone from the LabVIEW community and talk about advanced LabVIEW development as well as new and exciting LabVIEW tools.


Software Engineering for LabVIEW



Eli Kerry is the Senior Product Manager for LabVIEW at National Instruments as well as a CLA and LabVIEW enthusiast.  His blog focuses on Large application development tips and best practices using LVOOP, Actor Framework, and many other advanced frameworks and technologies.


Random Ramblings on LabVIEW Design




Steve Watts is a LabVIEW developer from the UK who quite literally wrote the book on LabVIEW.  In his blog, he writes about anything from UI design to software development best practices and how they can be applied to LabVIEW.


LabVIEW Field Journal




The National Instruments Field Architects are a small, elite group of LabVIEW experts.  In their blog, Nancy Hollenback, Charlie Knapp and Brian Powell cover advanced topics to help guide software architecture and encourage good software engineering practices in LabVIEW. 






Returning to the blog scene after a multiple year hiatus, LabVIEW champion Tomi Maila writes his blog about flow-based programming.  While LabVIEW is one of the two main languages he discusses (the other being NoFlo), the blog discusses broader concepts and provides a different perspective on programming in a graphical world.



LabVIEW Tools Network Developer Center Blog


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Yes, yes, I know.  I'm promoting our own blog on the blog of blogs, but I want to make sure that whose who stumble across this article by accident know who we are.  The LabVIEW Tools Network Developer Center blog is a collaborative blog by the LabVIEW Tools Network team (currently Matthew Friedman, Will Schoettler, Robert Des Rosier,Patrick Simmons and Penny Wright).  Here we discuss technical and marketing topics aimed at helping developer create quality toolkits, applications and add-ons for LabVIEW.





There are TONS of other LabVIEW blogs out there, and this post only scratches the surface.  What are the favorite blogs you follow (shameless plugs graciously accepted)?

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