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Each year, NI executive leadership selects outstanding software apps and add-ons 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 2015. Don't miss this opportunity to win a Product of the Year award!

 

Deadline to apply is May 29th. 

 

Enter your application online today

 

All finalists receive:

 

  • Product exposure to the global conference attendees and NI sales and leadership
  • One (1) Alliance Day and NIWeek 2015 Full Conference Pass
  • Your product datasheet or company overview included in NIWeek 2015 Press Room (your choice, optional)
  • Personalized achievement award

 

Finalists will be announced by June 26th. If you have any questions, contact labviewtoolsnetwork@ni.com. Good luck!

 

 

Penny Wright

LabVIEW Tools Network

Senior MarCom Manager

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NIWeek 2015 is Coming

Posted by penrenpo Apr 14, 2015

Developing a New Software Add-on? Deadline to Submit for LabVIEW Tools Network Review is May 29th!

 

 

If you are working on a new software product and are interested in offering it on the LabVIEW Tools Network, the product must complete the Compatible with LabVIEW review process.

 

We must receive your submission by May 29th, but this does not guarantee the product will be live on the LabVIEW Tools Network by NIWeek 2015.  For more information and to submit your product application online, visit ni.com/labviewtools/contribute.

 

If you have any question, contact us at labviewtoolsnetwork@ni.com.

 

 


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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

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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 ni.com/labviewtools

 

 

Product of the Year Award Winners

 

Software Apps for myRIO – ni.com/myrio/apps

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 ni.com/labview-tools-network/contribute.

 

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.

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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:

 

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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:

 

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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 – skyWATS.com 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 ni.com/alliance or download apps on the LabVIEW Tools Network at ni.com/labviewtools.

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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 labviewtoolsnetwork@ni.com 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

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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 labviewtoolsnetwork@ni.com.

 

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

 

XLR8 by DATA AHEAD

Read and Write Microsoft Excel Files From NI LabVIEW

 


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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:

 

Innovation

 

 

Embedded Control and Monitoring

 

 

Automated Test

 

 

Data Acquisition (DAQ)

 

 

Community

 

 

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

 

 


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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!

 

Regards,

Penny Wright

Marketing Communications Manager

LabVIEW Tools Network

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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

 


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Cool Toys for Big Kids

Posted by penrenpo Dec 19, 2013

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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

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Your website is an important vehicle to help generate leads for your business and to create awareness for your products and solutions. This section covers the following:

 

  1. Things to Consider When Creating Your Website
  2. Making Your Website Search Engine-Friendly
  3. Linking to ni.com from Your Website

 

 

1. Things to Consider When Creating Your Website

  • Clearly define the strategy for your site and decide on the primary goals and objectives.
    It is important to establish what you are trying to accomplish in each area of your site. Having clearly identified objectives (i.e.collecting leads, driving e-commerce, generating inbound calls, educating users) helps you prioritize which content to include on your pages. When adding content to an area of your web site, always ask yourself, "Does this content match my objective?"

  • Create compelling content and present it clearly on your site.
    When writing content for your website, keep your users in mind. Address their needs, pain points, and concerns and explain how your products and solutions alleviate those problems. They care about how your system benefits them. Having useful content is crucial, but it doesn’t help anyone if users cannot find it on your site. Think about how to most logically group your content and organize it on your site. Clearly label sections of information and pieces of content so that users can skim the page and find what they’re looking for. Based on your experience with your customers, highlight their most typical key points of interest.

  • Check to make sure you have a clear user experience and friendly interface.
    Make sure that your site is easy to use and to navigate for your users. If it’s hard for them to find what they’re looking for, they might give up and leave. It is tempting to try to cram a bunch of content and calls to action on one page, but that often clutters the experience and potentially confuses the user. If in doubt, keep things simple, and refer to your primary objectives to decide what to prioritize and present on the page. When you are working with customers, feel free to request their feedback on your website, and what they would like to add or change.

2. Make Your Website Search Engine-Friendly

Search engine optimization (SEO) helps increase traffic, and therefore leads, to your website. This section covers the following: understanding how search works, understanding the user, optimizing content on the page, and promoting content off the page. This is intended as a basic introduction. There is much more you can learn about SEO. It is recommended that you continue pursuing this topic as it can directly impact the performance of your website.

 

Understanding How Search Works

Search engines feature four main functions:

  1. Finding content: Search engines use software (bots) that move from page to page through links to find your content.
  2. Indexing content: This is the process of bots parsing through the HTML on a page and storing it in a file for the search engine to reference when a user searches for a term.
  3. Returning results to the user based on relevancy: The main way that search engines determine relevancy to a page is through something called anchor text or link text. Anchor text is the visible, clickable text in a hyperlink. You want this anchor text to match as closely as possible to the keyword you are trying to optimize.
  4. Ranking those results based on importance: Search engines determine importance based on popularity and the quality of your popularity (for example, who is deeming your content popular). Search engines are trying to reward good content, so it assumes that popular content is deemed good by users.

Understanding the User

The way the user interacts with a search engine is by inputting keywords. It’s important to understand the language users use to describe their applications and your products and services. That way, you can get the right people to your site. By using these keywords in your web site content, search engines will associate your web site with these keywords and direct users to it.

 

Brainstorming Keywords

  • Ask yourself/sales team
  • Search the keyword
  • Use your web analytics tool
  • Look it up on the Google keyword tool
  • Test it with Google AdWords

Selecting Keywords

  • Narrow your list of keywords down to 1-3 per page
  • Think about long tail SEO. That is the distribution of search terms from broad to niche. Which 20% of keywords gives you 80% of the correct traffic?
  • Broad terms: A very broad word such as “daq” is going to get a lot of search traffic, have a lot of competition, and have a lower probability of converting.
  • More niche terms: These phrases have less competition and less search volume, meaning you could potentially get less traffic to your site. But these terms also convert better, meaning the customers that get to your site are more likely to continue shopping and browsing because your site applies to them well.
  • When selecting a particular keyword for one page, think about your goals. Are you trying to build awareness that you are a DAQ vendor but are less concerned with converting people to leads or sales? Then a broad term might be a good decision.

 

Optimizing Content on the Page

Search engines view certain content on the page as more important based on where you place it. The items with a higher weight are page title, headings, and URL, so you want to make sure that your keywords are included at this level.

  • HTML tag: This is a code surrounded by brackets (<>) that denotes format, hyperlinks, or information for the bot.
  • Page title: The page title or title tag shows up in a few places. It is visible at the top of the browser. It is also the clickable link in the search engine results.
  • Meta tag: This is a type of HTML tag that gives information about the page. The bot can see this information in the HTML, but the user can’t see it on the page. Users can see it on the search engine results page below the clickable link. It is not a factor in determining your rankings, but it can help persuade users to click on your link versus another one on the first page.
  • Heading: This is recognized by the HTML tag “H” and then the number, such as H1 or H2 as the heading tag.
  • Keyword at the page level: Sprinkle the keyword throughout the body content, with a few variations to allow for user variations in the query and for natural writing in the content. At the page level, it’s really important to remember your users. If they type in a search term, get to a page, and find out it’s not about that keyword, they’re going to leave.

Promoting Content off the Page

Of all the things you can do to optimize your content for search, this is the most important. The search engine determines your popularity and relevence at the top of the results page largely based on which external sites link to yours.

  • Get links from trusted, relevant sites. Examples include:
    • Credible institutions: .edu, .gov
    • User-generated: blogs, forums
  • Focus more on external links than internal
  • Get links from multiple unique domains

 

Build links to your site by

  1. Creating exciting content: If people are really excited about what you do as a company, they are naturally going to talk about you and link back to your site.
  2. Building relationships: Build relationships with editors to get them to write articles for you; build relationships with bloggers in your industry to get them to write posts about you.
  3. Taking advantage of social media: Post comments on blogs and forums related to your industry. Social media is a great way to get links back to your site.
  4. Participating: Make sure you are participating in the forums, conferences, and communities that contain your target audience. This helps you spread the word, forge relationships, build credibility, and much more.

 

3. Linking to ni.com from Your Website

Cross-linking between relevant and content-rich sites is important for driving traffic. Your company can greatly benefit from linking to our site. For example, by linking between sites, you improve your ranking in web search engines, as we just discussed above. Higher rankings mean better chances that customers will come to both ni.com and your websites looking for your services and solutions.

 

As a contributor to the LabVIEW Tools Network, take advantage of the Related Links section of your model page to link back to important documentation and demos on your own website. Link back to your model page on ni.com and the LabVIEW Tools Network to strengthen the link connection.

 

As always, feel free to post your own ideas below.

 

Will Schoettler

LabVIEW Tools Network Product Manager

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Design and Implementation

 

In Tools For Developing Tools, Part 1 we looked at a variety of tools that improve the process of creating detailed documentation that meets the Compatible with LabVIEW standard.  In order to utilize tools for documentation, you must have code worth documenting.  Fortunately, there are a wide array of different tools available on the LabVIEW Tools Network that assist in the the actual design and implementation of a large application.  Many of the tools on the LabVIEW Tools Network are extremely useful for specific applications, such as the set of VIs used to program KUKA Robots.  The focus of this post will be on more generic tools that are useful in a wider variety of applications.

 

 

General Purpose Toolkits

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OpenG Libraries

 

The OpenG community has built and shared hundreds of open-source VIs that cover a wide variety of different functions.  There are additional palettes with advanced functions for working with arrays, strings, application control, file handling, and more.  If you aren't already using OpenG, you probably should be.

 

 

GPower Toolsets

 

Another set of useful functions, the GPower Toolsets include functionality for advanced error handling, timing functions, overflow arithmetic, dynamic VIs, and more.  They also introduce the concept of VI Registers, which are extremely useful for global access throughout your application.

 

 

MGI Library - Moore Good Ideas

 

Moore Good Ideas employees consolidated a free set of VIs created by MGI over time.  This toolkit includes functions for most of the categories in the default LabVIEW Programming palette, expanding on built-in functionality with advanced re-usable VIs.

 

 

NI Labs: LabVIEW VI Scripting

 

VI scripting allows you to programmatically generate, run, inspect, and modify LabVIEW code.  These tools are indispensable when working with large sets of code, and can significantly decrease the amount of time needed to generate large libraries.

 

 

EasyGIO Tools

 

EasyGIO Tools is an add-on that addresses a wide variety of new functionality.  It includes VIs to create HTML help files automatically, set help options programmatically, modify VI descriptions, update front panel tip strips, and more.  In fact, this tool addresses much more than just documentation.  It includes functions that manipulate controls on your front panel, easily create FGVs, rename and save VIs without conflicts, and create a top-level VI with project.  The EasyGIO Tools are exceptionaly useful utility VIs that assist in many phases of development.

 

 

Third-Party Licensing and Activation Toolkit

 

Properly licensing code for distribution to customers presents a number of challenges, such as managing activations and preventing fraud.  Implementing custom licensing can be very time consuming, especially when maintaining a positive end-user experience.  The Third-Party Licensing and Activation Toolkit is an out-of-the-box solution that takes care of licensing, activation, evaluation, and more.  It supports development and deployment licensing and is highly recommended for use with any code that needs to be licensed.

 

 

Source Code Control


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Source code control allows teams of developers to ensure easy access to shared code while mitigating conflicting changes, allowing check outs of code, merging versions, and more.  Tortoise SVN is a very popular free set of code that performs source code control from a file browser.  Viewpoint Systems' TSVN Toolkit integrates the functionality of source code control programs directly into LabVIEW, extending the native source code control of LabVIEW with an intuitive interface that overlays directly on a LabVIEW project.

 

 

TortoiseSVN Tool for LabVIEW

 

Similar to TSVN, this toolkit incorporates source code control into the LabVIEW Tools menu.  Created by JKI, this full-featured toolkit saves time for developers, accessing common TortoiseSVN operations without leaving LabVIEW, allowing them to focus on their work rather than source code control.

 

 

Clusters and OOP

 

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Cluster Toolkit

 

Clusters are an extremely powerful way to manage elements in LabVIEW.  This set of VIs simplifies a number of different operations related to working with clusters.  You can easily obtain individual or sets of elements, manipulate elements, split or index cluster subsets, convert clusters to other data structures, and sort clusters programmatically.  The Cluster Toolkit also works with clusters in the form of variant data, further increasing the flexibility of this powerful toolkit.

 

 

Cluster Tools

 

Cluster Tools by IMS builds on the native LabVIEW cluster functions by allowing programmatic indexing, register reference, recursive operations, and more.  Allowing direct access to cluster element references means you can perform manipulation of those elements without bundling values with references.  Overall, Cluster Tools is extremely useful when working with code that is heavily dependent on clusters as a data structure.

 

 

GOOP Development Suite

 

Object oriented programming in LabVIEW has grown by leaps and bounds in recent years.  Object data is stored in wires that are accessed via cluster tools.  There also exists a series of tools designed to extend LabVIEW's OOP feature set.  The GOOP Development Suite simplifies management of classes, allows automatic code generation, and incorporates Unified Modeling Language support into LabVIEW. 

 

 

G# Framework

 

This toolkit adds reference-based object oriented support, includes a debugger for tracing object instantiation, and adds automated garbage collection to remove the need to manually destroy objects.  The toolkit's object oriented support makes LabVIEW as powerful as any object oriented language.

 

 

UI Customization

 

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WF ProgressBar

 

The WireFlow WF ProgressBar module is a simple, easy way to add progress bars into your application.  It allows full customization of the appearance, giving you control over the user interface and allowing the end user to potentially cancel longer operations.  For more progress bar functionality, check out the LabVIEW Taskbar Progress Bar API, which allows you to use the progress bar embedded in Windows 7 by leveraging very simple VIs.

 

 

VI Box XControls

 

One of my personal favorites, this XControl allows you to create a tab control on your LabVIEW front panel that performs similarly to a browser.  You can create additional tabs, manipulate their locations, pop them into separate windows, and more - all during run-time.  The ability to provide users an intuitive tabbed experience similar to what they are used to from internet browsers increases the usability of a wide variety of applications.

 

 

UI Control Suite

 

The UI Control Suite adds controls and indicators that differ aesthetically from the built-in LabVIEW UI objects.  Available in Metallic Theme, NI Theme, and System Controls, the UI Control Suites offer the ability to make engaging, coherently styled UIs for a variety of desired looks.

 

 

UI Tools

 

The UI Tools palette, created by LAVA, allows the LabVIEW front panel to fade in or out, smoothly move objects programmatically, override generic dialog boxes, and more.  This powerful toolset also incorporates functionality to improve the usability of front panels of LabVIEW OOP VIs.

 

 

 

 

There are many more tools available on the LabVIEW Tools Network that facilitate productivity, expand built-in functionality, and incorporate specific applications to save you and your developers time and effort during the Design and Implementation phase of your project.  In Part 3 of this series, we will take a look at a number of tools that simplify the Deployment process in a variety of different ways.

 

Patrick Simmons

LabVIEW Tools Network Engineer

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Case studies document how our customers use our products and services to develop innovative solutions, optimize existing applications, or perform cutting-edge research. They are excellent tools for demonstrating the capabilities of your products and building credibility in industry. This post will cover how to write an effective case study. We will cover:

 

  1. Type of content you want to include
  2. How to structure your case study
  3. Important details

 

Type of Content you Want to Include

Case studies are inherently about projects that your customers have created. So typically you will work directly with your customers to obtain content and review the messaging that is used. When obtaining content for your case study, be sure to cover the following points:

 

  • Demonstrate how your application met the customer’s challenges better than any other company and include examples of other options the customer may have chosen.
  • Communicate the challenge clearly and include the “pain points” the customer was trying to alleviate.
  • Highlight all of the software, hardware, and services used to develop the solution.
  • Quantify the results. Include phrases such as, “We helped the customer increase efficiency by X percent, decrease costs by X dollars, and decrease test time by X minutes/hours.” The more specific you can be, the better.

 

How to Structure Your Case Study

Now that you have your content, how do you present it to the reader? You want to make it as easy as possible for your reader to get a snapshot of the solution. You should also have more detailed supporting content so they can learn more if they are interested.

 

  1. Provide a conside but descriptive Title. 60 characters maximum.

  2. Start by crediting the Author(s), including the company name that created the solution. This helps you gain credibility in the eyes of the reader. A recognized name that uses your products will have the most weight in the eyes of the reader.

  3. State your Products used in this case study. Simply state them - description will come later.

  4. Next, mention the Industry and Application Area that the solution pertains to. This allows readers to self-select by their interest area.

  5. Now it's time to describe the Challenge your customer needed to overcome. This is the reason they needed your product. Make this 25-50 words.

  6. Follow the Challege by the Solution. Describe how your customer solved the problem using your products. This should also be 25-50 words.

This completes your snapshot of the solution. You have given the reader enough information to decide if this fits their interests and if they want to learn more. The next step is to provide more details on the customer, the solution, and reasoning why your product was chosen for the solution. This is the main Body of the case study. It should be 800-1200 words.

 

  1. First paragraphs should be a Brief Description of the Customer. Specifically who they are, what they do, and who they serve. Elaborate on the engineering problem they were trying to solve and why it was important.

  2. The next few paragraphs should describe the Project itself that was used to solve the challenge. This is a high-level description of how the system works. Be sure to describe:
    • Other options besides your own, that could have solved the problem.
    • Why the customer chose your product over the other options.
    • The specific features of your product that were most utilitized and why they were important for the success of the solution.
    • Mention any additional services you provided that were helpful for the project.

  3. Now explain the Benefits of the Solution. Provide detail, and give quantifiable measures of the benefits. Specifically:
    • Practical benefits (Increased efficiency, ability to reuse or scale, etc)
    • Business benefits (Cost savings, time savings, meeting more customer needs)
    • Any benefits your or your customer did not expect

  4. The Final Paragraph should discuss how this solution and specifically your products met the customer's objective for their project.

  5. Follow the body with Contact Information to learn more about your products and the solution as well as any Additional Materials you may want to include like code or supplemental technical documents.

 

Once complete, your case study should have the following structure:

 

Case Study Title

 

Author(s):

 

Products Used:

 

Industry:

 

Application Area:

 

The Challenge (25-50 words)

 

The Solution (25-50 words)

 

Body (800-1200 words)

    • Brief Description of the Customer
    • Project Itself
    • Benefits of the Solution
    • Final Paragraph

 

Contact Information

 

Additional Information

 

Important Details

There are a few details that help to make a case study particularly engaging and effective. Always do the following:

 

  1. Include links or methods for readers to learn more about your product and get in contact with you. They should always have a next step.

  2. Choose a solution that is either attention grabbing or solves a very common problem in the industry you serve. This will help get people interested and give the case study more mileage.

  3. When possible, include pictures. Graphics and photographs immediately add a new element and sense of reality to your case study. People will be able to understand the case study more effectively. It also adds additional credibility.

  4. When possible, include video of the solution or concepts applied in the solution. Videos are one of the most effective methods to gain attention and get important messages across to the viewer.

 

Final Thoughts

Case studies can be a very effective addition to your overall marketing strategy. They give you the opportunity to demonstrate your technical aptitude while quickly showing others how people are effectively using your products. One of the best ways to gain exposure and increase sales is by demonstrating that respected organizations in your industry are happily using your product.

 

For example case studies, take a look at ni.com/casestudies. As always, free to post questions or your own examples below.

 

Have a great weekend!

 

Will Schoettler

LabVIEW Tools Network Product Manager

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NIWeek 2013 has finally, but sadly come to an end.  Every year, it's a great experience for Alliance Partners and the LabVIEW Tools Network, but 2013 has been by far the best.  In case you weren't able to join us (or if you did join us and just want to relive the memories) here are a few of the highlights:

 

LabVIEW Tools Network Awards

 

This year the LabVIEW Tools Network Awards were bigger and more successful than all of the others.  Combined with the Alliance Partner Network awards, we completely filled the keynote room to showcase this year's top new LabVIEW Tools Network products.  Congratulations to the finalists and winners in all 5 categories:

 

Test Product of the Year

Winner:  Tool Qualification Kit for NI TestStand by CertTech, L.L.C.

Toolkit to Qualify NI TestStand as a Verification Tool

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Runner Up: Digital Video Signal Generation Toolkits by MaxEye Technologies

Create Test Signals for DVB, DTMB, CMMB, DAB, ISDB, and ATSC Digital Video Standards

 

Embedded Product of the Year

Winner: Raima Database API for LabVIEW by Raima, Inc.

Database solution for NI CompactRIO, Single-Board RIO and Windows

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Runner Up: modeFRONTIER for LabVIEW by ESTECO

Integration platform for multi-objective and multi-disciplinary Hardware-in-the-loop optimization.

DAQ Product of the Year

Winner:  Chameleon for NI CompactDAQ by PVI Systems

Configurable DAQ Software for Structural Test and Monitoring

 

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Runner Up: iDaq by Tools for Smart Minds (T4SM)

Data Logger, Fully Programmable With LabVIEW

Community Product of the Year

Winner: TSVN Toolkit by Viewpoint Systems Inc.

Subversion Version Control for NI LabVIEW

 

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Runner Up: VI Box XControls by SAPHIR

Advanced front panel controls for a more dynamic user experience

LabVIEW Innovation Product of the Year

Winner: Wirebird Labs: Deploy by Wirebird Labs LLC

Setup Authoring and Application Distribution for NI LabVIEW

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Runner Up: BLT for LabVIEW by Studio Bods

Building, Licensing, and Tracking for LabVIEW Executables

Runner Up: VI Helpeks by Konstantin Shifershteyn

Provide Your VIs With Help That Looks Like LabVIEW Help

 

Double the Products, Double the Downloads, Double the Fun!

Since this time last year, the LabVIEW Tools Network has almost doubled the number of products available (Currently 177 and growing) and doubled the number of downloads (Over 2 Million downloads).  This only happened thanks to the time and effort from our great developers and their awesome products. 

 

LabVIEW Tools Network Products in the Day 1 Keynote

This year the LabVIEW Tools Network took over the Day 1 Keynote stage.  Not only were the 5 LabVIEW Tools Network awards winners congratulated on the big screen, but Jack Dunaway from Wirebird Labs demoed Deploy, Raima Database API for LabVIEW and RTI DDS Toolkit for LabVIEW were showcased in a case study from LocalGrid, and Viewpoint Systems TSVN Toolkit was mentioned as a key Software Engineering Tool for LabVIEW.  Kudos to everyone involved!

 

Alliance Day Session: Selling Tools on the LabVIEW Tools Network

LabVIEW Tools Network Program Manager, Matthew Friedman, and LabVIEW Tools Network Engineer, Robert Des Rosier gave a very well received session on the process of selling a product on the LabVIEW Tools Network.  Slides from this session are attached below.

 

LabVIEW 2013 Release

LabVIEW 2013 was released and is better and more stable than ever.  The most notable new feature is that the LabVIEW Tools Network and VI Package Manager is actually installed by default when you install LabVIEW 2013.  This means that customers have an even easier opportunity to download and try out third party tools from directly within the LabVIEW environment without any additional steps needed.  A more detailed review of notable features of LabVIEW 2013 to come soon..

 

Much more

This is just a small bit of the excitement that we had for NIWeek this year.  For more information check out the NI News Blog.  Hopefully we'll see everyone out here next year!

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