NI, formerly known as National Instruments, today announced a significant upgrade to its flagship product LabVIEW. For nearly 40 years, LabVIEW has been the industry-standard product in the field of data acquisition, instrument control, and automation. These latest improvements further enable engineers in their use of test insights and data to drive product and business performance. The latest improvements include: 

  • Zoom for Block Diagram
  • Quick change for faster object creation
  • Double-click to create control or indicator from a wire
  • Visual improvements to Highlight Execution and option for execution speeds
  • Faster re-building of applications and packed project libraries
  • Virtual environment support for Python and LabVIEW users (announced Q1 2023).

“It was exciting to see the appreciation from the audience at NI Connect when we demonstrated the upcoming, ease-of-use improvements with this new version of LabVIEW,” says Eric Reffett, director of product Management at NI. “Additions like Zoom and quick change are meaningful in a graphical development environment, and we are energized by both the engagement we got from the community during design, as well as the impact we know it will have.”  

In addition, NI and JKI entered a long-term collaboration to focus on improving package-related workflows in LabVIEW. This included expanding VI Package Manager (VIPM) features, making it more robust and versatile for developers, as well as the addition of Dragon. This initial release is focused on using projects and packages, and the relationship will continue to improve the way developers share and re-use code. 

“I’m thrilled to work with NI,” says Jim Kring, CEO of JKI. “JKI first created VIPM to help LabVIEW developers build and reuse LabVIEW code libraries, and it has since helped developers for over a decade. This collaboration with NI expands both the functionality available to all LabVIEW developers in VIPM, as well as the access developers have to resources available in, but this initiative is just the beginning.”  

The new LabVIEW features have made it more user-friendly, efficient, and powerful for helping test professionals and engineers focus on turning test performance into business performance.