LabVIEW 2016: Whats New

LabVIEW 2016 was released this past August, implementing helpful tools that LabVIEW users had wished were available – you spoke, National Instruments listened. Below is an outline of what’s new in LabVIEW 2016. Labview-logo

Improvements in manipulation and functionality:

Real time object manipulation is one of the big features in LabVIEW 2016. Moving selected VI’s and structures, along with resizing and selecting objects is done in real time. This being true for both the block diagram and front panel makes it so much easier to place objects and rearrange your VI’s.

LabVIEW 2016 also offers data communication between parallel portions of code in your block diagram. Called “channel wires“, they connect sections of code without forcing or changing the execution priority. Notes and instructions on how to use channel wires can be found here.

Environment Improvements:  quick-drop

Our favorite Quick Drop dialog box has seen a good chunk of improvements. Rather than manually setting a default list of shortcuts, the quick drop box automatically lists a range of default shortcuts without having to worry about manually setting them. It also features a new options tab that allows you to change the features of the quick drop dialog box whether you’re on the front panel or the block diagram.

New VIs: 

Is Name Multi platform – checks if a filename is valid on different platforms

Show in File System – opens a path to a file or directory in all three platforms (Windows, OS X and Linux)

Get Channel Information – retrieves channel information from the data type stored in Variant

Read Autotop Nested Actor Count – use this to return the numbers of nested actors that have not sent a Last Message to the calling actor

Variant Attribute Get / Replace Border Node – right click the border of an in-place element structure and select the add variant attribute get / replace to place this border node on the in-place element structure

New Tool-kits for Windows, OS X and Linux:

Control Design and Simulation Mode

MathScript RT Module

VI Analyzer Toolkit

All of these features are exciting new additions to LabVIEW. Have you used LabVIEW 2016 yet? Comment below and tell us what you think! And if you need some ideas on how to get started with the LabVIEW software, or what you can do with it, check out a few example projects below!

Getting Started With LabVIEW: Get a basic introduction to the LabVIEW software with this detailed Instructable!


Touch Sensitive Piano: Build your own simple piano and learn about how to connect LabVIEW to the physical world!


Adding Knobs to the Analog Discovery 2: Use LabVIEW and Pmods to add some physical controls to your USB oscilloscope!



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