LabVIEW 2013 enables users to focus on innovation rather than infrastructure

August 07, 2013 // By Jean-Pierre Joosting
National Instruments has introduced LabVIEW 2013, the latest version of its industry-leading design platform. Users can take advantage of the most advanced technologies without rewriting their applications or learning new tools.

LabVIEW 2013 also offers overhauled sample projects and an expanded training library that serve as a strong foundation for any undertaking.

“LabVIEW 2013 utilises the most current and powerful technologies, making it a necessity for any developer,” said Ray Almgren, Vice President of Marketing at National Instruments. “Not only does it support the NI Linux Real-Time OS, giving developers access to dynamic, community-sourced libraries, it’s the foundation of the new cRIO-9068 software-designed controller.”

Making designing complex, web-based systems more intuitive, LabVIEW 2013 allows users to more easily create, debug, and publish LabVIEW Web services.

LabVIEW 2013 include simplified block diagram comment navigation and organisation. It also provides access to the LabVIEW Tools Network, an expansive network of third-party add-ons.

New LabVIEW 2013 benefits include:

  1. Native support for the latest hardware from vendors like ARM and Xilinx, including the Xilinx Zynq All Programmable system on a chip used in high-performance systems.
  2. Enhanced application reliability and quality for complex applications through a suite of code management, documentation and review tools. New tools integrate with a software engineering process, including a new Subversion plugin from Viewpoint Systems.
  3. Streamlined deployment technologies for developers who want to deliver professional applications to users, including a new tool from Wirebird Labs.
  4. Delivering systems on the latest mobile platforms for iOS and Android that enable dashboards for remote monitoring and system control.

These new capabilities are delivered through the familiar LabVIEW programming paradigm, eliminating developer need for expensive new toolchains or the acquisition of OS- or hardware-specific training or talent.

LabVIEW 2013 continues to expand the in-product templates and sample projects, which provide recommended starting points designed to ensure the quality and scalability of a system. All of the templates and sample projects are open-source and include extensive documentation designed to clearly indicate how the code works and the best practices for adding or modifying functionality. In addition to demonstrating recommended architectures, these projects also illustrate best practices