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Using NI Hardware on Mac OS X

Mac OS X brings revolutionary changes to the Macintosh, including the driver software model. As we rework our drivers for this new OS, you will notice many important changes in NI hardware support for the Macintosh.

Instrument Control
From the very beginning, LabVIEW has been controlling instruments. National Instruments GPIB controllers handle the hardware communication and LabVIEW instrument drivers help you send the correct commands. You can use the NI GPIB-ENET/100 Ethernet-to-GPIB Controller with NI-488.2 driver software for Mac OS X. This controller enables you to control your stand-alone instruments from anywhere on your Ethernet network. You can also find thousands of instrument drivers on the NI Instrument Driver Network.

Data Acquisition and Control

With LabVIEW Real-Time
From its introduction in 1998, LabVIEW Real-Time has grown dramatically to bring many new applications into the LabVIEW environment. With this release you can build your data acquisition applications in LabVIEW Real-Time for Mac OS X and target our PXI modular instrumentation hardware.

Supported Products:

Advanced Users
The Measurement Hardware Driver Development Kit (DDK) provides a set of multi-platform, register-level programming tools for NI Data Acquisition Hardware. The LabVIEW for Mac OS X preview program brings these powerful, low-level interfaces to LabVIEW for the first time. The Measurement Hardware DDK is designed for advanced customers developing OEM type systems. Support is available only through online newsgroups, downloads, and register-level programming manuals. Standard phone and email support is not available for the Measurement Hardware DDK.