National Instruments and Mac OS X -- Frequently Asked Questions

This document answers some of the frequently asked questions about National Instruments support for the Mac OS X platform. For more information on Mac OS X, please visit ni.com/mac.

Which Mac OS X versions does National Instruments support?

National Instruments began support for Mac OS X with version 10.3.9 (Panther). However, as older versions become legacy, support is shifted to more recent versions. Please consult the readme of the desired software product for specific details on Mac OS X support.

Do National Instruments products function on earlier versions of Mac OS X?

No. National Instruments products are not compatible with Mac OS X versions prior to 10.3.9.

Does National Instruments support Intel-based Mac computers?

Yes, most National Instruments products for the Mac are shipped with support for Intel-based machines to ensure that our customers can use the latest Apple technology.

In addition, NI LabVIEW software is capable of creating universal binaries so that developers can create applications for both PowerPC and Intel-based Macs. For more information, please refer to the KnowledgeBase titled How to Create a Macintosh Universal Binary Application or Framework Using LabVIEW.

Which products does National Instruments support on Mac OS X?

National Instruments provides Mac OS X support for many product families including:

  • LabVIEW
  • Data acquisition devices
  • Instrument control hardware
  • PXI industrial chassis

For a list of specific products that National Instruments supports on Mac OS X, please refer to the product-specific pages on the Mac homepage.

Can I migrate existing LabVIEW programs to LabVIEW for Mac OS X?

Yes, you can easily migrate LabVIEW programs created in previous versions of LabVIEW or on different operating systems to the Mac. However, you may be required to update the application if you used any non-Mac OS X functions (such as ActiveX). You can use the LabVIEW Conditional Disable structure to disable any code not available for Mac OS X.

How do I obtain Mac OS X support from National Instruments?

National Instruments provides technical support for Mac OS X support via discussion forums, e-mail, and phone.

To obtain support, submit your questions via the NI Request Support system. You also may find the various LabVIEW and Mac OS X community forums helpful. For a list of forums, refer to the additional Mac OS X resources below.

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