This file contains important information about SignalExpress 2015, including system requirements, installation instructions, and known issues.
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SignalExpress is an interactive measurement program to acquire, analyze, log, and present data from hundreds of data acquisition devices and instruments with no programming required. You can acquire signals from hardware devices installed on your computer, analyze the signals, and then send the resulting signals to hardware devices.
SignalExpress has the following requirements:
The following table lists the application software versions, including service packs, supported by SignalExpress.
|Application Software||Versions Supported by SignalExpress|
|LabVIEW||2012 (32-bit), 2013 (32-bit), 2014 (32-bit), 2015 (32-bit)|
SignalExpress is compatible with the following driver software:
SignalExpress installs the NI Measurement Studio Network Variable and Windows Forms support in the .NET Global Assembly Cache for run-time purposes.
If you purchased LabVIEW 2015, you can install all of your LabVIEW products—including SignalExpress—using the LabVIEW 2015 Platform media. Find installation instructions for SignalExpress, along with activation instructions, in the following locations:
To request additional LabVIEW Platform media, refer to the National Instruments website.
Complete the following steps to install SignalExpress 2015 from the SignalExpress installation media.
If you purchased SignalExpress with an NI Software Suite or NI Product Bundle, use the installation media that shipped with your purchase to install this product.
Complete the following steps to use SignalExpress with hardware:
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SignalExpress is available in full and limited (LE) editions. When you install SignalExpress, you have a 7-day trial of the Full Edition. After that period, you must purchase the Full Edition or activate SignalExpress LE.
If you purchased the Full Edition of SignalExpress, you can activate from the software or the NI License Manager using the serial number included in your software kit. If you purchased the Full or Professional Development System of LabVIEW 2015, you can use the serial number included with LabVIEW to activate SignalExpress.
Refer to ni.com/signalexpress to purchase the Full Edition.
You can activate SignalExpress LE by clicking the Register Limited Edition button on the National Instruments License Dialog window that appears when you launch the application. You also can activate SignalExpress LE from the NI License Manager using the following serial number:
To convert a SignalExpress project to a LabVIEW VI, you must have the LabVIEW 2012 Full Development System or later installed.
Note SignalExpress does not support the 64-bit versions of LabVIEW.
The following steps are deprecated in SignalExpress 2015:
To run a project that contains steps in the previous list, refer to the National Instruments website.
You can access the software and documentation known issues list online. Refer to the National Instruments website for an up-to-date list of known issues in SignalExpress 2015.
Refer to the SignalExpress Help, accessible from Help»SignalExpress Help, for information about SignalExpress.
You can modify an example project for an application, or you can copy and paste one or more examples into a project that you create. Example projects for SignalExpress are located in the signalexpress\examples directory. You can find the examples directory in one of the following ways:
You can automate the installation of most NI products using command-line arguments to suppress some or all of the installer user interface and dialog boxes. However, starting with the August 2012 releases (products using NI Installers version 3.1 or later), you may need to perform additional steps before or during a silent installation of NI software.
If the NI product you are installing uses Microsoft .NET 4.0, the .NET installer may run before any NI software installs and may require a reboot before the installation of NI software begins. To avoid a .NET reboot, install .NET 4.0 separately before you install NI software.
For more information about automating the installation of NI products, refer to the following KnowledgeBase articles:
When you install National Instruments software on Microsoft Windows 8.x, you will notice a few additional tiles in the Apps view, including shortcuts to NI application software products such as NI LabVIEW, Measurement & Automation Explorer (NI MAX), and NI Launcher.
NI Launcher helps you find and launch installed NI products. It provides you with a method of finding NI products similar to the Start menu in previous versions of Microsoft Windows. To use NI Launcher, click the NI Launcher tile in the Apps view. NI Launcher launches the desktop and opens a menu containing a list of NI products. Click any NI product to launch it.
Note NI MAX does not appear as a desktop shortcut when installed on Microsoft Windows 8.x. You can launch NI MAX either from the Apps view or from within NI Launcher.
For convenience, you can pin your most-used NI applications, such as MAX, to either the Start screen or the Taskbar on the desktop, as necessary:
|Current Application||Icon Location||Pin to Action|
|Windows 8.x Desktop||Desktop Taskbar||Right-click application and select Pin to Taskbar|
|Windows 8.x Desktop||Start screen||Right-click application and select Pin to Start|
|Windows 8.x Start screen||Desktop Taskbar||Right-click application and select Pin to taskbar from the menu bar on the bottom of the screen|
If you want to find a particular application or related files, such as documentation files, from the Start screen, you can access all installed files from the Apps view. To get to the Apps view, right-click anywhere on the Start screen and select All apps (Windows 8.0) or click the down arrow on the bottom left of the screen (Windows 8.1).
For more information about NI support for Windows 8.x, visit ni.com/windows8.
National Instruments SignalExpress will drop support for Microsoft Windows Vista, Windows XP, and Windows Server 2003 as of July 1, 2016. Versions of SignalExpress that ship after July 1, 2016 will not install or run on Windows Vista, Windows XP, or Windows Server 2003. For detailed information about NI application software product life cycles, visit ni.com/info and enter one of the following Info Codes:
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