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SignalExpress 2015 Readme

June 2015

This file contains important information about SignalExpress 2015, including system requirements, installation instructions, and known issues.

Refer to the Getting Started with SignalExpress manual for getting started information by selecting Help»Getting Started with»Getting Started with SignalExpress in SignalExpress. You must have Adobe Reader installed to view the Getting Started with SignalExpress manual. Refer to the Adobe Systems Incorporated website at www.adobe.com to download the latest version of Adobe Reader.

Overview

System Requirements

Application Software Support

Compatibility with Driver Software

Installation Instructions

Installing from the LabVIEW 2015 Platform Media

Installing from the SignalExpress 2015 Installation Media

Installing from an NI Software Suite or NI Product Bundle

Using Hardware with SignalExpress

Product Security and Critical Updates

Activating SignalExpress

SignalExpress Full Edition

SignalExpress Limited Edition

Code Generation Compatibility

Known Issues

Accessing the Help

Finding Examples

Automating the Installation of NI Products

How to Use NI Software with Microsoft Windows 8.x

NI Software Support for Microsoft Windows Vista, Windows XP, and Windows Server 2003

Legal Information


Overview

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.

System Requirements

SignalExpress has the following requirements:

Application Software Support

The following table lists the application software versions, including service packs, supported by SignalExpress.

Application SoftwareVersions Supported by SignalExpress
LabVIEW 2012 (32-bit), 2013 (32-bit), 2014 (32-bit), 2015 (32-bit)

Compatibility with Driver Software

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.

Installation Instructions

Installing from the LabVIEW 2015 Platform Media

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.

Installing from the SignalExpress 2015 Installation Media

Complete the following steps to install SignalExpress 2015 from the SignalExpress installation media.

  1. Log on as an administrator or as a user with administrator privileges.
  2. Insert the SignalExpress 2015 installation media and follow the instructions that appear on the screen.
  3. (Optional) Activate SignalExpress when prompted by the installer, or activate at a later time using the NI License Manager.

Installing from an NI Software Suite or NI Product Bundle

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.

Using Hardware with SignalExpress

Complete the following steps to use SignalExpress with hardware:

  1. Install the appropriate driver software according to the following table.

    Hardware Driver software
    Multifunction DAQ NI-DAQmx
    High-speed digitizers NI-SCOPE
    Signal generators NI-FGEN
    Digital multimeters NI-DMM

    All driver software is available on the NI Device Drivers media.
  2. Shut down the computer.
  3. Install the hardware.
  4. Restart the computer to complete the software installation.

Product Security and Critical Updates

Visit ni.com/security to view and subscribe to receive security notifications about National Instruments products. Visit ni.com/critical-updates for information about critical updates from National Instruments.

Activating SignalExpress

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.

SignalExpress Full Edition

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.

SignalExpress Limited Edition (LE)

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:

S14X86772

Code Generation Compatibility

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.

Known Issues

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.

Accessing the Help

Refer to the SignalExpress Help, accessible from Help»SignalExpress Help, for information about SignalExpress.

Finding Examples

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:

Automating the Installation of NI Products

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:

How to Use NI Software with Microsoft Windows 8.x

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.

Using 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.

Pinning Frequently Used Applications

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 ApplicationIcon LocationPin to Action
Windows 8.x DesktopDesktop TaskbarRight-click application and select Pin to Taskbar
Windows 8.x Desktop Start screenRight-click application and select Pin to Start
Windows 8.x Start screenDesktop TaskbarRight-click application and select Pin to taskbar from the menu bar on the bottom of the screen

Finding All Programs

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.

NI SignalExpress Drops Support for Microsoft Windows Vista, Windows XP, and Windows Server 2003 in 2016

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:

Product Info Code
LabVIEWlifecycle
LabWindows™/CVI™cvi_lifecycle
Measurement Studiomstudiolifecycle
TestStandtslcp
DIAdemddlcp
SignalExpressselcp
VeriStandnivslifecycle

Legal Information

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End-User License Agreements and Third-Party Legal Notices

You can find end-user license agreements (EULAs) and third-party legal notices in the following locations after installation:

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Patents

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