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NI Vision Development Module 2016 Readme

June 2016

This file contains important information about National Instruments Vision Development Module, including installation instructions, new features, fixed issues, and known issues.

Overview
System Requirements
NI Software Support for Microsoft Windows 7, Windows Vista, Windows XP, and Windows Server 2003
Product Security and Critical Updates
NI Application Software Support
External Library Support
New Features
Updates and Improvements
Installation Instructions
How to Activate the NI Vision License
Deploying Vision Applications
Automating the Installation of NI Products
Known Issues
Documentation and Examples
Using NI Software with Microsoft Windows 10
Using NI Software with Microsoft Windows 8.1
Legal Information

Overview

The NI Vision Development Module provides hundreds of image processing and machine vision functions. Along with programming libraries, the NI Vision Development Module also includes NI Vision Assistant. Installing this software may remove previous versions of the NI Vision Development Module that are currently installed.

Note: The NI Vision Development Module overwrites existing NI Vision examples and NI Vision VIs. Move modified examples or VIs that you want to save to another directory before installing the NI Vision Development Module.

Refer to the NI Vision website at ni.com/vision for the latest information about the NI Vision Development Module.

System Requirements

The development computer must meet the following system requirements to run the NI Vision Development Module.

  Minimum Recommended
Processor 233 MHz Pentium or equivalent Pentium 4/M or equivalent
Memory 256 MB RAM 512 MB RAM
Display (Vision Assistant) 1,152 × 864 resolution video adapter with a 16-bit display 1,152 × 864 resolution video adapter with a 24- or 32-bit display
Display (other environments) 1,024 × 768 resolution video adapter with a 16-bit display 1,024 × 768 resolution video adapter with a 24- or 32-bit display
Free Hard Disk Space 3.2 GB
Operating System
  • Windows 10 (32- and 64-bit)
  • Windows 8.1 (32- and 64-bit)1
  • Windows 7 SP1 (32- and 64-bit)2
  • Windows Server 2012 R2 (64-bit)1
  • Windows Server 2008 R2 SP1 (64-bit)2

1 NI software installs VC2015 Runtime and .NET 4.6.1. Windows 8.1 and Windows Server 2012 R2 require Microsoft updates to support these items. Refer to Microsoft KB2919442 and KB2919355 for more information about how to install these updates.

2 NI software is signed with a SHA-256 certificate. Windows 7 SP1, Windows Embedded Standard 7 SP1, and Windows Server 2008 R2 SP1 require Microsoft updates to support SHA-256. Refer to Microsoft KB3033929 for more information about how to install this security update.

NI Vision Development Module 2016 Drops Support for Microsoft Windows 7 RTM, Windows Vista, Windows XP, and Windows Server 2003

With this release, NI Vision Development Module drops support for Microsoft Windows 7 RTM (with no service pack), Windows Vista, Windows XP, and Windows Server 2003. NI Vision Development Module 2016 and later will not install or run on an unsupported OS. You cannot deploy or distribute applications that use NI Vision Development Module 2016 to an unsupported OS. Additionally, after installing NI Vision Development Module 2016, you cannot use any installers built on this computer with any version of LabVIEW, LabWindows™/CVI™, NI TestStand™, or Measurement Studio on an unsupported OS.

For more information about the changes to our OS support for 2016, refer to KB 79UC78LS, Why Does my LabVIEW, LabWindows/CVI, Measurement Studio, or TestStand Built Installer Fail on Windows XP/Vista and Server 2003?.

Product Security and Critical Updates

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

NI Application Software Support

The following table lists the NI application software versions, including service packs, supported by the NI Vision Development Module. The installer specifically allows side-by-side installations of Vision Development Module for each of the supported versions of LabVIEW, enabling you to use the NI Vision Development Module with multiple versions of LabVIEW. National Instruments recommends that you install LabVIEW, LabVIEW Real-Time, or any other supported development environment, before installing the NI Vision Development Module.

NI Application Software Versions Supported by NI Vision Development Module
NI LabVIEW 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016
NI LabVIEW Real-Time Module 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016
NI LabVIEW FPGA Module 2014, 2015, 2016
NI LabWindows™/CVI™2010, 2012, 2013, 2015

NI Vision Development Module .NET Support

NI Vision Development Module 2013 SP1 was the last version to release updated support for the .NET Framework 1.1, .NET Framework 2.0, .NET Framework 3.5, and .NET language integration into Visual Studio 2005 and Visual Studio 2008. Visual Studio 2010 and later are not supported.

New versions of NI Vision Development Module will not provide new .NET feature support or development. It is recommended that you begin new development in other supported development environments.

External Library Support

The NI Vision Development Module supports the external vision library OpenCV. Refer to the National Instruments Web site to download the NI Vision OpenCV support utilities.

NI Vision OpenCV support utilities enable the use of OpenCV algorithms in LabVIEW and NI Embedded hardware. NI Vision OpenCV support utilities provide:

New Features in Vision Development Module 2016

This release of the Vision Development Module includes the following new features:

NI Vision Assistant includes the following new features:

Updates and Improvements

The following list describes issues in previous versions of NI Vision Development Module that are fixed in this update. If you have a CAR ID, you can search this list to validate that the issue has been fixed. This is not an exhaustive list of issues fixed in the current version of NI Vision Common Resources.

ID Fixed Issue
445346The IMAQ Rake VI provides inconsistent edges at image boundary when search line width is 1.
481652, 413948Code generated for some algorithms in Vision Assistant do not work the second time the main VI is called if the user disposes all buffers in the main VI. The following algorithms are affected: Color Location, Color Pattern Matching, Compare Contour Template, Defect Inspection, Flat Field Correction, Image Calibration, Mask from Image File, Match Geometric Pattern, Match Pattern, and Shape Matching
535749The Ready for Input parameter never becomes true in desktop simulation for some Vision FPGA VIs using IPINs.
565142Extracting part of a calibrated image causes the IMAQ Particle Analysis VI to return negative areas.
566174A created FPGA Project shows a missing dependency to IVA FPGA Image Processing.vi if the user chooses to generate the code with a different implementation name.
572062The IMAQ Particle Filter 3 VI runs slowly on Linux Real Time targets.
572266The IMAQ OCR Train VI returns error -1074395550 when the user trains certain Cyrillic characters.
572494nivision.lib for MSVC is missing DLL entry points.
574030The IMAQ Read Barcode 2 VI does not work for certain Code 128 barcodes.
574662Convolution using an integer kernel was 4x slower in Vision Development Module 2015 SP1 compared to a previous release.
574663Binary Erosion was 3x slower in Vision Development Module 2015 SP1 compared to a previous release.
576135The IMAQ Extract Tetragon VI leaks memory.
578844The IMAQ Pattern Match 4 VI generates error -1074395720 for certain angles of rotated ROIs.
579853The IMAQ Overlay VI can sometimes crash in applications which also contain NI-IMAQdx VIs.
582138The FPGA Flat Field Correction example does not run on Linux targets.
5843252D Barcode options (ISO 15415:2004 and AIM DPM-1-2006) are not available when C or .NET is the selected language for code generation in Vision Assistant.
587959The Watershed Segmentation step in Vision Assistant does not display the image with a binary palette on edit.
588854The imaqMatchPattern4 function leaks memory.
590502The Golden Template Comparison step in Vision Assistant returns a larger defect area than expected when regions to ignore are added to the template and then later removed.

Installation Instructions

Installing from the LabVIEW Platform DVDs

If you purchased LabVIEW, you can install all of your LabVIEW products—including the NI Vision Development Module—using the LabVIEW Platform DVDs.

To request additional LabVIEW Platform DVDs, refer to the National Instruments Web site.

Installing from the NI Vision Development Module Installation Media

Complete the following steps to install the NI Vision Development Module from the NI Vision Development Module installation media.

  1. Log on as an administrator or as a user with administrator privileges.
  2. Insert the NI Vision Development Module installation media.
  3. If you do not have autorun enabled, double-click autorun.exe. If you have autorun enabled, autorun.exe runs automatically.
  4. Follow the onscreen instructions.
  5. (Optional) Activate NI Vision Development Module 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 this product with an NI Software Suite or NI Product Bundle, use the installation media that shipped with your purchase to install this product.

How to Activate the NI Vision License

When you run an NI Vision application for the first time, it prompts you to activate a license for the product. If you do not activate a valid license, the NI Vision application will run in Evaluation Mode and continue to prompt you to activate a license on each subsequent launch.

Complete the following steps to activate the NI Vision license through an Internet connection.

  1. Run the product you want to license.
  2. Click Yes when prompted to interactively activate your product.
  3. Ensure that Automatically activate through a secure Internet connection is selected, and click Next.
  4. Enter the product serial number, and click Next.
  5. Enter your registration information, and click Next.

Tip: Enter your email address to receive a copy of your activation code for your records.

Deploying Vision Applications

Deployment refers to developing an application so that it can be distributed, or deployed, on a different computer than the one on which the application was developed. The NI Vision Development Module provides everything you need to deploy custom NI Vision applications to target computers. The NI Vision Development Module provides the following options:

The NI Vision Development Module installer contains the runtime installer for NI Vision. The runtime installer is installed at <Vision>\Run-Time Engine, where <Vision> is the location to which the NI Vision Development Module is installed. Visit the ni.com to download software upgrades for NI Vision and the NI Vision Runtime installers.

Purchasing NI Vision Deployment Licenses

You must purchase an NI Vision Runtime License (part number 778044-03) for each target machine onto which you want to install your custom NI Vision application, even if you install the NI Vision Runtime directly from the NI Vision Development Module installation media. The NI Vision Development Module ships with one runtime license. Contact a National Instruments sales representative or visit ni.com to purchase additional runtime licenses.

Note: Additional NI Vision Runtime licenses do not include installation media. To install additional licenses, use the original NI Vision Development Module installation media and the serial number provided by National Instruments.

Using the NI Vision Runtime

You can call the NI Vision Runtime installer from the application installer. If you create the application installer with the LabVIEW Application Builder or with LabWindows/CVI, you can direct the installer to call the NI Vision Runtime installer.

Refer to the LabVIEW Help for more information about the LabVIEW Application Builder. Refer to the NI LabWindows/CVI Help for more information about building and distributing LabWindows/CVI applications.

You can also direct a custom application installer to call the NI Vision Runtime installer. This may be useful if you are creating an installer for applications created in other development environments. Refer to the documentation that came with the installer software to learn how to call executables from the custom installer. If you are using a custom installer, call the NI Vision Runtime installer at the end of the installation procedure because the installer may require the system to be restarted.

To call the NI Vision Runtime installer silently (non-interactively), you must add /q /AcceptLicenses yes as command line arguments to the runtime installer. For example, enter <Vision>\Run-Time Engine\vision<version>rte.exe /q /AcceptLicenses yes, where <Vision> is the location to which NI Vision is installed, and <version> is the version number of the NI Vision Runtime installed. Refer to the Automating the Installation of NI Products section for more information on how to change the level of interactivity of the installer or whether it automatically initiates a system restart.

Distributing LabVIEW Applications

The NI Vision Runtime installer does not install LabVIEW VIs. If you use the LabVIEW Application Builder to create an application (EXE) or dynamic link library (DLL), the Application Builder automatically includes the VIs used by the application. If you distribute a VI, you must include all subVIs that comprise the top-level VI. You must include the appropriate LabVIEW Runtime as part of the installation.

Refer to the LabVIEW Help for more information about viewing the hierarchy of VIs and for more information about using the LabVIEW Runtime.

Distributing LabWindows/CVI Applications

In addition to including the NI Vision Runtime with the installer, you must include the appropriate LabWindows/CVI Runtime. Refer to the NI LabWindows/CVI Help for more information about creating an executable, creating a dynamic link library, and distributing applications.

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, refer to the following KnowledgeBase articles:

Known Issues

You can access the software and documentation known issues list online. Refer to the National Instruments Web site for an up-to-date list of known issues in the NI Vision Development Module.

National Instruments is aware of the following issues you may encounter while using NI Vision Development Module.

Documentation and Examples

Documentation and examples are installed onto your hard drive with the NI Vision Development Module. To view the documentation, select Start»All Programs»National Instruments»Vision»Documentation»Vision Documentation, or navigate to <Users>\Public\Public Documents\National Instruments\Vision\Documentation.

Refer to the National Instruments Product Manuals Library at ni.com/manuals for the most recent versions of product documentation.

The following sections describe the documents available for each application development environment and where to find examples.

NI Vision for LabVIEW

NI Vision for LabWindows/CVI

NI Vision for Eclipse and other Text-based Development Environments

NI Vision Assistant

Using NI Software with Microsoft Windows 10

Microsoft Windows 10 is the latest version of the Windows operating system and features significant changes compared to previous versions. Windows 10 introduces several new capabilities and also combines features from both Windows 7 and Windows 8. For more information about NI support for Windows 10, visit ni.com/windows10.

Using NI Software with Microsoft Windows 8.1

When you install NI software on Microsoft Windows 8.1, 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. For more information about NI support for Windows 8.1, visit ni.com/windows8.


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End-User License Agreements and Third-Party Legal Notices

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