This document contains installation and programming considerations for using NI-Motion with NI 73xx motion controllers, a list of changes in this version of NI-Motion, and information about NI-Motion known issues.
NI-Motion 16.0 is the motion control software you use to communicate with all National Instruments NI 73xx motion controllers using LabVIEW, C, LabWindows™/CVI™, or Microsoft Visual Basic 6.0 development platforms. Refer to KnowledgeBase article 39DA8HMU, Does the NI-Motion Driver Support Visual Studio .NET?, at ni.com/kb for information about Visual Studio .NET 2003 and Visual Studio 2005 or later support.
NI-Motion 16.0 is compatible with the following National Instruments software:
If you have developed motion control systems using a previous version of NI-Motion, you must recompile your code before it will work correctly with NI-Motion 16.0.
In addition, any applications you build in NI-Motion 16.0 will not work correctly in earlier versions of NI-Motion. Similarly, configuration settings you build and save in Measurement & Automation Explorer (MAX) with NI-Motion 16.0 will not work with applications you build in earlier versions of NI-Motion.
To use NI-Motion 16.0 with a real-time target, you must update the NI-Motion driver software on the real-time target system using MAX. Driver versions on the host and target system must be the same for proper operation. Refer to the Measurement & Automation Explorer Remote Systems Help by selecting Help»Help Topics»Remote Systems in MAX for information about installing software on the remote system.
The following sections include important information about installing NI-Motion 16.0, instructions for downloading and installing NI-Motion 16.0 from the Web or from the CD, and information about NI-Motion firmware.
You can run the NI-Motion 16.0 installer on the following operating systems:
NI-Motion runs as a 32-bit application on all operating systems.
Tip For optimal performance, update your operating system to the latest service pack and apply all security patches.
Complete the following steps to install this update:
Complete the following steps to install this update:
For optimal performance, ensure that the firmware on your controller matches the driver version you install. Complete the following steps to replace the firmware on your controller if you need to use an earlier version of the NI-Motion software and firmware:
NI-Motion 16.0 is fully supported on LabVIEW 2016.
Importing motion controller settings from older portable configuration files may take a few minutes due to the settings upgrade process. This is expected behavior.
Visual Studio .NET 2003 and Visual Studio 2005 and later do not allow C++ precompiled header files to be used with C source files. Disable precompiled headers when running NI-Motion C examples.
The following table lists the expected firmware files that ship with NI-Motion 16.0.
|NI 7330||NI 7340||NI 7350||NI PCI-7390|
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 NI-Motion 16.0.
An issue that may arise when running 32-bit applications in 64-bit versions of Windows could adversely affect NI-Motion. Refer to KnowledgeBase article 6EMFLQUB, Why Does National Instruments Software List Microsoft Hotfix 2588507 as a System Requirement?, at ni.com/kb for more information.
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:
When you install National Instruments software on Microsoft Windows 8, you will notice a few additional tiles on the Start screen, including shortcuts to NI application software products such as NI LabVIEW, Measurement & Automation Explorer (MAX), and the new 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 on the Start screen. NI Launcher launches the desktop and opens a menu containing a list of NI products. Click any NI product to launch it.
|Note Unlike previous versions of Microsoft Windows, MAX does not appear as a desktop shortcut. You can launch MAX either from the Start screen 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 Desktop||Desktop Taskbar||Right-click application and select Pin to Taskbar|
|Windows 8 Desktop||Start screen||Right-click application and select Pin to Start|
|Windows 8 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 by right-clicking anywhere on the Start screen and selecting All apps. A list of all installed software and related files appears, in alphabetical order by creator or type.
For more information about NI support for Windows 8, visit ni.com/windows8.
NI-Motion will drop support for Microsoft Windows Vista, Windows XP, and Windows Server 2003 as of July 1, 2016. Versions of NI-Motion 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:
|NI Measurement Studio||mstudiolifecycle|
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