LabVIEW Upgrade Guide

Publish Date: Jul 13, 2016 | 12 Ratings | 3.33 out of 5 | Print

Overview

There are a variety of factors to consider before upgrading software. For more than 25 years, NI has helped hundreds of thousands of people upgrade NI LabVIEW software.

Here’s what we know:

Table of Contents

  1. Introduction: Discover All the Advantages
  2. LabVIEW Upgrade Guide: Which Sounds More Like You?
  3. LabVIEW Version Comparison: 10 Benefits of Upgrading From Your Current Version

1. Introduction: Discover All the Advantages

The latest version of LabVIEW provides beneficial new features and integration with the newest NI hardware. To upgrade to the latest version of LabVIEW, renew your membership to the NI Standard Service Program (SSP), which includes access to the following::

  • Support from local, degreed engineers to assist you with your project
  • Free online training modules to optimize your LabVIEW onboarding
  • Future software upgrades and updates so you always have access to the latest technology
  • Download access to older versions of software so you never have to wait for a DVD

 

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2. LabVIEW Upgrade Guide: Which Sounds More Like You?

Read the Consideration Factors section to help determine if now is the right time to upgrade LabVIEW.

 

 

Yes

Consideration Factors

No

 
Those needing to use the newest hardware typically upgrade to the latest version of LabVIEW for full driver support. Will you likely require new or replacement hardware? Those not needing to replace hardware may choose to continue using an older version of LabVIEW.
Those wanting quick and accurate technical support typically upgrade to stay on a supported version of LabVIEW. Do you want immediate access to a team of degreed engineers to help you overcome technical hurdles? Those who are self-sufficient with online support resources may choose to continue using unsupported versions of LabVIEW (see LabVIEW Life Cycle).
Those starting new development projects typically prefer to use the latest version of LabVIEW to take advantage of new hardware and software features. Will you be starting a new LabVIEW project in the next 12 months? Those who are in the middle of a project or maintaining an existing project may choose to continue using an older version of LabVIEW.
Those planning to expand or improve their system typically upgrade to keep all components validated and compatible. Do you want compatibility for future integration and expansion of your system? Those who think their current systems are mature and will not need future integration or modification may choose to continue using an older version of LabVIEW.
Many LabVIEW users upgrade every 1-3 years to ensure system longevity and to avoid the risk of obsolete components. Do you prefer the security that predictable maintenance models can provide? Those who are comfortable with the risk of system failure and significant time lost to redevelopment may choose to only upgrade when absolutely necessary.

If the above statements sound like you, it’s time to upgrade to LabVIEW 2016. 

 

 

Upgrade Now

 

If the above statements sound like you, it may not be the best time to upgrade LabVIEW.
Renew your SSP membership to continue innovating with confidence.

Renew Your SSP

 

 

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3. LabVIEW Version Comparison: 10 Benefits of Upgrading From Your Current Version

Select the version of LabVIEW you are presently using to view a list of the benefits you gain by upgrading to LabVIEW 2016.

 

8.2 8.5 8.6 2009 2010 2011 2012 2013 2014 2015

 

Benefits of upgrading from LabVIEW 2015

  1. Simplify your block diagram with channel wires to connect code running in parallel with a single wire on desktop and real-time systems.
  2. Place front panel and block diagram  objects faster with QuickDrop using new shortcuts for common functions, structures, and objects.
  3. Select the right object, the first time with an updated selection rectangle display and “greedy selection” to highlight exactly what you want.
  4. Organize your block diagram how you want it faster with real-time selection and resizing of code.
  5. Take full advantage of your operating system’s memory when designing and simulating control systems with added 64-bit support of the Control Design and Simulation module.
  6. Use all the memory you need when integrating your .m files into your applications with added 64-bit support of the MathScript RT module.
  7. Use the software engineering tools you need when testing and analyzing applications in LabVIEW 64-bit with added support of Desktop Execution Trace Toolkit, VI Analyzer Toolkit, and the Unit Test Framework.
  8. Access security updates and bug fixes with a kernel update for NI Linux Real-Time, along with added package support to leverage IP from the Linux ecosystem.
  9. Connect to more devices that ever before with over 500 new hardware drivers added to the Instrument Driver Network over the past year.
  10. With an active service contract, gain access to the NI Software Technology Preview to get an early look at investments NI is making in custom UI development, systems management, data analysis, and more.

View in depth features, bug fixes, and upgrade notes by LabVIEW version

 

 

Benefits of upgrading from LabVIEW 2014

  1. Spend more time programming and less time waiting with up to 8x faster warm and cold LabVIEW launch and library load times
  2. Build your application with the most stable release of LabVIEW yet, with over one hundred bug fixes
  3. Simplify your block diagram with channel wires to connect code running in parallel with a single wire on desktop and real-time systems.
  4. Execute common programming tasks more quickly with "Change to Array or Element", "Transpose 2D Array", or other included right-click plugins.
  5. Create more intuitive code with a native hyperlink front panel and block diagram support
  6. Extend the LabVIEW environment and accelerate your programming speed with a new plugin framework to create custom right-click menus in the LabVIEW editor
  7. Develop and tune advanced, high-precision embedded control applications with floating-point PID support for FPGA
  8. Access enhanced security features, networking improvements, and bug fixes with the kernel update to NI Linux Real-Time
  9. Use more than 4 GB of memory on Mac, Linux, and Windows machines with native 64-bit supported LabVIEW versions and a selection of modules and toolkits.
  10. With an active service contract, gain access to the NI Software Technology Preview to get an early look at investments NI is making in custom UI development, systems management, data analysis, and more

 

View detailed features, bug fixes, and upgrade notes by LabVIEW version

 

 

Benefits of upgrading from LabVIEW 2013

  1. Ensure proper coding techniques with dynamic code analysis, code coverage metrics, unit testing, and the VI analyzer now included in LabVIEW Professional.
  2. Code faster with the auto-wire Quick Drop shortcut, improved For Loop tunnels, and other implemented features and changes suggested by users on the Idea Exchange.
  3. Simplify your block diagram with channel wires to connect code running in parallel with a single wire on desktop and real-time systems.
  4. Reduce FPGA development time with LabVIEW FPGA IP Builder, Cloud Compile Service, and faster compilations for Xilinx 7 series FPGAs.
  5. Find DataPlugins quickly through integrated online search and automated DataPlugin installation.
  6. Create more advanced application builds with new exclusion, destination, and version settings for Application Builder.
  7. Target NI touch panel computers with Windows Embedded 7 through project templates and Write Filter VIs.
  8. Debug errors more quickly with embedded links in error messages.
  9. Use more than 4 GB of memory on Mac, Linux, and Windows machines with native 64-bit supported LabVIEW versions and a selection of modules and toolkits.
  10. With an active service contract, gain access to the NI Software Technology Preview to get an early look at investments NI is making in custom UI development, systems management, data analysis, and more

 

View detailed features, bug fixes, and upgrade notes by LabVIEW version

 

 

Benefits of upgrading from LabVIEW 2012

  1. Ensure proper coding techniques with dynamic code analysis, code coverage metrics, unit testing, and the VI analyzer now included in LabVIEW Professional.
  2. Quickly design sophisticated embedded code through FPGA advanced simulation and debugging support and the ability to program NI Linux Real-Time targets in C.
  3. Integrate and debug web-based communication faster with the simplified LabVIEW web service experience.
  4. Simplify your block diagram with channel wires to connect code running in parallel with a single wire on desktop and real-time systems.
  5. Reduce FPGA development time with the Desktop Execution Node, LabVIEW FPGA IP Builder, and faster compilations for Xilinx 7 series FPGAs.
  6. Create more intuitive user interfaces with built-in Event Structure support for the mouse wheel event on front panel objects.
  7. Never forget to install a driver for an executable again with the LabVIEW Application Builder and its ability to automatically select recommended installers.
  8. Find DataPlugins quickly through integrated online search and automated DataPlugin installation.
  9. Use more than 4 GB of memory on Mac, Linux, and Windows machines with native 64-bit supported LabVIEW versions and a selection of modules and toolkits.
  10. With an active service contract, gain access to the NI Software Technology Preview to get an early look at investments NI is making in custom UI development, systems management, data analysis, and more

View detailed features, bug fixes, and upgrade notes by LabVIEW version

 

Benefits of upgrading from LabVIEW 2011

  1. Ensure proper coding techniques with dynamic code analysis, code coverage metrics, unit testing, and the VI analyzer now included in LabVIEW Professional.
  2. Minimize your custom development by starting from validated templates and complete sample projects.
  3. Simplify your block diagram with channel wires to connect code running in parallel with a single wire on desktop and real-time systems.
  4. Improve documentation and debugging with Bookmark Manager, Probe Watch Window, and enhanced debugging tools.
  5. Quickly design sophisticated embedded code through FPGA floating-point data types, advanced simulation and debugging support, and the ability to program NI Linux Real-Time targets in C.
  6. Reduce FPGA development time with the Desktop Execution Node, LabVIEW FPGA IP Builder, and faster compilations for Xilinx 7 series FPGAs.
  7. Create more intuitive user interfaces with built-in Event Structure support for the mouse wheel event on front panel objects.
  8. Never forget to install a driver for an executable again with the LabVIEW Application Builder and its ability to automatically select recommended installers.
  9. Use more than 4 GB of memory on Mac, Linux, and Windows machines with native 64-bit supported LabVIEW versions and a selection of modules and toolkits.
  10. With an active service contract, gain access to the NI Software Technology Preview to get an early look at investments NI is making in custom UI development, systems management, data analysis, and more

View detailed features, bug fixes, and upgrade notes by LabVIEW version

Benefits of upgrading from LabVIEW 2010

  1. Ensure proper coding techniques with dynamic code analysis, code coverage metrics, unit testing, and the VI analyzer now included in LabVIEW Professional.
  2. Minimize your custom development by starting from validated templates and complete sample projects.
  3. Design user interfaces with a modern look and feel through UI libraries.
  4. Simplify your block diagram with channel wires to connect code running in parallel with a single wire on desktop and real-time systems.
  5. Extend LabVIEW with domain-specific IP from an ecosystem of resources through the LabVIEW Tools Network and VI Package Manager.
  6. Quickly design sophisticated embedded code through FPGA floating-point data types, advanced simulation and debugging support, and the ability to program NI Linux Real-Time targets in C.
  7. Integrate and debug web-based communication faster with the simplified LabVIEW web service experience.
  8. Reduce FPGA development time with the Desktop Execution Node, LabVIEW FPGA IP Builder, and faster compilations for Xilinx 7 series FPGAs.
  9. Use more than 4 GB of memory on Mac, Linux, and Windows machines with native 64-bit supported LabVIEW versions and a selection of modules and toolkits.
  10. With an active service contract, gain access to the NI Software Technology Preview to get an early look at investments NI is making in custom UI development, systems management, data analysis, and more

View detailed features, bug fixes, and upgrade notes by LabVIEW version

 

Benefits of upgrading from LabVIEW 2009

  1. Ensure proper coding techniques with dynamic code analysis, code coverage metrics, unit testing, and the VI analyzer now included in LabVIEW Professional.
  2. Minimize your custom development by starting from validated templates and complete sample projects.
  3. Code faster with the auto-wire Quick Drop shortcut, mouse wheel event support, and almost 50 implemented features and changes suggested by users on the Idea Exchange.
  4. Design user interfaces with a modern look and feel through UI libraries.
  5. Simplify your block diagram with channel wires to connect code running in parallel with a single wire on desktop and real-time systems.
  6. Maximize the efficiency of your compiled code with an updated LabVIEW compiler.
  7. Extend LabVIEW with domain-specific IP from an ecosystem of resources through the LabVIEW Tools Network and VI Package Manager.
  8. Quickly design sophisticated embedded code through FPGA floating-point data types, advanced simulation and debugging support, and the ability to program NI Linux Real-Time targets in C.
  9. Use more than 4 GB of memory on Mac, Linux, and Windows machines with native 64-bit supported LabVIEW versions and a selection of modules and toolkits.
  10. With an active service contract, gain access to the NI Software Technology Preview to get an early look at investments NI is making in custom UI development, systems management, data analysis, and more

View detailed features, bug fixes, and upgrade notes by LabVIEW version

 

Benefits of upgrading from LabVIEW 8.6

  1. Ensure proper coding techniques with dynamic code analysis, code coverage metrics, unit testing, and the VI analyzer now included in LabVIEW Professional.
  2. Minimize your custom development by starting from validated templates and complete sample projects.
  3. Design user interfaces with a modern look and feel through UI libraries.
  4. Call C, .NET, and your custom .m files inline from your block diagram.
  5. Simplify your block diagram with channel wires to connect code running in parallel with a single wire on desktop and real-time systems.
  6. Maximize the efficiency of your compiled code with an updated LabVIEW compiler.
  7. Extend LabVIEW with domain-specific IP from an ecosystem of resources through the LabVIEW Tools Network and VI Package Manager.
  8. Quickly design sophisticated embedded code through FPGA floating-point data types, advanced simulation and debugging support, and the ability to program NI Linux Real-Time targets in C.
  9. Use more than 4 GB of memory on Mac, Linux, and Windows machines with native 64-bit supported LabVIEW versions and a selection of modules and toolkits.
  10. With an active service contract, gain access to the NI Software Technology Preview to get an early look at investments NI is making in custom UI development, systems management, data analysis, and more

View detailed features, bug fixes, and upgrade notes by LabVIEW version

 

Benefits of upgrading from LabVIEW 8.5

  1. Ensure proper coding techniques with dynamic code analysis, code coverage metrics, unit testing, and the VI analyzer now included in LabVIEW Professional.
  2. Minimize your custom development by starting from validated templates and complete sample projects.
  3. Design user interfaces with a modern look and feel through UI libraries.
  4. Call C, .NET, and your custom .m files inline from your block diagram.
  5. Simplify your block diagram with channel wires to connect code running in parallel with a single wire on desktop and real-time systems.
  6. Maximize the efficiency of your compiled code with an updated LabVIEW compiler.
  7. Extend LabVIEW with domain-specific IP from an ecosystem of resources through the LabVIEW Tools Network and VI Package Manager.
  8. Quickly design sophisticated embedded code through FPGA floating-point data types, advanced simulation and debugging support, and the ability to program NI Linux Real-Time targets in C.
  9. Use more than 4 GB of memory on Mac, Linux, and Windows machines with native 64-bit supported LabVIEW versions and a selection of modules and toolkits.
  10. With an active service contract, gain access to the NI Software Technology Preview to get an early look at investments NI is making in custom UI development, systems management, data analysis, and more

View detailed features, bug fixes, and upgrade notes by LabVIEW version

Benefits of upgrading from LabVIEW 8.2

  1. Ensure proper coding techniques with dynamic code analysis, code coverage metrics, unit testing, and the VI analyzer now included in LabVIEW Professional.
  2. Minimize your custom development by starting from validated templates and complete sample projects.
  3. Design user interfaces with a modern look and feel through UI libraries.
  4. Call C, .NET, and your custom .m files inline from your block diagram.
  5. Simplify your block diagram with channel wires to connect code running in parallel with a single wire on desktop and real-time systems.
  6. Maximize the efficiency of your compiled code with an updated LabVIEW compiler.
  7. Extend LabVIEW with domain-specific IP from an ecosystem of resources through the LabVIEW Tools Network and VI Package Manager.
  8. Quickly design sophisticated embedded code through FPGA floating-point data types, advanced simulation and debugging support, and the ability to program NI Linux Real-Time targets in C.
  9. Use more than 4 GB of memory on Mac, Linux, and Windows machines with native 64-bit supported LabVIEW versions and a selection of modules and toolkits.
  10. With an active service contract, gain access to the NI Software Technology Preview to get an early look at investments NI is making in custom UI development, systems management, data analysis, and more

View detailed features, bug fixes, and upgrade notes by LabVIEW version

 

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