What's New in DIAdem 2017

Publish Date: Dec 05, 2017 | 0 Ratings | 0.00 out of 5 | Print


DIAdem is software specifically designed to help engineers and scientists quickly locate, inspect, analyze, and report on measurement data using one software tool. Since DIAdem's early incarnation in 1984 as DIA, it has enabled thousands of users worldwide to quickly make data-driven decisions. This white paper examines the new features introduced in DIAdem 2017.

Table of Contents

  1. New Modern UI
  2. New Find Pattern Function
  3. Completely Reworked Channel Calculator Dialog
  4. Ability to Group Properties Within the Data Portal
  5. DIAdem 2017 Entire Feature List
  6. Save Money and Get the Latest Version of DIAdem with an Active SSP 
  7. Next Steps

1. New Modern UI

DIAdem 2017 has a new modern look and feel throughout the entire product based on NI's newest software design guidelines. By aligning the user experience in DIAdem with these software guidelines, NI helps you quickly learn to use the software efficiently. In addition, new iconography and standardized symbols enable you to stay productive, no matter how you are using the software. Finally, the new design offers compatibility with the latest high-resolution, 4K monitors.

Figure 1. DIAdem 2017 features a new modern design. 



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2. New Find Pattern Function

DIAdem 2015 introduced the Event Search dialog boxes and window functions, which detect incidences of slope or window detection. DIAdem 2017 adds the Find Pattern function which searches for a specific pattern in a signal. Using the dialog box, you can define the channel to be searched and a channel that represents the pattern you are looking for. The Find Pattern function stores pattern matches in new channels and calculates their characteristic values.

Figure 2. Find specific patterns within a signal using the Find Pattern function in DIAdem 2017. 



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3. Completely Reworked Channel Calculator Dialog

The Channel Calculator in DIAdem 2017 has been revised and redesigned as a non-modal dialog box for a streamlined workflow. You can continue working in DIAdem while the new calculator window remains open. You do not have to re-open the Channel Calculator for every new calculation. It also provides new features to help you do the following:

  •   Configure the 30 buttons of the extended mode
  •   Assign frequently used operations to the function buttons, change labels, and change tooltips all in a configuration table
  •   Take advantage of a bigger formula stack that contains the last 50 formulas, which you can reuse in later sessions

Figure 3. DIAdem 2017 features a redesigned Channel Calculator for a streamlined experience. 



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4. Ability to Group Properties Within the Data Portal

Whereas previous versions of DIAdem displayed all properties in one list in the Data Portal, DIAdem 2017 gives you much more flexibility. Now, you can define groups of custom properties that have their own namespace and grouping. This helps you navigate through Data Portal items with many custom properties. You can create grouped custom properties by using the custom group name followed by a ~ and then the custom property name.

Figure 4. To create these grouped properties name the custom property "Hardware~SN" and "Hardware~Model". 




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5. DIAdem 2017 Entire Feature List


DIAdem NAVIGATOR, DataFinder, Data Portal

  • A function bar for saving and filtering data has been added to the Data Portal.
  • The properties display in the Data Portal and in NAVIGATOR displays all properties in groups.


  • Curves can be moved in x-direction with the mousewheel when you press the Shift key.
  • You can change the colors and the line width of cursor lines.


  • The log area has been completely reworked. All input parameters are logged and you can delete and copy the log, and export it as an HTML file.
  • Many functions now provide the return values in form of a collection of channels, to which you have object-oriented access.
  • The new function Find Pattern searches for a specific pattern in a signal.
  • The new function Calculate Corridor calculates tolerance bands with a specified distance to the original curve.
  • The new function Remove Duplicates removes identical values from a channel.
  • For each rpm value, Pulse Recognition generates an additional time channel that contains the time of the first pulse for each rpm value.
  • Matrix Interpolation offers a new interpolation process for data in triplets. The process is already used in the 3D display in REPORT.
  • You can now perform smoothing with the median as well as the mean value.
  • The new crash functions Lateral Shoulder Rib Displacement, Lateral Thoracic Rib Displacement, and Lateral Abdominal Rib Displacement calculate the respective characteristic values.


  • You can now export reports as XPS documents with the Microsoft XPS Document Writer.
  • If you want a PDF output, you can use the default Microsoft PDF printer, which is available as of Windows version 10.
  • DIAdem's 3D axis systems can now display scalable background graphics.
  • DIAdem's 2D tables support automatic row height definition.
  • When printing and exporting to PPT or PDF files, you can print all pages of automatically expanding tables.
  • When exporting in PowerPoint, you can use your own PowerPoint templates.
  • Copying and pasting graphics from and to Office products through the clipboard has been improved.
  • Pasting a graphic with drag&drop automatically generates a graphic object in DIAdem.
  • You can specify the unit symbol in 2D tables.


  • The XNET driver also supports CAN-FD and J1939.
  • The GPS driver supports data in NMEA format through the serial interface.
  • For an interpolation matrix, the 3D interpolation specifies the z-value for the current x-values and y-values.
  • The constant provides any number of constants, including physical units.
  • The Save Data block was extended. The block accepts the measurement time as an alternative to the number of values. When saving to a file, the capacity of the storage medium can determine the end of the measurement. You can now save files that are larger than 2 GB. The memory block can save the measurement values of every trigger sequence in a separate channel group in the Data Portal. In addition, you can define the filename with the path and apply write-protection to the files after the measurement.
  • You can specify an initialization value for the Signal Copy, which DIAdem outputs until the first calculated value.
  • The Read Channel block has a Reset input to restart the reading procedure at the specified point of the offset.
  • The script driver can also write channel properties.
  • The new driver OBD-II supports the reading out of vehicle diagnosis data.
  • The grid distance in VISUAL is now configurable.


  • Additional functions were added to the event search. For example, you can compare channels through ChnEventCompareChn functions and calculate statistical characteristic values through ChnEventStat functions.
  • In SUD dialog boxes, the control element XTable now supports context menus.
  • Commands were added to the BarManager to help you more easily create menu bars and menu bar items.
  • A new object-oriented interface enables you to edit the properties of Office documents, PDF files, and graphics. You can read and write standard properties and user-defined properties. Therefore, you can search not only for measurement data but also for documents in the DataFinder.
  • The new Tree control enables tree displays in SUD dialog boxes.


  • DataPlugins can unpack measurement data files from ZIP archives and can automatically delete them again afterward.
  • DataPlugins also support UTF8 formats.


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6. Save Money and Get the Latest Version of DIAdem with an Active SSP 

The Standard Service Program for Software (SSP) helps you ensure your project succeeds through improved access to software tools, a connection to the NI user community, and a guided path to success. NI software includes a one-year membership to SSP. Renew your SSP membership each year to maintain access to program benefits which include the latest NI software versions. 

Learn more about renewing SSP.


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7. Next Steps



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