This file contains installation instructions and compatibility information for NI Vision Acquisition Software.
You can find more release information on ni.com.
If you plan to use LabVIEW NXG, refer to LabVIEW NXG Support and Considerations.
NI Vision Acquisition Software (VAS) allows you to acquire, display, and save images; control digital I/O on NI image acquisition devices; and configure your driver software and hardware.
For information about licensing NI Vision software, visit ni.com/info and enter the Info Code LicenseVision. Refer to the NI Vision website at ni.com/vision for the latest information about NI Vision Acquisition Software.
NI Vision Acquisition Software includes the following drivers:
Some hardware requires driver software in addition to Vision Acquisition Software drivers. Refer to the NI website at ni.com/drivers for information about these drivers.
NI Vision Acquisition Software has the following requirements:
|Processor||Pentium 4 1 GHz or equivalent|
|Memory||512 MB RAM|
|Display||1,024 × 768 resolution video adapter with a 16-bit display|
NI Vision Acquisition Software 21.0 supports the following operating systems:
Note NI Vision Acquisition Software no longer supports Windows Vista/XP/7/8.x, Windows Server 2003/2008/2012, or any 32-bit Windows operating system. NI Vision Acquisition Software 21.0 will not install or run on an unsupported OS. You cannot deploy or distribute applications that use NI Vision Acquisition Software 21.0 to an unsupported OS. Additionally, after installing NI Vision Acquisition Software 21.0, 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, visit https://www.ni.com/r/win32bitsupport.
The following table lists the NI application software versions, including service packs, supported by NI Vision Acquisition Software. The installer specifically allows side-by-side installations of NI Vision Acquisition Software for each of the supported versions of LabVIEW, enabling you to use NI Vision Acquisition Software with multiple versions of LabVIEW. NI recommends that you install LabVIEW, LabVIEW Real-Time, and any other supported development environment before installing NI Vision Acquisition Software.
|NI Application Software||Versions Supported by NI Vision Acquisition Software|
|NI LabVIEW||2018, 2019, 2020, 2021|
|NI LabVIEW Real-Time Module||20181, 2019, 2020, 2021|
|NI LabVIEW FPGA Module||2018, 2019, 2020, 2021|
|NI LabVIEW NXG||5.1|
|NI LabWindows™/CVI™2||2017, 2019, 2020|
|NI Vision Development Module||7.1 or later|
|NI Vision Builder for Automated Inspection||2.5 or later|
1 Vision Acquisition Software 21.0 and later will not install to Linux RT targets running LabVIEW Real-Time 2018.
2 NI-IMAQ I/O is not supported in NI LabWindows™/CVI™.
NI Vision Acquisition Software February 2014 was the last version to release updated support for the .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.
Development and runtime support for .NET driver features are no longer included as of NI Vision Acquisition Software 19.0 and later.
The following table lists the machine vision and imaging standards supported by NI Vision Acquisition Software.
|Machine Vision or Imaging Standard||Version Supported by NI Vision Acquisition Software|
|GigE Vision®||2.0 (select features)|
Download the NI Vision Acquisition Software installer from ni.com/downloads. NI software includes NI Package Manager to handle the installation. Refer to the NI Package Manager Manual for more information about installing, removing, and upgrading NI software using NI Package Manager.
Complete the following steps to install an image acquisition device and configure NI-IMAQ.
Note: You must install NI-IMAQ before installing your image acquisition device.
Caution: Power off and unplug the computer before installing your hardware. Wait for any motherboard LEDs to power off before proceeding, since some computers remain powered for some time after being unplugged.
Tip: For a complete list of supported cameras, right-click the channel or port, select Camera, and click Search ni.com.
Note: Refer to the right side of the MAX user interface, which displays context-sensitive help, for information about configuring image acquisition devices with NI MAX.
Beginning with Vision Acquisition Software 19.0, NI-IMAQ Real-Time is not included for installation. However, you can still interact with remote real-time targets that have been set up using previous versions of NI-IMAQ and are running currently supported versions of LabVIEW Real-Time.
Note: Install NI-IMAQ and the LabVIEW Real-Time Module on the remote system before you install and configure the image acquisition device. Follow the steps in the NI MAX help window to install software.
Tip: Configuring remote image acquisition devices is similar to configuring local image acquisition devices, except that the procedure for working with camera files is different. Refer to the Measurement & Automation Explorer Help for NI-IMAQ for information about working with camera files on remote image acquisition devices.
Refer to the Measurement & Automation Explorer Help for NI-IMAQ for information about configuring specific NI image acquisition devices. You can access this help file from the NI MAX Help menu by selecting Help»Help Topics»NI Vision»NI-IMAQ.
Complete the following steps to configure NI-IMAQdx.
If you are using a USB webcam or other DirectShow-compatible camera, ensure that the camera driver is installed and functioning. For specific information about drivers and camera compatibility, consult your camera manufacturer documentation.
Instructions for configuring an USB3 Vision, GigE Vision, or IP camera are included in the Measurement & Automation Explorer Help for NI-IMAQdx. You can access this help file from the MAX Help menu by selecting Help»Help Topics»NI Vision»NI-IMAQdx.
If you have an Intel Pro/1000 Series gigabit Ethernet Network Interface Card (NIC), it is recommended that you install the High Performance GigE Vision Driver. This will ensure optimized performance and minimal configuration. To associate your hardware with the high performance driver, complete the following steps.
NI-IMAQdx will work with any standard gigabit Ethernet NIC. To use NI-IMAQdx with a standard gigabit Ethernet NIC, complete the following steps.
Note: The procedure for enabling jumbo frames on your NIC may vary by manufacturer. Refer to the NIC device documentation for more information about enabling jumbo frames.
Complete the following steps to configure NI-IMAQdx for Windows.
Tip: Click the Show Help button to display the help window on the right side of the image viewer. Move your mouse over the properties to view context-sensitive help in the bottom half of the help window.
If you are using a Windows development machine, the LabVIEW Real-Time Module, and an RT target, complete the following steps to install and configure NI-IMAQdx.
Tip: Press <F5> to refresh the configuration tree whenever you connect a new device to an RT target.
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This release of NI Vision Acquisition Software includes the following new features:
NI-IMAQ I/O 21.0
Documentation and examples are installed onto your hard drive with NI Vision Acquisition Software. To view the documentation, select Start»National Instruments»Vision»Documentation and then select the driver documentation. Some application-specific documents are installed to the application help folder, as listed in the following sections.
Refer to the NI Product Manuals Library at ni.com/manuals for the most recent versions of product documentation.
The following sections detail considerations for using LabVIEW NXG 5.1 with NI Vision Acquisition Software 21.0.
Software support for LabVIEW NXG differs in the following ways:
For information about NI Vision Acquisition Support support in LabVIEW NXG, visit ni.com/info and enter the Info Code VisionNXGGuide.
In LabVIEW NXG, NI-IMAQdx supports only the following:
For advanced camera configuration or renaming support, use NI MAX.
LabVIEW NXG is installed using NI Package Manager. Complete the following steps to install NI-IMAQdx for LabVIEW NXG.
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.
If the NI product you are installing uses Microsoft .NET 4.6.2, 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 4.6.2 separately before you install NI software.
For more information about automating the installation of NI products, refer to Automating an Installer in the NI Package Manager manual.
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, refer to NI Product Compatibility for Microsoft Windows 10.
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