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LabVIEW is systems engineering software for applications that require test, measurement, and control with rapid access to hardware and data insights.

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"The BEST CUSTOMER SERVICE in the World"

What do you like best?

You can get help from SUPER SUPER SMART programmers who know EXACTLY how to use LabVIEW

What do you dislike?

They are far away from me and they close early compared to Calif!

Recommendations to others considering the product:

If you have to write a distributed EXE for a complex control program using ANY National Instruments AData Acquisition or ANY Comms then you will discover you can release a full 10K Medical approved executable in one TENTH the time as if you had to do it in C++ or anything else. PLUS. their customer service is EXTRAORDINARY. The techs you speak to are EXTRAORDINARY. They KNOW THE PRODUCT. It is AMAZING. I have been using it since 1990 from LV 3.0 in Windows 3.0!

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I write all my internal engineering data gathering, calibration, and complex math problems with labVIEW

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"LabVIEW for Rocket Data Acquisition"

What do you like best?

We use LabVIEW for the data acquisition for USC's Rocket Propulsion Laboratory for a load cell, thermocouples, and pressure transducers. I like that LabVIEW can be easily integrated with national instruments (NI) hardware - namely DAQ cards that can be bought specifically for thermocouples and analog inputs. You can make your front panel very organized so you know exactly what your data is real-time. There is a learning curve for using LabVIEW, but as a graphical programming language it is not too difficult. There is also an abundance of online support and forums where I've had a lot of help.

What do you dislike?

Sometimes with LabVIEW updates there are issues with .vi compatibility.

What problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

LabVIEW helps with an enormous amount of data to be collected in a very efficient and robust way. Using it allows for real-time updates that I can give to the propulsion team during firings.

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"Fast code development for people without a CS degree"

What do you like best?

The graphical nature makes it easy for me to understand the flow of someone else's code and learn quickly. The debugging features are probably the best I've come across with the highlight execution. Support is good and it's easy to create very modular code.

What do you dislike?

Sometimes seems a bit bloated in that if I want to create a very simple EXE then there's a lot of stuff that has to install around it. The controls for the user interface are very limited and creating custom controls is a real pain. Going to vector based graphics will be nice but so far NXG is not usable for developers creating programs for clients.

Recommendations to others considering the product:

If you are wanting to develop test applications quickly then this is the best software available, especially if you do not have an established team of software developers who have computer science backgrounds.

What problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

My company uses LabVIEW as the primary software development environment. We mainly use it for automated testing systems in labs. The tight integration between NI hardware and software makes deployment much easier and we can develop software at a very rapid pace.

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"Labview Review"

What do you like best?

Few things that I like about LabView are:

1) It has a very good graphical user interface that makes it really easy to use.

2) Debugging is very easy.

3) It takes very less time to make a simple program.

4) 3rd Party hardware like Arduino is also supported.

What do you dislike?

the things that I dislike about Labview are:

1) Its easy to collect data in Labview but processing it is quite difficult. I had to use matlab plenty of time.

2) Matlab simulink also has similiar gui interface, so its better to use Matlab as we get traditional coding ability as well.

3) Its quite heavy. It consumed 50 GBs of space during installation. so you really need a good Cpu to work with it.

4) I didnt find good tutorials for it. Support for Labview is no way comparable to that of Matlab.

Recommendations to others considering the product:

I would recommend it for data acquisition purpose only.

What problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

I used Labview for data acquisition in my robotics application. It was quite easy to do that as there were already modules available and I need to just connect them in order. It was just a plug and play for me.

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"A very powerful software to emulate the lab measurements"

What do you like best?

Easy to use.

The help directory is great.

A wide range of examples to give an idea of how things work.

I can write VHDL, Verilog, or Matlab codes and add it to my LabVIEW project.

What do you dislike?

No zoom in or zoom out. It's very annoying to have a very big project and I can't fit all the blocks in one screen or even zoom in or out.

The controls that use binary vectors don't have more than 64 bits. If there is a more generic one that I can set the number of bits I want to use that would be great.

What problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

I want to measure a chip of a receiver for cognitive radio applications. The receiver has a huge set of programmability that controls the chip. I'm using LabVIEW to control the internal shift registers for the receiver's programmability.

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"A must have for all experimental data acquisition systems! "

What do you like best?

>User Friendly: I was recently introduced to LabView by my professor last year when we had to install some new thermocouples to an engine. I was pleasantry surprised to find myself making my first VI within a week that was able to not only log temperature readings from the thermocouple but turn on and off switches based on those readings.

>Help Resources: LabView has great help resources with really detailed online tutorials available on NI's website and an active online community of users.

What do you dislike?

>It is difficult to troubleshoot VI's made by anyone other than yourself because the error messages don't do a good job at pinpointing the exact problem.

>I've also had problems with some of my VI's which were made in a certain version of the software and were not compatible with the new version once the software was updated.

Recommendations to others considering the product:

It is a great tool for anyone taking any sorts of experimental data.

What problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

As an experimentalist I use labview to connect my sensors to the data acquisition system and have various controls (graphically) coded in to control various experimental parameters.

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"Best Test Automation Software With Quick Bringup"

What do you like best?

LabVIEW allows for quick bringup of tests and its easy to understand programming environment allows for almost anyone to get started using the program.

What do you dislike?

There is some compatibility issues that you will run into. Whether ita having the wrong version of LabVIEW itself, or unknowingly installing to new of a version of a driver.

Recommendations to others considering the product:

Taking the paid training is helpful but not required. Online trials and simply looking at simple programs can introduce a user to the programming environment. Modifying others programs and seeing the results will help the novice learn the programming styles. The beauty of LabVIEW is the ease of learning to be a basic user.

What problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

Use LabVIEW for automating testets on the manufacturing line as well as for quickly bringingup & modifying tests in the R&D lab. This saves us time and allows more people to be able to write and modify the programs.

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"LabView helps me develop sophisticated test, measurement and control applications."

What do you like best?

- LabVIEW Provides a variety of features and tools ranging from interactive assistants to configures and tools ranging from interactive assistants to confiqures and tools ranging from interactive assistants to configurable user defined interfaces.

-It is differentiated by its graphical general- purpose programming language (known as G)along with an associated integrated compiler, a linker and debugging tools.

What do you dislike?

Its easy to collect data in labVIEW but processing it is quite difficult. I had to use matlab plenty of time.

Recommendations to others considering the product:

I would recommend it for data acquisition purpose only.

What problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

LabVIEW offers a single environment that integrates software and hardware to help you develop programs more efficiently. You can expect the four data acquisition and return on investment benefits with NI's problem-solving platform-based approach.

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"Finest tool for Lab automation and measurement!"

What do you like best?

It's Graphical User Interface makes it extremely easy to use even for a bigger design. One can highlight the particular part of design and see/debug if the design is working as required. Technical support from National Instrument is very helpful.

It's ability to record and analyze high-precision low-level measurements makes it a really useful tool for scientific purposes. A whole control system design can be easily. DAQ assistant is really useful for capturing data from high precision device.

What do you dislike?

There is almost nothing that I dislike about this product!

What problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

When I was working as a Project Fellow at National Physical Laboratory, I used LabVIEW for automating the lab measurement setup so that readings are automatically recorded and one don't have to take each reading manually. It saved a lot of time and increased our teams efficiency tremendously as I start recording the measurements when I leave the work and check the measurements log generated by LabVIEW next morning.

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"Multiple equipment management with lab view"

What do you like best?

Lab View can be connected with multiple device and can control all of them at once. This feature along with visual basic based back panel for coding the experiment is the best of Lab view. This feature allows any one with minimal knowledge of lab view to customize and run his or her own experiments

What do you dislike?

There is nothing that is to dislike with lab view, their search and explore help in identifying the right command for right experiment. Lab view also updates their software often and is in process of improving all the features that will make it look more pleasant more user friendly.

Recommendations to others considering the product:

Lab View is highly recommended to any researcher who need to have high combustibility in their recording and data acquiring process. This software can communicate to various equipment using GPIB cable or RS232 Cable and hence your data collection will be precise and easier.

What problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

The main business problem with research lab is the cost of equipment, Some of the equipment can be easily customized to get the required data output but using them at single run is not compatible without the use of specialized software. Lab view comes to our rescue. With lab view we can acquire data from multiple devices and record them in our database

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"Convenient but confusing tool for hardware-software interface solutions"

What do you like best?

DAQ compatibility makes it a great tool to interface with hardware tools and get real data from electrical sensors for my purposes. LabView also allows you to input various equations and acquire data easily. Very powerful tool. The visualizations of block diagrams is nice, as is the live view of waveforms created from the acquired data.

What do you dislike?

The interface is a little hard to use and understand. Inputting formulae is a bit of a pain because of inbuilt methods of writing equations and parentheses/operation hierarchies. The software takes a large amount of time and usage before you can fully master and understand how to use it.

Recommendations to others considering the product:

Good software that meets your needs for hardware to software interfacing.

What problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

I use the software for interfacing with sensors on a breadboard and also to acquire data from an oscilloscope. I use the DAQ to interface with pulse oximeter type sensors and collect data, as well as temperature thermistors using the same.

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"A Must-Have Programming Tool for Laboratory Research"

What do you like best?

LabVIEW is very convenient interface programming software for all science & engineering laboratories. Especially for the Physics, Chemical Engineering, Chemistry, Materials Science departments in Universities or National labs, it is probably one of the most common programming software. As a materials scientist myself, I use all different instruments to set up my experiments. I use LabVIEW all the time for all sorts of electrical, magnetic, optoelectric measurements. It is easy to learn and easy to program because it is all graphical. The front control panel is very user-friendly as well.

What do you dislike?

If I am going to create a large/long program, the debug process can be very long and tricky. It takes time to find out where exactly the error message comes from. Another disadvantage is connecting the elder instrument, e.g. RS-232, interface, the code can be complicated or sometimes not easy to find the command in those instruments which we have to switch to manual control.

Recommendations to others considering the product:

1. It is easier to start with some programs made by others and trying to understand their program rather than start from "zero" and write everything from the beginning.

2. Read the interface control section of the manual of a specific instrument first before writing your program.

What problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

It saves a lot of time in multiple or serial measurements. Most of the time, I just need to start the program, let it run overnight, and I can have all the data or even plots the next day. In our lab, we actually have all the program written by the earlier graduates. The program is easy to modify. So most of the time, we do not need to write a program from the beginning.

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"LabVIEW is best programming language."

What do you like best?

I have programmed computers using many different programming languages, and I have found LabVIEW to be the best. It is easy to code and fast to complete projects. National Instruments claims that it is 10 times faster to code using it and I agree.

What do you dislike?

There are a lot of little deficiencies in the details of the language that could be better. Kind of like death by 1,000 cuts. Nothing major, but many little things. It could use some polishing up I would say.

Recommendations to others considering the product:

Great language that is not in the main stream.

What problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

I have used LabVIEW most recently both as a developer of programs, and as a consultant advising companies on which programing language to chose for programming autonomous vehicles. When writing code , the application was GPS satellites. Both applications are excellent choices for LabVIEW because they are a good match because both require interfacing with hardware.

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"LabVIEW makes data acquisition and data presentation application development easy and fast"

What do you like best?

Lots of available drivers, application examples, and source code to build off of.

Plug and play with a lot of BI and third party hardware.

Programming rich and complex user interfaces is much faster than with other languages.

It is a very diverse programming environment and can be used for any application involving hardware or software only.

What do you dislike?

Some things are just easier to do in text based languages.

Lightweight applications and web based applications are not straightforward or not possible

Recommendations to others considering the product:

Start with examples and user applications posted on the discussion forums to help gget started. There are also numerous training tools available for free.

What problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

I use LabVIEW for almost every client project involving some sort of test fixture or data acquisition. It is quick and effective and very flexible. I can reuse a lot of code and distribute complex applications easily.

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"I used it at college and built some cool projects with it"

What do you like best?

It has very simple user interface and very easy to use i learnt it at less than 4 sessions , and then i could build any project , i made dancing fountain project very easily with it and it was really cool to make voice controlled fountain like this at small time

What do you dislike?

it's card looks expensive but i use other boards as controller

Recommendations to others considering the product:

Anyone who want to develop big projects at small time should start to learn lab-view now it won't take much till u master the tools and start your great projects

What problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

i made simple projects with it like room temperature controller that control fan , air condition according to room temp it was very easy to make it and even connect it t arduino and build the project in real

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"Entry level labview progr"

What do you like best?

One of the main features that i have found very useful is the highlight execution. As a entry level programmer to be able to see if the code being executed the way you programmed is great.

What do you dislike?

So far I don't have anything to dislike. Because I'm a novice programmer mostly frustrated when something doesn't work as planned but after some online research and help from senior engineers those problems get resoloved.

Recommendations to others considering the product:

If you have not used a graphical programming before the learning curve would be steeper. But if you stick with it becomes easier as you familiarized with program

What problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

I'm using this product for an automatic power converter test stand. One of the main benefits is that Labview creates a UI by itself for its inputs and outputs and doesn't need a another program to do it.

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"Intuitive and very essential"

What do you like best?

The interface is easy to use and learn for the beginners but the can be challenging to use complex functionalities and the technical support online is very limited and often unhelpful

What do you dislike?

Often a lot of problems occur related to timing and resource usage from analog and digital output channels and you don’t really have a clue as to what’s wrong because tech support and resources online is very limited for such issues.

Recommendations to others considering the product:

It is essential and experimental labs that have a lot of electronics to control cannot do without it

What problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

Use it to control and coordinate electronics, optics and data collection equipment in our lab

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"Great software for learning PLC communication"

What do you like best?

Bloack diagram based, easy to understand, lots of support online.

What do you dislike?

No support between versions, if it is opened in 2018, it cannot be opened in 2017.

Recommendations to others considering the product:

Do It

What problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

Last semester we used LabVIEW to program a SCADA system for our final project. We also wrote a communication protocol. This would have been impossible for a student to do in any other software.

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"LabVIEW simplified hardware integration software"

What do you like best?

Only basic programming skills is needed to use the software

Nice graphic interface

Fantastic for acquiring and logging the data.

What do you dislike?

Expensive hardware module so unless you have national intsruments hardware expect to pay at least 100$ or more on modules.

no easy way to comment code

Recommendations to others considering the product:

If you are into hard core programming and code customization go with another software. However, if you are looking for a simple solution to log data without programming that's your go to solution

What problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

I am using it to log temperature, voltage, and pressure on an small angle xray setup in our lab. Extremely easy to setup and software does not crash

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"Great for UI, versatile, not traditional!"

What do you like best?

I like the ease of creating a user interface. And process automation is made easier with LabVIEW.

What do you dislike?

I do not appreciate that the coding style is graphical instead of linear (traditional lines of code).

What problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

I have been able to automate processes quite efficiently and improved cycle time for my projects.

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"Labview for R&D"

What do you like best?

A customizable UI with easy to learn concepts. A very visual algorithm creation platform. Great for data collection and processing with hardware made specifically for the program.

What do you dislike?

Not as common as other programs but it does offer several export options to create programs for different OS.

What problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

Quick and very customizable data collection and processing as well as hardware/instrumentation control.

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"Good language but steep learning curve"

What do you like best?

Great libraries and integration. It’s also highly portable given the nature of the program. You can do much more than you would anticipate.

What do you dislike?

Can be hard to find actual functions, and the documentation is a bit sparse. There’s not a lot of resources to help you implement anything, you have to just figure it out.

Recommendations to others considering the product:

Watch courses on YouTube as it is a highly visual language. Unfortunately still has a long way to go in terms of materials for new users.

What problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

Used for hardware control of instruments, great for real time correlation of data to make hardware decisions.

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"It’s great for data acquisition, not for data processing"

What do you like best?

Good for live data collection. Probably more intuitive for those with no coding experience

What do you dislike?

So slow. So many functions that it’s lacking compared to other programming languages. And it’s a pain to plot anything worthy of publishing. Forget optimization problems. Also if you have a big programming it’s gonna look ugly

Recommendations to others considering the product:

Just use for data acquisition. That’s it

What problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

My advisor loves labview with a passion, so our entire lab works with it. We use it for biomechanical data analysis

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"Standard for lab work in engineering field"

What do you like best?

It has a lot of components to fit with any required equipment connection and control.

What do you dislike?

Slow due to big component supports. Not easy to troublshoot.

What problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

Building the customized equipments set.

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"Popular and Strong Control Software Program"

What do you like best?

Build-in libraries to allow user to build a control application immediately. More importantly, LABVIEW is the best in terms of supporting hardware equipment.

What do you dislike?

GUI is not very friendly and LABVIEW is not a text-based programming, therefore creating difficulty for new users.

What problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

We use LABVIEW to perform testing in our lab at the University, mostly to control electrometer, source-meter, function generator and to acquire data from NI acquisition system.

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"Great automation project software"

What do you like best?

The ability to fully automate test processes.

What do you dislike?

Slightly longer learning curve than expected.

What problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

We were able to realize a cost saving by automating a long term durability test.

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"LabView"

What do you like best?

-User friendly

-Graphical interface

-Good for beginners

-Data Acquisition is good

What do you dislike?

-It's not advisable for any sophisticated projects. It's good for prototyping

Recommendations to others considering the product:

It is good for starting into data acquisiton.

What problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

I have been using it in the data acquisition lab. It is proving to be a good and easy tool. It is compatible with most of the sensors.

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"Very positive"

What do you like best?

The ease of graphical programming method is very appealing and very ease to maintain and debug.

What do you dislike?

Each newer version needs to inculcate more changes and the data handling needs to be more seamless.

What problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

Test bench automation was implemented through LabVIEW and the resulting process was much faster and more reliable.

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"Nicely integrated design environment"

What do you like best?

The GUI that helps to design a ladder network for efficient design.

What do you dislike?

Lack of updates. Not much changes between two versions and the file handling could definitely be improved.

Recommendations to others considering the product:

The user manual is very helpful for elementary design patterns

What problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

Test bench design automationwas realized through LabVIEW.

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"So useful for students who works on labratory"

What do you like best?

an appropriate system-design platform and development environment for a visual programming language

What do you dislike?

There is not any point that I do not like about this software

What problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

LabVIEW integrates the creation of user interfaces (termed front panels) into the development cycle

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