This file contains important last-minute information about the LabVIEW 8.5 Application Builder. Refer to the LabVIEW Upgrade Notes for more information about upgrade and compatibility issues, and a complete list of new features in the LabVIEW 8.5 Application Builder. You can access the LabVIEW Upgrade Notes document by selecting Help»Search the LabVIEW Help in LabVIEW and navigating to the Technical Support and Professional Services»LabVIEW Documentation Resources topic on the Contents tab of the LabVIEW Help. The LabVIEW Help also includes step-by-step instructions for creating and completing builds and caveats and recommendations to consider before you use the Application Builder.
The LabVIEW Application Builder is a LabVIEW add-on package you can use to create source distributions, stand-alone applications, shared libraries, installers, and zip files. You can distribute the builds without the LabVIEW development system. Refer to the National Instruments Software License Agreement located on the LabVIEW Professional Development System CD for the licensing requirements for distributing builds you create with Application Builder.
You must use Application Builder 8.5 with LabVIEW 8.5.
Refer to the National Instruments Web site for the latest information about the LabVIEW 8.5 Application Builder.
Installing and Activating Application Builder
Applications and shared libraries you create with the Application Builder have the same approximate requirements as the LabVIEW development system. Refer to the LabVIEW Release Notes for more information about the requirements for the LabVIEW development system. Memory requirements depend on the size of the application or shared library. Typically, applications and shared libraries require about the same amount of memory required to run VIs in the LabVIEW development system.
The LabVIEW Professional Development System includes the Application Builder, which LabVIEW enables when you activate LabVIEW. If you have an activated version of the LabVIEW Base Package or Full Development System, select Help»Activate Application Builder to activate and use the Application Builder. The license takes effect when you restart LabVIEW.
You also can activate Application Builder by launching NI License Manager by selecting Start»All Programs»National Instruments»NI License Manager. Then select Application Builder for LabVIEW Base/Full/Student and click the Activate button.
Note: The Application Builder installs with LabVIEW. Therefore, when you activate the Application Builder in the LabVIEW Base Package or Full Development System, you do not have to complete a separate installation.
The following items are known issues in the LabVIEW 8.5 Application Builder.
LabVIEW automatically writes configuration tokens to the .ini file of a built application, shared library, or the LabVIEW Web Server. For example, if you open the built application on the same computer you developed it on, the .ini file of the built application might contain the same port and service name as the LabVIEW development system. Because ports and service names must be unique, either the application or LabVIEW might not have the VI Server on when you expect it to. To avoid this issue, create a custom .ini file for the built application, library, or LabVIEW Web Server.
LabVIEW does not prompt you to add the custom icon file to source control when you create a build specification and you choose to use a custom icon file.
|Build Setting to NOT remove additional exclusions fails when library has missing members, and error message is not helpful
If you do not select Disconnect type definitions and Remove unused members of project libraries on the Additional Exclusions page of the Application Properties dialog box, LabVIEW might return the following error when you build an application, shared library, or source distribution that includes a library:
LabVIEW cannot find a file that is a dependency of a Startup, Exported, or Always Included VI.
Workaround—The missing file might be referenced by a library included in the build, or by another file. To fix the issue:
If you build a VI that returns a 64-bit integer into a shared library, LabVIEW returns an error. To correct this problem, set the return value for the 64-bit integer to void.
In LabVIEW 8.5, LabVIEW application builder no longer treats libraries as folders. If you load a LabVIEW 8.0 or 8.2 build specification in LabVIEW 8.5, and it includes a library in which you did not explicitly include all members of the library, only referenced members of the library might be included in the build.
Workaround—Set the inclusion individually on all members of the library you want to include in the build. Alternatively, uncheck Remove unused members of project libraries on the Additional Exclusions page.
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