Measurement Studio is an integrated suite of tools and class libraries that are designed for developers using .NET and MFC to develop measurement and automation applications.
Measurement Studio 8.1.2 includes separate, parallel sets of class libraries, integration features, and support documentation for developing with Visual Studio .NET 2003 and Visual Studio 2005.
Measurement Studio 8.1.2 includes support for Microsoft Visual Basic .NET, Microsoft Visual C#, and Microsoft Visual C++ in Visual Studio .NET 2003 and Visual Studio 2005. Measurement Studio 8.1.2 also includes support for Visual Basic 6.0 and Visual C++ in Visual Studio 6.0. Measurement Studio support for Visual Studio .NET 2003 and Visual Studio 2005 is on one CD. Measurement Studio support for Visual Studio 6.0 is on another CD.
This readme documents Measurement Studio support for Visual Studio .NET 2003. Refer to the readme on the Measurement Studio Support for Visual Studio 6.0 CD for information about Visual Studio 6.0 support. You can install support for both Visual Studio .NET 2003 and support for Visual Studio 6.0 on the same machine. However, you must install the support to separate directories.
This file contains the following sections:
This section describes new features that have been introduced in Measurement Studio since version 8.1.1.
You can use the Measurement Studio legend control scrollbar to scroll through the legend items at run time instead of having a fixed size for the control. This enables you to conserve valuable space in your application while still representing all the items necessary for a useful legend.
For more information, refer to Using the Measurement Studio Windows Forms Legend .NET Control or Using the Measurement Studio Web Forms Legend .NET Control in the NI Measurement Studio Help.
Prior versions of Measurement Studio only support editing engineering formatted values at run time as basic numeric formatted strings. In Measurement Studio 8.1.2, you can edit engineering formatted values at run time as engineering formatted strings or as basic numeric formatted strings. Engineering formatted values are numeric values formatted with engineering notation and International System of Units (SI) prefixes and symbols. You can edit engineering formatted values for the Windows Forms and Web Forms numeric edit control and the Windows Forms numeric edit array control. You can edit engineering formatted range for the Windows Forms numeric pointer controls and the Windows Forms and Web Forms scatter, waveform, and complex graph axes.
This feature is enabled by default for new Measurement Studio controls you add to your project. You can enable this feature for existing Measurement Studio controls in your project by checking the WYSIWYG Editing check box in the Numeric Format Mode Editor dialog box. You access the Numeric Format Mode Editor dialog box for the numeric edit control and the numeric edit array control by selecting the FormatMode property on the Property Pages for the control. You access the Numeric Format Mode Editor dialog box for the numeric pointer controls and the axes of the graph controls by selecting the EditRangeNumericFormatMode property in the Property Pages for the control.
You can use the
NationalInstruments.EngineeringFormatInfo.TryParse method or the
NationalInstruments.EngineeringFormatInfo.Parse method to convert the engineering string representation of a number to its double-precision floating-point number equivalent based on the format you specify. You use
Parse to parse an engineering string representation of a value, such as a formatted string returned by
NationalInstruments.EngineeringFormatInfo.Format, to obtain the actual value.
Measurement Studio support for Visual Studio 6.0 will now require you to run only one installer instead of an initial installation and an updater installer. Measurement Studio's Visual Studio 6.0 support also includes support for Microsoft Windows Vista.
As you work with Measurement Studio Support for Visual Studio 6.0, you might need to consult additional resources. For detailed Measurement Studio help, including function reference and in-depth documentation on developing with Measurement Studio, refer to the Measurement Studio Reference and Measurement Studio Reference Addendum. For a list of all Measurement Studio documentation in electronic format, refer to the Measurement Studio Library. To view the Measurement Studio Reference, Reference Addendum, and Library, select Start»All Programs»National Instruments»Measurement Studio Support for Visual Studio 6»Help. Refer to Measurement Studio for Visual Basic Support and Measurement Studio for Visual C++ Support on ni.com for additional information.
Measurement Studio 8.1.2 includes analysis code snippets in the documentation that can be copied and pasted into an application and used immediately. The following classes include new example code snippets:
For more information, refer to Using the Measurement Studio Analysis .NET Library topic in the NI Measurement Studio Help.
For more information about what's new in Measurement Studio 8.1.2, refer to the What's New in Measurement Studio section of the NI Measurement Studio Help.
The following sections list the system requirements for Measurement Studio 8.1.2 and instructions on how to install Measurement Studio 8.1.2.
Note Review the installer known issues before you install Measurement Studio 8.1.2.
To use Measurement Studio, your computer must have the following:
Complete the following steps to install Measurement Studio. These steps describe a typical installation. Please carefully review all additional licensing and warning dialog boxes.
National Instruments recommends that you exit all programs before running the Measurement Studio installer. Applications that run in the background, such as virus scanning utilities, might cause the installer to take longer than average to complete.
Complete the following steps to install Measurement Studio:
National Instruments recommends that you install the complete Measurement Studio program. If you perform a custom installation and do not install all the Measurement Studio features, you can run the installation program again later to install additional features.
Note The option to browse for an installation location is valid only if you have not already installed any Measurement Studio features for the version of Visual Studio or the .NET Framework that you are installing. If you have any Measurement Studio features installed, then Measurement Studio installs to the same root directory to which you installed other Measurement Studio features.
You can have only one version of Measurement Studio installed on a system for each version of Visual Studio or the .NET Framework installed on the system. For example, you can have Measurement Studio 8.1.1 for Visual Studio .NET 2003 installed on the same system as Measurement Studio 8.1.2 for Visual Studio 2005, but you cannot have Measurement Studio 8.1.1 for Visual Studio 2005 installed on the same system as Measurement Studio 8.1.2 for Visual Studio 2005.
If you install a newer version of Measurement Studio on a machine that has a prior version of Measurement Studio installed, the newer version installer replaces the prior version functionality, including class libraries. However, the prior version assemblies remain in the global assembly cache (GAC); therefore, applications that reference the prior version continue to use the prior version .NET assemblies.
Note This does not apply to
NationalInstruments.Common.dlluses a publisher policy file to redirect applications to always use the newest version of
NationalInstruments.Common.dllinstalled on the system, for each version of the .NET Framework.
The default directory for Measurement Studio 8.1 support for Visual Studio .NET 2003 (Program Files\NationalInstruments\MeasurementStudioVS2003) is different than the default directory for Measurement Studio 7.0 support for Visual Studio .NET 2003 (Program Files\NationalInstruments\MeasurementStudio70). If Measurement Studio 7.0 is installed on your machine when you install Measurement Studio 8.1, Measurement Studio 8.1 installs to the 7.0 directory. If you prefer to install Measurement Studio 8.1 to the default 8.1 directory, you must first uninstall all Measurement Studio class libraries, including class libraries installed with National Instruments driver software, such as NI-VISA, NI-488.2, and NI-DAQmx.
For assistance in getting started with Measurement Studio 8.1.2, refer to the Measurement Studio Overview and the Getting Started with the Measurement Studio Class Libraries topics in the NI Measurement Studio Help or refer to the Measurement Studio User Manual and the Measurement Studio Release Notes. You can launch the NI Measurement Studio Help in the following ways:
To view the Measurement Studio User Manual and the Measurement Studio Release Notes, select Start»All Programs»National Instruments»<Measurement Studio>Measurement Studio User Manual or Start»All Programs»National Instruments»<Measurement Studio>Measurement Studio Release Notes. To view these documents, you need the free Adobe Reader. Refer to the Adobe Systems Incorporated Web site at www.adobe.com to download Adobe Reader.
To get started creating a Measurement Studio project using class library and application templates, open Visual Studio and select File»New»Project to launch the New Project dialog box. In the Project Types pane, expand the Measurement Studio Projects folder and select the Projects folder for the language you want to create the program in. Then, in the Templates pane, select the type of project you want to create.
For step-by-step guides in learning how to develop applications with Measurement Studio, refer to the Measurement Studio Walkthroughs section of the NI Measurement Studio Help.
For information about deploying applications built with Measurement Studio 8.1.2, refer to Deploying Measurement Studio Applications in the NI Measurement Studio Help.
Note Measurement Studio support for Visual Studio .NET 2003 does not support redistributing applications to Windows 95/98/Me/NT 4.0.
The following items are bugs fixed in Measurement Studio 8.1.2.
|Component||Bug ID||Fixed Issue|
|.NET Class Libraries||4ACDFQ3Q||Fixed an issue where the WaveformPlot Clone destination array did not contain a sufficient number of data points.|
|44AC6S00||Fixed an issue where Measurement Studio Windows Forms .NET controls leaked memory.|
|49HH773Q||Fixed an issue where the scatter graph plot line appears to overshoot actual data value for line widths greater than 1.|
|4CC9SFOF||Fixed an issue where the axes grid lines appear after explicitly setting the grid lines visible property to False.|
|4AR9S9OF||Fixed an issue where plotting large data sets with the scatter graph control results in inconsistent performance.|
|4BTHD6VQ||Fixed an issue where EngineeringFormatModeEditor does not work when multiple numeric edit controls are selected.|
|4A0F3BHW||Fixed an issue where printing a control that uses a 3D style results in low-quality output.|
|4CME2ARQ||Fixed an issue where the first item in the Format String editor in the Numeric Format Mode editor cannot be selected directly.|
|4CN9OD3Q||Fixed an issue where the PropertyEditor two-way binding fails during design time.|
|C++ Class Libraries||4CN6TVBU||Fixed an issue where creating annotations programmatically takes a long time.|
For a complete list of incompatibilities in Measurement Studio with previous versions of Measurement Studio and otherwise supported features, including a list of obsoleted members and members that have been changed to sealed override or non-virtual, refer to the Measurement Studio Incompatibilities topic in the NI Measurement Studio Help.
4CN6TVBU: In Measurement Studio 8.1.2 and later, when you add a new annotation programmatically, the control assigns the annotation a unique name, in the format of
where n is a number. In previous versions of Measurement Studio, the control finds the lowest n that yields a name that is not the same as the name of another annotation in the collection.
In Measurement Studio 8.1.2 and later, the control finds the lowest n that is greater than or equal to the number of items in the collection.
For example, consider the scenario where you have a collection that has two annotations, named
Annotation-3, and you add an annotation.
In previous versions of Measurement Studio, the name of the added annotation is
Annotation-1. In Measurement Studio 8.1.2 and later, the name of the added annotation is
Note Applications that install earlier versions of the Measurement Studio user interface and 3D graph controls include ComponentWorks 2.0, Measurement Studio 1.0 and later, and LabVIEW 6i and later.
44BIHC800: If you install LabWindows/CVI 8.5 and use the LabWindows/CVI Project and Conversion Wizards in Visual Studio .NET 2003 and try to build a project that was created by one of these wizards, you will receive linker errors. With LabWindows/CVI 8.5 and later, the LabWindows/CVI libraries can be installed to various locations. The LabWindows/CVI wizards are not aware of these changes and therefore cannot find the needed libraries. These linker errors will only occur if you are using LabWindows/CVI 8.5 or later and the LabWindows/CVI wizards in Visual Studio .NET 2003. To fix these linker errors, update the following project settings:
NIPUBAPPDATADIR\CVIXX\includewhere CVIXX is the highest version installed
NIPUBAPPDATADIR\CVIXX\extlib\msvcwhere CVIXX is the highest version installed
For more information, refer to National Instruments KnowledgeBase Article 4BIHC800.
P/Invokemethods that have a void return type.
NationalInstruments.UI.WindowsForms, but does not reference the assemblies it depends on, there are circumstances in which the Windows Forms Designer will stop drawing the controls. This occurs when the Windows Forms Designer re-parses its generated code and is unable to resolve references to types that are in the assemblies that
NationalInstruments.UI.WindowsFormsdepends on. To fix this problem, add project references to
NationalInstruments.Common. Measurement Studio does this for you automatically, so you will see this issue only if you disable Measurement Studio integration features in Visual Studio.
LoadLibraryfunction. Under most circumstances, it is unsafe to call
DllMain. Therefore, avoid calling any analysis functions inside
setmethods do not show help in the Object Browser. Refer to the NI Measurement Studio Help to view the help for these properties.
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