In LabVIEW 2013 there are some truly stellar new features involving commenting on the block
diagram. Now let’s take a look at this event inspector VI we were just working with and
let’s say I want to put a comment on this Register for Events node. Well I can just
say here “register events” and if I hover near it, I see that to the lower right there’s
an arrow. So I can click and drag and then select an object now to which this is linked.
So if I move this guy around or move this around, of course it still points to that,
and if I block diagram clean up everything we’re still pointing to that, very handy.
I’ll undo that a couple times.
Also new in LabVIEW 2013 is bookmarking on the block diagram. So for instance I’m a
LabVIEW developer so a lot of times I’ll be working all day developing LabVIEW, being
really happy and then at the end of the day I’ll notice a bunch of things that I still
need to do and I’ll close out for the day but I don’t want to forget those things.
So this new feature in LabVIEW allows me to bookmark these things to come back to them.
So for instance maybe I have a bookmark called “fix this.” As you can see the hashtag
in front automatically prompts LabVIEW to bold this and then maybe after the bookmark
I type what it is: “timing on 2nd loop.” Now I can leave it like that or of course
I can attach it to the loop, that’s always handy. Maybe I also want to bookmark this
entire structure: right click>>visible items>>subdiagram label in the same bookmark: “fix this.”
Now why is that handy? Well now I can go to view>>bookmark manager and I can see all the
bookmarks that show up under “fix this” and where they are. So I can double click
and it will take me precisely to that place so I can do whatever I need to do. Maybe I’m
doing code review with someone else and I can have a hashtag saying “review this.”
Plenty of options available with the bookmark manager.