LabVIEW Embedded Development Module Target Distribution Guide Manual

LabVIEW Embedded Development Module Target Distribution Guide Manual
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LabVIEW Embedded Development Module Target Distribution Guide Manual

  • © National Instruments Corporation3-1 1,Target Distribution 1, Guide3Creating Icons and PalettesCreating custom icons and palettes for your product enhances the product identity and makes it easier for end users to identify controls, indicators, and VIs that are specific to your embedded target.LabVIEW represents VIs and functions with icons, which appear on subpalettes and the block diagram. Icons for LabVIEW modules often have a unique banner or style that visually reminds the end user that the VI or function is specific to that module.Depending on the target, LabVIEW shows different palettes or palette contents so that end users do not use unsupported VIs or functions in applications for a specific target. You can create palettes to include only the controls, indicators, VIs, and functions that your embedded target supports. With subpalettes you can categorize VIs and functions into logical groups so it is easier for your end user to use LabVIEW with your target.Creating IconsAn icon is a graphical representation of a VI. The most useful icons are mnemonic and include little, if any, text. Every VI displays an icon in the upper right corner of the front panel and block diagram windows. Create custom icons to replace the default icon in the upper right corner of the front panel and block diagram windows by selecting Edit Icon from the shortcut menu or by double-clicking the icon in the upper right corner of the window. You also can drag a graphic from anywhere in your file system and drop it in the upper right corner of the front panel or block diagram window. LabVIEW converts the graphic to a 32 × 32 pixel icon. Depending on the type of monitor your end users use, you can design a separate icon for monochrome, 16-color, and 256-color mode. You can use the lv_icon VI template in the labview\resource\plugins directory to create a VI with which you can edit VI icons outside of the Icon Editor dialog box.Consider creating icons for your target-specific VIs using consistent colors or themes. If you plan on reselling integrated target support for LabVIEW, you might consider outsourcing the icon creation if you do not have access to professional graphic artists.