National Instruments is bringing the LabVIEW graphical development environment, first created on Mac OS more than 15 years ago, to Mac OS X 10.2 (“Jaguar”). The new version is being previewed at the Macworld expo this week.
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With LabVIEW for Mac OS X, scientists and engineers can create applications, or virtual instruments (VIs), for acquiring, analyzing, and presenting a range of technical data, including temperature, pressure, vibration, and voltage. These VIs can be downloaded via Ethernet to run on a real-time modular instrumentation platform.
LabVIEW for Mac OS X was created specifically for “Jaguar” and was designed on a Mac using Project Builder (Apple’s development environment for building Mac OS X applications), according to Dr. James Truchard, CEO and President of National Instruments.
Applications run independently of the host Mac. This means that even when the Mac performs other tasks, the LabVIEW applications continue to run without interruption. With Mac OS X, LabVIEW diagrams created on the Mac can execute in a parallel manner using the operating system to break complex processes down into multiple threads.
LabVIEW for Mac OS X runs on all Mac systems with Mac OS X 10.2, and multithreaded LabVIEW applications can take advantage of dual processor Macs by executing tasks independently between the processors. Interested in learning more about developing measurement and automation applications for Mac OS X? You can apply online to participate in a public preview of LabVIEW for Mac OS X. Participants will receive a free preview copy of LabVIEW for Mac OS X.