NI Measurement Studio 7.1 Speeds MS Visual Studio .NET Development

9/3/2004 - Engineers now can develop measurement and automation applications faster and easier with National Instruments Measurement Studio 7.1, the industry’s most comprehensive suite of class libraries and controls for acquiring, analyzing and presenting data in applications built using Microsoft Visual Studio .NET. With the new software, engineers and scientists can take advantage of more than twice as many user interface controls than previous versions, an integrated Instrument Driver .NET Wizard and NI-DAQmx 7.3 support to increase productivity for developing measurement and automation applications.

“Measurement Studio 7.1 brings the power of the .NET Framework to the test, measurement and automation industry,” said Richard Burte, product manager in the .NET Developer Product Management Group at Microsoft Corp. “National Instruments’ powerful solution combined with the enterprise capabilities of the .NET Framework helps applications connect manufacturing and engineering business units to management systems.”

NI Measurement Studio 7.1 delivers nine measurement-specific, extensible user interface components to help engineers create custom interfaces for their applications. With these new user interface controls, engineers can create professional, graphical user interfaces that look and feel like real-world instrumentation.

This suite of tools also speeds development of instrument control applications with a built-in Instrument Driver .NET Wizard that converts existing VXIplug&play, IVI or legacy instrument drivers to .NET framework-based drivers. This integrated tool protects the time and money invested in existing drivers by instantly configuring and communicating with instruments without rewriting existing instrument drivers for compliance or struggling with integrating non-native drivers.

Measurement Studio 7.1 continues to offer superior data acquisition integration by supporting NI-DAQmx 7.3, the newest version of NI measurement services software that features automatic code generation for creating applications in Microsoft Visual C# .NET, Microsoft Visual Basic .NET and Microsoft Visual C++ .NET. With the NI DAQ Assistant included in NI-DAQmx, engineers can interactively configure, test and generate code prior to writing a single line of code. NI-DAQmx 7.3 also supports NI M Series next-generation data acquisition devices and offers multithreading technology, automatic timing, triggering and synchronization.

NI continues to support development in Microsoft Visual Studio 6.0 by shipping ActiveX Visual Basic controls and Visual C++ 6.0 tools with the newest version of Measurement Studio.

About National Instruments
National Instruments ( is a technology pioneer and leader in virtual instrumentation – a revolutionary concept that has changed the way engineers and scientists approach measurement and automation. Leveraging the PC and its related technologies, virtual instrumentation increases productivity and lowers costs through easy-to-integrate software, such as the NI LabVIEW graphical development environment, and modular hardware, such as PXI modules for data acquisition, instrument control and machine vision. Headquartered in Austin, Texas, NI has more than 3,100 employees and direct operations in 40 countries. In 2003, the company sold products to more than 25,000 companies in 90 countries. For the past five years, FORTUNE magazine named NI one of the 100 best companies to work for in America.

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