[time-nuts] potential source for cheap copy of labview

Brooke Clarke brooke at pacific.net
Sun Jun 21 00:48:22 UTC 2015

Hi Dave:

When I was working with LV you could run the program on a Mac, Windows or Unix without any changes.
It's my understanding that's still true.

Note the instruments that accept SCPI commands are pretty much interchangeable.  It's the "R2D2" commands that are model 
number specific.

The software is coming via Fedex ground from Washington state so should be here in a few days, more then.

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Have Fun,

Brooke Clarke
Dr. David Kirkby (Kirkby Microwave Ltd) wrote:
> On 20 June 2015 at 04:18, Bob kb8tq <kb8tq at n1k.org> wrote:
>> Hi
>> It is interesting as you go through the various student and home versions,
>> just how
>> hard it is to figure out what you are (and are not) buying in each case.
>> One example
>> would be the inclusion (or not) of GPIB capability. One would *assume*
>> it’s in there and
>> fully functional. At lest for me it’s a “must have” item on the check list.
>> If anybody comes across a deep dive on what is / is not in each package,
>> I’d
>> certainly like to see it.
> Be aware, a lot of older kit is not supported in Labview with the
> instrument drivers. I was thinking of buying a copy, and had a labview rep
> come around here. I'd sent him in advance of equipment I had that I was
> interested in collecting data from. He had nothing that could talk to my HP
> 70000 series spectrum analyzer. He had a driver written for an 8753 VNA
> which was expected to work on an 8720D, but had never been tested. Needless
> to say, it could not talk to my 8720D.
> Just about anything GPIB in my lab, with the exception of the Agilent power
> supplies, they had no instrument drivers for, as it was all too old.
> A quick check on time-interval counters, I found there's nothing for the HP
> 5370B, although there is the Stanford Research SR620.  (At the the the NI
> guy came, I never had the SR620).
> So if its a hobby, chances are you have older equipment, and support is
> probably lacking. Of course you can write your own drivers, but it takes
> away a lot of the convenience of Labview.
> Somewhat related, there is a GPIB plugin for Octave (open-source MATLAB
> clone). I have never used it myself, but might be another cheap (free) way
> to get test equipment in a GUI environment.
> Dave
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