NI LabVIEW 2011

Aug 1st, 2011 by Christina in LabVIEW

LabVIEW 2011 Panel

I am thrilled that National Instruments is now releasing LabVIEW 2011.

LabVIEW 2011 is, in my opinion, the best version of LabVIEW ever.

As you can see from my screenshot, we’ve given LabVIEW a fresh new look with a set of controls that we’ve named “Silver” controls in honor of the 25th anniversary of LabVIEW.

Also, customers have told us that they want to accelerate their productivity and we’ve made that our priority. We improved editor responsiveness. We increased test coverage. We implemented time-saving features from Idea Exchange.

And we’ve paved the way to make things even better in future versions. In our continued commitment to the stability of our platform, we’ve added a new error reporting mechanism, making it easier than ever to report crashes with accompanying information to help us diagnose issues.

Learn more about LabVIEW 2011 on

If you’re coming to NIWeek, you can also come to my session to learn more about how Simon Hogg and I implemented those beautiful Silver controls!


  • That are some nice looking controls if I may say so!

  • Nicely done! What is preventing them from displaying properly when used in a VI “saved for previous version”, say LV 2010?

  • Wouter – Thanks! I’ll pass that along to the design team!

    dc – Thanks! The Silver controls use new decorations that weren’t available in previous versions, so when they’re saved for previous, those decorations change into simpler images. The controls still function, but they don’t look the same.

  • Great job, looks beautiful!

    I have an off topic question that you are just the person to answer. What do those pictures on the Boolean mechanical action mean? Specifically, if you look at the latch, you’ll see that it shows “m” “v” and “rd”. What is that “rd” thing?

  • I believe that “m” is the mechanical action of the button (pressed or not pressed), “v” is the value of the button (true or false) and “rd” shows points where the button’s value is read.

  • Hi Christina,
    We have now used “Silver” for the first time, making a beautiful and simple UI for an enduser.
    But, I miss a UNDO and REDO button in the Silver palet.
    I remember from NI Week 2011 that you told about the Icons you used, but I forgot where to find them so I can make my own buttons. Where are they located?

  • Hi Mark,

    The Silver buttons use icons from the Open Icon Library:

    In particular, they use PNGs from the Public Domain package.

    Please let me know if you need any help! And please also consider sharing the buttons you make with the Community.

  • Hi there, any chance to get a Silver downloadable package that could be installed for LV2010?

    BTW, is there any tutorial explaining how to modify the appearance of the cluster control? I want to remove the 3D-shaded box by something flatter, but i cannot figure out how to do it…

  • Laton,

    The Silver controls are not available in LV2010. (The gradient Decorations used by their parts did not exist in previous versions).

    I don’t know of a tutorial specific to customizing the cluster appearance, but the general approach would be to edit the cluster in the Control Editor and replace the image in the Frame part with another Decoration.

  • May I reset the entire GUI of a 2009 to use the silver controls in 2011? Thanks!

  • Bill,

    A forum member has posted a tool to replace front panel controls with Silver equivalents, but I haven’t had a chance to try it out yet so I don’t know if there are any caveats to using it.

  • I can’t wait to have a copy of LabVIEZ 2011…. + the labeling of wires!!! opps


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