National Instruments today announced the release of Measurement Studio 8, a comprehensive suite of class libraries and controls for acquiring, analyzing and presenting data in applications built using Microsoft Visual Studio. Now with scientific Web controls for ASP.NET, the upgrade gives engineers the power to create Web pages that can be viewed with any browser or operating system for remote monitoring and control of their test and measurement applications. Measurement Studio 8 also offers complete integration with Microsoft Visual Studio 2005, as well as new user interface controls, more than 80 new analysis methods and additional data acquisition code generation.
"Using Measurement Studio 8, we quickly developed a complete remote monitoring system that published test data to Web browsers throughout the manufacturing plant," said Robert Cornwell, senior program manager at G Systems. "We chose Measurement Studio because it provides powerful and highly configurable ASP.NET user interface controls, which are ideal for displaying manufacturing data."
Measurement Studio 8 features ASP.NET Web controls, giving engineers the power to use the complete Microsoft ASP.NET Web infrastructure and their knowledge of C# or Visual Basic .NET to create test- and control-specific Web pages that include graphs, tanks, switches and meters. With these new controls, engineers can easily display data from dynamic sources, such as that from data acquisition devices, benchtop instruments, distributed I/O systems or databases, on a Web page that can be viewed with any browser. In addition, Web clients can interact in real time with Measurement Studio applications to control distributed applications such as those at remote test sites or manufacturing plants.
Measurement Studio continues to add test and measurement functionality to the latest development environment from Microsoft. With integration into Visual Studio 2005, engineers can select Measurement Studio Web and Windows Forms controls from the Visual Studio Toolbox, edit controls at design time with Visual Studio 2005 smart tags, access Measurement Studio help, quickly add data acquisition and instrument control functionality and automatically create Measurement Studio Web and Windows projects.
Engineers also can save time by using the Measurement Studio 8 .NET user interface controls, instead of developing and maintaining their own custom controls. The digital waveform graph plots digital lines and buses, and works with plot templates for easy graph customization. The complex graph plots and charts double data consisting of both real and imaginary components. With the property editor control, engineers can create applications that help users configure properties for Windows Forms controls at run time.
Other features of Measurement Studio 8 include more than 80 new analysis methods for .NET and C++, as well as dynamic data acquisition components, which engineers can use to automatically add user interface controls, data acquisition code and event handlers to their applications.