LuaVIEW 2.0 Beta is available

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Rolf Kalbermatter

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Aug 9, 2012, 5:03:47 AM8/9/12
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The Beta 1 version of the LuaVIEW 2.0 package can be downloaded now.

It has support for LabVIEW 7.1.1 and higher for Windows 32 Bit and 64 Bit and for Linux. This Beta is time limited and will stop working after December 31, 2012.

The most obvious changes to the previous LuaVIEW release are the use of the Lua 5.1.5 core instead of Lua 5.0.3 and the different distribution as an OpenG package.

The OpenG package allows to more easily install the LuaVIEW package  according to the standard LabVIEW guidelines, with the examples in the examples folder, the tools in the Tools menu, the documentation in the Help menu and the actual library inside the user.lib directory.

To install an OpenG package it is easiest to use the VI Package Manger (VIPM), which can be downloaded from http://jki.net/vipm. If the VIPM is not an option for whatever reasons, there is also the possibility to download the old OpenG Commander from http://sourceforge.net/projects/ogpm/ and install it in your copy of LabVIEW. It's unsupported and the OpenG Commander hasn't been updated in quite a while, so could have issues in newer LabVIEW versions.

Under the hood LuaVIEW now uses a shared library instead of a CIN, to allow support for new operating system versions such as LabVIEW for Windows 64 Bit. CIN support is expected to be further marginalized by future LabVIEW versions, so this change was paramount to be able to allow LuaVIEW to work at all in future LabVIEW versions.

The upgrade should be mostly painless, as a lot of care has been taken to keep the LuaVIEW library backwards compatible. However due to the integration of Lua 5.1 instead of 5.0, some subtle Lua script syntax changes may have to be done, in order to make a script work in the same way as before. Read the manual that gets installed into your Help->LuaVIEW Toolkit menu inside LabVIEW to find out more details about the possible implications caused by the new Lua 5.1 syntax.


Rolf Kalbermatter

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Aug 9, 2012, 5:05:16 AM8/9/12
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In order to get a download link and access credentials, please contact me directly.
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