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Software tool expedites measurement data analysis

Posted: 19 Jul 2011 ?? ?Print Version ?Bookmark and Share

Keywords:DataPlugin Wizard? DIAdem REPORT? Microsoft Excel?

National Instruments Corp. has announced the release of�NI DIAdem 2011, a software tool specifically designed to improve efficiency in locating, inspecting, analyzing and reporting on measurement data.

DIAdem 2011 provides engineers a data-loading method for access to large data sets in less time than before. The software tool also provides a DataPlugin Wizard for Microsoft Excel to easily migrate from Excel to DIAdem. The tool offers enhancements to the DIAdem REPORT panel for a richer, more dynamic report creation experience, NI said.

Analysing and reporting time-based measurement data presents unique challenges that DIAdem claims to overcome out of the box. DIAdem is optimized to operate on large data sets, includes engineering-specific analysis tools and features powerful report and script creation editors for automating repetitive data-processing tasks.

With flexible loading options in DIAdem 2011, engineers can choose to delay loading bulk data from Technical Data Management (TDM) and TDM Streaming (TDMS) files until absolutely necessary. This unique approach references data in place on disk during analysis and reporting without compromising the integrity of the original data stored in the file. With this approach, engineers achieve rapid access to data without concern of unintended alterations to original files.

DIAdem 2011 also introduces a DataPlugin Wizard designed for straightforward integration of spreadsheet-based data files such as those created using Microsoft Excel and CALC. Using the DataPlugin Wizard for Excel, engineers quickly and interactively can teach DIAdem to recognize the structure of similarly organized files. Afterwards, they can immediately load Excel data into the environment and process it using the productivity gains that DIAdem provides including large data set capacity, synchronized visualization and integrated advanced analysis and management tools.

DIAdem REPORT offers instant advantages during template-based report creation. Anti-aliasing improves general report quality by yielding cleaner imagery. Interactive axis scaling makes precise graphs and charts easier to create, and dynamic curve comments and snippets automatically update with formatting changes so that reports are always publication-ready. Additionally, a redesigned report management dialog features filtering and duplication capabilities so that engineers can quickly and easily expand larger multipage report templates.

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