Tips for Using MAX
Use the following tips to enhance your MAX experience:
- Refreshing a View–Select the View»Refresh menu item or press <F5> to refresh a view after installing a new interface or device. Most devices and interfaces refresh automatically.
- Using Multiple Views–Click and drag an item view tab outside of the MAX interface to undock the tab and see multiple item views at once. An item view is the tabbed middle window that appears when you click on a device in the left-hand configuration tree. This view usually displays configuration settings for the device. To return the tabbed window to its original position, close the tab or drag it near the item view.
- Pinning Views–Click the pin icon in the toolbar of an undocked, floating item view to keep it from closing as you browse to other items in the configuration tree.
- Viewing Help–Toggle the help pane on and off with the Show/Hide Help button that appears directly above the help window. You can also click the Float button above the help pane to move it outside of the MAX interface. To return the help pane to its original position, click the Float button again.
- Configuring Multiple Devices at Once–Create a new MAX window (File»New»Window menu item) or pin a view if you want to configure more than one device or system at once.
- Selecting Multiple Tree Items–Select multiple items in the configuration tree by holding the <Ctrl> or <Shift> as you make your selections. The right-hand view goes blank as you select multiple items.
If your selected group of items supports using batched commands, toolbar buttons appear and you can right-click on one of the selected items to obtain a context menu. Otherwise, the toolbar remains blank and no context menu appears. Batched commands allow you to perform the same operation on multiple items at once.
There are six typical categories in MAX, as follows:
- Data Neighborhood—Use this selection to create virtual channels, tags, and aliases to your channels or measurements configured in Devices and Interfaces.
- Devices and Interfaces—Use this selection to configure resources and other physical properties of your devices and interfaces.
- Scales—Use this selection to set up simple operations to perform on your acquired data.
- Software—Use this selection to view, launch, and update your installed National Instruments software.
- IVI—Use this selection to configure your IVI Instruments (IVI 1.x) or IVI Drivers (IVI 2.0 and later).
- Remote Systems—Use this selection to view and configure devices and systems connected over Ethernet.