Use the LabVIEW Platform DVDs to install LabVIEW and many LabVIEW modules and toolkits and evaluate the products for free for a set period of time. This topic explains what you can expect when you evaluate LabVIEW, modules, or toolkits and how you can activate those products after you evaluate them.
You can access all the tools, VIs and functions, help, and examples available to the LabVIEW Professional Development System and most modules or toolkits in a free evaluation mode. When the evaluation period expires, you must activate the software to continue using LabVIEW.
When you run LabVIEW in evaluation mode, LabVIEW includes the following limitations:
After the evaluation period for LabVIEW expires, you are no longer able to launch LabVIEW.
After the evaluation period for a module or toolkit expires, you are no longer able to perform the following actions:
When you install a module or toolkit for evaluation, you install the help for the module or toolkit. The help for the module or toolkit remains installed after the evaluation period. Also, the NI Example Finder displays all module or toolkit examples after the evaluation period. You must uninstall the module or toolkit to remove the help and examples.
If you run LabVIEW in evaluation mode, you receive functionality of the Professional Development System. If you then purchase and activate a LabVIEW license, you receive full functionality of the development system you purchase. For example, if you create a VI using features that are only available in the Professional Development System and then you purchase and activate the Full Development System, the VI you created using the Professional Development System will be broken.
To activate the LabVIEW license, use the serial number you received on the Certificate of Ownership included in the software kit. You can activate the LabVIEW license in any of the following ways:
If you purchase add-on software, such as modules or toolkits, use NI License Manager to activate the software. If you do not see the software listed in NI License Manager, you can install it from the LabVIEW Platform DVDs.
LabVIEW installs the Application Builder when you install LabVIEW. If you activate the LabVIEW Professional Development System, you automatically activate the Application Builder. If you activate the LabVIEW Base Development System or Full Development System, you must purchase and activate the Application Builder separately.
If you are upgrading from an evaluation version to a paid version, you do not need to reinstall your software. Follow the prompts that appear when you launch your application or use NI License Manager to activate the software.
If at a later time you decide to move to a different product package, such as upgrading from LabVIEW Base Development System to LabVIEW Professional Development System, you can activate the new package without installing additional software. Use NI License Manager to activate your software.
Refer to Activating Your Software for more information about software activation.