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2.3 - Starting DAQFactory

Now you can start DAQFactory and start taking some data:

From your Start menu, select Programs => DAQFactory Express => DAQFactory Express. A splash window will appear, followed by the application:

The DAQFactory application is setup like most windows applications with a title bar at the top, a menu underneath, a toolbar underneath that and a status bar at the bottom. In addition there are a number of docking windows. A docking window means a window that can be “docked” or attached to the one side of the main application window. At this point, there are three important docking windows. Along the right is the Workspace. The Workspace is a listing of various elements of DAQFactory you will work with, such as channels, scripts, logging sets and pages. Also along the right, but initially tabbed, is the help window. Click on the Help tab to display the help window.

Along the bottom is the Command / Alert window. Normally it is rolled up, but if you click on the Command / Alert tab, it will appear. To have it stay visible, click on the thumb tack at the top right corner of the window.

The Command / Alert window allows you to manually type in commands. More importantly for the new user, this area displays any error messages that DAQFactory or your LabJack device might generate. Unlike most applications, DAQFactory does not pop up error message windows. This is because there are many situations where you may get a large number of continuous errors. For example, if you accidentally unplug your device while taking data. Instead of generating a huge number of windows with repetitive messages that you have to dismiss, DAQFactory puts all the messages into the Command / Alert window. This works well, but can sometimes be confusing, as the error message will remain in the Command / Alert window until it gets scrolled off the screen. To ensure that you don’t confuse an old error message for a new one, you can right click on the command / alert window and clear the display.

If for some reason you can’t see any of these windows, go to the View menu and select the desired window.

Note: we strongly recommend keeping the Command / Alert window visible when you are starting, even though it takes up screen space. If you hide it, you may miss important alerts. The window will flash when an alert occurs, but this is not as apparent as a real message.