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  • Included with most DI-Series data acquisition Hardware
  • No programming, ready-to-run application
  • Simultaneously streams acquired data to display and disk
  • Multi-channel display and storage
  • Engineering unit scaling per channel
  • Includes WinDaq Playback (WWB) software to review and analyze recorded data files (can be downloaded separately from the Accessory Software tab)
  • Free Excel export support from Playback software
  • Live stream to Excel with WinDaq Excel Link or WinDaq/XL
  • Purchase higher sample rates or channels (refer to hardware pages for specific details)
  • See Windows Compatibility for currently supported Operating Systems.
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WinDaq Data Acquisition Software
Introduction to WinDaq Data Acquisition Software
WinDaq Data Acquisition Software

Introduction to WinDaq Data Acquisition Software.


WinDaq Data Acquistion and Playback Software supports most Dataq Instruments DI- products. Real-time recording environment consisting of a zero-delay, real-time display with simultaneous data recording to disk. Includes frequency analysis, digital filtering, X-Y plotting, and statistical analysis

WinDaq software is included with most DI- Series data acquisition hardware products, and consists of two applications: Recording and Playback software. Both applications supply a feature-rich environment along with a no-programming, point-and-click user interface.

WINDAQ Recording Software offers a real-time recording environment consist-ing of a zero-delay, real-time display with simultaneous data recording to disk. Up to 32 channels can be displayed at once, and each can be scaled into meaningful engineering units. You can record wave-form data to disk in the background while running any combination of programs in the foreground — even WINDAQ Playback software to review and analyze data as it’s being stored! Acquisition speeds and some features vary with data acquisition hardware, so refer to the hardware page for details.

WINDAQ Playback Software (or WinDaq Waveform Browser) offers an easy way to review and analyze waveform data acquired by WINDAQ Recording software. Playback’s disk streaming design allows data files of any length to be plotted on your computer’s display with lightning speed. Waveform panning and compres-sion controls allow you to quickly review and interpret recorded data. Seven standard cursor-based measurements, frequency domain (FFT/DFT), X-Y, and statistical analysis functions help simplify waveform analysis and interpretation. A special export facility allows instantaneous porting of WinDaq data into an Excel spreadsheet.

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Hardware and Software Requirements: Visit
Help Facilities: Built-in context-sensitive CHM help facility with multimedia enhancements.
Disk and Display (Acquisition Software)
Maximum continuous throughput to disk: Hardware dependent
Maximum continuous real-time display throughput: Hardware dependent
Waveform Display Modes: Continuous smooth-scrolling; freeze; triggered and non-triggered sweep. Dot-joined at all sample rates.
Display Trigger Conditions: Selectable ±slope, level, and source.
Waveform Compression: Allows display rate to vary independently of sample rate. Compression factors of 1 (no com-pression) to 9,000.
Number of displayed channels: 1 to 32
Number of acquired channels: 1 to 240
Display formats: Overlapping (2 channel max) and non-overlapping.
Maximum Data File Size: 4GB
Waveform Display Scaling (Acquisition Software)
Screen scaling: Waveform expansion, contraction, and offset per channel.
Engineering Units Conversion: Scale and offset applied to each channel as y=mx+b.
Software selection of: Amplifier gain and input configuration (for hardware products supporting programmable gain).
Grid Scaling: Allows each displayed channel to be scaled between user-defined limits.
Hard Copy (Acquisition Software)
Hard Copy: Supports print screen hard copy in the background regardless of disk streaming activity.
Event Marker and Time and Date Stamp (Acquisition Software)
Event Marker Operating Modes: Asynchronous manual or remote activation with or without comments.
Maximum number of commented event markers per file: 8,184
Time and Data Stamping: Automatic for acquired data and event markers.
Programmability (Acquisition Software)
Hardware-dependent software selection of: Amplifier gain, unipolar or bipolar, single-ended, differential, or thermocouple per channel.
Data Storage Format (Acquisition Software)
Format: 16-bit, 2’s complement binary data with header and trailer information.
Toolbox (Acquisition Software)
Toolbox: Provides a toolbox of icons used to make setup fast and virtually effortless and to otherwise customize a recording session.
Waveform Search Feature (Playback Software)
Search: Allows you to immediately go to a specific part of the data file based on range or date and time. Specify a range of data for the search and immediately jump to the next or previous data point occurring inside or outside the range. Specify a time and/or date and immediately jump to that position in the file.
Analog Waveform Playback (Playback Software)
Playback: Allows you to output previously recorded data in analog form to a speaker, LED, chart recorder, etc. for all hardware products supporting a printer port interface.
Waveform Display (Playback Software)
Number of displayed channels: 1 to 29
Number of supported channels: 240
Display formats: Overlapping and non-overlapping
Compression: Allows compressed view of displayed waveforms with compression factors of 1 (no compression) to whatever factor is required to compress the waveform to one screen-width.
Display Modes: Y vs. t; frequency vs. amplitude.
Event Marker Display: Displays event marker number, time and date of activation, and supplied comment in special display window (applies only to waveforms recorded with WINDAQ).
Waveform Measurement (Playback Software)
Single-point cursor-oriented measurements (Y vs. t): Amplitude measurements per channel in calibrated units; elapsed time; time and date at cursor (applies only to waveforms recorded with WINDAQ).
Dual-point cursor-oriented measurements (Y vs. t): Time measurements on the same or across different channels; D%; Y-value difference; two-point slope (d/dt); number of samples; Hz; cycles per minute.
Cursor-Oriented measurements (freq vs. amplitude): Frequency vs. db; Frequency vs. magnitude (in engineering units).
Waveform Analysis (Playback Software)
Statistical Calculations: Min; max; standard deviation; mean; median; sum; sum-of-squares; skewness; rms; least squares differential; area bounded by curve.
Statistical calculation range: Unlimited
Fourier transform calculation ranges: 32 to 16,384 points (FFT)
2 to 8,191 points (DFT)
Selectable FFT windows: sin2; Hamming; Bartlett; Blackman.
Inverse Fourier Transform Range: 2 to 16,384 points. Time domain waveforms are inserted into display windows as calculated channels.
X-Y plotting calculations: Area bounded by curve; instantaneous rate of change; 2-point rate of change; regression rate of change; max X and Y excursions; time measurements on the same or across channels; amplitude measurements per channel in calibrated units; elapsed time; time and date at cursor.
File Management (Playback Software)
Maximum data file size: Unlimited
Supported data file export translators: WINDAQ (CODAS) format to any spreadsheet (CSV), DADiSP, general purpose binary, and ASCII.
Supported data file import translators: Any spreadsheet (CSV), DADiSP, CODAS, ASCII, and binary integer/real to WINDAQ(CODAS) format.
Data file translator range: Unlimited
Data file format: 16-bit binary with data file header and trailer.
Waveform Hard Copy (Playback Software)
Type: Print screens and continuous form.
Continuous form hard copy: Generates an unlimited length of continuous hard copy of any combination of channels.
Supported printers: Any supported by Windows.
Supported printer resolution: Printer-dependent.


Exporting Data to Excel
Export data to Excel

Learn how to export data from WinDaq Waveform Browser to Microsoft Excel.
Introduction to WinDaq Data Acquisition Software
Fast Start Guide

Fast start guide to WinDaq Data Acquisition Software.
Scaling Channels
Intermediate Guide

Intermediate functions in WinDaq Data Acquisition Software.
Channel Annotation
In-depth Guide

More advanced functions in WinDaq Data Acquisition Software.
Intelligent Oversampling
Intelligent Oversampling

Intelligent Oversampling (IOS) features in WinDaq Data Acquisition Software.
WWB Fast Start

WinDaq Waveform Browser Fast Start Guide.
Filters in WWB
Advanced WWB

Advanced features in WinDaq Waveform Browser.
Filters in WWB
Using the Time Marker and Cursor

Using the Time Marker and Cursor in WWB for Data Analysis

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