Agilent Technologies Inc. announced the latest enhancement on its Command Expert software for faster and easier instrument control in many test application development environments.

The updated version, which now includes support for Windows 8, brings new capabilities to users. Agilent has improved the instrument discovery process, providing closer integration with the company's I/O libraries. The software also supports new releases of common application development environments, and it includes more examples and instrument command sets to improve usability.

"Command Expert users are continuously sharing their ideas for time savings and usability enhancements as they discover the power of Command Expert software for application development and troubleshooting," said Scott Sampl, software marketing manager in Agilent's Electronic Measurement Group. "Capitalizing on the great user dialog, we are actively delivering these enhancements in the software so customers can quickly gain insight into their designs and bring their products to market faster."

The updated Command Expert provides easier connection to and control of instruments using Standard Commands for Programmable Instruments or IVI-COM command sets in many application environments with:

  • Support for Windows 8 and add-on support for new versions of Visual Studio, MATLAB, SystemVue and Excel.
  • The ability to copy and paste between sequences.
  • The inclusion of local variables allowing sequences to use output values as inputs to another command.
  • More programming examples and tutorials for fast startup in all environments, and even more SCPI command sets.

 The no-charge software can be downloaded at (registration is required).