Scout FAQs

How do I download Scout?

Please click here to visit the National Instruments page where Scout TDMS Editor is available for free download.

Is it really free?

Yes! You can install and use Scout Lite on as many computers as you like. We do ask that each user activates his or her copy so that we can keep track of how many users there are and get ideas for how to make Scout better.

But on the NI Tools Network page, it looks like Scout costs $199.00.

The $199 purchase price is for Scout Pro. Scout Lite will always be free. On the NI page for Scout, just below the bulleted list of features, there is the blue word “Download.” Click this for the free version of Scout.

How does activation work?

Scout Lite will run for 30 days without activation. After that, you will need to activate in order to run Scout Lite – activation is free. At any time, you can activate by emailing your Computer ID to scout@signalxtech.com. The Computer ID is a unique identifier for each PC which can be found in the application under Help > About. We will respond within 1 to 2 business days with an Activation Code. Enter this Activation Code on the About screen, press Activate, and you are all set to go!

What is the difference between Scout Lite and Scout Pro?

Scout Lite is and always will be free. Scout Pro is available for purchase for $199 from the NI Tools Network. In addition to all that Scout Lite offers, Scout Pro includes features like the ability to view multiple files at once to overlay and compare them, as well as the ability to add and delete properties from a TDMS file. Scout Pro is also CPU-locked, which means that one license is for one PC. There are no maintenance or subscription fees, so use it forever! If you ever get a new computer, just contact us with the new computer ID and we can refresh your license.

What platforms are supported?

Currently, Scout is supported on Windows operating systems including XP SP3 and later (Windows 7/8/10). The 32-bit application works on 32-bit and 64-bit systems.

What file types are supported?

Scout TDMS File Viewer is designed to open and edit National Instruments TDMS files. More information about the TDMS file format can be found here. Once your data is open in Scout, you can export to a National Instruments DIAdem, Microsoft Excel, or comma-separated text file.

I have already activated Scout, so why does it keep asking for a new Activation Key?

There is a known issue with earlier versions of Scout that is related to creating the Computer ID when something about the computer changes – OS updates and new hardware are the most likely culprits. Please visit the Scout TDMS Editor page on the National Instruments website to download the latest version of Scout, which addresses this particular issue. Thank you for your patience, and sorry for the confusion.

Where can I read and post reviews about Scout?

Please visit the Scout TDMS Editor page on the National Instruments website to read and post reviews about Scout. Your feedback is greatly appreciated!

My question isn’t listed here. What do I do?

Please feel free to contact us with any questions or comments.

Scout FAQs

How do I download Scout?

Please click here to visit the National Instruments page where Scout TDMS Editor is available for free download.

Is it really free?

Yes! You can install and use Scout Lite on as many computers as you like. We do ask that each user activates his or her copy so that we can keep track of how many users there are and get ideas for how to make Scout better.

But on the NI Tools Network page, it looks like Scout costs $199.00.

The $199 purchase price is for Scout Pro. Scout Lite will always be free. On the NI page for Scout, just below the bulleted list of features, there is the blue word “Download.” Click this for the free version of Scout.

How does activation work?

Scout Lite will run for 30 days without activation. After that, you will need to activate in order to run Scout Lite – activation is free. At any time, you can activate by emailing your Computer ID to scout@signalxtech.com. The Computer ID is a unique identifier for each PC which can be found in the application under Help > About. We will respond within 1 to 2 business days with an Activation Code. Enter this Activation Code on the About screen, press Activate, and you are all set to go!

What is the difference between Scout Lite and Scout Pro?

Scout Lite is and always will be free. Scout Pro is available for purchase for $199 from the NI Tools Network. In addition to all that Scout Lite offers, Scout Pro includes features like the ability to view multiple files at once to overlay and compare them, as well as the ability to add and delete properties from a TDMS file. Scout Pro is also CPU-locked, which means that one license is for one PC. There are no maintenance or subscription fees, so use it forever! If you ever get a new computer, just contact us with the new computer ID and we can refresh your license.

What platforms are supported?

Currently, Scout is supported on Windows operating systems including XP SP3 and later (Windows 7/8/10). The 32-bit application works on 32-bit and 64-bit systems.

What file types are supported?

Scout TDMS File Viewer is designed to open and edit National Instruments TDMS files. More information about the TDMS file format can be found here. Once your data is open in Scout, you can export to a National Instruments DIAdem, Microsoft Excel, or comma-separated text file.

I have already activated Scout, so why does it keep asking for a new Activation Key?

There is a known issue with earlier versions of Scout that is related to creating the Computer ID when something about the computer changes – OS updates and new hardware are the most likely culprits. Please visit the Scout TDMS Editor page on the National Instruments website to download the latest version of Scout, which addresses this particular issue. Thank you for your patience, and sorry for the confusion.

Where can I read and post reviews about Scout?

Please visit the Scout TDMS Editor page on the National Instruments website to read and post reviews about Scout. Your feedback is greatly appreciated!

My question isn’t listed here. What do I do?

Please feel free to contact us with any questions or comments.